sing! 2018 prayers

Day 29 - Pray for Tuesday at the Conference

6 The Lord works righteousness
    and justice for all the oppressed.

7 He made known his ways to Moses,
    his deeds to the people of Israel:
8 The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
    slow to anger, abounding in love.
9 He will not always accuse,
    nor will he harbor his anger forever;
10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve
    or repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
    so great is his love for those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
    so far has he removed our transgressions from us. - Psalm 103:6-12 (NIV)

Prayers for today:

1 - Give thanks for an incredible morning with John Piper, John MacArthur and for these two wonderful writers. Take time to chew on these extraordinary conversations.
2 - Pray for seminars - the practical application and extension of ideas. Pray also for connections and collaborations.
3 - Pray for tonight - The Glory of God in the Nations with David Platt and for all the musicians.

Grace and peace,
Keith and Kristyn

Day 28 - Pray for Monday at the Conference

1 Praise the Lord, my soul;
    all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
2 Praise the Lord, my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits—
3 who forgives all your sins
    and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit
    and crowns you with love and compassion,
5 who satisfies your desires with good things
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. - Psalm 103:1-5 (NIV)

Prayers today as the day progresses:

1 - Pray, as we begin the day, for good personal preparation.
2 - Pray for the morning events - the 20schemes Singing in Hard Placesseminar. Pray also for all the final preparation, production and administration, rehearsals and prep meetings.
3 - Pray for opening session in the afternoon - for singing, music, and for Keith, Ligon, Alistair, Ravi & those we meet through interviews.
4 - Pray for the evening's Ryman event - pray for all the musicians and for a beautiful night of singing in this historic place. Pray especially for the songwriters and the Psalms we'll sing - in the same way as the Ryman has been a historic place for so many different reasons - pray it will be a birth of a new generation of psalms and hymns for God's Church.

Grace and peace,
Keith and Kristyn

Day 27 - Pray for the Pre-Conference Day

1 My people, hear my teaching;
    listen to the words of my mouth.
2 I will open my mouth with a parable;
    I will utter hidden things, things from of old—
3 things we have heard and known,
    things our ancestors have told us.
4 We will not hide them from their descendants;
    we will tell the next generation
the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord,
    his power, and the wonders he has done.
5 He decreed statutes for Jacob
    and established the law in Israel,
which he commanded our ancestors
    to teach their children,
6 so the next generation would know them,
    even the children yet to be born,
    and they in turn would tell their children. - Psalm 78:1-6 (NIV)

Let’s pray today for the pre-conference events.

Please pray:
1 - Kristyn and I have said we are beyond excited about the Children’s Leadership Forum. The partnership with the Virginia Martin Howard Foundation is a hope that we can help reach the next generation with songs and music which build a deep generation of believers. Pray for all of the participants and these gifted speakers and musicians:
Ligon Duncan, Joni Eareckson Tada, David Kim, Paul Tripp, Andrew Peterson, David Goodwin, John Coulombe, Joel Beeke, Scott Shepherd, Lori Myers, Benjamin Harding, Randall Goodgame, Chris Marchand, Katy Bowser Hutson, Katie Sutton, and Terry Taylor.

2 - Pray for The Pilgrim's Progress movie premier- this is an epic privilege. Pray for Steve Cleary and his team - to find many new partners who want to help bring this story to the world. And give thanks for the life of John Bunyan - a man who beautifully modeled deep theology, creative brilliance, and a love for church and family.
3 - Pray for the choir pre-conference rehearsals - for beautiful music, for countless new collaborations and relationships, and musicians of various levels to be built up and inspired. Pray for conductors Jonathan Rea and Ben Klemme and particularly pray for the vision for choirs in the next three years - it is really exciting.

Grace and peace,
Keith and Kristyn

Day 26 - Pray for Preparation

1 Hear my prayer, Lord;
    let my cry for help come to you.
2 Do not hide your face from me
    when I am in distress.
Turn your ear to me;
    when I call, answer me quickly.

3 For my days vanish like smoke;
    my bones burn like glowing embers...

18 Let this be written for a future generation,
    that a people not yet created may praise the Lord - Psalm 102:1-3, 18 (NIV)

Today as I, like many, spend part of Saturday away from family to prepare for the conference, Psalm 102 has been a challenge and an encouragement.

Let’s pray today for preparation

Please pray:
1 - Let’s pray for prayerful, passionate preparation for the conference - Gods kingdom is eternal work. Please ensure to be prayerful and please pass along yesterday’s prayer letter to your sending churches and other supporters.
2 - Let’s pray for personal preparation - leaving families, closing down work, safety in travel, and a right mind and spirit as we prepare for the conference.
3 - Pray for those in leadership and administration of the conference who are working constantly to complete preparations to serve us all. We are so grateful to both the team and volunteers.
4 - Pray for speakers, musicians and clinicians for final preparations and focus.

The final run through yesterday was just amazing . We cannot wait to see all of you.

Grace and peace,
Keith and Kristyn

Day 25 - An urgent request for prayer on the eve of Sing! 2018

1 Listen to my words, Lord,
consider my lament.
2 Hear my cry for help,
my King and my God, for to you I pray.
3 In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice;
in the morning I lay my requests before you
and wait expectantly.
4 For you are not a God who is pleased with wickedness;
with you, evil people are not welcome.
5 The arrogant cannot stand
in your presence. You hate all who do wrong;
6 you destroy those who tell lies.
The bloodthirsty and deceitful you, Lord, detest.
7 But I, by your great love, can come into your house;
in reverence I bow down toward your holy temple. - Psalm 5:1-7 (NIV)

Dear Friends,

We are writing to you on the verge of a huge weekend for all of us at Getty Music to ask for your urgent prayer and to ask your family, churches, and friends to join us in praying.

