sing! 2019 prayers

Day 1 - Pray for Sing! 2019

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. - John 1:1-3 (NIV)

Dear Friends,

Today is four weeks until the conference! May we call each of you, along with your families and churches to begin praying for this year's conference.

Our theme (year three of our five year plan) is singing “The Life of Christ”.

This conference represents confessional churches of many backgrounds, many musical and liturgical styles, all at different stages of our journey as singing churches.

Today let’s begin praying for the overall vision of these conferences.
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Singing churches: Pray that we will be encouraged and taught in a way that helps us all “sing the wondrous love of Jesus” in our lives, families and churches.

- Gospel transformation: Pray that people will be transformed in every part of their lives as we study the beautiful life and gospel of our Lord.

Grateful for the grace upon grace He has given us.

Keith & Kristyn 

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Day 2 - Pray for Sing! 2019 - Incarnation

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. - John 1:14 (NIV)

Dear Friends,

The three days of the conference are broken into the themes of Incarnation, Easter, and Great Commission.

Today we pray for Monday and the theme of "Incarnation"

1. Pray everyone will become MORE excited about the Christmas season in their own churches. That every church represented will be impacted as a result of considering this theme. It is a unique window of opportunity our culture still affords us.

2. Pray for powerful spiritual transformation through the singing of modern hymns and carols throughout the day and the preaching from John Lennox & D.A. Carson.

3. Pray especially today for artistic inspiration and equipping; introducing hymns/carols (new and old), the choir and orchestra, the interview with composer J.A.C. Redford (an extraordinary story of a Hollywood film composer who converted to Christianity from Mormonism), the concerts (Handel’s Messiah, Irish Christmas at the Opry) and all the conversations and connections people will make.

The Christmas season brings a chance for fresh creativity, witnessing and helping our families, churches and communities sing many of the greatest hymns ever written.

Thanks so much for your partnership in prayer.
Keith & Kristyn

Day 2 video

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Day 2 - bonus track - Joy Has Dawned - recorded by Kings Kaleidoscope

Day 3 - Pray for Sing! 2019 - Easter

30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. - John 19:30 (NIV)
19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. - John 20:19-20 (NIV)

Dear Friends,

Thanks so much for opening this email and praying for our conference. On Tuesday at the conference we will look at the Easter story.

  1. Pray for a clear, fresh understanding of the gospel and desire to live wholeheartedly for it - for every musician, worship leader and pastor (and for Mark Dever & John MacArthur who have kindly agreed to speak).

  2. Pray for the artistic and practical impact - from the pastor/worship leader discussion, to the choirs, to the new songs, ideas for Easter and the principle of ensuring that every service throughout the year is shaped and defined by the gospel.

  3. After the seminars, Tuesday finishes with a celebration of the resurrection with John Piper, Joni Eareckson Tada, Andrew Peterson, a choir of 1000 and other special guests. It will be at the Bridgestone Arena and also open to the city of Nashville - pray for a celebration that draws many to the Lord.

Thanks so much for your partnership in prayer.

Keith & Kristyn 

Song for Day 3 - His Mercy Is More
The Spotify playlist features Matt Boswell and Matt Papa singing His Mercy Is More at the conference last year. Also watch Shane and Shane's video, His Mercy Is More.

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Day 4 - Pray for Sing! 2019 - The Great Commission and the Return of Christ

Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns." - Psalm 96:10 (NIV)

Dear Friends,

  1. We are excited to join what and how we sing with our witness and mission. Helping churches think about this in clear ways is so very strategic and key to both singing and music ministries everywhere.

  2. Pray also for the participants - Os Guinness, Joni Eareckson Tada and the international contributors, including Conrad Mwebe, as well as a unique interview with Anne Graham Lotz (which we are taping on Monday) where she reflects on her father's legacy as part of the Great Commission and the priority he, Bev Shea and Cliff Barrows placed on congregational singing with evangelism.

  3. Pray for the internationals at this years conference (from over 30 countries attending plus an anticipated audience from 100+ countries via Livestream). Pray for those representing all of these international ministries and especially for those from China.

Thanks so much for your partnership in prayer.

