Hello Everyone!

I’m gearing up for the National Conference of the Christian Community Development Association.  This year we’re in Memphis, and I’m excited to see friends and other co-laborers in Christ.  But before that, I must prep like crazy! 

Last year was my first year being on the Worship Team.  It was an important moment for me, because it gave me an opportunity to live out worship + justice + reconciliation and share that with others.  This year I feel like I’ve stepped up the game a little more because I’ve gained more confidence in what I do, plus I was given much more responsibilities!  These include:  1) vocal director; 2) keyboard 2; 3) logistics and team handler; 4) communicator; 5) Worship Leader for the Women of Color Post-Conference.  It’s a lot.  Please pray for me.  🙂

Worship at CCDA is unique in that it reflects the philosophy of CCDA itself.  I love that it is practiced both in our process of becoming a worship team, and how it plays out at the conference as a ministry to others.  My friends Sandra Van Opstal, Jonathan Brooks, and I will be presenting a workshop at the conference if you’re interested in learning more about CCDA-syle worship.  I hope to meet all of you at some point during the conference.  Let’s connect via the CCDA app!

For now I wanted to share with you our set list.  We are singing some songs that may be unfamiliar to people and songs in different languages as well.  There will be lots of gospel music, anywhere from spirituals to choir-style gospel to contemporary gospel.  We will also have a DJ for the first time ever on the CCDA stage, which is more than exciting!  I wanted to share some of our new songs with you in hopes that you can take a listen before the conference and be able to worship together without stumbling over pronunciation of the words or being caught up in unfamiliarity.  Plus, they are amazing songs!  I hope they are a blessing for you in preparing for this conference.  They’ve certainly blessed me.  You can e-mail me if you’d like any chord charts or lyrics as well.

Enkayai Danieli (The God of Daniel) – Kenya

Jonathan learned this during his time in Kenya.  It’s a very simple call and response song meant to be repeated.  The words are:

Enkayai Danieli  The God of Daniel

Enkayai Naisipa Is the one true God

You can substitute different names for “Daniel.”  

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaCT5bgkIQs]

God Has the Last Say – Gospel song by Canaan Community Church in Chicago

Jonathan’s church just released an album of original songs from the community, and we are so happy to debut this song at the conference.  A member of the congregation wrote this after hearing a sermon about hope that God will make all things new and right in heaven, and that the story is never over.  Must have been quite the sermon, Jonathan!  Buy this album to support this community, and enjoy this song!

No matter what you say

No matter what I say

No matter what they say

God has the last say

Habitu Elav (Look Upon Him) – Hebrew

Jonathan also traveled to Jerusalem recently and attended a church where he learned this song.  The words to the chorus are:

Habitu Elav

Habitu Elav

Habitu Elav

She Ha’Elohim

Look upon him, the Lamb of God.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCsdSbyJJsk]

Ven Tocame (Come, Touch Me Lord) – Spanish

This is a beautiful song about the Lord’s healing.  It reminds me of the woman who bled for 12 years, desperately reaching for Jesus as he passed by.  It is that sort of desperate faith and reaching that brings healing.  

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJyUrjIU5Ow]

Magdan Lik (Glory to You) – Arabic/Spanish mash up

Sandra found this song among friends, then paired the melody with a familiar Spanish corito (chorus).  

ana farhan bahtef magdan lik,

magdan lik, magdan lik

I will wait to see him

In His Glory.

[vimeo 9707922 w=500 h=281]

Magdan Lik, Dec 28 PM from Urbana on Vimeo.

Creo En Ti (I Believe In You) – Spanish

We do this song all the time at my church, and I love it.  It’s about having faith that the Lord will do amazing things among His people. 

Recibe… toda la gloria

Recibe… toda la honra

We give You all of the glory

We give You all of the honor

Precioso hijo de Dios

Amazing son of God

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGFCR0BLarg]

These are just some of the new songs that we will be singing at CCDA.  You can hear the rest of the songs on our spotify playlist. I hope it can be a blessing to you as you prepare for the conference, as well as be a resource to your community in worship music.  I’d love to know which ones you like!