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Tim Hughes: ‘we need to move back to being Spirit led.’
Spirit Break Out is the debut live album from the London-based Worship Central team.
For a movement dedicated to helping unleash praise and worship within local churches across the world, ‘Spirit Break Out’ is a live album full of energy and experience. But this is no empty title. ‘Spirit Break Out’ is the perfect summation of a profoundly held belief that we need to allow God more freedom and power within our worship.
Tim Hughes – songwriter, worship leader, co-founder of Worship Central and vicar-in-training – puts it clearly in an interview with Mission Worship magazine:
“We’ve never had better quality songs to choose from. There are amazing songs on amazing themes coming out of Hillsong, Passion, Soul Survivor and – I guess – Worship Central too. But there’s a danger here: that we rely on those songs to create the amazing encounters in worship. If we let the song become the king, then worship becomes more about what we can create and less about our response to God’s initiating love and glory.
“We always need to be looking to be Spirit led in our worship. The Spirit gives life, releases freedom and joy, puts a new song on our lips and reveals the beauty and majesty of Christ.”
The message is well-explored through the album, which features Tim Hughes, Ben Cantelon, Al Gordon, Nikki Fletcher and Luke Hellebronth. The team combined forces to lead at the HMV Forum in March this year, and the album’s 14 tracks draw out the very best of the evening’s worship. Established songs like Tim Hughes’ ‘Counting On Your Name’ and ‘Wake Up’ as well as Ben Cantelon’s ‘Saviour Of The World’ are found on the album, along with a great selection of new ones.
From the opening moments of ‘Spirit Of The Living God’ – rising up, phoenix-like with a call for the Holy Spirit to take control – through to the closing moments of ‘Undivided Love’ and ‘All Glory’, the album is urgent, focused and engaging.
‘Now Is The Time’ brings in some beautiful arrangements while ‘Sing Alleluia’ clearly has the potential to become a big congregational winner. ‘New Day’ jumps about, ‘At Your Name’ gets epic while the title track builds into a mountain-sized cry for something bigger and bolder than can be created by human hands, as Tim explains:
“The title track feels like a revival song: it’s a heart cry to see God smashing out of the box, turning us upside down, inside out and leading us into more of His presence and glory. Our heart at Worship Central is that these songs and this album will fire people up and inspire them in their worship and will lead people into a deeper relationship with Christ.”
Worship Central is a school of worship from Alpha International with a vision to encounter God, equip the worshipper and empower the local church. Led by Tim Hughes and Al Gordon, since launching in 2006, over 100,000 worship leaders, musicians and worshippers have attended training events around the world, as well as using the online resource, Worship Central.
While this is the first live album from Worship Central, they previously released a studio album – ‘Lifting High’ – in 2009. They have also just put out their first ever album sung in Mandarin, featuring worship leaders from across Asia.
Worship Central continues to run training conferences internationally, in Holland, Germany, London, Scotland, California, Hong Kong, and India.
From Kingsway Music