April 19, 2017
HE IS RISEN !
Come join me this Resurrection Sunday, April 16th, at Church of the Saviour in Wayne, PA, as we celebrate the glorious HOPE of the gospel! For if Christ was not risen from the dead, we would all be without hope today. Come and sing of His victory over sin and the grave!! I have the honor of leading us in two services this Easter.
First, at 6:15am, in the Quad, I'll be leading an outdoor acoustic Sunrise Service with my team mate and hand percussionist, Jordan Knarr. Pastor Tom Walsh will be giving an uplifting message from God's Word. They're calling for beautiful (and warm!) weather, so that's a praise. PLUS! If that wasn't enough incentive, PANCAKES will be served immediately following the service until 11am. All proceeds to benefit our student ministry outreach.
And if the sunrise service is a bit too early for you & your family, I'll be leading once again at our 11am service, this time with our full worship team. It will be a joyful, victorious, and hope-filled morning you don't want to miss! Our Senior Pastor, Kevin Flannery, writes:
"If your theology can’t handle surprise, then it can’t handle the God of Scripture! Time and again God’s ways are different than our ways. We know this from our own experience as well, when we kindly (in prayer) share with the Lord Almighty how we think he should handle a situation, only to find out that his ways are not our ways, and his thoughts are not our thoughts.
The Cross Event (i.e., the crucifixion & resurrection) no doubt is the supreme biblical example of surprise. The way that God decided to execute redemption and our ultimate consummation into HIStory is so different than any man-made religion could ever conceive: that he would come first as the suffering servant and then be raised to life as the conquering king. Defeating evil through his perfect life, sacrificial death and glorious resurrection… now that’s a wonderful theological surprise!
Come this Sunday as we will celebrate with a different kind of sermon… one that is designed to inspire the convinced and to unleash the surprise of the resurrection to those who are seeking."
So please do come and join us this Easter Sunday! There's no reason to be alone, dispairing or without hope. Believe me, I understand how that can feel. But Jesus truly LIVES to bring you peace and joy like you've never known. What better day to find out & experience for yourself?
Praise God, my Saviour LIVES!!
New recording coming...
I'm working on a new CD, and for Passion Week, I thought I'd let you hear a rough basement recording of one of the songs that'll be on the new project. It's my attempt to make more accessible a great old hymn for corporate worship. It's a compelling song for Good Friday, communion Sundays, funerals, outreaches... I was joined by my bandmates Steve Bridgeman (el. gtr/vocals) & Scotty Kleber (bass/vocals). This was actually our first run-through of it, recorded on my cell phone, believe it or not. Hope it's a blessing to you this Easter weekend, and if you'd like the chord charts for your worship team just let me know!
Past Events . . .
Sandy Cove Men's Retreat
It was a powerful weekend retreat with the men at Sandy Cove this fall! Our times of worship were full of joy and heartfelt praise (these guys sing LOUD!!). And our guest speaker, Carlos Whittaker, challenged us with scripture and inspiring personal stories which helped us all take a serious assessment of our lives and marriages.
It was wonderful to walk around the grounds of Sandy Cove and see so many men in small groups getting real about their struggles and failures, praying for one another and crying out to God together.
So blessed to have such gifted bandmates! Along with our times of worship, we shared some new songs that I've written which were enthusiastically received by the guys. Such an encouragment!
Back from Peru !
Thank you so much for your prayers! It was a privilege to serve with my good friend Allan Glass and teammates from The WordFM listening area as we helped bring the hope of the gospel to Huaycán, Peru.
I'll be posting more pictures from our trip, along with some testimonies of how the Lord allowed us to be a bessing. But here's a bit of a synopsis...
We left JFK in NYC around 2am on Friday morning, Aug 5th, and arrived in Lima about 7 and a half hours later (non-stop). It's approaching wintertime down there, so it was a little cooler- though the sun was still intense (especially on the mountain in Huaycán where we were working). There's a general haze that lingers over the town and sometimes it would burn away later in the day. It affected our throats and sinuses a bit, as did the dry rocky dirt on the mountain. The people there said that it rarely rains but when it does, it's basically a mist- not any kind of downpour. From the pictures, you'll notice very little green anywhere. A few cactus plants and desert flowers that some residents here and there planted to brighten their place on the mountain, but otherwise just dry dirt and rocks.
Along with Allan Glass from the WordFm, our team's work assignments and itinerary were organized by Stephanie Boyd and Alan Hulley from World Servants.We joined Terry and Sabet Mullins of Peru Hope in bringing the gospel of Christ to Huaycán through acts of love and service. We were able to accomplish a number of goals: 1) to help finish the roof of the community center; 2) to help build a church (literally!); 3) to share simple bible teaching, music and laughter with the children of Huaycán; 4) to provide 2,000 pairs of reading glasses for those in need; and 5) paint a children's mural for the orphanage there. Here a just a few of the pictures...
How You Can Help
I have a number of new songs that I've written and have begun sharing in concert. I'd like to record an EP of them and make it available to everybody. Even if it ends up being a simple un-plugged, acoustic kind of thing, I think the songs might be a blessing to folks. And your gift of any amount can help make that happen.
The WordFm has graciously allowed my music ministry to come under their missions umbrella, and they have a link at their website which you can click to make a one-time gift, or something we could count on every month. Plus it's tax-deductible!
If the tax-deductible part isn't that big a deal, and you'd like to support us directly, we also have a PayPal link, which enables your gift to go directly to us without any admin fees. That link is PayPal.Me/blessedhurricane.
Either way, thank you SO much for partnering with us. It is such an honor to minister His hope and light with you!
So much of where I go is due to word of mouth, friend to friend, pastor to pastor. We're actively booking dates for concerts and worship events (solo acoustic, small combo or full band), and would love to come to your church or ministry venue! For more info, please feel free to contact us here at email@example.com or (484)459-1156. So grateful for your kind referrals!
Some Past Events
Some pics from our most recent Iron Sharpens Iron men's conference at Cedar Crest Bible Fellowship in Allentown, PA. Guest speakers included film producer/writer, Stephen Kendrick (War Room, Courageous), and pastor/author, Eric Ludy.
We also had the honor of backing worship leader Nadine Maenza at the Women's Iron Sharpens Iron conference at Carlisle Evangelical Free Church (Carlisle, PA) and Calvary Church in Souderton, PA. Here we are joined by great guitarist and all-around funny guy, Gary Livesay, from the Mary James trio.
Previous Iron Sharpens Iron pics and worship team coaching times...
Noisetrade Sampler !
Here's an 11-song SAMPLER which includes songs from all my past projects, including the live, hidden track duet I sang with my daughter, Lauren, that was never available by itself. There's also a bonus track of a living room guitar demo of The Fragrance of Christ. Please share this sampler with your friends on Facebook!
Just enter the info above or click HERE. In exchange for your email & zip (which will only go to my fanbase- no spam!), NoiseTrade will email you the songs! It's free, but you can also "tip" any amount to help towards the new recording. Don't forget, you can also give a tax-deductible donation by going HERE.
Thank you so much for your love, prayers & support!!
Why "Blessed Hurricane?"
I often get asked why our music ministry is called Blessed Hurricane Ministries. If you've wondered about that, or if you'd like to hear more about the heart & vision behind this ministry, click HERE.