Life.Church Worship announced the release of their first full-length Christmas album, “Gloria.” The 10-song project is available now and offers holiday songs ranging from upbeat praise to deeply worshipful while incorporating a special combination of familiar Christmas songs with worship music.
Over the past few years, Life.Church Worship has been writing Christmas songs for the church celebrating the birth of Jesus while also tying in their contemporary worship culture, and they knew this was the year to release a full-length album to share the songs and resources while also serving the global church. Their camp said, “Offering an authentic expression of God moving in the lives of the people in the church, whether celebrating victory or acknowledging the brokenness in our lives, each song offers a message of hope.”
“Gloria” was recorded live earlier this year at their Edmond Campus.
"This album is entitled ‘Gloria’ because, with every song, we give glory and honor to God," the group shares collectively. "In the book of Luke, which tells the Christmas story, we see angels singing 'Gloria' as they worship God and announce the birth of Jesus. In the same way, we hope this album helps people praise God for who he is, thank him for the gift of his son Jesus, and worship him with their whole hearts throughout the Christmas season."
They add, "As a collective of worship pastors from Life.Church, we understand the challenges that churches face in bringing fresh, engaging worship sets for Christmas. We worked to incorporate the classic Christmas songs we all know and love while staying true to our contemporary worship style. While we think the global church will enjoy singing these Christmas arrangements, one of our biggest goals with this album was to support other churches as we all plan for the Christmas season."
Their uniquely penned version of "Joy (To The World)" is led by Worship Pastor Dominique McHenry and features Ryan Ellis, singing of the spirit of warmth, togetherness and joy in the Christmas season. The third track, "Emmanuel," is an upbeat arrangement of “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” turned into a praise tune in response to the good news that he has come and features Chandler Moore from Maverick City Music. Worship leader Stacey Tyler leads "Midwinter," a song that Life.Church Worship hopes people remember that “even in seasons of winter, even in our waiting, we can trust that God is good, and he brings life to all things.” View the performance video of "Joy (To The World)" below or click here to find out more about “Gloria.”
Life.Church Worship is a collective of worship pastors from Life.Church, a multisite church meeting at 38 physical locations in 12 states and globally at Life.Church Online.
A press release stated, “As an extension of the church’s mission to lead people to become fully devoted followers of Christ, Life.Church Worship is passionate about creating music that inspires listeners to pursue a relationship with Jesus.”
Following the release of the “Jesus Is Near” EP in August 2020, the group celebrated Life.Church’s 25-year anniversary with the release of its latest single, “As You Are,” in January.
To learn more about Life.Church Worship, visit life.church/worship.