Calvary Chapel South County meets on Sunday mornings at the venerable music venue The Coach House. I’d always dreamed about playing there someday but I never imagined it would be on a Sunday morning! Last August, Pastor Mark Barrett invited me to sing and I had a fine morning with the Body there. Now I’ve been invited back but this time I’ll be sharing the morning with my good friend Rick Conklin. For those who might remember, the band Aslan was an extraordinary Maranatha! Music group in the mid-’70’s/early ’80’s and Rick was one of the cofounders of the group. You can read a good bit about Aslan by navigating to the ancient-but-still-there website Jesus Music. It uses the old frames scheme for navigation, so simply use the pull-down Artist menu to select “Aslan (Maranatha)”. (As you might expect, there was more than one band by that well-known Narnian name). There you’ll find interviews with Rick as well as Jim Abdo and Bill Hoppe . In 2008, Aslan reformed as BrokenWorks and released a new album titled Blaze Away. All of that leads to this: Rick and I will likely do a little “song trading” back-and-forth as well as leading a few congregational songs as part of the Sunday Service. We hope it will be a blessing for all concerned … please join us.
On Good Friday, I sang for Westchester Nazarene Church with Pastor John Wesley Huddle. It turns out that the ministry-apple didn’t fall far from the tree as John’s Dad Paul has served the Body for many years. Paul invited to me sing for a monthly Gathering of Men and I’m only too happy to do it. The time might suggest it’s a breakfast meeting, but technically it’s not. Still, the guys are known to have coffee and various baked goods close at hand. So, if you’re “man enough” to be with us (I’m kidding here, don’t want to cause a gender-sensitivity ruckus here) and are close by, please come join us!
I’m happy to be returning again to Holy Trinity with my friend Bp. Todd Hunter. Preceding the Service there is a fifteen-minute Coffee and Community time on the patio, while inside Needham Chapel I’ll be playing some instrumental music for the Quiet Prelude. Then I’ll be assisting with music throughout the morning’s worship. My longtime attendance at All Saints Church and now, for many years, my beloved St. Matthew’s Church has given me a great love and appreciation for the Liturgy. Although I’m used to a more formal traditional approach, I also very much resonate with Holy Trinity’s thoughtful integration of both ancient and more contemporary elements. It’s a very welcoming place. One of the blessings of my life in music is to feel a comfort and kinship with all kinds of Churches and “styles” and, thus, it’s my honor to serve the Faith Community at Holy Trinity. (Please note I’ll also be returning in two weeks for the Sunday AM Service on July 16, 2017.)
Back in early 1977 when everything ‘Christian” was brand new, Calvary Chapel Downey was my first Church. After a long, fallow period of estrangement from the Catholic Faith of my childhood and a kind of de-facto vague agnosticism (read “avoidance”, essentially so I could do whatever I wanted, or so I thought), I read a copy of Good News for Modern Man and talked deep into the night several times with my then-roommate, fellow seeker (and lifelong best friend) Dan Rupple. It didn’t take long for me to be curious about whether or not there was a Church nearby where I might fit in. My exposure to “End Times” teaching piqued my interest, but I soon learned that while that issue was quite important, the Heart of the Gospel was very much deeper than that. Pastor Jeff Johnson welcomed me and Dan into the Body there. We were serious about our Faith but it certainly didn’t hurt that there were lots of cute girls who loved the Lord, too! Pretty early on, I remember making a pastoral appointment with Jeff and I carried a 3×5 card scrawled with “newbie” questions into that meeting. I still have that card somewhere. For many years, CCD was my home and I always feel a great sense of “returning” when I visit there, especially to sing. Thanks to Pastor Jeff for the invite and to Jake Rowley for helping me round out the details. I look forward to this visit back home!