Sing! 2018 begins Monday with a number of significant pre-conferences occurring this weekend. This year’s conference theme is the Psalms; it is year two of our five-year plan. We are studying through many of the themes in the Psalms - the greatness of God, beauty & creativity, the human response, the Gospel and eternity, the role of mission and the nations, and prayer. We seek to understand the Psalms better, and most critically to see their application to today.

Please join us in these prayer points:

1 - Pray for the leadership teams who carry the huge burden at this time.

2 - Please pray for the singing, preaching, seminars, concerts and time we all have together to enjoy each other, to learn from each other, and to forge new collaborations and dream fresh ideas.

3 - Pray that the Holy Spirit works through the rich theology, beautiful artistry and the focus on family and congregational singing to stir desperately needed change:

  • In individuals (that in the study and singing of the Psalms, each person will leave the conference with a richer personal devotional life)

  • In families (that families and marriages are strengthened and indeed that the next generation of children grow up deep, vibrant, singing believers)

  • In churches (that the churches represented at the conference and on livestream, as well as the wider church around the world, are all built up and will see a strong and deep renewal in singing)

  • Throughout the world (that the witness is increased and that the songs we sing will both fire those singing to mission and at the same time be a beautiful testimony of the Lord Jesus)

For any of us to show up with less than this in mind would be a waste of each other’s time.

4 - To pray for them by name, press here for a list of speakers, musicians and clinicians.

5 - Finally, to pray back through our journey so far on the thirty days of prayer press here.

With deepest gratitude for your prayers,
Keith, Kristyn and the whole team at Getty Music

Day 24 - Pray for Internationals

1 Sing to the Lord a new song;
    sing to the Lord, all the earth.
2 Sing to the Lord, praise his name;
    proclaim his salvation day after day.
3 Declare his glory among the nations,
    his marvelous deeds among all peoples.

4 For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
    he is to be feared above all gods.
5 For all the gods of the nations are idols,
    but the Lord made the heavens.
6 Splendor and majesty are before him;
    strength and glory are in his sanctuary.

7 Ascribe to the Lord, all you families of nations,
    ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
8 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
    bring an offering and come into his courts.
9 Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness;
    tremble before him, all the earth.
10 Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns.”
    The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved;
    he will judge the peoples with equity.

11 Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad;
    let the sea resound, and all that is in it.
12 Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them;
    let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.
13 Let all creation rejoice before the Lord, for he comes,
    he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness
    and the peoples in his faithfulness. - Psalm 96:1-13

One of the most exciting aspects of this conference is the international dimension - from the livestream audience, to the international guests, and those on international scholarships. 

Please pray:
1 - Pray again for people around the world watching the livestream - and for the impact on churches in all of those countries.
2 - Pray for the international attendees at the conference who have travelled far, from more than 30 countries - especially those who have come as part of the international scholarship program. 
3 - Pray as we follow up in the coming months and build on our five-year plan to lead in a way that is truly radical, faithful, and global as we work. And pray that every attendee of Sing! will grab the vision for the global potential in their own communities, through existing and new relationships. A friend remarked to me this week that "western Christianity seems gripped in fear and an inferiority complex that is not typical of Asia" - may this journey help all of us learn from each other.

Grace and peace,
Keith and Kristyn


Day 23 - Pray for Resources, Partners, Exhibitors & Sponsors

1 I will sing of your love and justice;
    to you, Lord, I will sing praise.
2 I will be careful to lead a blameless life—
    when will you come to me?

I will conduct the affairs of my house
    with a blameless heart.
3 I will not look with approval
    on anything that is vile.

I hate what faithless people do;
    I will have no part in it.
4 The perverse of heart shall be far from me;
    I will have nothing to do with what is evil.

5 Whoever slanders their neighbor in secret,
    I will put to silence;
whoever has haughty eyes and a proud heart,
    I will not tolerate.

6 My eyes will be on the faithful in the land,
    that they may dwell with me;
the one whose walk is blameless
    will minister to me.

7 No one who practices deceit
    will dwell in my house;
no one who speaks falsely
    will stand in my presence.

8 Every morning I will put to silence
    all the wicked in the land;
I will cut off every evildoer
    from the city of the Lord. - Psalm 101:1-8 (NIV)

We are so extraordinarily grateful for the many organizations that partner to help think through, promote or support the conference. Without their help it would not happen. Without them, the event itself would be far less useful

Please pray:
1 - For our conference sponsor, Christian Healthcare Ministries, whose generous support facilitates many opportunities, not least of all the sponsorship of many of our internationals attending Sing! - give thanks for Howard and the whole CHM team and pray for their time at the conference.
2 - Pray for exhibitors and partner organizations - give thanks for their partnership in the Herculean team effort it is to build a conference, and pray that each of them is blessed by the conference - by the singing, the study, and all those they interact with.
3 - Pray for resources - one of the greatest takeaways from a conference experience can be the resources discovered there - pray for the conference bookstore, as well as for the free materials given away, that they will all build healthier, holier, and more joyful individuals, families and churches.

Grace and peace,
Keith and Kristyn


Day 22 - Pray for the Livestream

1 Shout for joy to God, all the earth!
2     Sing the glory of his name;
    make his praise glorious.
3 Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!
    So great is your power
    that your enemies cringe before you.
4 All the earth bows down to you;
    they sing praise to you,
    they sing the praises of your name.”

