ANDREW PETERSON ANNOUNCES 19TH ANNUAL BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD TOUR

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July 30, 2018

ANDREW PETERSON ANNOUNCES 19TH ANNUAL

BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD TOUR

International Justice Mission, The Rabbit Room Sponsor Tour Featuring Special Guest Scott Mulvahill, Artists Jill Phillips, Andy Gullahorn, Ben Shive, Gabe Scott

Peterson’s Resurrection Letters Vol. I Hit Billboard Americana/Folk Chart’s Top 5

 

Dove Award-nominated recording artist, songwriter, filmmaker and award-winning author Andrew Peterson announces his 19th Annual Behold The Lamb Of God tour sponsored by International Justice Mission and The Rabbit Room. Logging multiple sold-out events each year since its inception in 2000, the Christmas tour has become a yearly tradition for Peterson and his band, as well as families and churches across the nation who look forward to attending each holiday season, recounting the Christmas story through song.

This year’s production, featuring special guest Scott Mulvahill and artists Jill Phillips, Andy Gullahorn, Ben Shive and Gabe Scott, launches in Houston, TX with back-to-back nights Nov. 28 and 29 before traversing nine states and wrapping up Dec. 15 in Danbury, CT. The Behold The Lamb Of God tour also stops for the 15th consecutive year at Nashville’s iconic Ryman Auditorium where it is expected to sell out both its Dec. 9 and 10 events. Tickets are available now through www.andrew-peterson.com (see full list of tour dates below).

“I just can’t believe we still get to do this,” says Peterson. “If you had told me back in 2000, I would have laughed. Playing these songs with such dear friends for so many years is a rare and profound blessing.”

Peterson launched his Behold The Lamb Of God tour nearly two decades ago to present a musical rendition of the Christmas story and to reinforce the true meaning of the season. In 2004, the success of the tour led Peterson to record the award-winning album, Behold The Lamb Of God: The True Tall Tale Of The Coming Of Christ. In 2009, Peterson released a 2-disc project marking the 10th anniversary of the tour that includes a remastered version of the 2004 CD and a live recording of 2008’s tour.

Leading up to his 2018 Behold The Lamb Of God tour, Peterson will be featured on The Bible Tour along with Matt Maher, Natalie Grant and more, and is working on a new The Wingfeather Saga film to be revealed soon.

Earlier this year, Peterson released Resurrection Letters: Prologue and Resurrection Letters, Vol. I from Centricity Music amidst 5-star acclaim. Prologue is a collection of five “waiting songs” meant to remind listeners of the gravity of the crucifixion while Vol. I begins with the heartbeat of the resurrected Christ, exploring the resurrection itself and its centrality to Christianity. Vol. 1 also became a Billboard Top 5 Americana/Folk Albums chart hit while being called a “masterpiece” (CCM Magazine), “one of his best” (The Gospel Coalition) and “simply remarkable” (Jesus Freak Hideout). The album also features the RELEVANT-lauded video “Is He Worthy?” that has been viewed more than 1.2 million times on Peterson’s Facebook and YouTube pages alone.

For more information about Peterson, including the latest on his touring, music and more, visit www.Andrew-Peterson.com, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD 2018 TOUR DATES:

Nov. 28 Houston, TX, Grace Bible Church

Nov. 29 Houston, TX, Grace Bible Church

Nov. 30 Dallas, TX, Stonegate Church

Dec. 1 San Antonio, TX, Trinity Baptist Church

Dec. 2 Russellville, AR, First Baptist Church

Dec. 5 Wake Forest, NC, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Dec. 6 Greenville, SC, Mitchell Road Presbyterian Church

Dec. 7 Orlando, FL, University Presbyterian Church

Dec. 8 Birmingham, AL, The Church at Brook Hills

Dec. 9 Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium

Dec. 10 Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium

Dec. 12 Champaign, IL, Virginia Theater

Dec. 15 Danbury, CT, Ives Concert Hall, Western Connecticut State University

About Andrew Peterson:

