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Saving Grace
June 17, 2009, 1:40 pm
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I thought I would write and let you know about a new project that New Wine have been working on. In my mind, this represents a really positive step forward in the development of New Wine worship.

New Wine has always had a rich heritage in worship, believing that an encounter with God is central to the activity of His Kingdom. Over recent years, God seems to have brought together more and more songwriters within the New Wine network and it’s circle of friends who are writing great songs for their churches, and in our desire to catch the movement of God’s Spirit amongst us, we have, for the first time, brought some of these new songs together in a studio project. It was quite a few years ago when Eoghan Heaslip and myself began to sense that this was something that was on God’s heart for us. Making it happen has taken a while, but we are so excited that, through our partnership with Survivor Records, it has finally become a reality, and this first album brings together 10 worship leaders from across the network who are so much part of our worshipping life together.

Worship leaders and songwriters appearing on ‘Saving Grace’ will be Eoghan Heaslip, Neil Bennetts, Nicole Brown, Pete James, David Gate, Nick Herbert, Jules Woodbridge, Nick Herbert and Nikki Rogers. We are also excited that David Ruis has also been able to be part of the project for this year. Songs include: the title track Saving Grace (Bennetts/Heaslip), Here on Earth (Ruis/Heaslip), Bones (Gate), Rescuer (Herbert/Parks), Stronger (Morgan), You are here (Bennetts/Heaslip), and The way that You Father me (Gate/Heaslip)

Some one once said that if you want to travel quickly you should travel alone, but if you want to travel a long way, you should travel together. Saving Grace is an album that is birthed out of many people worshipping together, serving together, writing together and singing together, and in many ways it is a small but hopefully significant part of a long journey that we are all sharing as co-workers in the Kingdom of God.

Saving Grace is full of songs written to be sung in church. Produced by Nathan Nockels (Tomlin, Redman) and Joe Baldridge (Brenton Brown) we hope it will be a great sounding album, with fantastic musicianship and creative arrangements. But most of all we hope that the songs on it will spark in other worshippers a greater passion for God and for His Kingdom.


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Looks great Neil…I look forward to listening to it.

Out of interest, it looks very ‘Venue 1’ oriented…deliberate intention?? Any Venu2/Trent guys involved?


Comment by Andy

Hi Andy,
You are right – it has worked out a little that way, although Nick Herbert does the worship for Venue 2 (LSE) and NWN doesn’t have a venue2 so the only people not represented are Trent. They unfortunately couldn’t be part of the project as they were working on a vineyard cd/dvd at the same time (which I hope will be available on site too). Hoping that next year they will be involved – I certainly want them to be because they are so much part of the CSW week.

Comment by neilbennetts

Wow the Spirit was poured out whilst we all worshipped with these tracks at New Wine – awesome – God is amazing!!
love Rachel at Re vis.e Re form

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