Reformed Praise exists to...
I would characterize the settings and instrumentation on this album as "adult-contemporary rock," based on my radio station days. Percussion is light, yet basically unnecessary, in my opinion. I like hearing saxophone and piano.
Reformed Praise presents Martin Luther's setting of Psalm 130 in a fresh, reflective, piano-driven setting suitable for a wide range of worship music styles.
I would use this new melody of "From Depths of Woe I Cry to Thee" (cf. LSB 607) next Ash Wednesday as the Hymn of the Day (with appropriate copyright permission, of course). That's about the highest compliment I can pay David Ward and Reformed Praise. This is the true gem of the first album.
Amazing Love by Josh Buttram, Released December 2010
The title track, "Merciful to Me" is quite endearing and memorable. The Eric Schumacher/David Ward original, "There Is No Greater Portrait," focuses on the person and work of Christ, His work in winning for us and delivering to us the forgiveness of sins. The choral background is quite moving. "Jesus I My Cross Have Taken" is a Henry Lyte hymn of the theology of the cross in the life of a believer in Jesus.
Rev. Paul J Cain is Pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Sheridan, Wyoming, Headmaster of Martin Luther Grammar School, a member of the Board of Directors of The Consortium for Classical and Lutheran Education, Wyoming District Worship Chairman, and Editor of QBR.