Keith & Kristyn 

Song for Day 4 - Facing a Task Unfinished

Day 4 video

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Day 5 - Pray for Sing! 2019 - New Hymns & Songs

He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the Lord
and put their trust in him. - Psalm 40:3 (NIV)

Dear Friends,

Let’s pray today for the event to spark fresh material for churches to sing:

  1. Pray for the writers still writing and finishing songs on the themes for this year.

  2. Pray for the collection of 30 songs we hope to be available by October 1st. We are calling it the “Life of Christ Quintology” - five collections of six hymns each, paralleling the themes of the conference - incarnation, death, resurrection, Great Commission and heaven. We hope these thirty old and new hymns will be a way of really singing the basics of our faith to each other for many years to come.

Grateful for your prayers,

Keith & Kristyn 

Song for Day 5 - Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery

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Day 6 - Pray for Sing! 2019 - Choirs, Orchestra, and Handel’s Messiah

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

Dear Friends,

Today we focus on the choir & orchestral programs:

  1. Today we pray for Jonathan Rea, Deborah Klemme, David Kim and all those who lead and participate in the choir and orchestra programs at Sing! Pray they help to inspire singing, as well as the beauty and artistry which points us all to the Lord in a powerful way.

  2. Pray for all the instrumentalists, choir members, creatives, leaders who are involved in local church music ministry on a weekly basis for whom we pray that Sing! will be an oasis and an inspiration to encourage their love of the Lord and their art.

  3. Pray for the Handel’s Messiah “Sing” on Monday night. Pray for a beautiful experience for all as we begin what we hope will be an annual event.

Grateful for your prayers.

Keith & Kristyn 

Song for Day 6 - For Unto Us a Child Is Born - from Handel’s Messiah

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Day 7 - Pray for Sing! 2019 - Irish Christmas at the Grand Ole Opry House

6 For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever. - Isaiah 9:6-7 (NIV)

Dear Friends,

Monday night features two different concert experiences, Handel's Messiah in one room and our annual "Irish Christmas" concert at the Grand Ole Opry House. This is our annual Christmas show, and we'll play a special 90-minute version twice on Monday night.

  1. For the evangelistic impact of this event - both for the live performances and also for the new video recording being made that night by TBN. The Irish Christmas concert has run on US public television and on the BBC in the UK for three years, and we're excited for the new global opportunities that come with this new partnership with TBN.

  2. Pray for the artistry of the band as they polish new arrangements and as we also add new collaborations, including Trip Lee on “O Children Come”.

  3. Pray that the singing of these timeless carols at Christmas will reach a new generation of people when hearts are most open during this season of the year.

Grateful for your prayers.

Keith & Kristyn 

Song for Day 7 - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Day 7 video

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Day 8 - Pray for Sing! 2019 - Bridgestone Arena

Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed

He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. - Matthew 28:6 (NIV)

Dear Friends,

Please pray for this unique celebration of resurrection.

  1. Pray for these event to be a beautiful celebration of the gospel and the resurrection, both for our guests at the conference and for the city of Nashville.

  2. Pray for all the artists, the choir of a thousand, and all of the production team involved in putting this together.

  3. Pray for Joni Eareckson Tada and John Piper who will share that evening.

Grateful for your prayers.

Keith & Kristyn 

Song for Day 8 - Is He Worthy? - Andrew Peterson

Day 8 video

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Day 9 - Pray for Sing! 2019 - Sunday Night Hymn Sing

Dear Friends,

We are excited to be launching the inaugural Nashville Hymn Sing on Sunday night before the Sing! Conference.
I'd like to encourage all of you to pray and also consider participating in this. It will truly be an unforgettable evening!

  1. The second half of the evening will be an a cappella hymn sing led by Joni Eareckson Tada. She will share well-known hymns from her journey and lead us (along with 250 singers on stage with her) in a hymn sing in four-part harmony. Anyone who was at the first Sing! Conference will remember this was a highlight of the event. Please pray for deep ministry as Joni shares her unique experiences. And pray for an appreciation of great hymns too.

  2. Please pray for Joni's health. It will be her first plane journey in a long time. Given her fragile medical state, pray for her health. Also, we all give thanks for her passion to share and lead in this event.

  3. The first half features a Nashville-style songwriters night, with seven writers we work with - introducing their modern hymns and the stories behind the songs. It will be a truly fascinating evening, including Stuart Townend talking about "How Deep the Father's Love For Us" and Matt Boswell and Matt Papa talking about their new album, "His Mercy Is More" and sharing songs from the album. Pray for our team as we introduce this group of extraordinary writers and the work they are doing.

Grateful for your prayers.

Keith & Kristyn 

Song for Day 9 - Hallelujah! What a Savior - Joni Eareckson Tada

Day 9 video

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Day 10 - Pray for Sing! 2019 - Internationals


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 96:10-13 (NIV)

Dear Friends,

Today we pray with gratitude for the internationals attending the conference.

