|Passion on Display | Posted October 24, 2011
Gateway Church, located in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, was founded 10 years ago with 200 people and now ministers to thousands of members every week. It’s no wonder they have an amazing worship team that is eager to share their songs and ministry with churches across the globe. Comprised of 7 members and more than 40 contributors, the worship team of Gateway Church (Gateway Worship) releases their third CD, Great Great God, in an effort to lead the body of Christ closer to the heart of God.
Opening with energy-filled “Every Day I Live,” worship pastor Thomas Miller sings, “Every moment for your glory, every breath, I give you praise,” proclaiming that every moment of our lives should be for God, not just the weekly times spent in the church building. Reminding us that “every heartbeat wants to know You, now I live to make You known,” Miller challenges us to be a living witness for God and His love for the world. The entire CD was recorded live during services, so the emotion and passion genuinely felt by both the worship team and crowd is infectious, especially in this song.
“Holy Holy Holy” is probably one of my favorite hymns and Gateway Worship does it justice. The song opens with just piano and voices singing “Holy Holy Holy, Lord God Almighty, early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee.” As the song progresses, more instruments are introduced and the worship energy slowly builds. The song ends with just the voices of the crowd worshipping in unison. It’s a beautiful hymn and an equally beautiful exhibit of worship for our Holy Creator.
Featuring Dove Award-winning artist and Gateway worship leader Kari Jobe, “My Everything” is a song that quiets the heart and gently forces the audience to just listen and reflect. With only piano and violin, Jobe’s beautiful voice instantly grabs your attention with a purity and passion like no other. Singing “You’re my every day, You’re my every way, You’re my everything,” Jobe speaks to the heart of God and His children.
“Victorious” is a little more upbeat and anthemic as it reminds the church that no matter what we go through, “Jesus conquered the grave and now He’s alive inside of us.” This is a song of victory and unity, about knowing we can stand in trials because in Jesus we are victorious!
Title track, “Great Great God,” is all about praising the only One who deserves it. As the chorus repeats “great, great, there is no one like our God,” you can just feel the energy and fervor of the church as it worships our great God. Ending with power and thankfulness, the crowd celebrates with claps and shouts to the only One worthy of our praise.
Though the lyrics and music are nothing unique to the worship scene, I’m always thankful when a church that has the giftedness and capabilities to write and record their own music, uses their efforts to bless the body of Christ as a whole. Churches that are able, should share what they can with those that are not. Kudos to Gateway Worship for using what they’ve been blessed with, to bless others.
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