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At Eastside Church we celebrate music and the arts in worship. We encourage members of our community to compose new arrangements of ancient hymn texts and to author new theologically rich expressions of sacred music for use in our worship gatherings.
Our writers and worship leaders have been influenced by a broad range of musical sources. Some have a more contemporary worship music background, some alt rock, some folk, and others traditional church. Amidst this, we endeavor to plan music that is local to Decatur and Atlanta’s east side and recognizable in form while sacred in word.
To get a sense for the music, check out the videos and music below.
This is a folk/acoustic arrangement of the Lord’s Prayer. Not only is the music original, but the language of the prayer was adapted in some places as well.
The text to this hymn was written by Martin Luther. I wrote the refrain to compliment it and to create something of a call and response between the verses and the refrain. Luther’s lyrics have a very benedictory feel to them making this song seem like a good one for closing worship.
This is an original song meant for confession in worship. It acknowledges that the most basic reality of the human condition is that at our core all of creation is in need of God’s saving work. A large part of historic Christian worship is simply an acknowledgment of this reality – all we are and all we hope to become is in God’s hands and the more we understand this, the more freely we can live into the hope that is ours through Christ Jesus.
This song acknowledges the reality that often times we need to hit rock-bottom before recognizing our desperate need for God and God’s grace. This song is about God’s presence becoming known in the darkest moments in our lives.