5 Come and see what God has done,
    his awesome deeds for mankind!
6 He turned the sea into dry land,
    they passed through the waters on foot—
    come, let us rejoice in him.
7 He rules forever by his power,
    his eyes watch the nations—
    let not the rebellious rise up against him.

8 Praise our God, all peoples,
    let the sound of his praise be heard - Psalm 66:1-8 (NIV)

Today we have been in rehearsals - it's been JUST INCREDIBLE - we cannot wait until next week!

Last year we were overwhelmed by the reach of the Livestream - more than 60,000 views from 110 countries. We were deeply encouraged that so many tuned in to join us in singing, praying and preaching, and it's our hope this year to serve the global Church with these timely messages from the Psalms.

Please pray:
1 - Pray for a huge reach - for Josh Sutton in our office and for all of the partners involved in getting out word this week about the Livestream.
2 - Pray for Drew Porterfield/Lifeway Productions, for the technical aspects, and for all of the participants - that this will be so real, dynamic, and life-changing.
3 - Pray especially for the people in places who would likely not have an opportunity to experience such an event except by Livestream and for those in persecuted countries who are watching.

Grace and peace,
Keith and Kristyn


Day 21 - Pray for the Labourers

1 Unless the Lord builds the house,
    the builders labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
    the guards stand watch in vain.
2 In vain you rise early
    and stay up late,
toiling for food to eat—
    for he grants sleep to those he loves.

3 Children are a heritage from the Lord,
    offspring a reward from him.
4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
    are children born in one’s youth.
5 Blessed is the man
    whose quiver is full of them.
They will not be put to shame
    when they contend with their opponents in court. - Psalm 127:1-5 (NIV)

Happy Labour Day!

Today as we pray, let's pray for all the people behind the scenes - who do the vast majority of the work at the conference.

Please pray:
1 - As we pray for all the labourers, let's bring all prayers in solemn light of the extraordinary Psalm 127 - a Psalm that has been used at the start of many movements, churches, marriages, and dedications.
2 - Let's give thanks for the Getty Music office staff, Elizabeth Graham and the Yellow Brick Events team, Justin Zebell and the Streamline Production team, all of our volunteers, and the many organizations gifted in artistic, production, ministry, administration who have contributed greatly to the huge effort this conference has been to plan and execute.
3 - Let's give thanks for the behind the scenes people in our churches who allow all of us to do what we do - working with musicians and pastors is no picnic!
4 - And finally - remember on this beautiful evening all of our families!

Enjoy your day with family and friends.

Grace and peace,
Keith and Kristyn


Day 20 - Pray for Wednesday Morning

1 The Lord reigns,
    let the nations tremble;
he sits enthroned between the cherubim,
    let the earth shake.
2 Great is the Lord in Zion;
    he is exalted over all the nations.
3 Let them praise your great and awesome name—
    he is holy.

4 The King is mighty, he loves justice—
    you have established equity;
in Jacob you have done
    what is just and right.
5 Exalt the Lord our God
    and worship at his footstool;
    he is holy.

6 Moses and Aaron were among his priests,
    Samuel was among those who called on his name;
they called on the Lord
    and he answered them.
7 He spoke to them from the pillar of cloud;
    they kept his statutes and the decrees he gave them.

8 Lord our God,
    you answered them;
you were to Israel a forgiving God,
    though you punished their misdeeds.[a]
9 Exalt the Lord our God
    and worship at his holy mountain,
    for the Lord our God is holy. - Psalm 99:1-9 (NIV)

Let’s continue to pray for the practical application of Wednesday's teaching. 

With each of our local churches at the forefront of our minds today, let’s pray for tangible change and growth to be seen in each of them, as well as within our families - and that Christ will be glorified in all of these things.

Please pray:
1 - Pray for the panel of church leaders who will discuss and who will pray as we respond at the end of the conference.
2 - Pray for JD Greear, President of the Southern Baptist denomination, who will share closing thoughts.
3 - Pray for our leadership team as we seek the Lord's leading in how to shape the time we have on Wednesday to maximize impact. We don’t want to waste opportunities. We don’t want to waste each other’s time.

Grace and peace,
Keith and Kristyn


Day 19 - Pray for Wednesday Morning and Tim Keller

Answer me when I call to you,
    my righteous God.
Give me relief from my distress;
    have mercy on me and hear my prayer. - Psalm 4:1 (NIV)

Wednesday morning is when we turn the corner and begin to ask hard questions about what the implications of the Psalm study are for each of us in our lives, families, and churches.

We are calling all of Wednesday morning "Psalms in the 21st Century", and the first talk is a video interview with Tim Keller.  In many ways, conversations with Tim and his daily devotional, The Songs of Jesus, were crucially influential in the decision to make this year all about the Psalms. When realizing there was a diary clash, Tim agreed to make a video for our gathering. We are thankful for Tim Keller and his ministry.

Please pray:
1 - For all of Wednesday - as a day for thoughtful, prayerful, practical, radical application. Too many - far too many - conference experiences are self-centered or lack a sharp sense of application. Let's pray each of us come ready to learn.
2 - For the Tim Keller talk - for a sense of vision and Gospel clarity as we listen to what he says.
3 - Give thanks for Tim and his life and work, especially with Redeemer Church, Redeemer City to City, and the Psalms devotional The Songs of Jesus, which we highly recommend.

Grace and peace,
Keith and Kristyn


Day 18 - Pray for the Seminars on Singing

1 Sing to the Lord a new song,
    for he has done marvelous things;
his right hand and his holy arm
    have worked salvation for him.
2 The Lord has made his salvation known
    and revealed his righteousness to the nations.
3 He has remembered his love
    and his faithfulness to Israel;
all the ends of the earth have seen
    the salvation of our God.

