Day & Night Worship Compilation Show 2

On March 17th, 2015, we continued our "Compilation Show" where we took the time to feature again all the great music from past guests we had on Day & Night Worship.

Here is a list of the songs and artists we featured and if you didn't catch the broadcast on March 10th, 2015, listen to the archived podcast here or click the names of the artists next to the song and listen to the podcast that featured them.

1) Prince of Shalom - Natasha Kraus-Reynolds (Thanks to Brian Samuel & Psalm Place)
2) Floodgates - Greg Silverman
3) None Like You - Greg Silverman

4) Full Circle - Hazakim
5) Grace And Supplication - Hazakim
6) King Of All The Earth - Carlos Perdomo
7) Mercy - Carlos Perdomo
8) Bones - Giselle Le'Aupepe

9) War - Giselle Le'Aupepe
10) Glory Of You - Jude & Jennifer Caracelo (performed by HaShir)
11) Satisfy - Brooke Manolis

We hope you enjoyed it!  If you didn't hear it, listen to this great compilation on the archived podcast here.

Grace and shalom,

T+B

Day & Night Worship Compilation Show 1

Hey everyone!  The last installment of Day & Night Worship was the first part of a two part show we are doing.  We did a compilation show where we simply played the music from some of our excellent past guests and also threw in some songs of our own!.  We were more DJs that night than we were hosts!

Here is a list of the songs and artists we featured and if you didn't catch the broadcast on March 10th, 2015, listen to the archived podcast here or click the names of the artists next to the song and listen to the podcast that featured them.

1) Break Forth - Toby & Brooke Manolis
2) Jealous - Brooke Manolis
3) Your Ways - Jude & Jennifer Caracelo
4) Lord You Are Good - Marc Vidito
5) Search Me Lord - Dara Vidito
6) The Sight Of Your Face - Justin M. Hutcher
7) Broken - Justin M. Hutcher
8) Deep Cries Out To Deep - Toby & Brooke Manolis
9) Mi Kamocha - Boneh (Thanks to Brian Samuel and PsalmPlace)

Stay tuned for Part 2 of the Day & Night Worship compilation show coming up on 3/17/2015!

Day & Night Worship with Carlos Perdomo

This past episode of Day & Night Worship we got the chance to interview Messianic recording artist / praise and worship leader from Tampa, Florida, Carlos Perdomo.  Carlos is a Messianic musician with a passion for the God of Israel and the Messiah Yeshua, a heart of a servant, and an uncompromising calling to our Movement.  

Carlos was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala and was raised Catholic.  He actually knew at an early age that he had some Jewish ancestry from a great-grandfather in Germany.  However, he didn't think much about it at the time and it would be years before the Lord would light the fire in Carlos' heart that would lead him to the Messianic Movement.  As a Believer, Carlos had long been involved in music, recording an album in Spanish and touring Argentina and parts of the United States.  It was around 2008 - 2009 while Carlos was working in Tallahassee, Florida when the Lord began to impress on his heart the importance of the roots of His faith, particularly the Shabbat.  This led Carlos to research and seek out what God was showing him, which included coming across the song Shalom Jerusalem by Paul Wilbur, which instantaneously awakened something in Carlos' heart, then culminated in his path crossing with a Messianic Jew who invited him to Shoresh David Messianic Synagogue in Tampa, Florida.  After one service at Shoresh, Carlos and his family realized they were home and he never looked back since.

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On Carlos' first album, Desert Of My Days, is an full of rich Messianic worship in English and Hebrew.  There is also a Spanish recording of this album!  In his ministry Carlos marries all three languages, making the message of God's Kingdom accessible to many.  The songs he featured on the show, King Of All The Earth and Mercy, are excellent displays of the gifting that the Lord has given Carlos:  a rich and powerful voice fueled by a heart that is zealous and on fire for God and Yeshua.  

One of the most important things we talked about in our interview was the importance of the Messianic musician and worship leader to understand their place as a servant and not a performer.  Carlos sees himself as only a servant and that it is the Ruach Hakodesh (The Holy Spirit) that provides the power, Carlos only has to be ready to do his part.  This can't be more truer!  Even in the ancient days of our forefathers, we see that musicians were appointed to serve in the Tabernacle and the Temple.  Appointed, to SERVE.  Carlos' message should be an encouragement to all Messianic musicians to remember that it is our job to be ready, and be prepared, and let God's Spirit do the rest!

Want to keep up with Carlos Perdomo?  Visit his website!  He's working on a new album, Psalms, Prayers, and Songs!  Also, you can find him on Facebook.   

If you haven't heard the show featuring Carlos, listen to the archived podcast here!

Grace & Shalom,

T+B

Day & Night Worship with Marc Vidito

As some of you know, we were recently at the AISH Leadership Summit put on by the YMJA in Orlando. This gathering is a time for the current leaders of the Messianic Movement to pour into, empower and raise up this generation's leaders. We have only attended this year's Summit, but after talking to our latest guest Marc Vidito as well as countless others confirming the same, this year was significantly different. There was a fervor and a holy frustration, we'll call it, to see progress and change and MOVEMENT in this community. We discussed this at length with Marc both on the show and off, and he brought up some really incredible points.

