Life Church is located across the pond in Bradford, England, but their music is being sung in churches around the world after their critically acclaimed 2014 release, Dance Again, rose to the top of the CCM worship charts and featured the now well known anthem, “We Believe,” which was made famous in the states by the Newsboys. Their 2nd full length live worship album, Wide Open Spaces, is a celebration of adventure and a call to the wild edges of God’s grace where impossible things happen and where His children are caught up in the mystery of His will.
Worship leader, Matt Hooper says that Wide Open Spaces is based on Romans chapter 5….”We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that He has already thrown open His door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand-out in the Wide Open Spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise.” Musically, this album primarily features the all too familiar rock and synth foundation, but features a few songs that travel over to the techno dance side of things.
“Kingdom Come” is a moving adaptation of the Lord’s Prayer that starts softly and erupts into a cry of authentic worship as they sing, “Let heaven’s reign be seen on this earth. Let every soul be won, let Your name be seen as holy.” The use of a pipe organ mixed with modern rock instruments gives this song an ancient/future quality that is truly unique.
“Closer” is a moving and intimate prayer about the healing power of the cross that covers us no matter what we’ve done or how far away from God we think we are, while “Fortress” skims along the same thematic idea but focuses on the strength and grace of Christ that covers all.
There are also a few cuts on Wide Open Spaces that will appeal to those who love the modern dance/techno genre of worship. The title cut and the energy fueled, “Love Let Loose” being the two best included in this collection.
There are some really great songs in this collection. I appreciate the poetic thought that went into a lot of this album. Life Church does a wonderful job of writing deep, theological music that connects the heart of God to us, His people. Most songs here are simple instrumentally and could be easily adapted by most volunteer worship teams.