How Can We Change the Way the World Encounters God ?

So I’ve been following along with this series called “The Journey of Worship”” taught by Ray Hughes,at Grace Center in Franklin, TN. You can watch the videos here. 

And I got his 107 Things I Forgot to Say by Ray Hughesbook “107 Things I Forgot To Say The Last Time I Talked About Worship, Creativity and Music

It’s a guided journal exercise to “slow down”, fully experience life, and hear the voice of God. Like all things, you can get as much out of it as you’re willing to put into it.

In this article I’ll share my first journal entry. His first inciting quote from page 1 is this:

“If we can change the way that the church understands music and worship, we will change the way the world encounters God.”  – Ray Hughes

This is a big idea, and quite profound if you’re serious about exploring and applying the answers. This is important because, in many areas, the “world” is rejecting God as represented today by the church. Many, many churches are struggling and in decline. 

Continue Reading »

Here’s the lyric video for Come Thou Long Expected Jesus.

Get the lead sheet, chart and MP3 free.

Free JOYFUL! Sampler & Songbook Excerpt

Press the “play” button to listen now. This is the free 5 song sampler version of the full-length 11 song album via Noisetrade.

JOYFUL! is a worshipful celebration of Christmas infused with vibrant choruses, energetic jangly guitars, rock orchestra strings, and soaring harmony vocals. Features “wall of sound” hymns of high praise and intimate, spacious arrangements of acoustic guitar, strings and percussion.

THIS DOWNLOAD ALSO INCLUDES SHEET MUSIC AND CHORD/LYRIC CHARTS FOR 3 of the songs in the accompanying Joyful! Songbook.

TO BUY NOW> Complete Digital Downloads of the whole project are available on iTunes, CDBaby, and Bandcamp.

Available Now! “A New Joyful Sound For Christmas”

Well it’s finally finished and available everywhere, the full length 11 song version of my new album “JOYFUL! Christmas Praise and Worship”. Complete Digital Downloads* of the whole project are available on iTunes, CDBaby, and Bandcamp. There’s also a limited 5 song “sampler” version on NoiseTrade.

BANDCAMP, includes Songbook excerpt

https://robstill.bandcamp.com/album/joyful-christmas-praise-worship

The feedback from listeners has been great!

  • I am SOOO enjoying your new Christmas CD. I knew it would be good but WOW! The music was beautiful and unique!!  I can hardly listen to the radio during this time of year, but your CD has played continually since I got it. Thank you for bringing a new joyful sound to Christmas this year. ~ Karen L.
  • I love your new Christmas CD! Of course I really like the background singers. ~ Gaylora W.
  • I normally hate Christmas music but really digging this worship album by Nashville artist Rob Still. Also, if you’re a worship leader and need last-minute arrangements (trust me, I’ve been there) just uh, “cheat” using this project.  ~ Mike Kim
  • I like the arrangement – thanks for sharing! – Janet D.
  • Ooo! I love this song. ~ Christina B.
  • Whether or not you are religious, you should listen to this. Rob Still is the former worship pastor from my old Nashville church and is the primary reason I know how to improvise on the viola and play anything else because classical music (especially “commercial” percussion).  We worked on his Christmas album this summer. This song [As With Gladness Men of Old] I think is one of the best things we have done together; he is playing guitar and singing, and I am playing both of my violas and percussion (Finger cymbals, triangle, trine, singing bowl, chinese cymbal, nut rattle, 2 different djembes, frame drum, floor tom, surdo, udu, cajon-bongos, ghungroo bells, tambourine, toy cymbals, etc.). Enjoy! ~ Christopher Lowry, Principal Violist, Acadiana Symphony Orchestra and Conservatory of Music, Orchestral Assistant at Louisiana State University, Principle Violist Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra

Available at these fine outlets. You can listen and check it out right here.

iTUNES

Listen to short samples and download the album in iTunes.


