Back from the Road
I had an incredible weekend playing music in Indiana. On Sunday morning I led music at Southdale Church of the Nazarene in Anderson and was blessed by the presence of God in our service and by the warmth of the people there. Sunday evening took me to Bluffton where over 400 people were in attendance at the 4-H pavillion. It was my first time to play a concert in Bluffton so I was amazed to see so many people singing along with my songs at their annual church gathering.
10 Days Left
Thanks to the generosity of new donors in Indiana this weekend we are now only $300 short of being able to print my book, Out of the Depths: A Songwriter’s Journey Through the Psalms, in hardcover. If you haven’t donated yet there’s still time. Simply go to Kickstarter.com and search for Out of the Depths to donate. Below you will see a list of the rewards that donors will receive when they back this book. With Christmas around the corner I just want to remind you that they make great presents!
Many thanks to Music Pastor Brannon Hancock and the music team at Xenia Church of the Nazarene for including one of my sillier songs (We Lost The G) in their Sunday service this past week. They even made a funny little music video to go with it. I never thought one of my songs would be featured in a video with the Rock, but here it is. Thanks my friends. For those of you interested, you can buy my version of the song buy clicking on this CDBaby link.
-Rick Lee James
It’s always so cool as a songwriter when someone else records or performs one of your songs. Here is Lakeholm Church of the Nazarene’s version of my song, Advent Hymn (Watching, Waiting, Longing) written by . The song is performed here by Shawn Barrett while artist Laura Tappen creates sand art, live Sunday December 23rd, 2012. Thanks Shawn and Laura for including my music in your Advent worship service.
I have to thank my friends at Xenia Church of the Nazarene for using 2 of my songs in their worship services for the first Sunday of Advent 2012 (Advent Hymn and I Lift Up My Eyes). As a songwriter there are few thrills greater than to have someone else record, perform, or in this case lead worship using your music. Bear in mind, this is a rough mix from their Sunday morning service but in my opinion it still sounds pretty great.
Brannon Hancock is their music pastor and as you can tell from the audio, he is incredibly talented and a Spirit led song leader. Gloria, his lovely and talented wife, is the other vocalist on Advent Hymn. This might be my favorite Christmas gift this year. My thanks to everyone at Xenia Nazarene Church for including my songs in your Advent celebration. Make sure to check out their web site at the link below and if you live near Xenia, stop in and worship with them. They will welcome you with open arms, coffee, donuts, and best of all – the Love of God.
LISTEN HERE: “I Lift Up My Eyes”
LISTEN HERE: “Advent Hymn (Watching, Waiting, Longing)”