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G R A H A M  K E N D R I C K :  W O R S H I P  L E A D E R,  S O N G W R I T E R  &  T E A C H E R

A series of films featuring Graham Kendrick talking about some of his songs, sharing some thoughts on particular themes and playing in a unique trio.

Beautifully shot in HD by Andy Hutch, these films uniquely capture Graham's heart for serving the church and his passion for worship.

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God Moves In A Mysterious Way

Cowper suffered from depression and this song came out of one of Cowper's darkest moments.

God Moves In A Mysterious Way

Wake Up

Wake Up came from a desire to capture some of the grit and determination found in Psalm 57 when David suggests that he's had enough of the darkness and that he will sing the songs that awaken the dawn.

Wake Up

My Worth Is Not In What I Own (At the cross)

Our western culture values us by how much we own and how much we earn but God uses a different value system which leads us to the cross of Christ.

My Worth Is Not In What I Own (At the cross)

Adore (You stepped down from heaven)

Adore very simply tells the story of God made flesh and enables us to respond to that story.

Adore (You stepped down from heaven)

Holy Overshadowing (O spread Your wings of mercy over me)

It’s about running to God in times of trouble and finding refuge, rather than running away from God.

Holy Overshadowing (O spread Your wings of mercy over me)

Praise Him Moon and Stars (Sweet is the Work)

Inspired by the first verse of Issac Watts hymn on Psalm 92, Praise Him Moon and Stars is a lively call to worship that I have found to work well as an opening song.

Praise Him Moon and Stars

Keep the Banner Flying High

It’s about pushing through weariness or discouragement, keeping our eyes on Jesus, doing the work he gives us to do and doing it together.

Keep the Banner Flying High

I Saw The Lord

Isaiah's vision has often been used as a template for worship, for approaching God. Suddenly we encounter this holy God. He's totally different from us.

I Saw The Lord

Give Me This Mountain (Caleb's Song)

Graham tells the story behind the song about the biblical character Caleb. Caleb was somebody who never gave up on the promise of God even though his whole generation fell into unbelief and fear. Three times it says of Caleb that he was of a different spirit, that he was wholehearted. He gets that endorsement from God.

Give Me This Mountain (Caleb's Song)

The Peace (Now may the peace of the Lord)

The Peace by Graham Kendrick is from the 2011 album Banquet. Recalling the well known words of Aaron the high priest as he come out from meeting with God, The Peace is a song of blessing over everyone. It's often a great way to end a gathering!

The Peace (Now may the peace of the Lord)

God of the Poor (Beauty for brokenness)

Graham Kendrick talks about the 'God of the Poor (Beauty for Brokenness)'. God is often known as the God of the powerful but not often the God of the weak, the downtrodden or the lost. Using Psalm 113 Graham talks of a God who comes right down and physically joins the poor and the needy.

God of the Poor (Beauty for brokenness)

Holy Overshadowing (O spread Your wings of mercy over me)

Graham Kendrick and Ben Trigg tell the story behind the song about God's protection. Ben says "When I brought the song to Graham, it was more or less a 'poem with a chorus', and a simple melody (which actually stuck). The wisdom that Graham brought helped me to see how it needed to be structured and the ideas contextualised in order to become a really useable worship song, and I was grateful that he began to input ideas that would take it down that road". Graham says "What I relate to in the song is how easy it is when we are under pressure to find refuge in the wrong places, especially if we feel guilty or that we're not getting it right. We tend to run away from God when actually the best thing to do is run to God".

Holy Overshadowing

Merciful (At the cross)

Graham begins by quoting Nelson Mandela and then goes on to talk about the process of writingMerciful (At the cross where Jesus suffered)from the 2011 album 'Banquet'. We have loads of songs about God forgiving us, perhaps not so many about us forgiving others but we pray it in the Lord's Prayer. There is a conditional side to forgiveness! Author and teacher R. T. Kendall asked Graham to write a song about forgiveness and here it is...

