Well – I have to admit that I was a little disappointed with the turnout for the Salvation is Here Reader Poll. Thank you to Brian, Terry, and Michelle (Kevin’s better half) for taking the time to comment.
The overwhelming response to the poll, the email discussion that lead to the poll, and verbal conversations was that Salvation is Here is a favorite worship song.
I also really like the song. (After all, I was the one that put the song in the lineup after suggestions from Amy and Michelle). But I wasn’t convinced that it was a great song for congregational worship/singing.
As I mentioned, GracePoint has used the song twice now on Sunday mornings. On the first Sunday, I was out in the congregation and I thought it was a little hard to sing along to if you weren’t familiar with it – particularly the bridge. Two members of the band have also mentioned to me the song doesn’t feel “tight” yet.
However, the last time that Salvation is Here was used, April 6th, we got a lot of positive feedback about the worship music. And you’ve seen some of the feedback that this a favorite of several people. Also the song is used frequently in a lot of churches, so it must be good right?
And perhaps the most compelling evidence that we need to keep it around, Jeff absolutely rocks the bass solo.! He discovered that Youtube has several videos teaching the bass solo, including one from Hillsong United’s bass player Tenni.
So in conclusion, I think the song needs to stick around.