Monday, July 07, 2014

The peace in my troubled sea

Or how about this? A folk rock worship band from Northern Ireland. I like it. I got it from this post. There's a little boy by that name in our family, and another baby David who came in a storm. But you'll have to excuse me because right now I need to go listen to some more of the Rend Collective.

6 comments:

Deb said...

Love the sound! It had me at the first verse. Thanks for sharing.

Ali said...

You're welcome Deb! Glad you like it. I love the sound too.

Anonymous said...

I also like this band - well before they got big. But sadly, I see them being over killed by churches. I went to my church on Sunday and we sung two of their songs with our worship leader very excited and proud to be sharing this "new style of worship which will change our lives and bring us closer to God" Sadly, we hear this every few months. First it was Hillsong, then Matt Redman, then Tomlin etc. Now it will be these guys and our service will go from signing 4 tomlin songs to 4 rend collective ones. Don't get me wrong, its great to have this music but sad when churches hang their hat on music as a means to get closer to God or get people into church. Very surface like. One person in my church said they like rend cos "it's stripped back and the true message simply stated without all our junk added to it." I said you should look into the orthodox church if you like the stripped back simple stuff and the basics of the way the church originally was. (I have found them very helpful in my faith journey). And the reply was "oh no. Liturgical churches are cults and heresy and we must avoid them or save them"

Ali said...

I agree Anon that it is sad when churches hang their hat on music as a means to get closer to God, but that said, worship does serve a purpose (and the Psalmist talks about entering his courts with praise etc). And the simple, stripped back stuff is not better by default (e.g. I am currently at a traditional church that only sings hymns to the pipe organ, but the words of some of those hymns are really quite atrocious - and you can find much better lyrics with more truth in them, not to mention a more singable tune, in certain modern songs). But the prayer book liturgy won't do anybody any harm.

Anonymous said...

I agree Ali. Worship in the form of music is a tool and method to praise and to receive but as I said, there seems to be a emphasis on music (or a band/artist) being the silver bullet. I agree about some of the hymn lyrics too and often I wince at the bad theology in lyrics ranging from hymns to contemporary worship. I have been in the faith for 18 years and its only the last 8 or so that I have come to love and understand "traditional" elements such as prayer books, rituals and even art. (artastherapy.com is interesting)where when I first began my journey it was just about a cool worship band up the front. The orthodox church has been great at helping me look at other ways to experience God. That said, I like rend and I am not bagging them out or churches who embrace their music and style, just cautious of those who think it will magically change their church like some spell.(which is what I am seeing in my own congregation)

Cathi D said...

I have never heard of this band. I loved how the music was so full of life! Thank you for sharing this :)