Graves Into Gardens
Written by Rachael on 23rd October 2020
Elevation Worship released their latest album Graves Into Gardens at the beginning of May 2020. The album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Christian Albums chart. The album also broke an Apple Music record in the Christian & Gospel genre, garnering the title of most pre-added album of all time.
“Each album we’ve released has its own special theme, message, and musical vibe, and we’ve recorded almost all of them as live church experiences,” says Chris Brown. “But I have to say the electric, live atmosphere that was captured on Graves into Gardens stands above our previous collections. There has not been another live recording of ours that has compared to the energy and spirit that was in the room that night. The significance of what we experienced was unmistakable and I really believe it’s a project that has the ability to transport listeners into that room filled with other passionate worshippers, but more importantly usher the presence of God into any environment it’s heard. The intensity, excitement, the spontaneity, and the emotionally sacred moments that we recorded together all live on in a special and evident way that will allow listeners everywhere to be part of the Elevation Worship experience.” Perfectly embodying the unique creative and inspirational interaction between Pastor Steven’s weekly messages and the music performed by Elevation Worship, the title track and concept for Graves Into Gardens have their roots in a sermon he preached on a Bible passage found in 2 Kings 13. After the prophet Elisha died, his story didn’t end there. Two Israelites were near his gravesite about to bury another man. When they saw a band of enemy raiders coming, they threw the man’s body into Elisha’s tomb. When the body touched Elisha’s bones, the man came to life and stood up on his feet (2 Kings 13:20-21).
Pastor Steven preached that just like the resurrection miracle Elisha still had left in his bones, God is in the business of bringing dead things back to life. And I f we’ll throw the dead areas of our lives on the bones, if we’ll believe in the power of God, if we’ll declare resurrection power over everything we sow, nothing will be wasted. Nothing is over. Nothing is finished. If God is in it, we will move forward. As the members of Elevation Worship have corporately expressed: “Our prayer for this project is that it would serve to bring the reality of the Kingdom of God into our hearts and minds –– our entire faith is built on the truth that when Jesus hung on a cross and was placed in a tomb, it wasn’t the end. He wasn’t buried, he was only planted. What the world saw as defeat, God knew was a victory. Our faith is in a resurrected King, and the reality that resurrection is still happening and is possible in our own lives.” Brown further illuminates: “We hope people are able to take a second look at what they once considered “dead” in their life. And that this project provides a new perspective that allows them to see new life in seemingly dead places. Because what God breathes on must come to life. And what we may see as a grave, God sees as a garden.”
Elevation Worship is the musical expression of Elevation Church, a multisite church based in Charlotte, N.C. founded by lead Pastor Steven Furtick. Over the past 14 years, it has grown into a global phenomenon drawing a weekly attendance of more than 25,000 with locations from Toronto to Orlando; in addition to their worldwide online audience.