NOISETRADE – 5 SONG SAMPLER, includes Songbook excerpt


  CDBABY


 

* Note: If you want a physical CD before Christmas, send me an e-mail [rob at rob still dot com]  

JOYFUL! Christmas Praise & Worship. (Sneak Preview Available Now)

I’m thrilled to offer this “sneak preview” of my new Christmas project “Joyful!” for a very limited time.  To listen and download click the cover image  below…

CD Jacket Template copy2 full

So here’s the quick story … I’ve been leading worship with these arrangements of traditional Christmas songs for several years, mostly with the youth praise team from back in the day. I’ve had a desire for many years to produce nice rockin’ Christmas album with these songs and others. On a mixture of opportunity and unction I started recording late December of 2013 for what will be a 2014 release. But like a kid who can’t wait for Christmas, I wanted to share what we’ve got so far. This “sneak preview” is not perfect, but you’ll get the idea and I pray it will bring some joy to your Christmas season. God bless you and enjoy!

To listen now and download your copy,  click this link : JOYFUL!

It’s a “name your own price” deal. To get yours for free, simply enter “0.00” as the price. I just want you to have it. Donations are very much appreciated,  proceeds help fund our non-profit missions work.

Merry Christmas!

Comments? We love comments!

JOY! My New Christmas Project Coming 2014

The best time to produce a Christmas record? The year before!

The best time to produce a Christmas record? The year before! A sneak may be coming soon … stay tuned ….

Maybe I’m crazy to make a record right now. But for many years I’ve had some fun/ energetic praise arrangements of Christmas hymns and carols. We’ve got some raw live recordings with the youth group from back in the day,  but “you had to be there” to appreciate it.

So, it’s been in my heart to produce a Christmas worship record that, well,  rocks. And we’re doing it. Now. The opportunity to record with some fantastic players, some friends old and new, came all of a sudden and , well, it just seemed like the right time to go for it.

So earlier this week we recorded basic tracks. I’m working on vocals now. I hope to have a “sneak preview” with mixes for 4 of the songs released by December 21, a week from today. I’ll release the finished project in time for Christmas of 2014.

But, like a kid who can’t wait for Christmas, I’d like to share something before then.

I’ll let you know how it goes.

Recording the Band Tracks for “Christmas” In the Studio

Christmas Recording: Rob Still, Blair Masters - keys, Jonathan Crone - electric guitar, Tony Morra - drums, Scot Dente - acoustic guitar, Matt Pierson - bass

Christmas Recording: Rob Still – guitar & vocals, Blair Masters – keys, Jonathan Crone – electric guitar, Tony Morra – drums, Scot Dente – acoustic guitar, Matt Pierson – bass

 

Scratch Vocals & Guitars

Recording Scratch Vocals & Guitar

Recording Scratch Vocals & Guitar

Over To You

So .. would you be interested in hearing a “sneak preview” of some of the songs? Leave a comment ….

Stay updated! Leave me your email address and I’ll a send you the free download to the sneak preview when it’s ready. I’ll be tracking vocals December 19 & 20 and will have rough mixes up by December 22.

* indicates required


“Dash Between The Years” – A Song For All Saints Day

dash between the years img

This Sunday at HFUMC we will commemorate “All Saints Day”.

In the United Methodist Church, All Saints’ Day is observed on the first Sunday in November to remember deceased members of the local church congregation. A candle is lit as each person’s name is called out with their photograph, followed by prayer.

I wrote a song a while back that I thought would be appropriate for the occasion.  “Dash Between The Years” is about making  your life count and living with no regrets. It was inspired by a poem called “The Dash” by Linda Ellis.

You can hear the song on this youtube video. The strings were played by my friend and amazing viola virtuoso Christopher Lowry. 

