Behind The Scenes On New Wine's Spirit Fall

Posted by Chris Lawson Jones on 11 July 2014

25 summers ago, a few hundred people headed to a showground in the English countryside for the very first New Wine, an event started by two Vicars with a vision of a place where people could encounter God together and be trained for ministry in their local churches. No one could imagine the impact these gatherings would go on to have in the UK and around the world, not least giving birth to Soul Survivor along the way.

Worship has always been a top priority for New Wine. Hundreds of songs have been written and recorded by the movement and the summer gatherings have acted as a training ground for the likes of Matt Redman and Tim Hughes. For the first time in years, this summer everyone will meet back on that original showground, and to mark this quarter century milestone the worship team will represent the different parts of the UK that the event has impacted over the years.

Because New Wine has always been about equipping the local church, we wanted to arrive at this year's conference armed with a ready-made soundtrack for the times we're going spend worshipping together. So, we've been working together since last October, praying, planning and writing songs. We've toured the country, leading worship at various New Wine events, taking Producer Trevor Michael with us to record the sessions. We've taken the best bits from these events and made them into an album, 'Spirit Fall.'

We picked the best of the songs we've written as a team and have added a few from elsewhere, such as Bethel's 'Forever' and Gateway Texas' 'O The Blood' - both songs that we think will go down well in local churches. We also have a song on the album called 'The Father's Love' written by the worship team of a young New Wine church, King Cross Church in London.

The song 'Spirit Fall' was brought to us by our youngest worship leader, Susie, during one of our writing gatherings. She had been playing around with the idea for a while, working on it in her bedroom and at her student group, and when we first heard it we knew it was something special. A few of us helped Susie put some finishing touches to the song and once it was complete it quickly became a favorite, going on to become the title track. We love that it was a song birthed in personal and small group worship and that it had a beautiful simplicity to it that resonated so deeply with our ethos of openness to the Holy Spirit. The song celebrates the power, hope, healing and freedom found in God's presence and that, as scripture says in 2 Corintians 5:17 "if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here!"

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