This week on Voices In My Head, Andrew Peterson drops in to talk about playing on the Grand Ole’ Opry, writing novels, and his latest record, The Burning Edge of Dawn.
PAUL BALOCHE OFFERS CHRISTMAS GIFT, FREE DIGITAL SONGBOOK DOWNLOAD OF CHRISTMAS WORSHIP VOL. 1 & 2
Paul Baloche, PraiseCharts Host Live Webinar Tomorrow
Baloche’s Touring/Workshop/Teaching Schedule Takes Him Around The World
One of today’s most influential worship leaders, songwriters and artists, Paul Baloche, is encouraging worshippers around the globe to take all the nostalgia and sounds of the upcoming Christmas season, and make it a season of worship. Seeding the movement, Baloche is offering a free digital songbook of both his Christmas Worship Vol. 1 and Christmas Worship Vol. 2. The latter album released last month amidst acclaim from Integrity Music.
Worship leaders, and anyone wishing to accept the gift, may go to WeAreWorship.com and login or register for free on the site to receive the Christmas Worship digital songbook. They can also watch on the site Baloche’s “how to play” tutorial of “For Unto Us A Child Is Born/Open The Eyes Of My Heart” (from Christmas Worship Vol. 2),which can also be seen at www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6QRucc4Glc.
In addition to the songbook and tutorial, Baloche will be the featured guest tomorrow during a live webinar sponsored by PraiseCharts and beginning at 11:00 am CST. Baloche will be discussing worship during the Christmas season, as well as talking about his ministry, family and more. Anyone wishing to join the webinar may do so by logging in or signing up for free on Praisecharts.com.
Baloche’s Christmas Worship Vol. 1 & 2 feature Christmas classics seamlessly married with vertical worship lyrics, and are an extension of his 30-year mission in ministry to equip worshipers and worship leaders with songs and resources that help them express glory to God. Produced by Baloche and Michael Rossback (The Brilliance/Desperation Band) Christmas Worship Vol. 2continues the collaborative, community aesthetic for which Baloche is known. The new album features All Sons & Daughters, Kathryn Scott, Lenny LeBlanc, Onajé Jefferson, WorshipMob’s Gina Milne, Madison Cunningham and Graham Kendrick.
Here is how the critics are responding to Christmas Worship Vol. 2:
“Christmas Worship Vol. 2 is not just a Christmas record. Rather, it’s the sine qua non as far as Christmas worship is concerned.” – Hallels.com
“To sum up, these 12 songs, masterpieces, and works of art that Paul Baloche has recorded, with his friends who have sung with him or co-written with him, are truly breathed from the Almighty.” – 365 Days of Inspiring Media
“Christmas Worship Vol. 2 is an ideal package that puts a fresh spin on well-known holiday tunes.” – CCM Magazine
“I was quite captivated by the arrangements, so much so, that as I listened, I seemed to forget it was a Christmas worship album and not just a worship album I was listening to… I encourage all of you to go buy the album!” – The Church Collective
Taking the new Christmas music and messages on the road, Baloche’s touring/workshop/teaching schedule takes him around the world. He will be leading “LeadWorship” workshops and concerts in Issaquah, WA (Nov. 13-14) and The Netherlands (Nov. 18), and a “MissionWorship” event in the United Kingdom (Nov. 20-22), before returning to North America for a series of Canadian Christmas events to begin Dec. 4. See below for the current tour dates, and all the latest tour news can be found at http://www.leadworship.com/calendar/.
Nov 13-14, USA, Issaquah, WA, Workshops, Concert
Nov 18, The Netherlands, TBA, Workshops, Concert
Nov 20-22, United Kingdom, Eastbourne, Workshops, Concert
Dec 4, Canada, Moncton, NB, Info, Tickets
Dec 5, Canada, Montreal, QC, Info, Tickets
Dec 6, Canada, Ottawa, QC, Info, Tickets
Dec 7, Canada, Orillia, ON, Info, Tickets
Dec 9, Canada, Toronto, ON, Info, Tickets
Dec 11, Canada, Goderich, ON, Info, Tickets
Dec 12, Canada, St. Thomas, ON, Info, Tickets
Dec 13, Canada, Waterloo, ON, Info, Tickets
Jan 29-31, Canada, Edmonton, AB, Workshops, Concert
About Paul Baloche:
Best known for such modern classics as “Open the Eyes of My Heart,” “Above All,” “Hosanna” and “Your Name,” three-time Dove Award-winning Paul Baloche has had his songs recorded by numerous artists, including Michael W. Smith, Casting Crowns, Matt Redman and Philips, Craig & Dean. In addition to writing, recording and touring, Baloche has created a variety of teaching DVDs, along with many free resources designed specifically for worship leaders and musicians. He has also written the books, The Same Love: A Devotion(David C Cook) and God Songs–How to Write and Select Songs for Worship. He is further a contributing writer for both Worship Leader and Worship Musician magazines and is a featured blogger on ChurchLeaders.com.
For all the latest information on Paul Baloche, Christmas Worship, touring and more, visit http://leadworship.com, www.integritymusic.com, https://twitter.com/paulbaloche and https://www.facebook.com/PaulBaloche, where Baloche has over 1.3 million followers.
About Integrity Music:
Integrity Music is part of the David C Cook family, a nonprofit global resource provider serving the Church with life-transforming materials. Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and with offices in Tennessee and the United Kingdom, Integrity is committed to taking songs of substance to the local church and its leaders around the world. Integrity publishes many of the top songs in the Church, including the No. 1 radio hit “We Believe” (Newsboys) as well as church standards “Revelation Song,” “Open The Eyes Of My Heart,” “Your Great Name” and “I Am Free.” Additional information can be found at www.integritymusic.com.
