"A Thousand Amens: Live Worship with The Falls Church Anglican" was released on Sunday, July 22nd, 2012. In the months since then, we have been so blessed and encouraged by the response of all who have heard it. We wanted to share a few of the comments here for you to enjoy:
“We had our van worked on the past couple of days by a man that we used to go to church with. When I picked it up from him yesterday, he said that he'd listened to the Falls Church CD and really enjoyed it. He said he'd heard there was an off-shoot of that church here and did I know anything about it? :) I found their website last night and am going to pass it on to him.”
"The first time I listened to it, I was moved to tears--and that's unusual for me. It's the combination of music and words and the context in which they were sung--celebrating the sufficiency of Christ in the midst of great loss--that touched my heart in a deep way. It was truly a very special time of worship for me! I was sitting in our den one morning and planned to listen to a couple of the songs, but ended up listening to the whole CD and worshipping the Lord, in tears. The same thing happened the next time I listened to it. So, I don't plan to listen to it while driving the car! ;)"
"I can't tell you how much I love the entire
album... I had to drive a lot last
week and popped it into the CD player. As soon as I got home I went to
the website and downloaded all the chords. The next day I listened to the
album again... I really like Behold
Our God, Praise My Soul The King Of Heaven and, especially, All to Us. All the other songs are great as
well. The pipe organ is also so cool. Give my thanks to Jamie
Brown for putting it all together and writing some good songs.
However, what I really liked was the written introduction on page 3. It
beautifully described that the Holy, Invisble, Christian Church is not about
walls but totally about Jesus Christ our Savior. May our God continue to
bless your congregation."
"We have been so blessed by the worship CD. We cranked
it on several road trips this summer and now, as we are on the cusp of some
difficult decisions, we are uplifted by it—we ARE more than conquerers through
"I just can't express how much this has blessed me. I
cry every time I play it. That wonderful, transcendent pipe organ on the
last verse, ‘You're all to us’! Amen!"
"We thank God… for that wonderful worship recorded on the CD.
It transports my mind and heart heavenward on the commute to and from DC. We bought
16 and are now down to 1! Thank you… It is superb music and wonderfully understandable,
meaningful lyrics. We are blessed."
"Just want to say, the worship CD has now carried me to and from
work since Monday morning. What a ride! I was even grateful for one
final unexpected construction zone yesterday morning so I could hear the final
“amen” one more time. I read the credits thoroughly and applaud each of
you for the gift you have given to us and more importantly to our gracious God.
I believe these songs will be background to many more prayers being lifted up
to His Holy throne of grace. He will faithfully inhabit those prayers and
we will grow in the fullness of Christ more and more."
Tim Challies recently recommended "A Thousand Amens: Live Worship with The Falls Church Anglican" at his blog. Here's what he had to say about it:
"This may well be the only Anglican modern worship album on the market. It’s a good one. The Falls Church Anglican is one of those faithful congregations that refused to compromise the gospel and was forced out of its building. This album was recorded before they had to vacate their property. They sing a variety of songs, including several Sovereign Grace tunes, some hymns, and a few originals. I have especially enjoyed their cover of “Behold Our God” along with “Praise My Soul the King of Heaven” (and the amazing transition between the two)."
On Friday, March 2nd and Saturday, March 3rd at 8:00pm in the Main Sanctuary at The Falls Church
1,000 people gathered to lift their voices in praise to God, to celebrate his faithfulness, and to capture a sense of vibrant, Christ-centered, Spirit-filled worship. Musicians from The Falls Church and sister churches were joined by professional musicians from Nashville and L.A. to record a live worship CD.
Nine microphones were spread throughout the Sanctuary to help us capture the congregation's voices loud and strong. Our worship team, choir, and organ were all a part of all 14 songs and we were thrilled with how it all turned out.
We can't wait for you to hear it, and will keep you posted with previews as we're able. Your donation will help those previews come more quickly!
The Falls Church just published its latest edition of "The Current", its bi-monthly newsletter and featured an article on our live CD.
