The hand of the LORD was upon me, and he brought me out in the Spirit of the LORD and set me down in the middle of the valley; it was full of bones. And he led me around among them, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley, and behold, they were very dry. And he said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord GOD, you know.” Then he said to me, “Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live, and you shall know that I am the LORD.” So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I prophesied, there was a sound, and behold, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. And I looked, and behold, there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them. But there was no breath in them. Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, Thus says the Lord GOD: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.
The Seattle Hymn Project's debut album is titled "That They May Live" as a reference to this passage in Ezekiel 37. In this text, the Lord breathes life into a valley of dry bones and they become walking, talking beings. We love this imagery because it communicates so beautifully the power of the gospel to transform hearts and to bring life and hope into places of death and despair. This is a message of hope that we believe our campus and city desperately need to hear. This album was created to be a reminder of the life that is restored through the forgiveness and grace found in Jesus.
Reformed University Fellowship at the University of Washington and the congregations of Grace Church Seattle and Green Lake Presbyterian Church have participated in this project in an effort to demonstrate the love and grace of Jesus to the city of Seattle and to the world through the ministry of music. Our hope is that these hymns will be an assurance and a reminder of the beauty and truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
released 29 September 2012
Sound Engineer: Seth Moore
Producer and Graphic Designer: Steve Hardin
Mastering: Levi Seitz at Blackbelt Mastering
Seattle Hymn Project would like to thank:
Our producer, Steve Hardin, and sound engineer, Seth Moore, for the innumerable hours they spent in the studio and in post-recording editing and mixing sessions with us to make this album happen. This album literally would not have been possible without their time, energy, and skillz.
Ryan Hughs, for sharing our vision for this project and supporting us as it became a reality, for his ministry to us as he served the UW campus through RUF, and for his inspiring growth of seasonally appropriate facial hair.
Green Lake Presbyterian Church, for the use of their facility as studio space and for hosting our album release hymn sing, and for the sanctuary’s addition of pops, creaks, and cracks to the recording.
To the musicians of RUF at UW, Grace Church Seattle, and Green Lake Presbyterian Church, for dedicating your time and talents to this project and for being really great at what you do. We love all y’all.
We’d also like to give a shout-out to those who donated on Kickstarter, with a special thanks to: Michael and Michelle Barratt, Alex Brewster, Tiffany Clark, John Haralson, Daniel and Laura Ribera, Lesia Sasynuik Schafer & Keith Schafer, Rebecca Thatcher, and Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis. These folks helped make this album free through their generous support.
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