New songs for modern missional worship, rich in Christian teaching and contextualized in modern culture. Contemporary hymns, psalms, songs of lament and praise written by members of the Louisville, KY-based Sojourn Community. (website)
Let's consider the albums they provided for review in the order of their release.
This is an album that deals with two things that apparently are reluctantly, uncomfortably, and only rarely addressed by modern American Evangelicalism: pain and hymns. Old hymns are rich in Christology as well as both law and Gospel properly distinguished. "Contemporary Christian Music," so-called, often focused on experience, emotion, and I. Law predominated.
Theologically, I will disagree that our offerings are "a means of grace," according to "All I Have Is Yours," and that we are "compelled by grace" as in the song "In the Shadow of the Glorious Cross."
Here are some of the most well-known Advent/Christmas text "retuned." The new tune for "Joy to the World" is compelling, embodying well the anticipation of the season, the Christian expectation of the birth of Christ as well as His return on the Last Day. "Glory Be" reflects the joy of the season, including the creative percussion accompaniment. "God Is With Us" sings of Immanuel in a new carol.
I was thankful for the background provided on Sojourn's website identifying their source material, since my mp3 downloaded album otherwise had no liner notes. I am impressed at how Sojourn is
Sojourn is making a sojourn from what Christian worship music has been in recent decades to what it has been and what it could be, what Robert Webber called "Ancient-Future Worship."