We led the song “Holy” on Sunday from the “Stand Firm” project. This was the second song we worked on composing as a group and has been one of our church’s favorites to sing.
The song is based off of 1 Peter 1:13-2:3.
The song focused on how Man’s sinful conduct is leagues away from the holiness of God, and yet we need his help to bridge that gap. The precious blood of Christ and the Word of God cleanses us and makes us increasingly all the more holy. We are praying that God continues to make us more like him.
Being the second song we composed, it went through a lot of development. The first time we started playing with the song, we had 10 people contributing. After a lot of work, it came to its current form.
We played around with the selection of keys, but we finally landed on the key of A and got Eric Bryant and my wife, Amanda, to sing lead on this song. While their voices are very different, they worked so well together on this song. Both of them had an honesty in their voices that I thought was so rich on this track. The only sad thing was that she had the flu on the day of the release and couldn’t sing with us. Richenda did a great job taking over though on the spot.
The song has moments where the cello, banjo, or flute shines. I love the layering of the instruments and the interweaving of lines that are happening in the background.
But my favorite part is hearing the worshipers sing out! I love when a song captures the heart of God’s people and they respond to his revelation.
Travis Agnew serves as the Lead Pastor of Rocky Creek Church in Greenville, SC. His most recent book is Just (About) Married.
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