4 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth,
    burst into jubilant song with music;
5 make music to the Lord with the harp,
    with the harp and the sound of singing,
6 with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn -
    shout for joy before the Lord, the King. - Psalm 98:1-6 (NIV)

Singing at its core is about helping churches and families sing better. Let's pray today for all the seminars and speakers that will help us to do that better.

Please pray:
1 - Pray for families - that marriages, children, and families will be strengthened and that we will be raising a stronger next generation of believers in this work.
2 - Pray for congregational singing everywhere - that the priority in church music will return to helping our congregations sing well and that the first question churches ask themselves is "how do our people sing?"
3 - Please pray for each of these seminars and speakers:

  • Children's Leadership Track: A Legacy of Singing - 12 Hymns Every Family Should Know - Keith & Kristyn Getty and the Getty Band

  • The Role of Technology in Church - Tommy Bailey

  • Developing Authentic Multiculturalism Through Congregational Worship -Devon Kauflin, Duce Branch, Michael Sharp

  • The Psalms in Family Worship - Joel Beeke

  • Sound Mixing and Lighting - Andrew Scriven, Jeff Barnett

  • Building a Worship Team from Scratch - Trevor J. Chin (20 Schemes)

  • Singing the Songs of Lament - Sandra McCracken

  • Serving Small Congregations - Zach White, Devon Kauflin, Joni McCabe

  • Worship Leaders: Technical Survival Guide - Bobby Taylor

  • Teaching the Church to Sing the Bible - Nathan Chapman (20 Schemes)

  • Metrical Psalms: A Way Forward for Churches Today - John Witvliet

  • Leadership Tools and Practical Help for the Worship Leader - Zach White, Bob Kauflin, Matt Merker, Tommy Bailey

  • Navigating the Music Business - Greg McNey, Bob Kauflin, Eddie DeGarmo, Jonathan Mason

  • How to Rightly Think of Technology in Worship - Doug Gould

  • Liturgy and Beauty: The Liturgy of the Anglican Church - Dr. Foley Beach

  • Putting the Congregation Back into Congregational Singing - Matt Merker

  • Multi-Ethnic Worship - Isaac Adams, Devon Kauflin

  • Worship That Speaks to Your Community - Sol Fenne (20 Schemes)

  • The Life of the Worship Leader and the Psalms - Bob Kauflin

  • Using the Bible's Hymnal: Lutheran Approaches for the Whole Church - Phillip Magness

  • Chanting the Psalms in the 21st Century - David Madeira

Grace and peace,
Keith and Kristyn


Day 17 - Pray for the Artistry Sessions

1 Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous;
    it is fitting for the upright to praise him.
2 Praise the Lord with the harp;
    make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre.
3 Sing to him a new song;
    play skillfully, and shout for joy.

4 For the word of the Lord is right and true;
    he is faithful in all he does.
5 The Lord loves righteousness and justice;
    the earth is full of his unfailing love. - Psalm 33:1-5 (NIV)

This wonderful Psalm draws together the truth of God's Word with the importance of playing skillfully.

One of the passions of the Sing! movement is to combine deep theology with serious artistry - all in the service of God's church and family.

This year we are so excited with the artists and the seminars we have.

Please pray for:
1 - Each of the creatives participating at the conference, especially those giving seminars.
2 - All the creatives attending the conference - I look back to several key relationships between ages 8-25 that utterly transformed my life, faith, and work - let's pray for a whole new generation to experience this too.
3 - Let's pray for all the attendees - that all leaders will see the importance of a generation of creative, cultural, curious, joyful Christian leaders that study their giftings so as they find imaginative ways to make beautiful the infinite mysteries of the love of God in Christ.
4 - Pray for all of the following seminars and speakers:

  • Bass Clinic - John Patitucci

  • Contemporary Vocal Technique - Kim Sandusky

  • The Art of Lyric Writing - Stuart Townend

  • Orchestra Music in the 21st Century Church - Benjamin Klemme, Deborah Klemme, Bill Brandenstein

  • Instrumental Technique - Piano - Jeff Taylor

  • Beauty and Poetry: A Musical Storytelling Seminar - Andrew Peterson

  • Why Beauty Matters - Trip Lee

  • The Art of Hymnwriting and Collaboration - Stuart Townend, Keith Getty

  • Children's Leadership Track: Building Creative Children's Choirs - Katie Sutton, Jonathan Rea

  • Using Acoustic Instruments in Church - Jeff Taylor

  • A Conversation with Laura Story - Laura Story

  • Children's Leadership Track: Firing the Imagination to Transform the Heart - Benjamin Harding, Jonathan Rea, Benjamin Klemme

  • Vincent Van Gogh: Beauty, Faith, and the Psalms - Ross Wilson

  • The Art of Excellence - A Discussion with the Getty Music Band on How to Support Congregational Singing as an Instrumentalist - Benjamin Klemme interviewing the Getty Band

  • Shane & Shane Through the Psalms - Shane & Shane

  • Children's Leadership Track: The Beauty of God and Imaginations of Children - Andrew Peterson

  • Encouraging Creative Congregations - Jim Thomas, Kim Thomas

  • Hymnwriters in the Round - Matt Boswell, Matt Papa, Jordan Kauflin, Matt Merker

  • Choir Leadership Panel Discussion: Choir in the 21st Century - Jonathan Rea, Bill Brandenstein, Mike Harland, Ed Willmington

Grace and peace,
Keith and Kristyn


Day 16 - Today We Begin to Pray for the Breakout Sessions

1 Blessed is the one
    who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
    or sit in the company of mockers,
2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and who meditates on his law day and night.
3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
    which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
    whatever they do prospers.

