In the craziness of life, sometimes we can get so busy that we forget to take a moment to refocus ourselves on what is really important. Personally, I often forget to give God the time He deserves as I am running around like a mad chicken, taking kids to school, getting my work and chores done, while doing my best to live up to every expectation of family and church. I am ashamed to say that I am also guilty of cramming my worship services so full with stuff that those who come to meet with the Almighty sometimes don’t get the chance to breathe and take in His spirit during our time together. As I listened to Bethel’s latest worship album, Moments: Mighty Sound, these were the thoughts running through my head. The title reflects the twelve-song collection perfectly, as many of the songs provide the listener with ample spontaneous worship space alongside more traditionally scripted worship tracks.
The seamless transition of the opening impromptu track, “Where You Are,” into the next, “Spirit Move,” is one such example where Bethel has done a fabulous job of having one track set up the next, as Steffany Gretzinger spontaneously sings about how we, as the Body of Christ, want to be where He is on one track, and then asks the Holy Spirit to move within our hearts on the next. The pads and electric guitar swells set up this
Brian Johnson leads the acoustic infused “Mighty Sound,” which is a powerful reminder that as sons and daughters of the King, we have armies of angels ready to sing and fight for us. Bethel’s version of the well-known “Cornerstone,” which is led by Reuben Morgan, is almost completely led by the congregation, which is refreshing in and of itself.
If you are new to the idea of spontaneous worship, this might be an odd listen at first, as it really is outside the box of what we have become accustomed to. If Bethel wanted a true “get-out-of-the-way-and-let-the-spirit-move” type of album, they accomplished it with this one. I appreciated the overall experience and authenticity of the songs and those who wrote and led them, and I think you will too. Moments: Mighty Sound is a wonderful reminder that we need to stop every day to let God have his way in us, and to have our own moments with Him.