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Come Let Us Adore Him – A Christmas Worship Experience
Artist: Various 
Label: Essential Records
Length:  12 Tracks/37:50 Minutes

If you are in the mood for some tasty/artsy/relatively mellow folk/pop-rock worship Christmas tunes, Come Let Us Adore Him – A Christmas Worship Experience is a good choice this Christmas season.  The title of this CD pretty much sums up what you are going to get here-a classy and nicely put together yuletide-themed worship CD that fits nicely into the City on a Hill series (without being titled as such). 

The CD kicks off with “Sanctus,” a classic, haunting piece sung in Latin by Ana Laura, and heads into the acoustic song of praise “Holy, Holy, Holy Lord” with Bebo Norman and Danielle Young (of Caedmon’s Call).  Come Let Us Adore Him mixes Christmas classics (like Jars of Clay nice interpretation of “O Come All Ye Faithful”) and some newly penned worship pieces by folks like Derri Daugherty, Steve Hindalong, Marc Byrd, and Bebo Norman.  Interestingly the song that sounds most like one of my favorite bands The Choir was written by Julie Miller (“Manger Throne”). 

There are not any huge surprises here, and the song selection is a tad mellow–a few more up-tempo numbers would be a plus.  Of note is the pleasant string arrangement by Tom Howard, and the included devotional guide is a great bonus.  Overall, Come Let Us Adore Him – A Christmas Worship Experience is a solid yuletide worship treat that the whole family will enjoy! 

DJ Barry 

Barry Nothstine hosts Soul Frequency ( ) a weekly FM radio show showcasing progressive rock, instrumental rock, power-pop, psychedelic rock, rock classics and more—great rock for the ages!

In 2000, producers Steve Hindalong and Marc Byrd gathered together a group of artists from several labels and made a worship album of unique songs.  That first City on a Hill album produced several hit songs, including "God of Wonders."  Over the next few years, they released several more City on a Hill albums, including a Christmas album, City on a Hill: It's Christmas Time.  The project featured traditional as well as original Christmas songs.  As with the other albums in the series, the focus was on creating a worshipful experience.

Hindalong and Byrd have teamed up again to produce Come Let Us Adore Him, a Christmas album that is bound to draw comparisons and contrasts to City on a Hill: It's Christmas Time.  This new album features artists from Reunion Records and Essential Records, which is not as diverse as the previous one but still works well.  The song "Manger Throne" performed by Third Day is on both projects.  This album also works to create not just another Christmas album, but a worshipful experience.  This is one of those rare Christmas CDs that makes you think about what Christmas truly means and the impact of Christmas. 

Highlights include "Here With Us" an original song performed by Joy Williams, "Messiah Has Come" performed by Cindy Morgan, and "Mary's Prayer" performed by Bebo Norman with Christine Byrd..

Once again, Hindalong and Byrd have created a worshipful Christmas experience.  This is an album that we need to help us remember the true reason for the season and the depth of what happened that faithful Christmas morning.

Burton Wray December 15, 2005



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