Worship Song: Lead us Back

A powerful song of repentence featured at Urbana 18 and InterVarsity Live! that can foster deep reflection and conviction. The song names various idols of security, wealth, power, fame, comfort while pointing to God as the only source of true life.   


Lead us Back - InterVarsity Live! Worship Lyric Video | Urbana Worship
© InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA, 2020.

Worship Recording from InterVarsity Live! on June 19, 2020, featuring members of the Urbana Worship Team. 

Julia Carbajal - Vocalist (Instagram: @julianicolecarbajal)
Andy Delos Santos - Vocalist (IG: @andydelossantos)
Melissa Olachea - Vocalist (IG: @melissaolachea)
Todd Epps - Vocalist (IG: @epps.todd)
Colin Althaus - Instrumentalist (IG: @colinalthaus)
Colin Althaus - mixing & mastering 
Andy Delos Santos - vocal production
Josh Jang - video editor
Eric Lige - worship coordinator 
Imer Santiago - worship director
Andy Kim - executive producer

Written and Music by Bobby Gilles, Brooks Ritter 
© 2006 Bobby Gilles and Sojourn Community Church. Used by Permission. l  CCLI# 4878333  | CCLI License# 20304567.
Languages: English

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Song Story

By Eric Lige, Urbana 18 Worship Director

As the Urbana 18 worship team was combing through song catalogs looking for songs on the topic of repentance, we had a magic moment when we landed on “Lead Us Back” during a group Internet search. We immediately knew this needed to be part of Urbana 18 worship. This song speaks to the idols of our culture with such specificity and brutal honesty. I was surprised that it was written in 2007 because it feels so relevant to today’s context. The first verse deals with the idol of security, the second, with the idol of material things, and the third, with the idol of power.

A few months before the conference, I met with Barnabas Lin, who managed the Gospel in Action morning. We talked through the worship set for that morning’s session, and I suggested he take a listen to “Lead Us Back.” Both of us realized with surprise that the lyrics referenced everything he was looking for. As Urbana participants heard the call from Revelation 18 to “come out of Babylon,” we could respond by singing this song and declaring, “Lead us back to you.”


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