Here are some free lead sheets from RickLeeJames.com for you to use in worship services on Sunday November 23rd. Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
I would say that at least 90% of the prayer requests I hear from church people have to do with sickness and health. The really interesting thing about that is Jesus very rarely healed people. When Jesus did heal people it was a sign of something else, an illustration to a point that he was trying to make. Healings were living parables pointing to God, not the ancient equivalent of the latest wonder drug.
No, Jesus never promised us health. In fact he promised us just the opposite of health. What Jesus offered to his disciples was a cross, a Roman instrument of torture and death. If Jesus had our health as his primary goal then I’m sure he would’ve done a lot more healing, but as it has always been, there’s 100% chance of death for each one of us.
The Gospels never call the miracles of Jesus miracles, they call them signs. To what signs do you think Jesus was pointing us? He certainly wasn’t pointing us to the miracles themselves, as Jesus wanted disciples, not spectators at a magic show. With that being said, if our health was not Jesus main priority, then why does that seem to be all we ever pray about? What do you think Jesus would have us pray about? What are the signs to which his miracles are pointing? The answer is not far from you so think about it, better yet, pray about it.
Rick Lee James
Rick Lee James is a professional singer and songwriter, a speaker, author worship leader and Podcast host who has worked with the likes of Jason Gray, Andrew Peterson, Sara Groves, Michael Card, Brian Zahnd, Tripp York, Brett Mccracken, Ian Morgan Cron, Paul Baloche and many more. In 2013 Rick released his first Live album of original songs called, Basement Psalms Live. In 2014 Rick published critically applauded a companion book to Basement Psalms Live called, Out of the Depths: A Songwriter’s Journey Through The Psalms. Rick has also been a contributing writer for Worship Leader Magazine, an adjunct teacher at Trevecca Nazarene University and has had a number of songs published by Lifeway Worship, including, I Lift Up My Eyes and Advent Hymn. For more information about Rick’s ministry visit his web site at http://www.RickLeeJames.com
I just got a new app that scans documents and thought since it’s Friday I will use this as a flashback Friday feature. Here is my article which appeared in Worship Leader magazine in the July/August 2012 issue. I present to you the newly scanned article, “Billy Joel Taught Me How To Pray”.
I have some incredible news to share with you about the record I’ll be recording this December in Nashville. I’ve only shared this news with investors and some family up to this point, but am now ready to share it with the rest of you.
A few weeks ago, I initiated a partnership with LifeWay Worship that will get me a long way down the road toward the accomplishment of a new album. Because of LifeWay Worship’s involvement, I will be able to record this album at one of the best studios in Nashville with A-list players and engineers. The investment of LifeWay Worship, alongside funds donated via GoFundMe.com and my own personal investment, is making the dream become reality!
Here’s What This Means:
All this is to say, through God’s provision and generosity expressed through LifeWay Worship and an amazing team of partners at www.gofundme.com/hymns, we’re going to make an amazing record which has the potential be used as a music resource for churches internationally. I can hardly believe that God has blessed me with this opportunity 7 years after I accepted His invitation to make music for the church on a broader scale. 7 is the number in scripture that represents God so I see this as a tangible sign of His guiding hand.
These songs were birthed out of my local congregation’s times of worship at First Church of the Nazarene in Springfield Ohio. I am so blessed that we will be able to share our musical expressions of worship on a larger scale using ancient and modern hymns. I can’t thank my producer, Craig Adams, enough for investing so much of himself into this project. He and I share a common calling to equip churches for worship. Authentic worship is what we pray will be experienced by congregations worldwide as they sing these songs.
Additional funding is still needed in order to accomplish album design, photography, printing costs, manufacturing, and miscellaneous expenses. Any additional funds collected at GoFundMe.com/hymns will help us achieve completion of the entire project. Thank you to all of you who have already given to this project and to those of you who still plan on partnering with us. I give all praise to our Glorious God and I pray He will use these songs of worship to glorify Himself and to further His Kingdom here on earth. Bless the Lord at all times!
In His Glad Service,
Rick Lee James
I couldn’t be more excited to announce that I’ll be heading to Nashville on December 12th to record my next album. Below is a list of the incredible musicians, engineers, and studio and my amazing producer, Craig Adams, has assembled. You can still help us finance this project at www.GoFundMe.com/Hymns
Rick Lee James
Tracking: The Poole Room in Franklin Tennessee
Drums: Scott Williamson – Has played for Blake Shelton, Brooks & Dunn, Michael W. Smith, D.C. Talk, Point Of Grace, FFH, Blue County, Steve Holy, Michael Peterson, Jaci Velasquez
Bass: Matt Pierson – Has Played for George Benson, Joshua Redman, Kirk Whalum, and Brad Mehldau (These are all amazing Jazz artists)
Guitars: Dave Cleveland- Has Played for Steven Curtis Chapman, Brooklyn Tabernacle, Point of Grace, Michael W. Smith, Twila Paris, 4 Him, Crystal Lewis, Michael O’Brien, Cindy Morgan, Anointed, Russ Taff, Steve Green, Wes King and Out Of The Grey, and Miley Cyrus.
Guitars: Mike Payne – Has Played for Toby Mac, Sidewalk Prophets, Chris August, Jason Gray, David Crowder, Luke Bryan, Ronnie Dunn, Josh Wilson, Matthew West,
Keys: Jason Webb – Has Played for Keith Urban, Sheryl Crow, Mary J. Blige, Rascal Flatts, Natalie Grant, Richard Marx, Tommy Walker, Gaithers Vocal Band, Chris Tomlin,
Engineer – Randy Poole – Has worked with Anita Baker, CeCe Winans, Michael W. Smith, Backstreet Boys, Gaithers Vocal Band, Aretha Franklin, Travis Cotrell, Sandi Patti
2nd Engineer – Casey Barker – Has worked with Aaron Neville, Emerson Drive, Michael W. Smith, Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, Journey, Veggie Tales