"Zion. Itís an interesting word, with several meanings and connotations. We read about it, sing about it and even wonder where it is. In Biblical terms it is the hill on which the city of David was built and perhaps where the Ecclesiastical meaning of the highest place, or Heaven, comes from. Zion is precious to the heart of God and itís essentially what Jesus came to establish Ė Heaven on earth. God is birthing His kingdom in us and through us here on earth and that is exemplified through what Jesus is about: mercy, love, forgiveness, generosity, justice - all of those things - and thatís how we are called to live our lives. We get the chance to be a part of building Godís kingdom here on earth.
The whole point of this album is the realization that God is doing His thing, and He has already done it, He is establishing His Church, and itís through us.
The album was birthed out of our cry, ďGod I want to be a part of what it is youíre doing, if that means write a song, weíll do our best to write the best songs we can. If it means serving the poor and those who are hurting, then weíre going to do it better than weíve ever done it before. If it means just being a great son or daughter, brother or sister, mum or dad - wherever it is we find ourselves - then letís do that better than weíve ever done it before.
Everything we do as UNITED, whether it be from recording or writing these songs, to playing them in front of people and all the production that goes with it or whatever part we play, itís all an expression of a really extraordinary God doing what only He can do through really ordinary people who love Him and want to serve Him. Thatís our desire, itís always been our desire and that hasnít changed; thatís been the one constant. I hope these songs, in some way, are an encouragement for people everywhere."
- Joel Houston