After a very busy few months we decided to take July off, a) to regain some energy, and b) to finish off the new album. But before I tell you about that, let me tell you about June.
It was a month of baptisms. To start the month off we played at Kempton Methodist as usual, and Luvuyo conducted no fewer than twelve baptisms. That’s right, twelve! Then the next Sunday we were at Benoni Central Methodist, and once again, there were two baptisms. And then just to push the message home, the third Sunday of the month we were at Selcourt Methodist, and once again there was a baptism.
I started to wonder at the significance of being baptised. Of course it’s a fierce debate in some circles, when it comes to infant baptism etc. But it made me think back to when Jesus himself was baptised (well when I say “think back” I’m not saying I was there to witness it of course, but I whipped out a Bible to read it again). And what struck me most as I read the gospel accounts of the baptism was this: John’s humility.
John the Baptist, called by God, set apart by God, the man who Jesus would later call the greatest man ever.
And here when Jesus comes to him to be baptised he keeps saying stuff like “I’m not even worthy to untie Jesus’ sandals”.
It’s like he’s saying “it’s really not about me. Look at Jesus. Fix your eyes on Him. He’s the One. He’s the Messiah!”
And I wonder in our own lives, how often we want the focus to be on us, instead of turning it all onto Him.
We always say these things in our prayers at band practise. It’s not about us Lord, it’s about You!
But saying it and living it are two different things. It’s a lot harder to live it, right?
Anyway, we had a great month of June, and in particular we want to thank Charlie and Robbie and all those at Selcourt Methodist for the wonderful day we spent with them. We were blessed to play at all three services, and I shared the story behind “Never Again”. The response was overwhelming. It was a memorable day.
And then the last service we played was at Witfield Methodist in Boksburg, and something special happened.
It wasn’t as if we did anything different. But somehow, the Spirit of God just flowed through the people in a way that we’d hardly ever seen before. Wow. What a powerful morning.
A big thanks to Dawn Brown for the opportunity to come and share with the Witfield people, we can’t wait to be back!
Our new album is finally finished, and we expect the CDs to arrive in the middle of August. Here’s a preview of the cover:
And here is the tracklist:
- Holy Party
- Everything About You
- Walking With The King
- My Friend Who Walks With Me
- Lord Above All
- You Walked a Mile in My Shoes
- Hammer No More
- Nothing Too Big
- Even So
- My Poor Heart is True
- Endless Mercy
All the songs are written by either myself or Richard, with the exception of “Hammer No More” which is a cover of a song by the band Chronos – with kind permission from the author Doug Ray. There’s something for everyone on here; there’s our usual rock stuff, some old school rock n roll, a few gentle ones and some power ballads. Heck, there’s even a 1950s inspired doo-wop in there.
Hopefully the tracks will be available to download straight from our Facebook page. But we’d love to see you around when we launch the album at a bunch of churches. Here’s our upcoming schedule:
Sun 3 Aug: Kempton Park Methodist 09h30
Sun 10 Aug: Elsburg Methodist 09h00(?)
Sun 17 Aug: Genesis Ministries, Kempton 09h00
Sun 7 Sept: Kempton Park Methodist 09h30 (new album launch!)
Sat 13 Sept: Alberton Methodist Men’s breakfast 07h00 (new album launch!)
Sun 14 Sept: Benoni Central Methodist 10h00 (new album launch!)
Sun 21 Sept: Meyerton Methodist 09h00
Sun 5 Oct: Kempton Park Methodist 09h30
Sun 12 Oct: Heidelberg Methodist 08h00, 09h30 (new album launch!)
Sun 19 Oct: Trinity United Methodist Norkem Park 09h30 (new album launch!)
Sun 26 Oct: Nigel Methodist 09h00 (new album launch!)
Sun 2 Nov: Kempton Park Methodist 09h30
Sun 9 Nov: Hillside Methodist Edenvale 08h00, 09h30 (new album launch!)
Sun 16 Nov: St Francis Anglican, Meyersdal 08h30 (new album launch!)
Hope to see you at one of them!
Keep your eyes on Him…