One week from now we'll be wrapping up the laborious editing process and sending the project off to Nashville to get mixed and mastered. We are still on track for a July release!
We've had a very fruitful couple of months thanks to Jonathan Crocker (who's editing), all the singers who have come in to help, and all of you who have continued to pre-order the CD. We can't wait for you to be able to hear the songs and we'll be posting previews here as soon as we can.
Creed Design (out of Charlottesville) is designing the CD packaging for us and we're grateful to them for their involvement in this project.
Two months from now we hope you'll be holding the CD in your hands. Thanks again for all your help and support.
This week we are finalizing (1) obtaining all the necessary licenses (i.e. paying the royalties) for the songs which weren't originals, (2) making sure all the original songs (i.e. written by Jamie or Simon) are covered and entered into CCLI's database in case other churches want to use them, and (3) exploring getting those original songs properly copyrighted so they're legal.
This isn't terribly exciting stuff, but it's moving us closer!
Jonathan Crocker continues to work on editing the CD in his home studio. Next week the speed will pick up, and then during the final week of April we will record some overdubs while The Falls Church Anglican still resides at 115 E. Fairfax Street!
The man we had our eye on to mix this CD has confirmed that he is available, praise the Lord! Paul Salveson who lives and works in Nashville (link to: his website, or read about him on wikipedia) will begin mixing the CD in May. After he is done, Jim DeMaine at Yes Master Studios in Nashville will master the CD for us.
So things are moving along and we're grateful for your patience!
We are thrilled to report that as of today, March 28th, we are only $5,000 away from having this project fully funded. This is due to your generosity, pre-purchases, and donations. Thank you! If you know of anyone who might like to donate and/or pre-purchase, please pass the link on to them.
Over the last week or so, we have been carefully listening to both nights' recordings, each song several (!) times, and trying to catch the things we'll need to fix in editing.
Our recording engineer and editor, Jon Crocker, became a new father last week, when his wife Caroline gave birth to their daughter Britten. We prayed that Britten would wait until after the recording to be born, and she obliged. Now Jon is being a good husband and father, and after another week or so of getting into this new rhythm, we will begin getting down to the work at hand of editing all the tracks.
We anticipate this to take a few weeks. We'd like to be finished with this process by the end of April. Then in May we'd like to begin to work with the studio in Nashville who will be mixing this project for us.
As promised, we will keep you updated as this project moves forward. Thanks again for all your support!
Nathan Mitchell, a professional photographer and member of The Falls Church, gave up a ton of his time to photograph the set-up, rehearsals, and worship recordings a couple of weeks ago. You might enjoy seeing his work.
Click here to see his pictures.
Thank you, Nathan!
At our worship nights a couple weekends ago we sang/recorded 15 songs. We are THRILLED with the recordings and really excited for you to hear this CD.
Before you do hear it, a lot still has to happen. We've begun to listen to the recordings of Friday and Saturday night to see if any particular night stood out as "better" for one song. We've heard some obvious things that need to be fixed (like on Friday night when the sound system sounded like it exploded for a few seconds) but we'll need to start combing through each song, each instrument, each channel, each section, very carefully to fix any mistakes before the project is sent off to be mixed.
We're not trying to make a perfect worship CD. But certain things that you don't notice in the context of a worship service will stand out and be quite distracting on a CD you play in your car or on your computer. We're going to keep the CD sounding "real" and authentic. This editing process will help you not be distracted by a wrong word or out-of-tune string or a missed note.
This will give you an idea.
Thank you to everyone who joined us for worship on Friday and Saturday night. Thanks also to everyone who helped last week with airport rides, food, coffee, prayers, set-up, and tear-down. We had a wonderful few days and are absolutely thrilled with how everything went.
Depending on the funds raised over the last few days and over the next few weeks, the next phase in this project is editing. This will likely take the better part of the next 2 months. God willing, we'd love to begin getting the project mixed and mastered in May. Check this site often for more updates and previews.