4 Not so the wicked!
    They are like chaff
    that the wind blows away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
    nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

6 For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
    but the way of the wicked leads to destruction. - Psalm 1:1-6 (NIV)

The breakout sessions break into three values - rich theology, vibrant worship, and teaching families and congregations to sing.

Today - we pray for the rich theology.

Please pray:
1 - Let's pray that these help people understand God in a deeper way and that the Word of Christ dwells in the people richly as they meet together singing Psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.
2 - Pray especially for those who are theology students or primary bible teachers.
3 - Pray for all of the following seminars and speakers:

  • Hymns of Confession: Psalm 51 - Paul Tripp

  • The Revolution of Watts: How We Got from Psalms to Hymns and What Watts Has to Teach Us About Singing Psalms in a Christ-centered Way -Kevin Twit

  • Theology and Trouble: Psalm 27 - Paul Tripp

  • Calvin & The Genevan Psalter - John Witvliet

  • The Role of Worship Leaders and Pastors in Congregational Worship - Jim Thomas, Matt Merker, Tommy Bailey, Bob Kauflin, John Martin, Josh Sutton

  • Sing! How Worship Transforms your Life, your Family, and the Church -Keith & Kristyn Getty with Special Guests

  • The Psalms and Suffering - Trip Lee

  • Seeing Christ in the Psalms - Ligon Duncan

  • Luther and the Psalms - Steve Nichols

  • Spurgeon, The Psalms, and Congregational Worship - Matt Boswell

  • Making Sense of the Psalms When They Don't Seem to Prove True - Nancy Guthrie

  • Interpretations of the Psalms Through the Ages - Scott Redd, Michael Sharp, Benjamin Harding, Joseph Crider

  • A Plea for Psalms in Christian Worship - Ligon Duncan

  • Psalms: Singing Through the Ages - Robert Morgan

  • Children's Leadership Track: Helping Kids see Jesus through Music and Scripture - Scott Shepherd

Grace and peace,
Keith and Kristyn


Day 15 - Pray for the Children's Leadership Forum and Listen to "All Creatures of Our God and King"

1 Praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord from the heavens;
    praise him in the heights above.
2 Praise him, all his angels;
    praise him, all his heavenly hosts.
3 Praise him, sun and moon;
    praise him, all you shining stars.
4 Praise him, you highest heavens
    and you waters above the skies.

5 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
    for at his command they were created,
6 and he established them for ever and ever—
    he issued a decree that will never pass away.

7 Praise the Lord from the earth,
    you great sea creatures and all ocean depths,
8 lightning and hail, snow and clouds,
    stormy winds that do his bidding,
9 you mountains and all hills,
    fruit trees and all cedars,
10 wild animals and all cattle,
    small creatures and flying birds,
11 kings of the earth and all nations,
    you princes and all rulers on earth,
12 young men and women,
    old men and children.

13 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
    for his name alone is exalted;
    his splendor is above the earth and the heavens.
14 And he has raised up for his people a horn,
    the praise of all his faithful servants,
    of Israel, the people close to his heart.

Praise the Lord. - Psalm 148:1-14 (NIV)

It is hard to possibly describe in words our excitement for the pre-conference event we are hosting for children's leaders and educators.

Part of the vision for the Sing! movement has been how singing transforms individuals, families, and churches.

We are thrilled to partner with the Virginia Martin Howard Foundation to host this Sing! pre-conference event focused on children's growth and development and how to inspire the next generation to faith and mission through the songs we sing.

Please pray:
1 - Give thanks for our good friends Joel Howard, the Howard family, and the Virginia Martin Howard Foundation who are partnering with us and have enabled the possibility of a new generation of young people growing with deep roots through the songs we sing.
2 - For all of the children's leaders attending - that the multiplication of this time across individuals, families, churches, and communities will be incalculable. 
3 - For all who visit the event or watch later - for significant change.

Grace and peace,
Keith and Kristyn


Day 14 - Praying for the Ryman Concerts

1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
    for his name’s sake. - Psalm 23:1-3 (NIV)

Since we prayed for Tuesday night's session yesterday, we should also pray for Monday night's.

Monday night’s concert is a special event at the Ryman Auditorium. The Ryman, known now as the "church" of country music and bluegrass and the original venue of the Grand Ole Opry, was once an actual church building, weekly filled with congregational singing.

For the next two years we are traveling with the hymn tour based on the Psalms (first half of concert) and the Gospels (second half) to link in with the conference themes for this year and next year. Monday night’s concert is a 75-minute compressed version of this and will run three times to facilitate attendance for everyone at the conference. Introduced by Country Music Hall of Fame legend Ricky Skaggs, it will feature Getty Music writing partners and guest artists.

Please pray:
1 - That this evening will be a beautiful time of passionate singing to the Lord.
2 - That it will be an inspiring evening where skilled musicians and fresh songs encourage all who gather.
3 - For the launch of the Sing! Psalms Project as we begin a 5-year creative focus to set all the Psalms to music.

Grace and peace,
Keith and Kristyn


Day 13 - Pray for David Platt and the Tuesday Evening Program

1 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
2     Worship the Lord with gladness;
    come before him with joyful songs.
3 Know that the Lord is God.
    It is he who made us, and we are his;
    we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
    and his courts with praise;
    give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
    his faithfulness continues through all generations. - Psalm 100:1-5 (NIV)

Pray for Tuesday evening at the conference as we celebrate the Psalms and the Glory of God in the nations.

