Christmas is Here

It is officially Christmas season. For those in the Church creative world, this can be the busiest time of the year. Deadlines get tight, budgets are non-existent and the ever-looming Christmas service is on the horizon.

Here at the CREATE:initiative, we want to do what we can to offer simple resources to make your life easier during this season. As a result, be on the lookout for some Christmas resources to be posted throughout the month of December.

To get things started, we wanted to share some new Christmas music with you. 

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Paul Baloche | For Unto Us: Christmas Worship Live From London

Paul Baloche has been a mainstay in the Christian Worship world and his new release is a blending of traditional Christmas carols and some of Baloche's most well-known songs. A worship pastor for over 20 years, Baloche created these unique arrangements to serve both worship teams and individual listeners, focusing them on the Christ of Christmas throughout the “busyness” of the holidays. The resulting songs create an environment familiar to both congregants and visitors during holiday services. “While we love the content of traditional Christmas songs, they rarely facilitate a vertical expression of worship towards the Lord,” explains Baloche, writer of worship standards “Open The Eyes Of My Heart,” “Your Name” and “A New Hallelujah.” “The idea behind theChristmas Worship projects has been to combine the carols we enjoy with modern worship choruses that encourage worship all throughout the season.”

The album is now available online.

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Planetshakers | Christmas Volume 1 EP

Melbourne, Australia’s Planetshakers Band releases a four-song EP on December 1. Their first-ever holiday project, offers joyful, pop and R&B-infused versions of three holiday favorites, plus an all-new Christmas song. Each song offers a unique spin on some classic carols. “Christmas, for us, is a time of such joy and celebration,” says Sam Evans, who leads worship and serves as senior pastor of Planetshakers along with her husband, Russell.  “So we wanted to create something new and fresh that would help others have that same joyful, fun-filled experience as we join together with family and friends to celebrate the birth of our Saviour, Jesus.”

The new album will be available on December 1, 2018