  1. Give thanks for people from over 50 nations attending. Pray for practical concerns, for the conference to strengthen and impact every community represented.

  2. Pray for the many more nations that will watch on livestream. Pray for many to find out, connect and enjoy the livestream.

  3. Pray that those of us based in the USA will become more “global” in our vision for the church, build new relationships, and that the Sing! Conference will continue to have a big, sacrificial, servant vision to being part of God's church in the world today.

Grateful for your prayers.

Keith & Kristyn 

Song for Day 10 - Jesus Shall Reign
Today's video is from the 2018 Global Hymn Sing. Over 1 million people participated - representing 5020 churches, 77 countries, and 32 languages!

Day 10 video

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Day 11 - Pray for Sing! 2019 - Production and Conference Team

6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. - Philippians 4:6-9 (NIV)

Dear Friends,

We are just finishing a conference call with the leadership team for the Sing! conference:

  1. It is truly breathtaking the amount of work, led by the leadership team at Getty Music (Josh Sutton, Greg McNey, James Ainscough, Joni McCabe who lead our whole team), Yellow Brick Events who manage the conference (Elizabeth Graham and her extraordinary group) and Streamline Productions who manage all sound, lights and staging (led by Justin Zebell). Please pray for the mountain of work, decision making, and pressure these people carry as we head into the last weeks. Pray for their own spiritual vitality with all the pressure.

  2. Pray that all who attend the conference will feel served. Between the Sing conference and concerts, the number of attendees is significantly above 13,000 people. Pray that people will be well-served in an atmosphere that is conducive to creativity, collaboration, clarity with a deep sense of devotion and joy.

  3. Pray for a spirit of learning. That each year Sing! will become better at serving attendees and equipping churches through the gathering.

Grateful as ever for your prayers.

Keith & Kristyn 

Song for Day 11 - Holy Spirit, Living Breath of God

Day 11 video

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Day 12 - Pray for Sing! 2019 - Children’s Leadership Pre-Conference

I will sing to the Lord all my life;
I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. - Psalm 104:33 (NIV)

Dear Friends,

One of the most important events at the conference is the Children’s Leadership pre-conference from 1:00-6:00pm on Sunday.

We strongly encourage all of you to attend if you are in town early. It is a free event at the Opryland Hotel.

Please pray today for this:

  1. Give thanks for the partnership and generosity of the Virginia Martin Howard Foundation who work alongside us to encourage the next generation of children to be deep believers from the songs we sing. Give thanks also for the vision and diligence of Josh Sutton to grow this.

  2. The event is attended primarily by children’s leaders from the worlds of education, family ministry and local church. Pray that every church, school and para church ministry take what we sing more seriously because of this event.

  3. Pray for all the participants - from Sally Lloyd Jones to the children’s choir to artist Ross Wilson, musicians including Ellie Holcomb and Kristyn’s uncle John Lennox (who was a student of CS Lewis). Pray that this conference is both deep and inspiring, as well as hugely practical for all who attend both from the children’s ministry group and to everyone else attending the conference.

Grateful for your prayers.

Keith & Kristyn 

Song for Day 12 - Jesus, Joy of the Highest Heaven (sharing a special video from years ago with a very little Eliza Joy).
The Spotify link today features a special Getty Kids playlist for your family worship time.

Day 12 video

Day 12 Spotify playlist

Day 13 - Pray for Sing! 2019 - Ministry Partners, Exhibitors, and our Sponsor

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his love endures forever. - Psalm 118:1 (NIV)

Dear Friends,

Over the years, we’ve found some of the greatest benefits of the conference have remained the friendships we have made with fellow leaders and the resources we have taken home.

Sing is a unique fusion of theology, arts, pastors and worship leaders and so there is a unique collection of people and resources.

  1. Give thanks for the partnerships that help make the conference happen. So many organizations who contribute resources, as well as personnel and much of the thinking that contributes to the Sing movement comes from conversations, encouragement and critique from these groups.

  2. Give thanks especially to Christian Healthcare Ministries, who had such a courageous belief in this from the start that has enabled so much opportunity.

  3. Pray that this conference is a great platform and opportunity for ministries and movements to study and sing of our Lord and collaborate with others who share common goals.

Grateful for your prayers.

