In our current time of isolation, it’s on my heart to create. This is for my own sanity, and to hopefully bless others. My heart here is to repurpose and re-contextualize Spirit-led words and prayers from our preaching pastors and to provide instrumental tracks to help you be still for times of prayer and meditation.
In our current time of isolation, it’s on my heart to create. This is for my own sanity and to hopefully bless others. It’s very easy to slip into a despair deluge of news cycles and noise. I personally want a respite from this, and I hope to offer it to others as well!
Theres two ways that I want to uniquely bless our church family and beyond:
My heart here is to repurpose and re-contextualize Spirit-led words and prayers from our preaching pastors. Creating a new sounding environment that is peaceful and contemplative offers a new opportunity to hear biblical truths and loving pastoral exhortations. (Psalm 96:1) We hear and remember things differently when it’s set to music, let it be a new word of encouragement! (Proverbs 30:5)
- Perhaps these words from our pastors set to music will be a new devotional habit. (Mark 1:35)
- Perhaps it helps calm you. (Psalm 46:10)
- Perhaps it’s a fruitful listen while you work from home.
- Maybe it’s something you can send to friends and family as an encouragement. (Romans 15:5)
- Whatever the case may be, I hope this is a seed that bears much unexpected fruit now and in the future of our church! You can find these “Sermon Jams” for free download on Bandcamp and on streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music in the very near future.
You can find different instrumental versions of these tracks with no words over them under “Mauve Machine” in Spotify or Apple Music. The edit on these also allows it to be seamlessly looped. Often in times of prayer, meditation, and being still, I enjoy listening to pleasant soundscapes. (1 Chronicles 16:11). This can be a tool for that as well–to aid in slowing down to meditate on who God is, the Gospel, and wherever else your heart may be leading you. (Psalm 55:22) We know and believe that God’s presence isn’t a feeling conjured but that He is always present and near. (Psalm 139:7-10; Jeremiah 23:23-24) No sounds or place can change that. However, we can try to faithfully facilitate and set aside moments for spiritual disciplines, and music can be an effective God given tool for that!
Exhortation to create
When I say “bless our church family and beyond” I intend for these to be a peaceful respite for anyone to enjoy. (Matthew 28:19-20) Music is a common grace everyone on this planet can enjoy regardless of theology. (Psalm 145:9) I hope that in this current time of fear and uncertainty, this can bless anyone! (Luke 6:33) We all enjoy art, so the existence of just the music itself will hopefully by God’s grace bless everyone.
As an encouragement to everyone in our faith family, I exhort you to create during this time! What a unique opportunity in history to really dig into your interests, grow, and/or learn new skills. Regardless of the media or format, there are opportunities to give glory to God by reflecting His image as a Creator. (Colossians 3:17) Please share what you are passionate about!
Written by Corey Autobee | Director of Music and Production | The Hallows Church