It’s been three years since the last ORU worship record debuted, and five years since the International Worship Center’s last live worship record. ORU IWC will add to its discography with a live recording of the group’s newest album at the ORU Mabee Center at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 1.
ORU Worship has created three albums: “Extraordinary” (2006), “Revolution” (2007) and “Until the Whole World Knows” (2009).
“We didn’t just decide to make a record for no reason,” said Daniel Tsubota, the album coordinator. “We’ve seen [the] hurt, but we’ve also seen the hope that the Spirit of God brings when we minister in the worldwide language of music.”“This album was on the calendar before I took over the department, and it was one of my events to cancel as director,” said Jon Swindal, IWC interim director. “About a week after I canceled the live recording, it was all I could think about.”
According to Tsubota, the album is comprised of original songs written entirely by the ORU community, including both students and IWC staff.
“In the last few months I have encouraged the students to write and use some of the songs in chapel,” said Swindal. “Their talent and content are more than capable of producing a product that can represent what God is doing at ORU to the world. We want to gather the best of what the ORU community is writing for its corporate worship settings.”
“We did a rough test run of what the album night could be like last College Weekend, and we were overwhelmed by the reactions and results,” said Tsubota. “We decided that this Spring College Weekend is the perfect time to combine the ORU community, College Weekend visitors, Tulsa community and local church members and anyone who wants to be part of an epic night of worship.”
The songs for the album will be posted on facebook.com/oruiwc for the audience to learn beforehand. Many of the new songs have been introduced in chapel, and demo versions will be available so people can become more familiar with them before the recording.
“We don’t want it to just be the choir who can sing along,” said Tsubota.