Keith & Kristyn 

Song for Day 13 - The Lord Is My Salvation

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Day 14 - Pray for Sing! 2019 - Resources

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[
a];
    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 (NIV)

Dear Friends,

On this Sunday, pray for the resources you will take home and will help your own church ministries.

  1. Pray for songs, old and new, that you will be able to take home to help your church to sing together better.

  2. Pray for all the exhibitors and for the thousands of resources at the resource center - that every church will be strengthened by useful, gospel materials.

  3. Pray for how we can both help our own churches and other churches or believers in our care and in our locale.

Grateful for your prayers.

Keith & Kristyn 

Song for Day 14 - David Kim plays the Arioso for Violin from JS Bach at Sing!

Day 14 video

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Day 15 - Pray for Sing! 2019 - Speaker: Professor John Lennox

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. - John 1:1-3 (NIV)

Dear Friends,

Kristyn and I were introduced to each other by Professor John Lennox (Kristyn's uncle) many years ago. John is the Professor of Mathematics (Emeritus) at Oxford University, Emeritus Fellow and Pastoral Adviser of Green Templeton College, and an incredible apologist for the Christian faith.

This year we are honored to have him joining us at the conference.

  1. Pray for his talk, opening the conference, drawing our attention to the incomparable Christ.

  2. Pray for his talk at the children's pre-conference, as he speaks to children's leaders about the importance of building a generation of deep believers..

Grateful for your prayers.

Keith & Kristyn 

Song for Day 15 - Creation Sings the Father's Song
This song was written for Professor John Lennox

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Day 16 - Pray for Sing! 2019 - Speaker: D.A. Carson

14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

15 (John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’”) 16 Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known. - John 1:14-18 (NIV)

Dear Friends,

Please pray today for D.A. Carson:

  1. Give thanks for the extraordinary legacy of his life as Bible teacher, author and founder of The Gospel Coalition and the ministry of the TGC website.

  2. Pray for his talk on the Incarnation - that he helps many to understand, live and sing the Gospel more clearly, especially in the Christmas season.

Grateful for your prayers.

Keith & Kristyn 

Song for Day 16 - Joy Has Dawned

Day 16 video

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Day 17 - Pray for Sing! 2019 - Speaker: Mark Dever

24 To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— 25 to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen. - Jude 24-25 (NIV)

Dear Friends,

Today we pray for Mark Dever:

  1. Give thanks for Mark - we first met him as students in England and he was so helpful. His preaching, alongside his work at Capitol Hill Baptist, with 9 Marks and T4G have been a gift to so many pastors and churches. We’re also thrilled for the hymns that have come out of his church - both their use of traditional hymns and the hymns from Matt Merker.

  2. Pray for his critical message on how the Gospel shapes our services and our singing.

  3. Pray for the interview that follows called “The Pastor and the Musician” where we interview Jim Thomas & Tommy Bailey, HB Charles & Joe Pace, and Mark Dever & Matt Merker. The relationship between a pastor and his music team is so critical - we all believe this interview is potentially transformative.

Grateful for your prayers.

Keith & Kristyn 

Song for Day 17 - He Will Hold Me Fast
ORIGINAL WORDS VV 1-2 BY ADA HABERSHON, NEW WORDS AND MUSIC BY MATT MERKER

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Day 18 - Pray for Sing! 2019 - Speaker: John MacArthur

45 From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. 46 About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lemasabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).

47 When some of those standing there heard this, they said, “He’s calling Elijah.”

48 Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. 49 The rest said, “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to save him.”

50 And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.

51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split 52 and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. 53 They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people.

54 When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!” - Matthew 27:45-54 (NIV)

Dear Friends,

As we pray for the speakers this week, we pray today for John MacArthur:

  1. Give thanks for the life and faithfulness of John MacArthur and how we had helped so many see Christ with depth and clarity. Give thanks also for his work at helping churches sing - most recently through the “Hymns of Grace” hymnal which has helped form the diet of so many churches here and abroad as they plan for their Sunday services.

  2. Pray for John as he preaches on the death and sufferings of Christ.

  3. Pray for pastors, artists, and worship leaders - that all of us are inspired to think of the Gospel in more rich and full ways as we live and prepare for each Sunday, because of this talk.

Grateful for your prayers.

Keith & Kristyn 

Song for Day 18 - 10,000 Reasons - Matt Redman at Sing!

