Who we are We are an expression of Circle of Hope in the Philly metro. In 2012 we moved according to the desire to codify some of the songs we compose and learn for worship through quality recordings. Our process grew over the first two albums and developed into the third we’re thrilled to be releasing now.
We are experimenting with a missional process of recording and distributing Jesus worship music as a tool for training leaders. We intentionally try to get this music out there in ways beyond the norms of commercial Christian music. As part of a 501(c)3 non-profit, we don’t sell anything but offer the music digitally and printed cds with booklets for donation. By doing so, we hope to build up the body of Christ, get Circle of Hope to new places, and use them as opportunities for people to give tax deductible donations (and say hi!!) if they like what we’re doing.
What we trying to do now
“Finding Home” describes part of the spiritual journey that we are all on. We are working through our own sense of limits, mistakes, alienation, and brokenness as well as that of our society. Like our friend Cheryl Bear says, we are trying to be Good Story-tellers. We are weaving a narrative through the worship music and poetry we write. The Good Story is God working in each of us and in us collectively calling for creative expression and inspires us to worship. We are being formed into this family with Jesus on a redemptive mission powered by the Holy Spirit.
For direction on this album, we polled our church on which songs we should try to record. We offer the top six tunes as well as a new one and two poetic offerings that could be likened to Psalms. We tried to keep the songs in singable keys for a congregation, not according to the featured singers. We include the chords, lyrics, explanations for how to use the songs, and some origin stories with the intention of making worshipping Jesus more accessible.
We used the ACTS prayer concept to mark the flow of this record: The tracks loosely flow along according to Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication (making requests). We hope from wherever you are in your journey towards a fuller lived reality with Jesus, creation, and God’s people that you can be encouraged by the honesty, authenticity, and love that went into this album.
We set this record in a surreal space, between what you might hear at one of our Sunday meetings and a cabin on a lake yet pulsing with the Holy Spirit’s creative bursts. We are trying to get at the liminality of our moment in time, not being certain of where exactly society is taking us or our role in shaping it - yet needing to make courageous and creative steps with the the Spirit. We need to stay at home with Jesus to know who we truly are and where we’re headed together.
released December 4, 2015
As an expression of Circle of Hope, we know that we can't represent everyone as well as we'd like. Still, we offer our heartfelt gratitude to the leaders, covenant keepers, and partners as well as the partners we're going to make. We hope this tool is a blessing to you. Even as our team develops and grows, over two dozen people from all four of our congregations made contributions to this project. A huge thanks also to Hans DeKline at Sound Bites Dog for mastering, Brooke Sexton, special guest artists Steve REAL HAMMOND organ Adire from
FUNK FACTORY RECORDING , HENDERSON NEVADA) and Stephen Robbins (drums), Cameron DeWhitt (group vocal arranging & directing), Croatan Studios, Michael Heneghan (cover art), Tianna Blair (layout/design), and Matt Sowell.