8:12… Another Early Morning

It’s 8:12 am…

…On a Sunday morning, and I’m off to join the crew that is setting up sound gear, prepping visual song presentation, tuning their instruments, reviewing corporate worship tunes, and praying with expectation as we prepare to lead people into a place of meeting with God on another earth day in time.

No fanfair or fireworks marking the sacrifice these beauties make; just a bunch of faithful BigHearts whose one goal this morning is not to elevate their playing gift, express their musical prowess or get their musical/creative jollies.

From sound team, to visual team, to worship team, to leadership team… we just want to make a space for God and us to encounter one another.

Another early morning, another day well spent this side of heaven. Life is good.

Ed. Note: I do understand that 8:12 is not that early to many of us. It’s a sleep-in day for those of us not leading worship before our 2 services.


Sheltering Mercy: Prayers Inspired by the Psalms

Sheltering Mercy, along with its companion volume, Endless Grace, helps us rediscover the rich treasures of the Psalms—through free-verse prayer renderings of their poems and hymns—as a guide to personal devotion and meditation.

The church has always used the Psalms as part of its prayer life, and they have inspired countless other prayers. This book contains 75 prayers drawn from Psalms 1-75, providing lyrical sketches of what authors Ryan Smith and Dan Wilt have seen, heard, and felt while sojourning in the Psalms. Each prayer is a response to the Psalms written in harmony with Scripture. These prayers help us quiet our hearts before God and welcome us into a safe place amid the storms of life.

This artful, poetic, and classic devotional book features compelling custom illustrations and foil-stamped hardcover binding, offering a fresh way to reflect on and pray the Psalms.