Recording artist, songwriter, producer, filmmaker, publisher and award-winning author of The Wingfeather Saga series, Andrew Peterson is also host of The Rabbit Room, which fosters Christ-centered community and spiritual formation through music, story and art, and recently launched a film and TV production company, Shining Isle Productions, to produce animated film based on his bestselling books. Known for songs like “Dancing In The Minefields,” “Be Kind To Yourself,” “The Reckoning,” “Don’t You Want To Thank Someone,” “The Silence Of God,” “Nothing To Say,” “You’ll Find Your Way” and more, Peterson has also been named “one of the foremost singer/songwriters around” and has received multiple “best album of the year” nods from critics along with two Dove Award nominations. Taking his hits and fan favorites on the road, Peterson’s touring draws capacity crowds at venues around the world, including several sold-out events at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

About Scott Mulvahill:

Singer, songwriter, bass player Scott Mulvahill toured with Ricky Skaggs’ Grammy-winning band Kentucky Thunder for five years and has shared the stage with Alison Krauss, Barry Gibb (Bee Gees), Bruce Hornsby, Brad Paisley, Peter Frampton, Steven Curtis Chapman, Emmylou Harris and more. His songs have received honors or been featured in NPR’S Tiny Desk Contest, the International Songwriting Competition, John Lennon Songwriting Contest and American Songwriter Magazine’s 30th Anniversary Contest, and he has had numerous cuts on other artists’ albums. He’s currently touring in support of his September release, Top Of The Stairs (EP), which was produced by himself, Charlie Peacock (The Civil Wars, The Lone Bellow) Gary Paczosa (Alison Krauss, Sarah Jarosz) and Shani Ghandi (Sarah Jarosz).

About Centricity Music: 

Centricity is an independent Christian music company based in Franklin, Tenn. Founded in 2005 with a commitment to artist development and stylistic diversity, its artist roster includes Aaron Shust, Andrew Peterson, Caitie Hurst, Carrollton, For All Seasons, Jason Gray, JJ Weeks Band, Jonny Diaz, Jordan Feliz, Lauren Daigle, Neon Feather, North Point InsideOut, Peabod and Unspoken. Providing label and publishing services, Centricity is a family-owned organization, and they like it that way. The committed work of its staff and artists has yielded successes such as Grammy nominations, Billboard Awards, Dove Awards, K-Love Fan Awards, a Gold Album and Gold Singles. For more information on Centricity Music, visit www.centricitymusic.com.

About International Justice Mission:

International Justice Mission is a leading international anti-slavery organization working in 17 communities across the developing world to combat slavery, trafficking, and other forms of violence against the poor by rescuing and restoring victims, holding perpetrators accountable, and transforming broken public justice systems.

   

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12 Days Left

Hello my friends,

I just wanted to send a quick reminder that have 12 days left to raise $4000 so that I can pay for my time spent in the studio in New York. This doesn’t cover the printing of the new album or any of its promotion, just the studio costs which I’ve already incurred.

I could really use your help in making this happen with your pre-orders and donations on Indiegogo. I just added a new sheet music perk this week that you might want to check out.

Together, by your help in donating, pre-ordering, and sharing this campaign, we can do this.

I can’t wait to share this new music with you.

Thank you for your much needed help.

Blessings,

Rick Lee James

DONATE & PRE-ORDER HERE

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rick-lee-james-new-album-thunder#/

That’s A Wrap

Guess what? That’s a wrap! We’ve completely finished recording my new album, Thunder!

There were so many wonderful moments in the making of this project, and I don’t quite know how to put them into words yet, so I’ll try to be brief.

I put in several 12 to 15 hour days with producer Chris Hoisington and the tremendously talented crew at Old Bear Records. I’m moved by their commitment getting this album right, and giving me the time and space to find my own voice, to let me play several different instruments, and to express what is on my heart through music in new and unique ways. I’ve had wonderful times in recording studios in the past, but never anything as unique as this.

I have never been more excited about making music than I am at this point in my life. I put my all into this album. I played and sang my heart out. I laughed, I cried, I had space to pray, and to follow the Spirit’s leading. This is the gift that Old Bear Records gave to me, it’s why I wanted to work with these amazing people. There was an atmosphere in the studio that Made me feel we were creating on holy ground.

This picture was part of a promotional photo shoot that happened after we wrapped. I love dogs, and this picture represents the joy I found in this whole experience as Instagram sensation, Mabel the dog stopped by (Find her at @Mabel_thebully). This picture represent just one of the many moments in which I was surprised by joy while recording at Old Bear Recording Studio! To Chris, Anthony, Jeremy, Pauly, Ron, Sarah and all of your families, I sincerely thank you for all you did to make this project what it needed to be.

I promise you, this album is going to be something like you’ve never heard from me before.

There is still a lot left to do before the project can be released, including raising the funds to finish paying for the recording budget. One way you can help me to do that is by pre-ordered here at the link below. I need to raise nearly $5000 and your pre-orders of the album itself, t-shirts, books, and various other perks connected to the album will help me to meet the financial need. By pre-ordering through Indiegogo you not only get some great new music before the rest of the world does, you actually get to be a part of making the record.

I’m grateful for you. Thank you for taking this journey with me.

Blessings,

Rick Lee James

Pre-Order and Donate To My New Album Here:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rick-lee-james-new-album-thunder/x/17048881#/

Song Preview From Rick Lee James Upcoming Album

This video was recorded as a Facebook Live Broadcast to help raise funding for a new studio album.

We still need your help to make this record! Every donation no matter how small.

Donate before February 18th on Indiegogo. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/thunder-a-new-album-by-rick-lee-james-music/x/17048881#/

Early Bird Sign-Up for Rick Lee James New Album featuring ‘THUNDER’ by Rich Mullins

Watch the video about the new album and sign up to be notified when this album campaign goes live. Click the picture above.

The new album will feature the unpublished song, “Thunder” by Rich Mullins

CCLI TV Features 2 More Rick Lee James Music Videos

I’m grateful to CCLI for featuring two more of my songs, published by Lifeway Worship. Two more of my music videos were just added to CCLI TV today. Special thanks to the directors of the two videos, Rick Stull (Christ Is Lord) and Jason Elam (The Invitation). This makes the third song from ‘Hymns, Prayers, and Invitations’ to be featured by CCLI.

CCLI is the easiest way to discover and legally use affordable media, content and resources while reducing the administrative headaches of copyright licensing search and compliance. … The best place to find licensed audio samples and lyrics along with vocal, chord and lead sheets from more than 300,000 songs of worship.
https://worshipfuel.ccli.com/invitation-rick-lee-james

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Spirit and Truth Conference on June 23 at Indianapolis Convention Center – Join Us

We hope you can join us in Indianapolis for Spirit and Truth on June 23rd. Come for an afternoon of conversation and learning about the gift of communal worship in the local church from educators, musicians, and worship pastors. Our gathering will include a panel of worship leaders and some practical workshops to help equip and encourage pastors and laity in their local church. The cost is $20.
12:30 PM Registration / check-in

1:00 PM Greeting / Opening

1:30 PM Plenary

2:30 PM Workshop 1

Break

3:30 PM Workshop 2

Break

4:30 PM Closing Plenary: Panel discussion
This event is being co-sponsored by the Wesley Center at Northwest Nazarene University and the Center for Pastoral Leadership at Nazarene Theological Seminary. 

For further questions contact Brent Peterson (bdpeterson@nnu.edu) or Dana Preuch (dpreusch@nts.edu)

Register today: Registration 

Worship Leader as Prayer Leader

Note: This article originally appeared in Worship Leader Magazine Jan/Feb issue 2017

Psalm 95:6 Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker;
Ancient believers understood that worship is prayer. The book of Psalms was not only the hymnbook of our ancient Faith, it was also the prayerbook. The songs and the prayers of the people were one and the same, that is to say, when they were singing, they were praying. There didn’t need to be a prayer chorus to lead into the pastoral prayer time because the song itself was a form of prayer and when the service started the praying had already begun.