Please pray:
1 - Pray for all the musicians and the music and a sense of global unity and purpose; from global musicians to the choirs to the band and artists. 
2 - Pray for David Platt as he delivers a challenge to the Church; connecting singing and the Psalms to mission, with all the focus and passion he always brings to such a topic.
3 - Pray for the late-night special prayer event for the persecuted Church - led by David Platt and his worship leader Thomas Keyes.

Grace and peace,
Keith and Kristyn


Day 12 - Pray for John MacArthur

1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
    Why are you so far from saving me,
    so far from my cries of anguish?
2 My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer,
    by night, but I find no rest.

3 Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One;
    you are the one Israel praises.
4 In you our ancestors put their trust;
    they trusted and you delivered them.
5 To you they cried out and were saved;
    in you they trusted and were not put to shame. - Psalm 22:1-5 (NIV)

Please pray:
1 - Give thanks today for the life and legacy of John MacArthur and his ability to encourage the Word of Christ to dwell richly among believers around the world. Also give thanks for Dr. MacArthur's commitment to biblical singing through his hymnbook, Hymns of Grace, and through years of being committed to doctrinal hymns performed beautifully and artistically by the wonderful musicians around at his church. Few people have been as encouraging to us in our work as John MacArthur. 
2 - Pray for Dr. MacArthur as he connects the Psalms to the Gospel and eternity. Pray that his talk will connect the Psalms we know to the Jesus they point to and help all of us realize the vastness of eternity and the urgency and shortness of the life we live today. 

Grace and peace,
Keith and Kristyn


Day 11 - Pray for John Piper

1 Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord;
2     Lord, hear my voice.
Let your ears be attentive
    to my cry for mercy.

3 If you, Lord, kept a record of sins,
    Lord, who could stand?
4 But with you there is forgiveness,
    so that we can, with reverence, serve you.

5 I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,
    and in his word I put my hope.
6 I wait for the Lord
    more than watchmen wait for the morning,
    more than watchmen wait for the morning.

7 Israel, put your hope in the Lord,
    for with the Lord is unfailing love
    and with him is full redemption.
8 He himself will redeem Israel
    from all their sins. - Psalm 130:1-8 (NIV)

Please pray:
1 - Give thanks today for the work of John Piper, for how he has helped us connect joy and the full spectrum of our human emotions with the incredible good news of Jesus.
2 - Let's pray for his talk as he leans into the Psalms and helps us understand something of the full gamut of human emotion that exists in the Psalms.
3 - Please pray for Matt Boswell and Matt Papa as they lead the songs in this session.

Grace and peace,
Keith and Kristyn


Day 10 - Pray for Matins service with Archbishop Foley Beach and J.I. Packer interview via video

But I will sing of your strength,
    in the morning I will sing of your love;
for you are my fortress,
    my refuge in times of trouble.- Psalm 59:16 (NIV)

The traditional "Matins" in the Anglican Church is a simple daily service of prayer and worship in the early morning. As we read the Psalms, several times David sings of calling on the Lord specifically in the morning (e.g. Psalm 59, Psalm 90). C.S. Lewis writes of the daily struggle to focus on the Lord, "It comes the very moment you wake up each morning. All your wishes and hopes for the day rush at you like wild animals. And the first job each morning consists simply in shoving them all back; in listening to that other voice, taking that other point of view, letting that other larger, stronger, quieter life come flowing in." (Mere Christianity)

Early morning devotions can help launch a new day with a God-mindedness, a humility before Him and an eternal vision for the short hours ahead that rests on His strength and grace. We are thrilled that Archbishop Foley Beach (Primate and Archbishop of the Anglican Church of North America) and the choir will lead us in our "Matins" service early on Tuesday morning. The time will be introduced with a short video of Keith interviewing J.I. Packer about the Psalms and how they not only helped lead him to faith but have sustained and blossomed that faith throughout his life.

Please pray for:
1 - Archbishop Foley Beach as he leads us through liturgies built on the Psalms - that our minds and hearts might with relief look upon the Lord Jesus and draw all of our lives before Him.
1 - Archbishop Foley Beach as he leads us through liturgies built on the Psalms - that our minds and hearts might look with thankfulness upon the Lord Jesus and submit all of our lives before Him.
2 - The choir as they inspire the congregation with beautiful music and lyrics.
3 - Encouragement for individuals, families and churches to think of old and new ways to shape the contours of daily life around the worship of the Lord.
4 - Thanks for the life and work of J.I. Packer. We are personally so grateful for what his work has meant to us.

Grace and peace,
Keith and Kristyn


Day 9 - Pray for Ravi Zacharias & listen to "The Heavens Are Telling"

1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
    the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
    night after night they reveal knowledge.
3 They have no speech, they use no words;
    no sound is heard from them.
4 Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
    their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.
5     It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
    like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
6 It rises at one end of the heavens
    and makes its circuit to the other;
    nothing is deprived of its warmth.

7 The law of the Lord is perfect,
    refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
    making wise the simple.
8 The precepts of the Lord are right,
    giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant,
    giving light to the eyes.
9 The fear of the Lord is pure,
    enduring forever.
The decrees of the Lord are firm,
    and all of them are righteous.

10 They are more precious than gold,
    than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
    than honey from the honeycomb.
11 By them your servant is warned;
    in keeping them there is great reward.
12 But who can discern their own errors?
    Forgive my hidden faults.
13 Keep your servant also from willful sins;
    may they not rule over me.
Then I will be blameless,
    innocent of great transgression.

