New Songs In Old Places

This weekend I’m leading worship in a large Roman Catholic church in beautiful Prince Edward Island. The church itself is just lovely (St. Mary’s at Indian River), and we’ll have a small acoustic ensemble going at it: Jacob Murphy, upright bass; Matt Frise, violin; Will Bernard, acous. guitar; Lindsey Roszell, bgv; and myself on acous. guit. and hammered dulcimer. Should be a blast. It’s a Father’s Day worship fest.

We’ll mingle ancient prayers with contemporary worship tunage, and season everything with fresh arrangements of hymns. Those buildings are echo-y, so we have to figure out how to sonically handle all the tumblerumble in the hall.

Will blog more on how it goes.

RELEASES FEB. 8, 2022 | Brazos press

Sheltering Mercy 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. Co-written with Ryan Whitaker Smith, Brazos Publishing.

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