On December 19th, 2017 I had the chance to co-host a Christmas Show on Shine FM in Bellfountaine, Ohio. I played several songs on Air, did the weather, read scripture, joked around, and signed the artist wall right next to Brandon Heath and Jon McGlaughlin. Thanks Angie Vertucci and the Shine FM staff for having me on and for playing my music.
“Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve. During Advent we “wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior Jesus Christ,” in the phrase used each week in the Catholic Mass. Advent is about Jesus’ coming; even the word advent means “coming.” We celebrate the threefold coming of Jesus. We remember His coming in the past as a baby in Bethlehem, born to redeem the world. We are thankful for His coming into our hearts in the present, as we make more and more of our lives available to Him, to be used as He wishes. And we look forward joyfully to His Second Coming at the end of time when all people shall be judged and all creation shall be purified and perfected.
The Christmas story is, simply put, the most beautiful story in the world. The four lovely weeks of Advent allow us to take this story out each year and examine it. Like a jewel that sparkles in different colors when it is held up to the light and rotated, Advent lets us see the Christmas story from different angles. We sense the longing of the prophets who foretold Christ; our hearts wonder with Mary, rejoice with Elizabeth, empathize with Joseph, and thrill with the shepherds.
Advent reminds us, too, that while Christmas was glorious, it was human sinfulness and estrangement from God that made it necessary for Jesus to come to earth. So we are reminded of our spiritual lives, and of our need to be found walking in righteousness when He comes again in glory. Mostly Advent gives us a chance to remember and pay homage to the most beautiful part of the Christmas story: the incomparable, miracle-working, ardent, relational, self-sacrificing love of God for the people of the world.”
Yours Is the Day, Lord, Yours Is the Night: A Morning and Evening Prayer Book
Hello Everyone,This Sunday, after I lead music at my church in Springfield Ohio, I will get into my car and head to New York to start recording my next album with Brothers McClurg at Old Bear Studios. I’ve been under the weather for about a week now with a cold and my voice, while not the greatest in the world to start with, is a little weak.
I would be honored to have your prayers as we start to make this record. We will begin by recording an unpublished song by Rich Mullins called Thunder and my hope is that it will honor not only Rich’s memory and be something he would be proud of, but also the message of the song to bring hope to others to the honor of our great Savior.
Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers as we begin this journey of creating new music together. I’ll post live videos along the way as I am able. Thank you again for all your support.
Hear Rick Lee James sing an unpublished Rich Mullins Song On Shine FM Radio Interview — On Monday September 25th I had the opportunity to be interviewed and to play live on Shine FM Ohio. During the interview I played an unpublished song by Rich Mullins called “Thunder” as well as a couple of my own tunes.
It was a great time and Shine FM was kind enough to provide me with the audio so I could share it with you on Voices In My Head (The Official Podcast of Rick Lee James).