Thursday, April 19, 2007


My beloved husband brought a gift home from the New Wineskins conference he attended last week, a CD by the wonderful Wellspring, an interdenominational worship group based in the north of England. They have led worship at Wineskins for a long time -- we heard them there when we attended the conference as seminarians seven years ago. This is only the second CD of their's that we have, and if possible, I love listening to it even more than the first.

There is so much richness on this recording, including a heart-rending version of the "Theme from Schindler's List" with Clare McFarlane on violin. And the piece my heart keeps going back to during this week in which we've been confronted head-on by the pain and brokenness of our beautiful world: Mozart's "Laudate Dominum" arranged for harps, string and viola. I have fallen head over heels for this melody, which seems to hold within it so much tenderness and gentility, as though the musicians are stepping through a fragile garden of notes and reminding us all to dance with our arms raised in praise even as we long for wholeness and restoration.

If you're interested, you can learn more about Wellspring at their website here. All of their music is beautifully rendered and played with joy and reverence, honoring God.

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