Dash On A Tombstone

On a tombstone was written the date of her birth
And the day of her last breath
The sign of a lifetime of living and tears
Was a dash between the years
And it said nothing at all of good deeds and kindness and faith
Cause a dash on a tombstone is never enough
To show what a life has meant

For there’s only one life and soon it will pass
Only what’s done for Jesus will last

I’m reflecting on decisions and choices I’ve made
Will I live with no regrets?
Did my life make a difference
Or was I captured by fear in my dash between the years ?

Would it say I was faithful
Did I live for the glory of God?
Cause a dash on a tombstone is never enough
To show what a life has meant

And we’ve only one life,  soon it will pass
Only what’s done for Jesus will last

This is my dash between the years.

Copyright Rob Still November 2002. Rob Still Music (ASCAP)
All rights reserved. International copyright secured. Used by
permission.

Comments?

Is there a song that has been special to you for remembering loved ones or motivating you to live your life to the fullest? Thanks for sharing!

Song: “Never Alone” A Lesson in Perseverence From Martin Luther King Jr.

[tentblogger-youtube _Jil3iJbywg]

I remember the tears welling up when I first heard Martin Luther King ‘s message “A Knock At Midnight”.

It  inspired by me to write the song Never Alone”.

The story King tells in “A Knock At Midnight” is so raw and emotional. He was despondent. He was desperate. He was at the end of the end of his rope.

He needed a word from God.

Then he had an encounter right at his kitchen table.

I discovered then that religion had to become real for me and I had to know God for myself, I bowed down … and then the Holy Spirit revived my soul”

Shortly after that speech, his calling would  require his life. It brings tears to my eyes when I hear him say:

“He promised never to leave me, never to leave me alone, never alone, no never alone .“

The promise of God to never abandon his children has inspired the courage and perseverance of saints through out the ages.

“And lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” Matthew 28:20

 “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5, Deuteronomy 31:6

That promise is what inspired  “Never Alone”.

****

A special “THANK YOU” to Michael Hyatt’s podcast 8 Leadership Lessons from Martin Luther King, Jr. 

The 8 Lessons are fabulous, go check it out that link.  At the end of the podcast he answered listeners question, one of which was from moi:

 “What does Dr. King have to teach us about overcoming discouragement, especially when our ideas are rejected by those in power and authority”

Michael’s answer, “perseverance” led to this blog post!

****

You can listen to  NEVER ALONE on this player and read the lyrics below, also a  free song download this week.

Never Alone black2.001NEVER ALONE

You will never leave me
I know You will never forsake me
And even when I can’t see You  – I know that You’re there
And even when I can’t feel You  – I know that You care
And when my heart is shattered and broken
Your ways seem a mystery
Still I believe you’ll never abandon me

Cause I’m never alone, never alone        
through the dark night of the soul, I’m never alone
I’m never alone, never alone        
through the dark night of the soul, I’m never alone
You hold me ,you surround me, with the sound of Your love
I’m never alone, never alone, never alone, never alone
I’m never alone, never alone, never alone, never alone

I know you’ll never leave   me
I know you’ll never forsake me
I know you will never abandon me
I’m never alone, never alone, never alone, never alone
I’m never alone, never alone, never alone, never alone
You will never leave me

Copyright 2001/2011 Rob Still /Rob Still Music (ASCAP)
All rights reserved. International copyright secured. Used by permission.

“Never Alone”  is a free song download this week. If you like Never Alone or the “What Words Can’t Say” project , you can help spread the word by liking it on Facebook, or write a review for I-Tunes or CD Baby.

Words CD Cover

Thanks for sharing your thoughts in the comments. We love comments!

Coming oh so very soon! My new e-book “Wholehearted Worship”.  :

Merry Christmas! The Meaning of Christmas (Song)

Merry Christmas!

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.  Luke 2:10-11

This Christmas Eve I’d like to share (again) this song, The Meaning of Christmas.

The big idea is keeping “Christ” in “Christmas”.

Click the play button below to listen. It’s also free download .

Continue Reading »