There is a wonderful Latin phrase, “lex orandi, lex credendi,” which loosley translated means “the law of praying is the law of believing”. A simpler way of saying it might be, “our worship forms our theology”. Lex orandi, lex credendi was the guiding principle in the ancient church for developing the creeds, the canon of scripture, and other doctrinal matters based on the prayers (liturgy) of the church. Before the church had the Bible, it had it’s worship liturgy. Before we had the New Testament, we had the prayers of the people filling our worship. The close communion with God that the church had in its praying and it’s liturgy is a huge part of what guided us to the canonizing of the Bible.

Worship fueled the imagination of the early church and led it to act upon it’s theology. In Acts chapter 2 we see a church at worship in an upper room in Jerusalem, actively waiting and praying together for the promise of God. We notice in the story that when the Holy Spirit overcame the church in Jerusalem, it didn’t just land at random in people on the street. The Holy Spirit fell first upon those believers who were praying and waiting in worship.

The worship of the early church was not rote and inactive, it was a worship that led them into the streets with a message like no other. “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38) Make no mistake about it, this is a literal call to worship. Repentance is the action of turning away from sin and this turning away is rooted in prayer. This turning away is marked in a liturgical action called baptism. To paraphrase William Willimon, our baptism is thethe departure/death from empire to live into a physical Kingdom of God with it’s own logic, language, and culture. Worship is the way that we pass along the Christian faith with its logic, language and culture. Worship is the church at prayer.

Should our view of the congregational liturgy be any different from those early Christians? When we gather together to worship as the body of Christ shouldn’t we be just as engaged in worship as prayer? From gathering to the benediction our worship is prayer. Do we understand this when we are doing service planning?

Rather than increasing our repertoire of music, what if our driving goal as worship leaders and service planners was to increase our congregation’s repertoire for prayer? What if we saw our vocation as a way to helping our people communicate with God? James Hudson Taylor once said, “I have seen many men work without praying, though I have never seen any good come out of it; but I have never seen a man pray without working.” When we study the great revivals of history we can see that prayer has been at the center of them all. While revival may not always be the result of our prayers, we do know that revival has never come without prayer.

If liturgy is in fact the work of the people then shouldn’t prayer be our primary tool in that work? What if we put real effort, advanced effort even, into helping our congregations pray as they worship? What if all words spoken to God in our worship services were intentionally words of prayer? What if our quiet moments in worship were intentionally designed to help our people listen? What would happen if Prayer saturated our services? What if in our service planning we made sure that every service element was one of prayer?

According to the Book of Common Prayer, “Prayer is responding to God, by thought and by deeds, with or without words.” We know that the principal kinds of prayer are adoration, praise, thanksgiving, penitence, oblation, intercession, and petition so imagine with me what it might look like if we worked to make every element of our worship a form of prayer?

If prayer is the one essential thing we do in worship, maybe we should examine the structure of our weekly services and ask if the elements at play could be considered prayer. Is the offering a time of true oblation for the people in our congregation or do they simply write out checks and quietly chit chat to each other while the plates are passed and a song is played? Are your announcement times placed in a part of the service that helps or hinders your congregation’s connection with God? Are your greeting times truly moments of passing God’s peace to each other or are they simply short times of shooting the breeze in the middle of the service? Are there opportunities for repentance and confession in each service, preferably near the beginning, where your people can enter into God’s presence with clean hearts?

I’ll close with a few questions to ask after we have examined the structure of our services:

  • Are there are elements of our services that are clearly not forms of prayer?
  • Are we able to do without them and use the time in a more effective, or more holy way?
  • Are the songs that we are singing helping us to prayer?
  • Are there songs that may actually be hindering us from praying?
  • As worship leaders and worship songwriters we are literally putting words into the mouths of worshippers, are those words worthy of the gospel?
  • Are we striving to make every minute of worship Kairos/holy time or are we just simply trying to fill the hour?
  • What does our worship say about where God is calling us?
  • Do our prayer times call our people to actively participate engage in prayer?
  • What does our worship say about God?

The Invitation Official Music Video

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The Invitation (Official Music Video) performed by Rick Lee James.
Rick Lee James Links:
•https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/rick-lee-james/id407318955
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