Rend Collective has slowed down their releases over the last couple of years.
The output from 2022’s album Whosoever demonstrates that they’ve stayed committed to their musical and lyrical roots.
This is We Need The Love Of God.
I don’t think its a long-lasting song, not many of their songs are.
But it does express truths about the nature of Christian life in an inviting and engaging way.

The lyrics:
You are the hymn for the hymnless
You are the hope for the hopeless
You’re the God who believes in the rebels and the runaways
You are the home for the outcast
You are the friend of the faithless
You’re the God who receives every prodigal with arms of grace
You’re the God who receives every prodigal with arms of grace

We don’t need cold religion, but we need the love of God
Oh we need the love of God, like we need a heartbeat
We’re done with our pretending, something real is what we want
‘Cause we need the love of God, oh we need the love of God

You won’t give up on the wounded
You walk beside the rejected
You’re the God who is for all the doubters and the down and outs
You aren’t afraid of our questions
You’re bigger than we imagined
You’re the God who restores all the wonder to the cynic’s heart
You’re the God who restores all the wonder to the cynic’s heart

We don’t need cold religion, but we need the love of God
Oh we need the love of God, like we need a heartbeat
We’re done with our pretending, something real is what we want
‘Cause we need the love of God, oh we need the love of God

Come join the outsider anthem
This choir of sinners is singing
Oh how sweet the sound of grace
No matter how far we’ve fallen
There’s always hope for redemption
Oh how sweet the sound of grace

No matter how far we’ve fallen
There’s always hope for redemption
Oh how sweet the sound of grace

We don’t need cold religion, but we need the love of God
Oh we need the love of God, like we need a heartbeat
We’re done with our pretending, something real is what we want
‘Cause we need the love of God, oh we need the love of God
Yeah, we need the love of God, oh we need the love of God

Words and Music: Chris Llewellyn, Elias Dummer, Gareth Gilkerson
(c) 2022 Rend Family Records

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