In Edmonton, Alberta and Winnipeg, Manitoba

Right now I’m with great friend and host Nathan Rousu as we prepare for two days with our Vineyard creative and worship community here in Alberta, Canada and then tomorrow night we’re off to Winnipeg, Manitoba to hang with good friend Nathan Rieger and crew at the Winnipeg Centre Vineyard for the Sunday morning. Then, Sunday afternoon and evening we gather the worship community in the Manitoba region over at the Portage Vineyard.

We’re going to be doing some worship worldview work together based around the What Is Worship? concepts (imago Dei, Kingdom and culture, fully alive), with attention to the sacramental life and the incarnational tradition in the Church.

We’ll play in and out of the Church as SubCulture vs. the Church as SeedCulture, and explore the joys of repetition and monotony (not unfamiliar to weekly worship leaders) that Chesterton said make the universe a magical place – God and children love to say “Do it again! Do it again!”

With a sprinkling of practical “how to” in worship ministry, as well as some devoted time to pray for one another and get some hang time, this promises to be a rich weekend.

If you’d pray for us as you read the post, we’d be so very grateful.


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.