Christopher Grundy | Stepping In

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Stepping In

by Christopher Grundy

Christopher's latest collection opens our eyes and hearts once again with twenty-one new worship songs for progressive and emergent Christian communities. Acoustic, alt rock, gospel, and a cappella chants, all with fresh images and inclusive language.
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1. Stepping In
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2. When Jacob Awoke
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3. I Was So Glad
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4. We have Come
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5. More Light
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6. Listening Now (feat. Michaela Snypes)
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7. Then Will Your Light Shine Forth
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8. As the Moon
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9. Out of the Depths
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10. By the Stream
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11. Break Over Me
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12. Waiting for You
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13. Pour Out Your Spirit
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14. This Is My Child
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15. Peace Be with You (feat. Michaela Snypes)
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16. Jesus is There
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17. Holy, Holy, Holy
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18. Amen
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19. Taste and Believe
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20. Every Step of the Way
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21. Nunc Dimittis
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
In a time when Christian music recordings are dominated by recycled, conservative theology, we can spend a lot of time hunting for a song here and there that fits with our church's expressions of faith in worship. "Stepping In" is just what some of spend hours looking for: a collection of new worship songs for progressive and emergent Christian communities. Twenty-one songs cover a wide array of uses, moods, and styles. They range from opening songs, to prayers before hearing scripture, to calls to prayer, to songs for baptism, communion, sending, and more. Written over a period of years for a variety of worship contexts, these songs represent some of the best of Christopher’s recent work with the church in its various settings – local congregations and beyond. Every one of the last five general synods (national gatherings) of the United Church of Christ have included his music in plenary sessions. The UCC's recent songbook "Sing! Prayer and Praise" contains ten of his songs.

The musical style of this collection ranges from gentle acoustic, to rock alternative, to R & B gospel, to simple a cappella chants. Most of the songs are written for group singing, so they are set in keys that most of us can sing, and use a range that works for groups rather than soloists or radio singles.

All of this comes with Christopher’s knack for lyrics that are thoughtful and singable at the same time. The images are fresh and evocative: the moon tugging on the tides, the coffee shop conversation, the suicidal teen, the singing bird and drop of rain that are ablaze with God’s glory. The language is inclusive and expansive. The theology reaches forward, supporting process and liberation-oriented modes of worship as well as themes steeped in history.

Many of the songs are arranged for demonstration purposes. They begin with simple arrangements in order to demonstrate how the songs could be led by a single song leader or small ensemble. Then, vocal parts and instruments are added to demonstrate more possibilities. Instrumental sections not only demonstrate roles for saxophone, tin whistle, mandolin, electric guitar, and more, they also leave gaps for speaking (or quiet contemplation, or passing the peace).

Don't just listen to the first few tracks. The more you listen, the more depth and resonance you'll find. Lead sheets for these songs are available at Christopher's website: www.christophergrundy.com

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Greg Katski

Progressive Christian music at its finest!
With 21 songs that run the gamut of progressive Christian worship songs, you certainly get your money's worth from Christopher Grundy's "Stepping In." Christopher has been crafting these songs in UCC churches around the country for over 10 years, but never have they been put together in such a comprehensive collection.

He achieves near-perfection with the recording, beginning with rousing opener "Stepping In," which starts with a soft guitar strum and Christopher's spare, soothing voice. By the time it spreads its wings and becomes a full-fledged gospel hymn, it is clear the song was meant to be sung before, and by, a crowd of thousands. "I am stepping in, we are stepping in," he sings, inviting the listener to join him on his journey.

The album slows down for "More Light," a spiritual song that could be sung while holding hands around a warm summer campfire late at night, before kicking in to first single "Then Will Your Light Shine Forth." The song, with its bouncy guitar riff and sing-along chorus, is the perfect mid-album wake up call.

Even more of a wake up call are the lyrics, which really get to the heart of progressive Christian worship music. "We talk over brunch on Sunday, and you tell me it's so odd; how every week you sing and you pray, but you don't feel close to God. Then you yell at the waiter working weekend double shifts; maybe when you see God in him, the fog will start to lift."

Much like "Then Will Your Light Shine Forth," Christopher's lyrics cover sensitive subjects not usually broached in contemporary Christian worship music, like racism and bullying.

“Out of the Depths” chronicles the life of a self-abusive adolescent with a broken home and problems at school. “Monday morning, try to drag myself to school again. Tuesday same thing, strap a happy mask on and pretend, in front of my friends. Wednesday’s worse yet, I hate the way I look and so does she. By Friday evening, I could hurt somebody, even me,” Christopher sings in a low growl as he kicks up the distortion on his guitar.

The chorus has the youth pleading to God to help him. “Out of the depths, I’m crying, and God you better be hearing me scream,” Christopher sings. Its heavy stuff for Christian worship music and Christopher nails it! By the end of the song, you’ll be pleading for God alongside the troubled youth.

Christopher’s musical arrangements are varied, and use percussive and string instruments effectively. “Break Over Me” incorporates hand drums in a sort-of spiritual chant, while a violin takes the lead in “Waiting For You.” Perhaps the best, though, is the enchanting flute that accompanies Christopher in the Celtic tinged “Pour Out Your Spirit.”

“Holy, Holy, Holy,” and “Amen” are sure to have worshipers dancing up out their seats and clapping. They are joyful and triumphant tracks, and make a good lead-in to the last three songs on the album.

“Nunc Dimittis” ends the 50-minute worship album on a high note. “Now you are releasing your servant, in peace, for my eyes have seen; they have seen the salvation!” Christopher sings.

And, indeed, your eyes will be opened to a whole new world of progressive Christian music. It might be fitting to say, “The album has ended, you may go in peace.”
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