is not just a collection of my new worship songs,â€ said Doerksen. Â â€œIt was inspired by Isaiah 40 which says, â€˜Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level. And the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all mankind together will see it.â€™ It’s one of the most well-known passages of the scriptures. But the reality of grace and the leveling it speaks of continues to elude most of us in our cultures of competition.â€
â€œWe love elevating â€˜starsâ€™ and shaming â€˜sinnersâ€™,â€ he continues. â€œGod’s heart as Father longs to embrace us all and place us on level ground! Â Through Him, we can all experience grace that transforms. My hope and prayer is that is exactly what you will experience as you listen to these songs and stories!”
The Level Ground DVD is a two-hour film that brings together a hybrid of several elements – itâ€™s part concert film with all the songs from the CD (plus a new version of â€œBroken and Beautifulâ€) and part documentary with interviews, â€œgrace storiesâ€ and behind-the-scenes footage.
Of the DVD, Doerksen says: â€œOn the film version you are placed right in the middle of our gathering; you hear and see the music happen all around you. You witness an 8â€™ by 14â€™ painting that captures the concept of â€˜level groundâ€™ as it emerges. But beyond the music and the painting, perhaps best of all, you get to hear and see the grace stories. For me thatâ€™s the highlight of this project.â€
Integrity Vice President Robert Brenner adds: â€œIâ€™ve been to many recordings in my 20 years at the label, but I have never experienced anything like this evening of worship. We were all standing together, musicians amidst the worshippers and the powerful exchange that occurred between one another and with our God was transformational. This CD and DVD have the potential to open up an entirely new model of worship that takes the focus off of the leader and places it directly on our God.â€
The Level Ground CD features new songs written by Doerksen along with co-writes by Paul Baloche, Kathryn Scott and Doerksenâ€™s longtime collaborator/producer Phillip Janz.
The song list for Level Ground is:
1. Welcome To The Place Of Level Ground (writers Doerksen, Paul Baloche)
2. The Jesus WayÂ Â (writers Doerksen, Steve Mitchinson)
3. Lifelong Passion (writer Ali Berry)
4. Enter The Rest Of God (writer Doerksen)
5. Everything/God In My Living (writer Tim Hughes)
6. Will You Love Me In The Winter (writer Doerksen)
7. Here Is Love with Give Thanks (writers William Rees, Robert Lowry and Henry Smith)
8. No Condemnation (writers Doerksen, Janz)
9. Giver Of Life (writers Doerksen, Mitchinson)
10. Altar Of Love (writers Doerksen, Mitchinson, Janz)
11. Whatever Comes (writers Doerksen, Mitchinson)
12. Thank You For The Cross (writers Doerksen, Kathryn Scott)
13. First (writer Doerksen)
In addition to the CD and DVD, Level Ground worship resources (trax/songbook/digital songbook) are available.