Chris Sayburn’s name may be new to many U.S. worship music fans, but he is well known in the U.K. as he serves as curate for St. Philips Chapel Street in Salford, Manchester. He is also one of the main worship leaders for New Wine Worship. Sayburn has been writing for and collaborating on Integrity Music projects for several years, and his latest release, Saved By Grace, is a simple yet profound collection of ten new vertical worship songs that are perfect for corporate and individual worship.
There is an old saying that “less is more”, and Sayburn’s songs reflect this idea well. These songs are written for the common pew sitter as most feature very simple melodies written in song keys that just about anyone could sing. But don’t be fooled into thinking there is a lack of depth or scripture in these offerings. These are simple prayers, felt and sung from the heart to our God.
Sayburn has a great talent for writing catchy melodies and phrases that stick, as songs like “Praise His Name Forever” and “Spirit and Truth” could definitely catch on as congregational favorites. The meat of this album however is captured in it’s quieter moments, such as “Spirit and Truth”, which explores the very nature of worship and how it brings us closer to the heart of God. “Trust In You” takes us on a lyrical journey of the unchanging attributes of our God, while “Nothing But Grace” reminds us that we are nothing without the saving grace of Christ.
These are nice songs that speak theological truth and were written by the local church for the local church. There were no real “wow” moments for me with this album either lyrically or instrumentally, and a few song arrangements were a bit dry, but still there are some great songs here for your congregation.