morganandkariSome of you may have already heard, but something crazy amazing happened this Easter. As part of the Gateway Worship team and choir, it was mentioned that it would be awesome to have a choir descant to sing with Kari at Easter. I took it as a personal challenge and sat down at the piano one afternoon to see if the Lord had anything He wanted to write through me.

He did.

In the bridge of this song (at the 3:32 mark), you’ll hear the descant that I wrote to Kari Jobe’s amazing anthem, “Forever.” (ProTop: You might even get to see my mug singing and crying like a baby somewhere around the 5:14 mark.) 🙂 I will never, in all my life, forget the moment during sound check when Kari heard the descant for the first time. She cried. Our worship pastor, Thomas Miller cried. I cried. Like a little baby, I sobbed. It was a Holy Spirit moment like no other. And all nine times we had the privilege of worshipping this song with the Gateway congregation, it felt like Christmas morning. No, it felt like Easter morning.

For He is risen, He is risen indeed!

Enjoy this, my friends. The Holy Spirit is all over it and I dare you to listen without crying.

Love you all!

I had the privilege of helping to write and arrange the background vocal choir parts for this song. I encourage you to listen to the lyrics. They are breathtaking and powerful. And if you look close enough, you might even see me singing with the choir on the front row. 🙂

He is the Lamb, He is the love!

Happy listening.

Friends, you’re invited to join us for the Gateway Worship Live Recording of the new album! It’s Friday, May 15, 2015 and we’ll be singing some songs you’ll know and some new ones, too! Featuring the likes of Thomas Miller, Mark Harris, Kari Jobe-Carnes, Cody Carnes, Anna Byrd, and more!

I’ll be there, singin’ my little heart out with the rest of the team and I hope you will, too!

Excerpt from GatewayPeople.com:

Walls Are Comin’ Down

For the past three years, Gateway Worship pastors and teams have been praying, watching, and waiting on the Lord for what the next live recording project would be. This live recording will be a moment in time when we come together and seek to hear the heart of God with no restraint.

Come and be a part of this incredible night as we capture the worship experience that is Gateway Church. Be prepared for all of the fullness praise and worship can bring!

This brand-new live worship album from Gateway Worship will release in October and will be filled with great songs including “Let the Heavens Open,” “Walls,” “Grace That Won’t Let Go,” “You Stand,” and many more. We want everyone that desires a night of praise and worship with no limits to come ready to see that walls are coming down!

Children’s ministry is not available.

For more information, visit: GatewayPeople.com

So I had the privilege of being a part of this. And I still ugly snot cry every time I watch it, the same way I did up on that platform. The Holy Spirit was ALL OVER this. You’ll see the audience agreed. Enjoy! (And get some Kleenex.)

Artist: Gateway Worship feat. Rita Springer
When: Gateway Conference 2014, Southlake, Texas

I am so excited to share the song A Little More with you. It represents an era of my life wrought by trials, pain, fear and doubt. Ever been there? Thought so. We all have, I would dare say. But in this particular time, I was facing one of the most challenging obstacles of my life so far. And while I knew God, while I knew He was there, I felt very lost and very confused.

I see the sunshine but I can’t get past the clouds
I hear the music but I can’t make out the sound

It’s like I was in a fog, knowing there were answers all around me, but whether because of fear or doubt, I just couldn’t seem to find them. But I knew somewhere deep down that I was close to breakthrough.

Yes I’m right on the edge of my breakthrough
Yes I’m right on the edge of knowing just how much I need You

It was, as per usual, in a cathartic moment of trying to write a song about what I was going through, that I realized my problem wasn’t the problem, my problem was that I was focused on the problem. As simple as that may be, for me it was my breaking point. For me it was the realization that despite all I was going through, I could make a choice to shift focus from the problem to the Problem Solver. I could continue to doubt, continue to fear, continue to worry, continue to misunderstand, OR I could simply trust. I could trust that God had it under control. I could trust that He is trustworthy.

So I did.

Cause I’ve had more than my share
Of the cares of this world and I’m
Not gonna face them alone
If you see me standing by
With a tear in my eye it’s because 
I’ve reached my breaking point
And it’s a little more than I can survive

I questioned whether the last line should be “a little more than I alone can survive,” because I wanted it to be clear: this song was about the realization that I needed Jesus’ grace, His redemption, His peace, His plan or I wasn’t going to survive the pain.

The second verse goes on to describe how the choices we make determine our destiny. Yes, there is pain. Yes, there is brokenness. It shouldn’t come as a shock. So instead of wishing my life was different, wishing I didn’t have to deal with such unwelcome problems, I could choose faith.

My heart’s been broken by the lies now and then
My spirit wounded by the words that cannot mend
But I’ve found in my life that I can survive
By the choices that I make
God only knows why

That’s just it. Faith is a choice. It’s not something that only seasoned Christians have. It’s not something for the lucky, or for those with a propensity to “stick their heads in the sand.” No, faith is a choice we can make. With every situation, big or small, painful or prosperous, joyous or horrific, whether brought on ourselves or dropped in our laps, we can choose how we’re going to face it.

Alone.

Or with the One who knows the plans He has for us.

Be blessed, my friends,
Morgan

 

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you,” says the lord.
~Jeremiah 29:11-14a

A Little More – Morgan G Farris
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Lyrics: A Little More by Morgan G Farris
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I see the sunshine but I can’t get past the clouds / I hear the music but I can’t make out the sound / Yes I’m right on the edge of my breakthrough / Yes I’m right on the edge of knowing just how much I need You / Cause I’ve had more than my share of the cares of this world / And I’m not gonna face them alone / If you see me standing by with a tear in my eye / It’s because I’ve reached my breaking point / And it’s a little more than I can survive / My heart’s been broken by the lies now and then / My spirit wounded by the words that cannot mend / But I’ve found in my life that I can survive / By the choices that I make / God only knows why / I’ve had more than my share of the cares of this world / And I’m not gonna face them alone / If you see me standing by with a tear in my eye / It’s because I’ve reached my breaking point / And it’s a little more than I can survive / Cause I’ve had more than my share of the cares of this world / And I’m not gonna face them alone / If you see me standing by with a tear in my eye / It’s because I’ve reached my breaking point / And it’s a little more than I can survive

The official lyric video for the single, A Little More, by Morgan G Farris.

Piano/Vocals: Morgan G Farris
Drums: Ty Lambert
Guitar/BGVs: Halston Portalez
Bass/BGVs: Marc Gonzales

©2014 Morgan G Farris. All rights reserved. Any unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws.