To The World
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Mike R. Schuster truly understands worship.
In the title track to his sophmore CD, To The World, the Calgary-
You see, worship is not just about lifting your voice and raising your hands to heaven. It’s about how you live your life -
“What can I do for the One who sets me free?” Schuster sings. “When I serve the hungry, the needy, the lonely, the grieving, I can be the hands and feet of Jesus to this lost and troubled world.”
It’s a catchy song. And as we sing it over and over again, hopefully it will inspire us to do more in the name of Christ.
For seven years, Schuster served as the worship leader of Bow Valley Christian Church in northwest Calgary. But he recently left the position for a civil service job that’s given him the freedom to minister to a wide range of congregations on the weekend.
Those who know Schuster will readily agree that you’d be hard-
But beyond physically leading worship, Schuster’s primary gifting is as a song-
Songs like Celebrate Your Love, God on High, To The World, and You Alone Are God could fast become congregational favourites. To make it easy, chord charts, lead sheets, and even PowerPoint slides for every song on the album are available at www.mikerschuster.com.
The 12 tracks on the project incorporate a broad swath of musical styles including pop, rock, country, folk, and inspirational. They include a healthy balance between more up tempo numbers and slower ballads.
All are original compositions with the exception of Schuster’s remake of the Timothy Dwight hymn, I Love Thy Kingdom, Lord. Four of the tunes are also co-
Production was handled by Schuster along with Leroy Harder and Dan Nel at Calgary’s Slyngshot Studios. Brought in for the recording was an impressive array of both local and out-
Unfortunately, Schuster’s voice is the weakest link. Stronger lead vocals would take the recording to a higher level. While I do like his timbre, Schuster just hasn’t been blessed with amazing pipes. Then again, Bob Dylan was never lauded for his voice either. And that didn’t
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