Vineyard East Worship Leader’s Gathering in Asheville, NC USA

annas-sweet-faceRight now I’m with my good friends at the Vineyard East Worship Leader’s Gathering in Asheville, NC USA.

Rich worship times are followed by small group gatherings, which are followed by nights at the pub and lots of belly laughter. This makes for a wonderful time together, methinks.

My joy in being here is overshadowed by my joy at seeing my oldest daughter, Anna, who lives 30 minutes from here as she does her last year of high school while living with her wonderful grandparents. It’s been 3 weeks since we simultaneously moved, and it will so good to see her again.

Please pray for these worship leaders. Every day, they offer themselves once again to the great privilege, and task, of worship leadership. Pray that they would be awake to God’s whispers in their lives, that they would be refreshed in the midst of their ongoing faithfulness, and that their creativity and sense of mission would be set on fire.

Thanks friends.


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.