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Music News and Song of the Week

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  • Christian music at Six Flags Saint Louis. If you are in the area, Six Flags St. Louis is offering a few good opportunities to enjoy some good Christian music this summer:
    • June 13 – Jeremy Camp and Josh Wilson at 8:00 pm in the Old Glory Amphitheatre. A concert ticket is required along with park admission.
    • July 25 – NEEDTOBREATHE, Switchfoot, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors and Colony House at 6:00 pm at the Old Glory Amphitheatre. A concert ticket is required along with park admission.
    • August 8 – Mandisa and Brandon Heath at 8:00 pm in the Old Glory Amphitheatre. A concert ticket is required along with park admission.
  • Vintage Worship: The Glory of Historic Hymns. Matt Boswell writes “While I certainly don’t think that historic hymns are the only thing we should sing in corporate worship, I am concerned that omitting older hymns in our gatherings silences the rich voices of church history. Some churches seem uninterested in any song that is more than two years old, much less two hundred years.”
  • For the Church: Singing Highland Hymn. Randall Van Meggelen writes about the new hymn “Highland Hymn” from the album Glory to the Holy One. You can listen to the song and the lyrics are also included.
  • Hymns We Should Sing More Often: God Moves. Kevin DeYoung continues his series by looking at one of my wife’s favorite hymns, William Cowper’s “God Moves in a Mysterious Way”, written in 1773.
  • For the Church: Singing Clothed in Righteousness. Randall Van Meggelen writes about the wonderful hymn “Clothed in Righteousness” that I’ve enjoyed at the past few Ligonier National Conferences and at Saint Andrews Chapel. The song (audio clip and lyrics are included) is on the new album Glory to the Holy One.
  • Sunlight by Jon ForemanOld Seasons, New Day. Enjoy “Terminal,” a new track from Switchfoot’s Jon Foreman’s new Wonderlands: Sunlight release, the first of four The Wonderlands EPs (released May 26), alongside tracks from Jon’s last set of solo releases. The Wonderlands: Shadows EP, the second of the four, will be released July 17. Watch this video of Foreman playing “The Patron Saint of Rock & Rock”. Check out this Noise Trade interview with Foreman.
  • Matt Redman to Release Unbroken Praise on June 16. The new album was recorded live at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London.
  • New Live Album from Amos Lee.  After last summer’s tour in support of Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song, Amos is back with his first-ever live album: Live at Red Rocks With the Colorado Symphony. A one-night only performance, the new album features tracks spanning Amos’ entire career. It will be released June 16 and you get the song “Windows Are Rolled Down” if you pre-order the album.
  • “Will the Circle Be Unbroken?”  Steve Martin, Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Mark O’Connor and Amos Lee join together to perform the gospel classic, “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” on Late Night with David Letterman.
  • Lecrae Makes Music Concerned With The Soul. “I consider what I do soul music,” Lecrae says. “It music that is concerned with the soul.” Listen to this interview with NPR.
  • New Andy Mineo Single. Listen to the new song from Andy “Lay Up”.
  • Game Time with Andy Mineo. Andy writes “I played a lot of sports growing up. And music was a big part of getting ready for games. These songs on this playlist are songs my friends and I would listen to before heading out of the locker room. Whatever you’re doing these songs will get you hype!”
  • Books That Have Most Shaped Trip Lee. Listen to him discuss these on a recent “Ask Pastor John” podcast.
  • “Believe”. Mumford and Sons recently performed “Believe” from their new album Wilder Mind on Late Night with David Letterman.
  • Dylan on Letterman. Bob Dylan returned to the Late Show with David Letterman for the first time in 22 years on May 19 to sing “The Night We Called it a Day” from his critically acclaimed album Shadows in the Night. Watch all three of his appearances with Letterman over the years.
  • U2 on The Tonight Show. Did you see U2 on The Tonight Show on May 8? Here’s the band performing “Beautiful Day”.
  • Angels of Fenway. Watch the video of James Tayler’s new song “Angels of Fenway”, which he debuted at Fenway Park on May 3. All baseball fans will enjoy this.

“Success is truly success when it brings you to a greater place of gratefulness for Jesus.” KB

Song of the Week

This week’s song of the week is a wonderful new hymn from Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty, and Graham Kendrick titled “My Worth is Not in What I Own”:

My worth is not in what I own
Not in the strength of flesh and bone
But in the costly wounds of love
At the cross

My worth is not in skill or name
In win or lose, in pride or shame
But in the blood of Christ that flowed
At the cross

I rejoice in my Redeemer
Greatest Treasure,
Wellspring of my soul
I will trust in Him, no other.
My soul is satisfied in Him alone.

As summer flowers we fade and die
Fame, youth and beauty hurry by
But life eternal calls to us
At the cross

I will not boast in wealth or might
Or human wisdom’s fleeting light
But I will boast in knowing Christ
At the cross

Two wonders here that I confess
My worth and my unworthiness
My value fixed – my ransom paid
At the cross

Author: Bill Pence

I’m Bill Pence – married to my best friend Tammy, a graduate of Covenant Seminary, St. Louis Cardinals fan, formerly a manager at a Fortune 50 organization, and in leadership at my local church. I am a life-long learner and have a passion to help people develop, and to use their strengths to their fullest potential. I am an INTJ on Myers-Briggs, 3 on the Enneagram, my top five Strengthsfinder themes are: Belief, Responsibility, Learner, Harmony, and Achiever, and my two StandOut strength roles are Creator and Equalizer. My favorite book is the Bible, with Romans my favorite book of the Bible, and Colossians 3:23 and 2 Corinthians 5:21 being my favorite verses. Some of my other favorite books are The Holiness of God and Chosen by God by R.C. Sproul, and Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper. I enjoy music in a variety of genres, including modern hymns, Christian hip-hop and classic rock. My book Called to Lead: Living and Leading for Jesus in the Workplace and Tammy’s book Study, Savor and Share Scripture: Becoming What We Behold are available in paperback and Kindle editions on Amazon.

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