In age and feebleness extreme,
Who shall a helpless worm redeem?
Jesus, my only hope Thou art,
Strength of my failing flesh and heart:
O could I catch one smile from Thee,
And drop into eternity!
- Charles Wesley

Day 18 video

Day 18 Spotify playlist

Day 19 - Pray for Sing! 2019 - Speaker: John Piper

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

2 There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4 The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” - Matthew 28:1-7 (NIV)

Dear Friends,

We pray for John Piper today as he prepares for the conference.

  1. Give thanks for John Piper - for his teaching of the scriptures, for the continuation of his work through Desiring God Ministries, for the number of Christian leaders in the world for whom his influence has been significant, and indeed for his partnership earlier this year at the Belfast Arena and Edinburgh events.

  2. Pray for the Spirit's leading in preparation, the Spirit's empowering during preaching, and for lasting spiritual fruit.

  3. Pray for his talk, The Explosive Power of the Resurrection on Tuesday night at Bridgestone Arena - that both Christian and non-Christians from the City of Nashville who come to the event will be confronted clearly and beautifully with the Gospel.

  4. Pray also for the breakout session, Ask Pastor John that John is leading on Wednesday morning.

Grateful for your prayers.

Keith & Kristyn 

Song for Day 19 - In Christ Alone - Featuring Alison Krauss

Day 19 video

Day 18 Spotify playlist

Day 20 - Pray for Sing! 2019 - Speaker: Os Guinness

16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” - Matthew 28:16-20 (NIV)

Dear Friends,

Today we pray for Os Guinness:

  1. Give thanks for Os - for the legacy of his work as a teacher, apologist, missiologist, and founder of the Trinity Forum. He has been a wonderful defender of the Christian faith and cares deeply about what people sing.

  2. Pray for his talk on the Great Commission on Wednesday - for clarity and inspiration to all.

  3. Give thanks for his wife Jenny too. She will at Sing! and has contributed a wonderful article to the Sing! Conference program book.

Grateful for your prayers.

Keith & Kristyn 

Song for Day 20 - Facing a Task Unfinished

Day 20 video

Day 20 Spotify playlist

Day 21 - Pray for Sing! 2019 - Internationals attending Sing!

He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. - Mark 16:15 (NIV)

Dear Friends,

Please take time this Sunday to pray for Christians from around the world attending Sing! and also for the international speakers coming to the conference.

  1. Pray for all the international speakers and musicians who will participate - Conrad Mbewe (Zambia), Lydia Song (China), Pedro Eustache (Venezuela), Tavi Jinariu (Romania), Carlos Garcia (Dominican Republic), Rogers Peralta (Dominican Republic) and others.

  2. Pray for the impact of the interviews with Anne Graham Lotz and Joni Eareckson Tada.

  3. Pray again for the internationals attending (over 50 nations) and watching via livestream (anticipating over 100 nations represented).

Grateful for your prayers.

Keith & Kristyn 

Song for Day 21 - Jesus Shall Reign

Day 21 video

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Day 22 - Pray for Sing! 2019 - Breakout Sessions

1 As the deer pants for streams of water,
    so my soul pants for you, my God.
2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
    When can I go and meet with God?
3 My tears have been my food
    day and night,
while people say to me all day long,
    “Where is your God?”
4 These things I remember
    as I pour out my soul:
how I used to go to the house of God
    under the protection of the Mighty One
with shouts of joy and praise
    among the festive throng.

5 Why, my soul, are you downcast?
    Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
    for I will yet praise him,
    my Savior and my God.

6 My soul is downcast within me;
    therefore I will remember you
from the land of the Jordan,
    the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar.
7 Deep calls to deep
    in the roar of your waterfalls;
all your waves and breakers
    have swept over me.

8 By day the Lord directs his love,
    at night his song is with me—
    a prayer to the God of my life. - Psalm 42:1-8 (NIV)

Dear Friends,

Today please pray for the application of the Breakout Sessions at Sing!

  1. Our biggest prayer for the Breakout Sessions is that they will make a DIFFERENCE in the life of local churches

  2. Pray for the seminar speakers and that the material and resources presented will be very enlightening and useful - especially pray for the ones you are attending. For a listing of the Breakout Sessions - click here

Grateful for your prayers.

Keith & Kristyn 

Song for Day 22 - Lord From Sorrows Deep I Call (Psalm 42)

Day 22 video

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Day 23 - Pray for Sing! 2019 - Writers, New Songs, and New Albums

He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the Lord
and put their trust in him. - Psalm 40:3 (NIV)

Dear Friends,

Pray this last week for the new songs being written, for the new projects we make, and for their use in churches around the world to help build mature believers and strong churches:

  1. Pray especially for our writing team - Matt Merker, Matt Papa, Matt Boswell, Jordan Kauflin alongside Kristyn, myself and Stuart Townend as we finish songs.

