Tim Hughes is one of the most consistent and influential worship songwriters out there today. I mean, you can just close your eyes and pick up anything that he releases—whether it's a solo project or a collective record with Worship Central. So a request to review his material is no doubt exciting!
According to Tim, "Pocketful of Faith" is a collection of songs that captures his journey of shifting from his regular church in London to Birmingham where he has been instrumental in planting a new church.
About the songs
The album opens with the powerful "Here With Me" declaring that God is our help and hope in every time of need—easily one of the best songs on this project.
"Only the Brave" continues these themes further, after which we get to listen to the title track. "Pocketful of Faith" encourages us to step out in faith now—instead of waiting too long and live in regret later because of missing out on the adventure God has in store for us today. The song is also interestingly arranged starting out with simple piano work and then exploding into an anthemic bridge full on, it's great!
"Symphony" describes the restoration we enjoy because of the love and grace of God. "Set Apart" from last year's worship central project follows and it sounds just as great as it did there—if you haven't added this song to your master song list by now, please do yourself a favor and do so right away—it's brilliant!
There are more worship goodies—"Arms" is a beautifully crafted song about trusting God and finding rest in Him. "Sky High" celebrates God's majesty and His inexhaustible love. Two more fine songs from "Set Apart" find a place here—"The Cross Stands" and "The Way". in fact, there are two versions of the latter including a sweet acoustic one.
"Hope and Glory" is a moving intercessory song calling on God's mercy and power to revive us again. The album closes with "Hallelujah" motivating us to remain in God and worship Him continually.
"Here With Me", "Hope and Glory", "Set Apart", "Pocketful of Faith", "The Way" and "Arms".
What stands out throughout this project is the heart of the songwriters—especially the willingness to be transparent about their vulnerabilities, fears, joys and worship God in every season.
So is this my favorite Tim Hughes record? No, but then it'd be a tough task to better a record like "Love Shines Through"—even for Tim! However, this project does deliver on what Tim does best—singable church-friendly songs, many of which should easily enter set-lists of worship leaders worldwide.
And now, for the giveaway!
Leave a comment below (don't forget to fill in your email-ID) listing your favorite songs written by Tim Hughes for a chance to win a digital copy of "Pocketful of Faith"—there will be two winners.