14 May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart
    be pleasing in your sight,
    Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. - Psalm 19:1-14 (NIV)

Please pray:
1 - Pray for Ravi Zacharias - give thanks for his life and work and how he has stood for the truths of Christianity in so many unique places.
2 - Pray for his talk on beauty and truth as inspired by Psalm 19.
3 - Pray for the whole of Monday's closing session - that the performance of "The Heavens Are Telling" by our choir, the Max Bruch "Violin Concerto" played by David Kim, the reading of Psalm 19 by astronaut Jeffrey Williams, the congregational singing of "Holy, Holy, Holy" and the reflections of Ravi Zacharias will continue to enlighten, inspire, and fire imaginations to the Glory of Christ.

Grace and peace,
Keith and Kristyn


Day 8 - Pray for Alistair Begg & listen to Psalm 8

1 Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory
    in the heavens.
2 Through the praise of children and infants
    you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
    to silence the foe and the avenger.
3 When I consider your heavens,
    the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
    which you have set in place,
4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
    human beings that you care for them?

5 You have made them a little lower than the angels
    and crowned them with glory and honor.
6 You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
    you put everything under their feet:
7 all flocks and herds,
    and the animals of the wild,
8 the birds in the sky,
    and the fish in the sea,
    all that swim the paths of the seas.

9 Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth! - Psalm 8:1-9 (NIV)

One of the deepest privileges of the conference is to have Alistair Begg, our friend and pastor for many years to join us at the conference. He opened the conference last year with Psalm 100 and this year he will do the first Bible exposition again with a study of Psalm 8.

Please pray:
1 - Pray as Alistair teaches the Bible - for clarity and conviction.
2 - Pray for a sense of the majesty and greatness of God in the Psalms to set a tone for the conference and for the patterns of worship in many churches.
3 - Pray for young creatives listening to Alistair. As a teenager I first heard Alistair and all the way through to our shared vision for coming to be part of his church he has a unique love for songs, Psalms, and inspiring creatives. May this pattern continue by his presence at the conference.

Grace and peace,
Keith and Kristyn


Day 7 - Pray for Ligon Duncan & his introduction to the Psalms

 1 Blessed is the one
    who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
    or sit in the company of mockers,
2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and who meditates on his law day and night.
3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
    which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
    whatever they do prospers. - Psalm 1:1-3 (NIV)

Please pray:
1 - Pray for Ligon Duncan - Ligon is the Chancellor/CEO of RTS (Reformed Theological Seminary) who sends pastors and church planters to every continent of the world. He is passionate about seeing a deeper understanding of the Psalms as fundamental to a healthy Christian life.
2 - Pray that in his talk that everyone gets a clear, broad understanding and grounding in the Psalms, which will help everyone in application to apply their life, understanding, and artistry in a clear way.

Grace and peace,
Keith and Kristyn


Day 6 Prayer for Worship Leaders

9 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
    my body also will rest secure,
10 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
    nor will you let your faithful one see decay.
11 You make known to me the path of life;
    you will fill me with joy in your presence,
    with eternal pleasures at your right hand. - Psalm 16:9-11 (NIV)

3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.
8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. - 1 Peter 1:3-5, 8-9 (NIV)

Today, as ever, it was a thrill as a family to go to church and sing with our brothers and sisters that make up our home church. We, as a church, have been working through the Gospel of John and this week reached Chapter 20 - the resurrection.
Each summer we love to visit family and hear old stories and this year we were told that Kristyn's Grandfather Lennox used to always greet visitors to his home on Sunday after church with the question, "what scriptures have given you joy this week?" What an incredible question for a Sunday afternoon ... not what we are thinking or debating or talking about ... but what gives joy? This week's subject made the question easy today, John 20 - the resurrection!
And it's a wonderful way to think about praying today for worship leaders.

Please pray:
1 - Primarily for all pastors and leaders in churches for whom the ordered worship of their churches is their responsibilities - this is an awesome task. Pray that all pastors and leaders will love their people enough to be involved in their weekly sung worship.
2 - Pray specifically for worship leaders - that the many who come to the conference will be taught, inspired, resourced and filled with joy as they study the Hymnbook of the soul.
3 - Let's each one of us before we sleep tonight pray for those who lead in our own church. And perhaps pray that the time invested in Sing! 2018 will have a knock-on effect to each one of the churches we attend and will help many know the joy of the Lord in a richer, fuller way.

Grace and peace,
Keith and Kristyn


Day 5 - Pray for the conference choir, choirs in general, and for our conductor, Jonathan Rea.

Praise the Lord.
Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise in the assembly of his faithful people. 

Psalm 149:1 (NIV)

The highest calling of a choir is to lead the congregation in their singing. We have loved regularly working with choirs all over the US and at home in the UK for the last 25 years with this in mind.

This year we welcome a choir of more than 300 to lead us at the conference. They will work under the excellent leadership of Jonathan Rea. Our longtime friend from Northern Ireland is the Director of the New Irish Arts and regular director of religious programs for the BBC. The choir will be performing two Psalm settings - The Heavens are Tellingfrom Haydn's Creation and O Be Joyful by John Rutter - as well as leading the singing at Matins on Tuesday morning (and that service beginning with a specially-recorded video by J. I. Packer). 

Please pray:
1 - For great joy, unity and excellence to flow through the Sing! Conference Choir.
2 - For encouragement and further equipping for all attendees involved in choirs in their home churches.
3 - For a renewed vision for the value and work of choirs in local churches today.
4 - For Jonathan Rea - for vision, creativity and stamina as he rehearses and conducts the choir; for his family left behind in Northern Ireland while he is away, for fresh inspiration in his own daily work and life back home.