Merciful (At the cross where Jesus suffered)

Be Glorified (Forth in your name)

Graham talks us through the story of howBe Glorified(from the 2011 album 'Banquet') came into being. How is that on Sunday in church we hardly ever sing about Monday? Graham takes the words to the Charles Wesley hymn 'Forth In Your Name' and adds a new tune and a chorus as a response to the question. Graham says 'Church is about being refreshed, renewed and empowered to get back out into the world and serve Christ'.

Be Glorified (Forth in your name)

Give Me This Mountain (Caleb's Song)

Graham Kendrick tells the story behind the song about the biblical character Caleb. The Bible is a book of stories of how people encountered God and what they learned about God through those encounters. Caleb was outstanding for one particular thing. He goes down in the biblical record as being wholehearted. Caleb stood firm even though he was a minority and it took 40 years! It's a fantastic example of endurance and keeping your heart pure.

Give Me This Mountain (Caleb's Song)

This unique trio features Graham Kendrick (Guitar), Mark Prentice (Double Bass) and Terl Bryant (Percussion).

Amazing Love

Amazing Loveperformed by Graham Kendrick, Mark Prentice (Double Bass) and Terl Bryant (Percussion).

Written in 1989, Amazing Love has become a 'Kendrick Classic' and was re-recorded for 2011's The Very Best of Graham Kendrick.

Amazing Love

Thorns in the Straw (Since the day the angel came)

Thorns in the Strawperformed by Graham Kendrick, Mark Prentice (Double Bass) and Terl Bryant (Percussion).

Written for the Christmas album Rumours of Angels in 1994, Thorns in the Straw is now a concert regular and takes the viewpoint of Mary, the mother of Jesus. The song imagines Mary glimpsing the bitter-sweet story of her newborn son as she finds a thorn in the manger straw that cradles her baby's head.

Thorns in the Straw

Holy Overshadowing (O spread Your wings of mercy over me)

Holy Overshadowingperformed by Graham Kendrick, Mark Prentice (Double Bass), Terl Bryant (Percussion) and featuring Ben Trigg (Vocals and Guitar).

Graham Kendrick and Ben Trigg co-wroteHoly Overshadowingwhen Ben came to Graham with some ideas for a song about God's protection. Ben says "When I brought the song to Graham, it was more or less a 'poem with a chorus', and a simple melody (which actually stuck). The wisdom that Graham brought helped me to see how it needed to be structured and the ideas contextualised in order to become a really useable worship song, and I was grateful that he began to input ideas that would take it down that road". Graham says "What I relate to in the song is how easy it is when we are under pressure to find refuge in the wrong places, especially if we feel guilty or that we're not getting it right. We tend to run away from God when actually the best thing to do is run to God".

Holy Overshadowing

Crucified Man

Crucified Manperformed by Graham Kendrick, Mark Prentice (Double Bass) and Terl Bryant (Percussion).

Written in 2006, and recorded on album Out Of The Ordinary, Crucified Man is Graham at his singer/songwriter best. A declaration of the belief that the life, message and death of Jesus is Plan A, there is no Plan B. All hope has been placed in Jesus - the crucified man.

Live or die here I stand
I’ve placed my hope in a crucified man

Crucified Man

Meekness & Majesty

Meekness And Majestyperformed by Graham Kendrick, Mark Prentice (Double Bass) and Terl Bryant (Percussion).

Written in 1986,Meekness And Majestywas the theme song for the annual UK Christian Conference Spring Harvest - This Is Your God.  It was then recorded for the very first 'Make Way' album 'A Carnival of Praise', Meekness and Majesty has become one of Graham's most well known and popular compositions.

Meekness and Majesty

Themed Thoughts from Graham

Worship Is A Journey

Graham Kendrick explores the idea that in Christian Worship we are on a journey from revelation to response. Graham says 'The worship journey is not just about us encountering God and how we feel about that, it’s also about being sent out'.

The Trinity

Sometimes we can lose the wonder and the awe of the fact that we can worship God at all - that we are welcomed into His presence. We must understand that our only access to be able to come before God is through Christ - The Worship Leader.

Why Aren't We Singing

'Very often I find myself in worship contexts. The band is pumping out great music, the worship leader is lost in wonder, love and praise but I look around and a lot of people are barely mouthing the words.' There are a number of straightforward reasons why we are not singing suggests Graham. Watch for more.

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