Hillsong Worship is back with their latest album, These Same Skies featuring 11 tracks inspired by the book of Matthew and the Sermon on The Mount.
Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum selling group, Hillsong Worship is back with their latest album, These Same Skies, released on Nov 5. This highly anticipated album marks the group’s first live album since 2018’s There Is More. A first for Hillsong Worship, the entire album was recorded in Orange County California and features 11 tracks that bring about that instantly recognisable “Hillsong vibe”. Hillsong has produced songs that have become a staple of every worship playlist for the past 30 years.
The album, inspired by the book of Matthew and the Sermon on The Mount, features the group’s mainstays such as Brooke Ligertwood, Reuben Morgan and Aodan King. It also features a new member, Mi-kaisha Rose.
In an interview on Louder Than The Music, Brooke said, “It is under these same skies that Christ’s Church—His Body on earth—exists today”.
“And though separated by oceans and closed borders, the mission of Hillsong Worship continues under these same skies—one in heart and spirit, unified in mission and cause-to glorify the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, to build His Church, and to serve His Church with the new song,” she adds.
NEVER WALK ALONE
One of the standout songs of the album, with a title that might excite Liverpool fans, is “Never Walk Alone”, led by newcomer Mi-kaisha Rose, and written by Ben Fielding, Hannah Jobs and Jenn Johnson.
In an interview on Worship Together’s Youtube channel, Hannah shared that the song first came about as she was listening to some worship songs in the car with her children. And it was Jenn Johnson of Bethel Music that sang the line, “I Have Never Walked Alone”.
Hannah said, “She (Jenn) sang that line and all of a sudden, I could feel a song just around that one line.”
She adds, “I then pulled out my voice memo app and sang that line and kind of had this idea, ‘I have never been abandoned’. Loneliness has been something so many of us struggle with at times. . . more so in the last year or two.”
Hannah adds that this song serves to remind people that more than just being a faithful God, God is also a personal God that is with us “every hour, every minute” just as the lyrics in the bridge go.
Led by Brooke and co-written by Brooke and Chris Davenport, “Resurrender” is a declaration of belonging to God and living a life of holiness just as He is.
Speaking to Leadworshipwell.com, Chris speaks of what this holiness means to him.
He says: “Well, it’s important for me to first disclose, that I am still working this out in my own life. I am and always have been (and most likely always will be) a self-professed work in progress.
“Keeping that in mind—in Scripture there’re two main aspects of holiness presented. The first being—I AM holy, because of the blood of Jesus. This is called ‘positional righteousness’. Because of my relationship with Him, because of my acceptance of His finished work on the Cross. His blood has made me holy and righteous. This relational foundation affords me the opportunity to live positioned and from a place of holiness.”
Adding on, Chris explains the second aspect: “The second aspect of holiness in Scripture comes from Peter who calls us to BE holy. This is often referred to as ‘experiential righteousness’. Another word we often hear in church for the call to be holy is ‘sanctification’. And that’s where I’m trying to grow the most in my relationship with Jesus.”
With more than seven million subscribers and 2.8 billion YouTube views on its channel, Hillsong Worship continues to reach out to the world, in a time where the world stays home. But its songs bring the presence of God to the homes of every listener, under These Same Skies, reminding us that the work of God doesn’t stop and is not finished, no matter what the situation in the world tells us.