Here we are taking the stage and opening with a bit of Matthew 6 … “…but when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you…”
Around the time I was writing Fire In The Night, a friend of mine (Rebecca McEntire) came to me and said she felt really strongly that she was to do a painting of the Exodus (the Israelites leaving Egypt). She felt really strongly that her painting was to include several aspects / details of the Exodus including the pillar of fire at night, the hundreds of thousands of Israelites leaving Egypt, details of how their shoes didn’t wear out during their journey, how they plundered the Egyptians and were given clothes, gold, and silver.
So when I was getting ready to give my concerts for the release of my album, “Fire In The Night,” I asked Rebecca if she’d be willing to show her painting at my concerts. She got busy painting and brought in her almost finished, still-wet painting for my March 9th concert. Here are some pictures of her painting from my March 9th show: Read More...
Agnus Dei qui tollis peccata mundi (Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world)
As we enter holy week, sharing a video of my Agnus Dei seemed appropriate. I wrote this Agnus Dei several years ago when I wanted to make the singing of this traditional Latin text accessible to a broader corporate expression in the worship context. It opens with a choral rendition of the Latin: “Agnus Dei qui tollis peccata mundi,” then breaks into a very repetitive chorus in English: “Lamb of God we praise Thee … You take the sins of the world. You’ve taken the sins of the world.” In this concert setting, the congregation joined in singing with us (which you can’t hear well in this video), but added to the rich expression of this song.
It was my privilege to bring Jordan Goetz’s song, “Our Father,” to my benefit concert at FUMC. I’ve been opening these concerts with this idea from Matthew 6 where it talks about how when we pray we are not to be “like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men … but when you pray, go into your room close the door, and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” Matthew 6 also instructs with “This, then, is how you should pray: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name …”
Jordan introduced this song to me shortly after we met several years ago. He came to our house one evening with his guitar and we ended up spending the whole evening talking, playing, and singing together. When he shared this song, I joined in playing and singing with him and was so moved by the presence of God in that moment … I knew we had touched something of eternity.
This is currently one of my favorite songs to introduce both when I’m leading worship and giving concerts. Thank you, Jordan, for bringing this song to the world!
Help Me (from Psalm 91): benefit concert at First United Methodist Church
I premiered this song at this church / venue last March, so it was my pleasure to bring it back again this year especially now that it’s been recorded and is part of my newest EP, Fire In The Night. This song came while literally crying out to God on a particularly hard day with one word: “help.” Immediately the words from Psalm 91 started ‘coming’ as comfort and as reminders of where to find my solace and help. I end this song (Help Me) singing the name of Jesus repeatedly, leaning heavily into verse 14 of Psalm 91 where it says:
“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him. I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name…”
Thank you to everyone who came out to my Stop Hunger Now benefit concert Saturday night at First United Methodist Church! The funds raised will go toward their food packaging event which will be held on March 30th. We raised $1163.11 (almost 25% of their goal) for Stop Hunger Now which will provide thousands of meals for the desperately hungry of this world. If you or your church would like more information on Stop Hunger Now or you would like to host a food packaging event, please visit their website.
Special thanks go to special guests Madi Vest (violin) and Angela Kelly (flute) for joining me as soloists for this concert, and also Rebecca McEntire, who shared her painting during Fire In The Night.
Psalm 45 is the song from this past year that is literally bursting on the inside of me. Exploding! actually. It ‘came’ while I was in the middle of recording my last album, Awaken Me, and is part of the ‘healing’ & ‘calling forth’ the Lord is doing in this songwriting season. Psalm 45 is listed in the bible as a wedding song and paints the picture of (what some have interpreted as) the preparation of the bride of Christ … the preparation of everything, really … for his return. My understanding of this psalm is continually unfolding as I dig deeper into it and sing it again and again. Read More...
Because I can’t make Psalm 45 big enough, I’m bringing in more strings for my upcoming concert on March 9th! And since we don’t have actual ‘light’ in our front room (aside from a tiny reading light affixed to my piano), we must rehearse by candle light. This truly makes for an aesthetically beautiful yet hazardous rehearsal time! (Watch your bow arms, girls).
Inviting you to my next concert on Saturday, March 9th, 8:00PM at First United Methodist Church (FUMC) in Charlottesville, VA. This is a benefit concert for the church’s STOP HUNGER NOW food packing event. STOP HUNGER NOW is an international hunger relief organization whose main mission is to end hunger in our lifetime. Please come support this worthy cause!
I’m also excited to announce that my newest album, Fire In The Night, will be available for sale at this concert (now available on iTunes and Amazon). Fire In The Night references the story in Exodus where God reveals himself (his presence & leadership) to the Israelites as a “Pillar of cloud by day and a Pillar of fire by night.” In other words, the Israelites were never without his direction and leadership leaving Egypt. He was never not there! read more
I am so excited to bring this music to you all, and to help support FUMC’s food packing event!