Setting Our Sails: Vineyard Canada Mahone Bay

We just got through a 4 hour band rehearsal for our Vineyard Canada national gathering in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, called Setting Our Sails. I’m just plain tuckered.

It’s hard work tightening and sharpening songs, and I really don’t like to rehearse at all (especially driving rehearsal knowing all the background logistics, multiple worship leaders, budgets, and dynamics that can occur), but its worth it when people are engaging in worship with semi-seamless, beautiful music that lifts their hearts to God. Our band is a bunch of great hearts as well, so life is good.

Some beautiful violin playing, some rich celebration and times of intimate devotion, some ancient/future worship expression (Coram Deo), circles of stomp-like, all aboard worship circles going into the night, artists, wonderful teachers, beautiful Nova Scotia and some serious kitchen-party/ceilidh action with Stephanie Mainville.


Sheltering Mercy and Endless Grace help 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. Sheltering Mercy helps the reader pray Psalms 1-75; Endless Grace leads in prayer through Psalms 76-150.

The church has always used the Psalms as part of its prayer life, and they have inspired countless other prayers. Each book contains 75 prayers drawn from the Book of Psalms, providing lyrical sketches of what authors Ryan Smith and Dan Wilt have seen, heard, and felt while sojourning there. 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.

These artful, poetic, and classic devotional books are a perfect gift, and feature compelling stunning illustrations and 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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