The contemporary worship team had a busy summer working on a new project and leading events around the community. I love that for the last two years my summer has started with leading worship at VBS! This year, Lindsay and I had the pleasure of working alongside Rick and Tonya Wright to build the ship and stage set. We were very pleased with the way everything turned out! I have such a blast at VBS and love to see what God does in the lives of the students and the volunteers. Experiencing the energy in the building and seeing the impact and change that takes place over those 4 days is priceless.
We love Dunn Brothers and got to play a show there this summer. One of my favorite parts of about playing at this venue is the flexibility to perform multiple sets and take breaks in between to talk to people and build relationships. This summer we made a really great connection with a guy who owns a local venue. He really enjoyed our music and wants us to come play at his place. This is another great opportunity for us to be an extension of UBC and God’s heart in the community while building relationships with folks in our city.
We are getting ready to release the new instrumental album titled “Echoes of Grace” this fall, and I couldn’t
be more excited to put this in the hands of our church members. This record is a list of hymns that have been reimagined in our musical writing style. We will package this album with devotionals and spiritual exercises that pair with each song. I am really praying this can be used as a tool for personal spiritual growth and also as a musical backdrop for everyday life. Right now, we are finishing up production and finalizing recordings, and then we’ll enter the mixing and mastering phase. We’re excited for this to be a refreshing experience for people as they study the Word of God and worship.
I had the opportunity to go to LA with the team from UBC. I spent time with their worship team to talk about their infrastructure and bring different elements of training and resources to them. A few essential parts of these ongoing conversations and training dynamics are:
- to foster a unique voice,
- to learn how to grow and shepherd a team,
- to build unity on the worship team and in the church,
- and to cultivate a relevant worship experience that is authentic and powerful from the ground up.
I look forward to continuing our relationship with The House LA, and I am excited to be an ongoing partner with them in their journey and growth as a church.
-Ben Sandstrom, Associate Pastor of Contemporary Worship Ministries