Have you ever found yourself searching for new, meaningful worship music that resonates with your soul? Look no further than Common Hymnal, an innovative project that is redefining the way we approach worship music. Common Hymnal is not just a band or a collection of songs, it is a community of artists and songwriters who are passionate about creating music that brings people together and reflects the diverse experiences and expressions of faith. Common Hymnal was birthed out of a desire to bridge the gap between traditional hymns and contemporary worship music. Founder Malcolm du Plessis, a South African-born songwriter, gathered a group of like-minded artists from various backgrounds and denominations to collaborate on this ambitious project. Their goal was to create a space where people from different walks of life could come together to worship God in unity. The result of this collaboration is a series of albums that combine elements of gospel, folk, rock, and soul to create a unique sound that is both timeless and modern. The first album, simply titled "Common Hymnal," was released in 2018 and features songs like "Invitation," a powerful anthem that invites all people, regardless of their background or beliefs, to experience the love and grace of God. One of the standout tracks on the album is "Micah Massey," a song that pays tribute to the African American worship leader of the same name. Micah Massey has been a vital part of the Common Hymnal community, bringing his soulful vocals and heartfelt lyrics to many of the songs. His contributions have helped shape the sound and message of Common Hymnal, adding a depth and authenticity that is truly inspiring. Since its inception, Common Hymnal has received widespread acclaim and recognition. The project was nominated for the Dove Award for Worship Album of the Year in 2019, solidifying its place as a powerful force in the worship music scene. The songs have resonated with people all over the world, touching hearts and bringing people closer to God. But Common Hymnal is more than just a collection of songs. It is a movement that is actively working to make a difference in the world. The Common Hymnal community is committed to social justice and advocacy, using their platform to address issues of racial inequality, poverty, and injustice. They believe that worship and justice go hand in hand, and that true worship is not just about singing songs, but about actively seeking justice and loving our neighbors as ourselves. To further their mission, Common Hymnal hosts events and gatherings where people can come together to worship, learn, and engage in meaningful conversations. These events are a beautiful expression of the diverse and inclusive community that Common Hymnal has created. From intimate house concerts to larger worship gatherings, these events provide a space for people to connect and experience God in a powerful way. In addition to their albums and events, Common Hymnal also offers resources for worship leaders and churches. They have a comprehensive hymnal and songbook that includes a wide range of songs from the Common Hymnal community, as well as traditional hymns and contemporary worship songs. This resource is a valuable tool for churches looking to incorporate more diverse and inclusive worship music into their services. Common Hymnal is a breath of fresh air in the worship music landscape. With their unique blend of musical styles and their commitment to justice and inclusion, they are redefining what it means to worship God. Whether you are looking for new music to incorporate into your personal worship time or searching for resources to enhance your church's worship experience, Common Hymnal is sure to inspire and uplift you. So why not join the Common Hymnal community and discover the power of worship that brings people together?
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