Rooted in Chicago’s Community Christian Church, pastored by Dave Ferguson, Community Music is comprised of worship leaders from the church’s 11 campuses. Led by Brazilian-born husband/wife team Lucas and Evelyn Cortazio since 2013, the collective is closely aligned with NewThing, a church planting network created by Community Christian Church representing more than 3000 congregations internationally. Community Music recently introduced “Nothing He Can’t Do”. The new song features Dove Award-winning Word Worship Music recording artist Meredith Andrews along with Community Music worship leaders Lucas and Evelyn Cortazio. In this TCB Exclusive, Lucas talks with us about the heart behind “Nothing He Can’t Do,” the similarities and differences between worship music in the US and Brazil, and how technology is creating new opportunities amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Congratulations on the recent release of “Nothing He Can’t Do”! Can you share a little of the heart behind the single and how it came to be?
Thank you so much! We feel “Nothing He Can’t Do” is an essential declaration of faith in Jesus. The song is an invitation to the Good News of the Gospel, that in Jesus we truly find all we need. In fact, Jesus is our greatest breakthrough. Our hope is that this prophetic prayer becomes an anthem for all of us who have been seeking the Lord for a breakthrough. Worship is our weapon and we will choose to bless His name in every season. Our friend Jonathan Mason at Word Worship Music set up a co-write between us, Andrew Bergthold, and Meredith Andrews. We spent four hours together praying, worshipping and seeking the Lord, and the result was “Nothing He Can’t Do.”
What has been the reaction to “Nothing He Can’t Do”? Are there any impact stories you can share?
Our church has embraced this song and it has become an anthem for us. We have heard stories from both our congregation and other churches of how the song has helped bring focus to the God of the breakthrough, instead of only focusing on the breakthrough itself.
Who or what are your current musical and lyrical influences?
We have a very eclectic taste in music and are influenced by a variety of artists and ministries. In the worship realm, we love Hillsong, Red Rocks Worship, Elevation, Upper Room, Bethel, Housefires and many others. We are often inspired by life stories of those around us, various books and Scripture.
As you are both originally from Brazil before moving to the United States, can you share some of the similarities and differences of worship music between the two countries?
Brazil is highly influenced by the American worship music culture, as is the rest of the world. It’s also important to point out that we have experienced stylistic differences here in the U.S., just as they exist across the globe, and we should celebrate them all.
Brazilian people are very passionate in our worship music expression. As Brazilian-Americans, we have learned the importance of structure and planning to churches here in the U.S.—that’s often overlooked in Brazilian churches. Our hope is to connect these two worlds by bringing even more worship passion to churches here in America, while bringing excellence through structure and planning to Brazil.
You are closely associated with NewThing, a church planting network. Throughout your involvement, what have you found to be the most difficult and most rewarding part?
The greatest challenge for us has been the tension of honoring the past while trailblazing a path for the future in the arts. Our greatest reward has been relationships. We have connected with, been empowered by, and learned from so many different people, both here in the U.S. and across the globe. People are truly our greatest gift.
With all of the changes brought on because of the COVID-19 pandemic, how have you been able to find connection and live out your mission within the church?
Technology has played a huge role in our ability to stay connected and live out our mission as a church. This COVID-19 season has presented us with new opportunities, and we feel our church has done an amazing job at not only surviving this season but thriving in it. Like most, we had to adapt and be creative and intentional in how we care and connect with our community. We have launched an engagement team called Community Cares that regularly reaches out to every person in our community for prayer, support, and to meet their needs. This is no doubt a tough season, but we believe the Church has been made for such a time as this.
What are you most looking forward to during this second half of 2020?
We are currently working on a new EP, and we’re excited to release these songs to our church and beyond. We are also looking forward to seeing how the global Church will continue to impact our communities with hope, healing and love.