I’m happy to be returning again to Holy Trinity with my friend Bp. Todd Hunter. Preceding the Service there is a fifteen-minute Coffee and Community time on the patio, while inside Needham Chapel I’ll be playing some instrumental music for the Quiet Prelude. Then I’ll be assisting with music throughout the morning’s worship. My longtime attendance at All Saints Church and now, for many years, my beloved St. Matthew’s Church has given me a great love and appreciation for the Liturgy. Although I’m used to a more formal traditional approach, I also very much resonate with Holy Trinity’s thoughtful integration of both ancient and more contemporary elements. It’s a very welcoming place. One of the blessings of my life in music is to feel a comfort and kinship with all kinds of Churches and “styles” and, thus, it’s my honor to serve the Faith Community at Holy Trinity. (Please note that I’m also scheduled to sing at Holy Trinity two weeks prior to this date on Sunday, July 2nd. So this “duplicate listing” is actually on purpose and correct!)
Outdoor stage. Casual. Summer. Beverages/snacks (you know how I love the snacks), and Your Humble Acoustic Servant with an early evening concert set. I recently emailed Pastor Lee Coe to see if I could come back to the Inland Empire to visit Calvary San Bernardino. His immediately reply was “yes” and that I would be one of three artists scheduled for their Summer Sunday Nights concert series. (The others are Hilary & Kate as well as my dear pal and consummate musician/singer-songwriter Bill Batstone.) So, come on out!
I love returning to work with my friends at The Packinghouse!
Please note that I’ll be participating in multiple gatherings (Sat/Sun):
- A Saturday PM version of the Sunday AM Service at 6:30 p.m.
- Three Sunday AM Services at 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 a.m.
- Sunday PM Bible Study at 6:30 p.m.
I couldn’t be more excited. No sooner do I get home from my UK Trip on June 12th, 2017 … and I receive an unexpected generous invitation to return to Israel (for the fourth time)! The ball started rolling with my close pal Pastor Steve Hopkins. Steve recently was called to a new pastoral position at Table Rock Fellowship (Medford, OR) after many years at Calvary Chapel Salem. While on a recent tour to Israel, he got to know and become friends with Dr. Paul Shockley, a pastor at Bethel Church and Professor at the College of Biblical Studies in Houston. While they were in the Galilee, they visited the Gadara area that inspired my song “Man of the Tombs“. In fact, Steve read the lyrics to the assembled tour group. That led to a discussion of the possibility of me singing the song in-person at that same spot on the next tour. Now plans are unfolding for me to do just that. While there, I’ll be musically partnering with Steve to lead worship and sing many of my own songs whenever it’s appropriate to the setting. (Twice before I’ve sung an a capella version of “Jesus Christ the Apple Tree” at the Church of St. Anne in Jerusalem. The acoustics there are incredible and I’m hoping to do that again.) In addition to Your Humble Acoustic Servant, Steve, and Dr. Shockley, the Tour will be led by Pastor Wayne Cone of Cypress Bible Church (Houston, TX) and Dr. Dwain Camp, who recently served as Interim Pastor at Bethel and now works with Equipping the Saints in Houston. (Whew, I know, lots of info!)
But now the thing to look at is the dedicated TOUR WEBPAGE with lots of items you’ll want to check out. Six Tabs and One Big Button will get you informed in a hurry: 1. Home (Trip Overview), 2. Itinerary (Subject to Slight Changes but Pretty Close I Expect), 3. Flights & Hotels (Most will depart Seattle. Hotels in Tel Aviv, Ein Gev – Gallilee, and Jerusalem), 4. Extensions (Extra-Cost Days in Eilat – Petra), 5. Payment Policy (Deposit by 09/21/17, Balance by 12/21/17), 6. Travel Insurance (Optional Add-On to Deposit), and finally … 7. The Handy, Hard-to-Miss Register Now Button (Uh, that’s so you can, say it with me, Register Now!). And finally now, THE question: How much is it? Assuming a Seattle Departure and Double Occupancy, the Basic Tour cost is $3,835.00. That’s not cheap but seems very well-priced from what I know on the subject. I very much hope you can join us. If there are other items/concerns not addressed in all you’re reviewing, please click HERE to email Steve. Tell him Bob Bennett sent you. It won’t do a thing but it’ll make me look really, really good!