On June 1, 2012, we stepped out on faith, put aside all the excuses of why we couldn’t move into the things God created us to do, and launched WorshipATIC Summer Tour 2012 (ATIC = All Things in Common; more on that soon!). Everything wasn’t pretty or perfectly set up, but we moved forward anyhow. We asked ourselves, “How long would it take to really get started sharing what we have with others if we waited for all the variables to line up perfectly?” “Too long,” we answered. We looked at what we do have:
- Gifts and talents (maybe debatable by some)
- Music (maybe not perfectly mixed down and mastered but good, nonetheless)
- Photos (albeit, old)
- Relationships with area ministries (some small, some large, some whose schedules are too full to fit us in)
- Amazing support from friends and family
- Incredible musician friends and vocalists
As we ran inventory, some of it was a bit discouraging, but God kept saying, “My strength is made perfect in your weakness. Go on; move forward. Exercise your faith in Me. It is for My glory.” We believe He led us this way so that we will not be able to take credit for the outcome once this summer ends. It will be all Him.
So we were resolved to think that what we had in our hands was a good enough start.
So the next thing was should we go at it alone or invite some local artists to join us? Again, we say this was all by faith because with the health and life issues we’ve been challenged with over the last 18-24 months, we just weren’t sure who’d want to share the stage with us. We had essentially “fallen off the map”! We prayed about it and God led us to ask Kendall Brooke
, a contemporary Christian singer-songwriter, and Deraj
, a Christian hip-hop artist. What a combination, right?
But look at what God was trying to create: Contemporary Gospel, CCM, and Hip Hop all under one anointed mission–to touch Central Florida with the diverse culture and sounds of heaven. Don’t you think God is blessed by all styles of music arranged to highlight the magnitude of who He is? And you’ve got to hear Kendall Brooke and Deraj. These are special and unique offerings of pure worship directed straight to the heart of God.
We’ve done four incredible nights of worship together so far:
- Way of Grace Ministries, Orlando, FL – June 2
- ReaLife Ministries, Apopka, FL – June 9
- Manna Ministries, Deltona, FL – June 15
- H.O.P.E. for Life Ministries, Orlando, FL – June 16
There is a special bond forming between the three bands–one that is sure to stick for life. If you haven’t been out to see this new movement of this beautiful mosaic of worship, we have several more worship nights planned. One may fit your schedule:
- The Lounge 360, Orlando, FL – July 6
- WorshipATIC Summer Tour Party, TBD – July 14
- The Upper Room Christian Lounge, Kissimmee, FL – July 27
- Kairos Community Church, Kissimmee, FL – August 3
- Resound Missions Base, Orlando, FL – August 19
- Find the WorshipATIC Tour artists’ Facebook and Reverbnation pages
- “Like” their pages
- Sign up as a fan
- Buy their music
- Like, comment, and share their music, videos, photos, and updates on your FB page
- Invite your friends to the nights of worship
- Write reviews and testimonies about how their music is blessing you
Local artists need your support. Yes, there’s Hillsong, Israel Houghton, and others, but Central Florida is rich with gifted bands, singers, and musicians. We don’t have to go far to find excellent worship that reaches into heaven. And that’s a beautiful thing. There can never be too many worshipers in the kingdom of God.
Well, the summer is not over yet and we know that God is still completing what He has begun. This is all for Him and all for His glory so that people can be drawn into an intimate relationship with Him. We hope to see you at our next night of worship.