  2. Pray for the His Mercy Is More collection of Matt Boswell and Matt Papa songs, pray for The Life of Christ - a Quintology of hymns we hope will help churches sing of the great truths of our Lord in beautiful ways. Pray also for our Getty band and Village Chapel church band who play so beautifully to make these recordings so extraordinary.

  3. Pray for an increased vision for this work for all attending - for those who go to the Sunday evening Hymn Sing at the Grand Ole Opry House to especially get a great vision for what these songwriters are creating and for the songs they present at the Hymn Sing and throughout the conference. May the next generation of songwriters be emerging through this event.

Grateful for your prayers.

Keith & Kristyn 

Song for Day 23 - Magnificent, Marvelous, Matchless Love

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Day 24 - Pray for Sing! 2019 - 2020 and 2021

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 (NIV)

Dear Friends,

We are so excited to share much of what is happening with Sing 2020 and Sing 2021. Much of the planning is underway and will be a focus for many in leadership even at this year’s event.

  1. Pray for Sing! 2020 as we sing through the Scriptures. This event will take us through the Bible on day one, before looking at how the Bible effects every part of our Sunday worship service (singing, praying, reading and preaching). Day three looks at how singing and knowing the Bible affects all of 21st century society - focusing on children, younger and older generations, and culture. Pray for the new initiatives and how we partner with the online learning, global foundation, college partnerships, and a continuing extension of our creative initiatives.

  2. Pray for Sing! 2021 as we look at singing through the ages and as we plan for the future.

  3. Pray that in all the vision we stay grounded and focused on strengthening individuals, families and churches for the Glory of Christ.

Grateful for your prayers.

Keith & Kristyn 

Song for Day 24 - Across the Lands

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Day 25 - Pray for Sing! 2019 - Preparation and Travel

1 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)

Dear Friends,

Well, we are almost here.

As we all travel or prepare to travel today:

  1. Pray for preparation - both for those of us who are presenting and for all of those attending.

  2. Pray for safety in travel - especially for those traveling internationally. There are over fifty nations represented on-site at the conference.

  3. Pray for family and church we leave behind - that they will know the Lord's protection and blessing during our absence while attending Sing!

  4. Pray for the new project His Mercy Is More which released yesterday - an extraordinary collection of hymns released by Matt Papa and Matt Boswell.

With grace and peace,

Keith & Kristyn 

Song for Day 25 - His Mercy Is More

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Day 26 - Pray for Sing! 2019 - Starts Today!

1 The Lord reigns, he is robed in majesty;
    the Lord is robed in majesty and armed with strength;
    indeed, the world is established, firm and secure.
2 Your throne was established long ago;
    you are from all eternity.

3 The seas have lifted up, Lord,
    the seas have lifted up their voice;
    the seas have lifted up their pounding waves.
4 Mightier than the thunder of the great waters,
    mightier than the breakers of the sea—
    the Lord on high is mighty.

5 Your statutes, Lord, stand firm;
    holiness adorns your house
    for endless days. - Psalm 93 (NIV)

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the Conference!
Today we bring five prayer requests - please join us in praying for these...

  1. Pray for our churches - some of us visiting other churches today, others leaving immediately after the service - May each of us use this time to rededicate ourselves to serving Christ in His church wherever they are, and pray for the strengthening of our churches through everything that happens.

  2. Pray for the children’s leadership pre-conference this afternoon - for all the speakers, musicians and administrators; and also for all the homes, churches, para-church groups, family ministries and educational groups represented. How we need to pray that our children or grandchildren will let the Word of Christ dwell richly in them.

  3. Pray for the Hymn Sing tonight - pray for the performers and for Joni Eareckson Tada - what a privilege that this is to have her with us, her first appearance since her illness - what an unforgettable night it will be.

  4. Pray for all the other pre-conference events and setup - Pilgrim's Progress movie screening, all of the exhibitors and their setup today, the tech teams, the room setup crew, the Sing! Choir rehearsals, and the setup for check-in that begins today.

  5. Pray for our wonderful team of Sing! staff and volunteers for the sheer volume of work they have over the next 96 hours. We are all so grateful for them.

See you later today!

Keith & Kristyn 

Song for Day 26 - I Will Wait For You (Psalm 130)

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