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“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

Jeanie Gushee and David Gushee

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 We will begin by recording an unpublished song by Rich Mullins called Thunder and my hope is that it will honor not only Rich’s memory and be something he would be proud of, but also the message of the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.
Blessings,

Rick Lee James

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Rick Lee James Album “Hymns, Prayers, and Invitations” is now available as a playlist on Spotify.

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I’m so excited about this Nashville Film Festival documentary that appears to accurately describe the plight of the songwriter today, which I’m passionate about and is one of the reasons I wanted to be involved with Crowd Music! www.LastSongwriter.com
There’s no such thing as a free lunch. It’s just not sustainable for those who provide it. For more than a decade, creatives have paid the price as they have seen their livelihoods slip away.

And while most of us enjoy our free streaming of music on everything from Spotify and SoundCloud to YouTube, the reality is that the music business is struggling for a solution.

The majority of your favorite artists will cease to exist if there are no professional songwriter is left in the business. In the current music streaming economy, songwriters don’t get paid.

But there is a new way…

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How does it work?
Crowd Music is a premier music subscription service that provides you 20 amazing songs every month from both new and familiar artists that represent multi – genres of music for just $20! You have the opportunity to sign up as a promoter, and by sharing your inside track to this excellent, exciting music, we will reward you with at least one dollar for everyone that joins your crowd, for every month that they enjoy incredible music as a subscribing member!

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Thank you,

Rick Lee James

Crowd Music Promoter

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Mark your calendars because on September 15th, I will be making a big announcement inside the pages of CCM Magazine.

You will be able to read the story for free online at www.CCMMagazine.com. You might want to bookmark the page on your web browser, set an alarm on your calendar, and get ready to celebrate. 

I’ve been looking forward to this announcement for months and it is nearly here. I believe this will be the opening of a new chapter in my music and ministry.

Blessings,

Rick Lee James 

http://www.RickLeeJames.com

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I’m thrilled to announce that my song,”Advent Hymn” is to be featured in the Nov/Dec edition of Worship Leader Magazine Song Discovery. 

I’m thankful to my Publisher, Lifeway Worship, for helping me to make this song accessible to local churches with sheet music and play along tracks.