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“The Healing of the Nations” is the theme for New City Music’c #MusiCon15. This phrase comes from Revelation 22 in which John describes the new city of God where a river flows from the throne of the Lamb. Along the banks of the river are the trees of life and John tells us that the leaves of the trees are for the healing of the nations.
If you don’t see a need for healing in our communities, our congregations, our families, or your own heart, then you are probably not paying attention. Worship is a time to listen to God’s voice and to be changed in the process. He is present in our worship and He is holy. Like the woman who only needed to touch the hem of His garment, we come into the presence of Jesus in worship, broken and desperate. The wonderful now/not-yet vision of the New City is that the tree of life grows like a weed. The church is the New City where Jesus glory dwells and where the nations stream up to the throne needing this healing.
Here are a few questions that I have for you to consider in preparation for our conference.
- How have you personally experienced physical or emotional healing through worshiping Jesus?
- How has music, whether in worship or not, brought you some form of healing?
- How have you witnessed healing in whole communities through singing together in worship?
- What does healing look like in music? To say it another way, what active steps do you take to experience healing?
I’d love to read your answers to one of more of these questions in the comments.
New City Music Conference 2015 is shaping up. We are getting registrations slowly but I fully expect 2/3 of the conference to register at the last minute. I’m so thrilled to have our line up of speakers and breakout leaders. It seems to get better and better every time we pull one of these together. If you haven’t done it yet, please check out the conference details and register at www.ncfmusic.com/conference/
Carrie Jones is the conference director this time. Carrie was involved in the 2011 conference we had here in St. Louis as the graphic designer and she created the conference notebook which was so full of information and resources that people wanted to get the notebook even though they couldn’t attend the conference. Carrie is also a long time member of NCF (@NCFStLouis) and as well as a highly qualified musician on our team.
The conference steering committee was made up of myself (@kirkwardmusic), my dad (@jcalvinward), and my long time friend, Michelle Higgins (@fast_foodie). We went out to lunch when my dad was here in March and hammered out the rough outline of who and what will be featured at this year’s conference.
I hope that you consider coming. If you are from the local region, we would love to meet you or connect again with you to be able to encourage each other in the struggle. If you are from out of town, we would to meet and connect as well and to hear what is going on in other communities. So much has happened in our nation this year that has served to break down our facades and to reveal the areas where we are divided and broken. The gospel has the power to heal communities when it is planted in soil that will let it thrive and produce fruit. Let’s live the gospel of reconciliation and justice that is available to us through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
I just got back from Chattanooga and while I was relaxing with my family, I also had time to take care of some long over due meetings. I met with some of the team that curates ncfmusic.com and we are hoping to fix some of the glitches on the website as well as tweak the content to make it more useful. In addition, we were able to talk some about a music conference for 2015! If you are a church musician (volunteer or pro), you should make a general plan to travel next summer to our conference to be inspired, encouraged, empowered, etc. in the struggle to produce cross-cultural music for worship.
By the way – if you are a musician in St Louis and you haven’t done it yet, please register for the Worship Music Workshop on August 8 & 9.
SAVE THE DATE // August 9, 2014 in Saint Louis
Who: Worship musicians, leaders, and volunteers
What: resource exchange, training, praise, and fellowship
When: Saturday August 9 2014, Daytime workshops ($5 for participants) // Evening concert event open to the public
Why: worship teams from various churches don’t normally have the chance to gather in the same place to be participate in worship events rather than direct them. We will learn together, encourage each other, and share our experiences.
organized by New City Fellowship and South City Church
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org // email@example.com
HEY! It’s time to register for the New City Music Conference. I’m serious. No more delay. Why should you come to the conference?
- Be Encouraged!
There will be a lot of excellent content at this conference including a line up of speakers that are well worth the trip. Are you feeling dried up, apathetic, bored, or weary? Take time to invest in your gift and your passion at this conference.
- Meet Like Minded Musicians
You are not alone in the struggle! Whether you have been involved with cross-cultural music for decades or your ministry is just starting to consider a change, I guarantee that you will find people just like you who have been wrestling with the same stuff.
- Hear a Ton of New Songs
Come on! Who isn’t excited about hearing new songs? One of the best parts of the NCM conferences has been the extended worship sessions. A room full of musicians, singing and celebrating is an experience that every servant-musician needs to experience. Go home after the conference with a stack of new song ideas and infuse your ministry with some fresh grooves.
- Grow Closer to Your Team
Nothing beats a road trip to grow closer together with your team. You have friends to process the content of the conference with and friends who share your experience of the music who can help you “sell” the new songs to your folk back home.
- Experience “worshipinthecity” LIVE!
Maybe you might be interested in hearing my plenary talk on Friday morning. I’m not making any promises about it except that knowing my track record with public speaking, I will probably break down crying at some point so there’s that to look forward to.
- BONUS: Eat Some Tennessee BBQ
The good people at New City Fellowship in Chattanooga TN are hosting the New City Music Conference this summer, July 25-28. If you are a musician who is involved in cross-cultural or mercy ministries, you need to be there! We need you to share your songs, your experiences, and your friendship. This year, I have the privilege to be included as a plenary speaker. Please pray for me as I work on my talk (editing, editing, editing!)
Registration is currently open for anyone who wants to sign up. If you live in St Louis, please let me know if you are interested in going. We will be coordinating transportation for our musicians, and you might be able to hitch a ride with us.
The dust is settling. The evaluations are being read and processed. We have had review meetings and been praying about what next year will look like. In the meantime, we have an enormous amount of audio, video, pics, and other resources to package into digital nuggets for everyone to share and experience. So, here’s what we’ve got so far – by the way, all the content will be available in some form on the New City Music website.
Latin American & Caribbean Styles Class – Rhythm Samples – Dr. Leo Sanchez shared several specific folk styles that are unique to Latin America and the Caribbean. This article includes links to notated musical examples of all the tunes he shared.
Worship: Our Wake-up Call – This is a video of the opening plenary address (preaching) from Tony Myles on Ephesians 5:8-20. His sermon challenged us to be aware of the horizontal aspects of corporate worship in which we speak to each other through songs.
That’s all for the time being, but there’s enough in these two talks to stew on for a few weeks until we can get more online.