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Spreading the Word, song by song

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

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Fervent Worship of Florence, Ala. closes a three-night worship performance at Living Stones Community Church this evening at 6:15.
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An up-and-coming worship team has been getting to know Shelbyville this week.

The band Fervent Worship has been performing at Living Stones Community Church, and will enjoy a final worship service there this evening.

'On fire for God'

Fervent Worship serves as the worship team for The Ark Outreach Ministries in Florence, Ala. They frequently minister at worship conferences, regional gatherings and outreach events.

Their name arose out of a season of worship at their home church, "We were red hot, on fire for God, and the idea of fervency was in our mind. The name just evolved from that," said Jake Clemons.

Known for their edgy sound, they completed their first worship project "Heavy Rain" in 2009, and released their second album "Face to Face" at the beginning of 2012.

Team effort

It's a close-knit group that collaborates closely when writing their songs of worship.

"Everything is based on [being in] the presence of God. That's what we go after, everything else is secondary, and God's always honored that," said lead vocalist Micah Walley.

"From the first album to the last one, we've added Hannah [Clarke], she's a big part of our writing, the foundation of all of our songs," said Clemons.

Among their playlist, they say, is something for everyone -- and a bit of each member of the band woven into each song.

Future plans

The group admits they have big dreams for a future together, while being grateful for what they call a "season of hiddenness." The process of touring and performing in the mid-South, of producing two CDs, has prepared them for that future.

"Whenever that door does get flung wide open, we'll be glad for this time of being hidden. We want to keep our DNA, keep who we are in Christ," said Walley.

"We have dreams, and we want to put feet to them. We're going to develop this team because it's part of our future."

Fervent Worship is performing tonight at 6:15 at Living Stones Community Church on Old Nashville Dirt Road. The public is invited to attend.