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The Movement Continues
Posted February 09, 2019
By MarkRyan_NRT, Staff Reviewer


What You Need To Know:
Catch The Fire Music is a collective of artists seeking deeper encounters with God and the Holy Spirit. Their newest project,  Presence (Live From Toronto), was produced in response to the 25th anniversary of the Toronto Blessing. This powerful move of God defined a generation of charismatic Christians who were hungry for more of the presence of God and His Holy Spirit. From this move, Catch The Fire World was birthed along with a new generation of revivalists.

What it Sounds Like:
Presence is a live recorded worship album that leaves room for God to move. It is unadulterated worship that includes the many spontaneous moments that are a regular occurrence in charismatic churches. There are sweeping instrumentals and the voices of the featured artists lead the listener in powerful worship. As the listener focusses in on the music, you can join in with the congregation that was at the recording. It allows us, as listeners, to participate as though we were there in person, allowing our own memories of that night to be built.

Spiritual/Lyrical Highlights:
As I listened through this project, I was struck by how genuine it all felt. As with the majority of live worship albums, there is a sense of being there. The highlights are the spontaneous moments in each and every song. It is more than chorus, verse, chorus, verse, bridge, verse, verse. There is a genuine heart of worship and room is left for God to do what he has to do. 

Best Song On The Album:
With the majority of the album being spontaneous moments that weave their ways through a tapestry of the evening, the best song is difficult to identify. "What A Father " is a moment on the album when things center back from spontaneous worship and the virtues and greatness of God as the father are extolled. 

For Fans Of:
Bethel Music, Kari Jobe, Pat Barrett, Elevation Worship


Final Thoughts:
When the Toronto Blessing started in January 1994, I was still in high school, and not yet a Christian, I recall when I was saved by the grace of God exactly a year later, people in the church discussing what was happening in Toronto and even people from the church making the trek across the country to experience it for themselves. To listen to an album that was released to commemorate the historic event 25 years later is both nostalgic and a reminder that God's hand is still moving in these real and powerful ways today, and even though what happened in the past created a shift, that same move continues to echo through the ages and music from that movement is widely accessible to all who wish to hear it. Presence brings the movement of Catch The Fire directly to us and allows us to participate in what God is doing across the earth.

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