This Press Release Courtesy of Hoganson Media
This episode of the Voices In My Head Podcast was recorded live at the Empower the Church conference in Lima Ohio on Saturday October 24th, 2015. This workshop on spiritual formation deals with the following:
Leading worship requires just as much practice as playing an instrument, learning to sing, and writing music does. This goes not only for the worship leader, but it also applies to the other singers and musicians on your team. In order to do our calling well, it requires practice. As the leader of a worship team in a church I have found that one of my most challenging tasks is not just teaching the congregation to worship, but teaching our musicians to worship. This workshop will focus on the practice of intentional spiritual growth in your praise band members as a regular part of your practice times. Practicing the presence of God together is as essential as practicing your music together.
What a treat it was to have Dr. Walter Brueggemann on the Voices In My Head Podcast. We had such a great discussion talking about theology, music, and where we will go if we die tonight. This episode was recorded on location at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Cincinnati Ohio on Wednesday September 30th.
Episode #151 – Futureboy Nick Flora on the Voices In My Head Podcast with Rick Lee James
FUTUREBOY, is the first of 3 new EP’s coming your way from one of our favorite artists, Nick Flora. He joined the Podcast this week to talk about his new record, Pancakes, and artisty as a Christian versus Christian artistry. It’s a great new record and a great new show. Make sure to listen all the way to the end for a bonus clip.
I hope your September is off to a great start. It’s been a while since I wrote one of these so I thought I should give you some big news.
WHAT IS IT?
I am so excited to announce that Dr. Walter Brueggemann will be joining me on September 11th as my guest on Voices In My Head (The Rick Lee James Podcast). Brueggemann is widely considered one of the most influential Old Testament scholars of the last several decades and has greatly influenced my own thinking.
If you would like to submit a question or comment for me to share with Dr. Brueggemann on September 11th, please email them to VoicesInRicksHead@Gmail.com
We’ve already got some great ones and are only sharing the best ones so put your thinking caps on.
For an archive of our past podcasts go to www.rickleejames.com/podcast
FINISHING THE NEW RECORD
On September 22nd I will be heading back into the recording studio in Nashville Tennessee to finish my new record titled Hymns, Prayers, and Invitations. I’ve been recording extra guitar parts for the album from my home in Ohio and the record is really cooking along now. We still are about $1000 short on funds so if you want to pre-order the record, thus helping to fund the production, you can do so at www.GoFundMe.com/Hymns.
EMPOWERING THE CHURCH
On October 24th I’ll be leading worship and teaching some worship related seminars with Jonathan Burkey at Lima Community Church of the Nazarene in Lima Ohio. You can get more information about this great event at www.nwonaz.org.
IN STORES NOW
BACK TO SCHOOL
On September 14th I will be leading a songwriting seminar on the campus of Cedarville University for students in the worship arts course of study. I’m really excited about the chance to join these great students once a month to help them grow in their craft for the service of the church
OLIVET NAZARENE UNIVERSITY
October 11-13th I have been invited to the campus of Olivet Nazarene University, just outside of Chicago Illinois, to participate in a conversation about worship for the center of faith and culture with other leaders for the Church of the Nazarene. This time together will allow a sustained dialogue concerning worship from a Wesleyan/Nazarene theological perspective, exploring the faithful exercize of worship leadership. Our hope it to move toward a sharedunderstanding and language concerning worship in the Church of the Nazarene
This might sound strange, but I had a very clear God moment while washing the dishes recently.
We had just eaten a delicious supper, pizza in fact, I mean what is better than that? We ate it on the back deck outside in nearly perfect weather conditions.
As I took the dishes inside and started drawing the water to wash them after the meal, my iPhone stopped playing the podcast I was listening to. Rather than hit play again I just decided to wash the dishes in silence.
I listened prayerfully as I washed. I thought about how hard some of the cheese was to clean off certain dishes. Minutes before these dishes held cheesy, gooey, saucy pizza that just slopped all over; a beautiful thing.
Now it was dried, caked on, and needed to be washed off, scrubbed off even.
It struck me how like those dishes we are. Dishes are simply a delivery system for the food we eat. If food is what sustains us in life, then dishes are serving the gift of life to us. If we are people who believe in a loving God, and I do, then our daily task, like a plate, is to carry the feast of God’s love to others. We are not God, and we can’t give life ourselves, we simply are used to carry the feast to hungry people so that they may be nourished.
Even though our dirty dishes were not engaged in an evil activity by feeding us, they still got dirty. It’s not like I slopped mud on the plates, I served delicious pizza on them, and it was great. Even so, even after their noble service of feeding the hungry, our plates were in need of cleansing.
We don’t have to be doing evil things to need cleansing. Even in doing good each day, we will see at the end of the day that we have a real need to be cleansed again. I don’t know why we can’t stay clean, we just can’t. Most of us need a shower every day or we will stink. It’s not because we’ve done something evil to get dirty, it’s just who we are. We need daily, regular cleansing.
I was washing good dishes. They are nothing fancy, but we keep them clean every day and they get the job done. After each use we wash them and they are made ready to serve the feast again.
Everybody and everything gets dirty; preachers, worship leaders, ushers, board members, and congregants who are faithful to worship every week. No matter how clean we think we are, like dishes, we need the cleansing of Christ in our lives.
Next time you do the dishes, be reminded that if these dishes, which are not evil, need cleansing after every use, then how much more do we daily need to surrender ourselves to God for the cleansing? We daily have need return to our God given humanity, which only He can bring us. He creates us, recreates us, cleanses us, and says of us, “it is good”.
“Search me, O God, and know my heart today,
Try me, O Savior, know my thoughts, I pray;
See if there be some wicked way in me;
Cleanse me from every sin, and set me free.”