Please have a listen to the choir piece below.

Grace and peace,
Keith and Kristyn


Pray & Listen to Psalm 150 - Day 4 Praying for Musicians

Sing to him a new song;
    play skillfully, and shout for joy. - Psalm 33:3 (NIV)

One of the greatest joys and sources of inspiration to us is the community of musicians of which we are a part.
This year you will hear a fabulous array of friends who played last year as well as new guests that we are excited to share with you.
These musicians will not just show their incredible artistic skills but excel in their abilities to support and inspire the congregation in the faith and especially in their singing. They also will simply refresh our spirits as wonderful artistry always does.
We've enclosed a brand new interpretation of Psalm 150 from our band - an instrumental featuring every instrument mentioned in Psalm 150 (guitar being the modern lyre). Hope you enjoy.

Please pray:
1 - For a unity of purpose woven between each player as they each use their gifts to 'play skillfully' to the Lord and draw us into the Songbook of the Bible, the Psalms.
2 - For guest instrumentalists John Patitucci, David Kim & Phil Keaggy - give Thanks for the extraordinary lives, gifts and witness of these men in the worlds of classical, jazz and popular music and pray for them and their contributions.
3 - For all the instrumental musicians participating in the conference in bands, orchestras, ensembles, seminars - for skill and servanthood in all they do.
4 - Pray for the musicians and artists watching on at the conference (especially the next generation) - that they will be refreshed in their passion for the creative arts, further equipped in their skills, and inspired in how best they might serve Christ's Kingdom.
5 - For an increased sense of the importance of good and rich artistry in the life of the local church.
6 - For the heart of every performer on each conference stage - to know the Lord's pleasure in all they do as they delight and find refuge in Him.

Grace and peace,
Keith and Kristyn


Pray for Sing - Day 3

It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name, O Most High,
2 proclaiming your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night,
3 to the music of the ten-stringed lyre and the melody of the harp.
4 For you make me glad by your deeds, Lord;
 I sing for joy at what your hands have done. - 
Psalm 92:1-4 (NIV)


One of the main things each of us looks forward to in any conference we attend is fresh songs and resources to use in the places in which we serve.
We, along with a host of creative writers, are currently in a frenzy of creativity as we are busy finishing off new hymns inspired by the Psalms to share with you.
Please pray...
1 - For creative inspiration and energy for the completion of new songs on the Psalms that might be refreshing and useful to the Church.
2 - For the learning of old Psalms and hymns together. Interestingly, J. I. Packer suggests that for every newly-written song we learn we should sing three older ones that have been tried and tested over the generations and edify the Church today. Pray for an open mindfullness and willingness to learn from the rich heritage of our fathers.

3 - For liturgical resources that will be useful and relevant in every context.

4 - For the arrangers and musicians setting the songs as we near the time, for both patience and creative freshness.

5 - For resources to take home - for LifeWay as they gather the most helpful inventory for the bookshop, for all our partners who will be providing free resources as well as for the many resources available from artists and speakers.

May each of these provide a bridge from the conference experience to the reality of everyday life, family leadership and healthier local churches.
Grace and peace,
Keith and Kristyn


Pray for Sing - Day 2 - Singing at the Conference

Glorify the Lord with me; Let us exalt His name together
Psalm 34:3 (NIV) 

When we sing together to the Lord it is a holy privilege and we encourage one another in the faith as well as share the Gospel with the world.  Let’s pray that we may each grow in the art, practice, joy and discipline of singing.
Please pray...

  • For inspiring times of heartfelt singing together when we gather in a few weeks' time for the conference

  • That we can grow in our understanding of what singing is and its crucial place in the life of the Church                 

  • That we might be better equipped to sing in our individual lives and with our families as well as every local church represented at the conference or on livestream 

Grace and peace,
Keith and Kristyn


Pray for Sing - Day 1 - Sing 2018

‘I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,
    and in his word I put my hope.
I wait for the Lord
    more than watchmen wait for the morning,
    more than watchmen wait for the morning’
Psalm 130:5&6 (NIV) 

Today we begin thirty days of prayer for this year’s Sing Conference - thank you so much for partnering with us. 
As we have sought wisdom from others, particularly believers older than we are, the number one thing we hear is the ever urgent need to make prayer central to all of life.  We begin here and don’t leave it’s shelter!
The Psalms connect singing and prayer and meditation on God’s word altogether for us which is why focus on the Psalms is such a critical and exciting theme for a conference on singing!
For this first day allow us to paint the big picture as we wait upon the Lord for His help and favor.
Please pray...
1 - That the work of this conference will genuinely reform and transform how church leaders lead the singing in their churches and that this would powerfully impact individuals, families, churches and communities. (This vision to reform congregational singing in churches around the world was inspired by Luther’s reformation 500 years ago last year.)
2 - That this conference will build on both last year and the five year plan for ‘Sing’ as we seek to build people up in the basics of the Christian Faith
                ⁃              Year 1 - Sing
                ⁃              Year 2 - Psalms
                ⁃              Year 3 - The Life Of Christ
                ⁃              Year 4 - Singing the whole of Scripture.
                ⁃              Year 5 - Singing through the Ages
3 - That this year’s study focus of the Psalms will help grow deep believers and our wholehearted devotion to the Lord; that these ancient songs will become part of the rhythm of every part of our lives
Grace and peace,
Keith and Kristyn