Monday Muse: Dancing on the Mountain

For those who love to worship God with voices and hands raised, stirred by contemporary rhythms and sentimental lyrics … who also love and hold fast to the theology of a gracious, inclusive God made known to us in the boundary-breaking life of Jesus … finding praise & worship music that does not offend one’s theology is very difficult.

Enter Dancing on the Mountain, by pastor and musician Rob Leveridge!

Leveridge’s album of thirteen songs for community worship is an exciting sign of hope that Contemporary Christian Music is not necessarily wed to conservative theology. But more than that: Dancing on the Mountain is a gift to congregations regardless of theological position. With songs like “In Your Eyes” and “No Matter What,” Leveridge’s music shares the Spirit of hospitality with all people and worshiping communities.

No matter who we are,
where we’re from,
what we’ve seen,
how we look,
how we speak,
what we earn,
how we love,
we are yours…
(“In Your Eyes”)

Each of the thirteen songs inspires possibilities for worship. “Resurrection Song,” for example, can be incorporated into the reading of scripture; “Taste and See” offers reflection for Communion as well as for a Thanksgiving service; and each song on the album can be sung in full or its chorus excerpted for repetition. In addition, how-to essays in the songbook (which includes music for piano, voice and guitar) provide practical guidance and encouragement for writing and teaching new worship songs.

The recordings on Dancing on the Mountain are exceptional, with full praise band sound and harmonies, and the occasional surprise of children’s voices! (The latter makes “Do a Great Work in Me” a quick favorite of mine.) Dancing on the Mountain is an uplifting worship resource, clearly made with joy, for the inspiration of the Church everywhere!

Dancing on the Mountain is available for purchase
as a CD, a songbook and also via download through
robleveridge.com. I was pleased to write an introductory
essay on prayer and poetry for the album’s songbook.

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