"At this summit," Marc said, "[the current leadership] believed they were really looking at the next leaders." This is huge and exciting for all of us. Marc called the Summit the next necessary step for the Messianic Movement, and he is right. Current leadership is looking to the next generation to step up and have their torches lit. The problem with that though, is that "if we keep talking about the next generation, they're never going to be THIS generation." The "next generation" really is not this futuristic idea, it is a tangible and relevant presence that is here and ready. Marc explained that the excitement among leadership for this generation is wonderful, but there are some things that must happen on both sides in order for our torches to be lit: the young leaders must respect what has gone before and the current leaders must recognize the up and comers and give them a chance to try. There must be mutual respect for any successful transition to take place. Of course the new leaders will do things differently, because we are products of our current culture, but our roots are the same as those who have gone thousands of years before us. That is where we must always go back to, and that will enable us to be effective leaders. God's ways are eternal and universal, ministering to every generation. As Paul Wilbur said in the worship track "the message is holy, not the methods."

Marc gave a really beautiful image of what "passing the torch" should look like. When we hear that phrase, we generally envision a person handing off the torch to the next and then sitting down, but that is not how Marc describes it. In a relay race, the only way to effectively pass the torch is to slow down a bit so that the next runner can grab a hold. This means, that for a period of time, the two are running together as one. It is only after that that the second runner can pick up speed and continue the race. This is spot on. We are in a beautiful time in which we must run this race at the same pace with our current leaders. It is a time to glean wisdom and embrace humility and gain the confidence that we will need to be effective leaders on our own two feet. They will encourage us and, God willing, we can encourage them. It's an intense and important time to be alive and to be effective for the Kingdom of God. 

Needless to say, this show with Marc was really incredible. There was so much more we discussed including the future of Messianic music and the relationship between the Messianic Community and the Christian Community. Make sure to listen to it here. Also, make sure to check out Marc's blog posts at The Messianic Times to hear more of his heart on these matters!

Be blessed,

Toby + Brooke

Day & Night Worship with Giselle Le'Aupepe

One thing that is really great about our radio show is that we get to interview a diverse group of people from so many places. We have met people from all over the U.S., Israel and now we get to feature our friend from The Land Down Under (yes, I sang it as I typed it). Giselle Le'Aupepe is originally from Australia and now makes her home in New York where she works for Jews for Jesus. She is an amazing musician, has a heart for missions, and is just a very cool person.

We met Giselle at the ARCH Summit this January and got to talk to her about her album that just came out with Heartcities called Painting Deserts. She told us all about the amazing collaborative effort that put the album together. It was basically a group of friends from all across the country that put their hearts and talents together to make a beautiful and unique product. Giselle said that "for us, music is communal" and this album is proof of that. It is a mindset that we definitely could use some more of in the Body of Believers. She shared two songs with us from the album, "War" and "Bones" which are based on some of her life experiences both in New York and with family. Oddly enough, after hearing these songs, we realized while listening to one of the songs that we actually played immediately after her set at AMF a few years ago! Just that alone reminded us of how interconnected we all really are, even if we aren't aware of it.

All across the Messianic Movement we are seeing such a draw to being more intimate with one another, more involved in community, and just being aware of each other. All of our affiliations (MJAA, UMJC, Jews for Jesus, etc.) are no longer serving as barriers, but as different and unique platforms that can help us grow together and share the love of Messiah to all that will hear it. That is our sincerest prayer, anyway.  This is being achieved in many ways, but it is being done especially through the arts. Music, visual art, dance, and more of the like are ways of connecting to each other and sharing our hearts.  An example Giselle shared with us is the ArtShare Collective which is a collection of Messianic artists bound together by their faith in Messiah Yeshua. This is the kind of community we need to be! We always, as Believers, seem to find ourselves trying to bring our faith to the world in a relevant way, but as Giselle said, "instead of us being peripheral to the world, the world should be peripheral to us." That should definitely be our goal. 

Needless to say, our interview with Giselle was fantastic.  If you haven't had a chance, take the time to listen to it by clicking here.  To find out more about Giselle and what she is doing, check her out on Facebook.  You can follow her here and give her a shout out!  Also you can keep up with Heartcities on their Facebook page, their website, on Spotify, and iTunes.

 

 

 

 

Day & Night Worship with Brian Samuel

Our latest guest on Day & Night Worship is a multi-gifted and an all-around joy to talk to. From the very beginning of our interview he had us encouraged and sharpened! Brian Samuel, whose lovely wife is Messianic worship leader and recording artist Sue Samuel, is the rabbi of Mishkahn David Messianic Synagogue in Rhode Island as well as the creator of Psalm Place, an online Messianic music community / collective. 

They key word that continually came up in our show with Brian was "ANOINTING".  Anointing is what we need in order for anything we do in the Kingdom to be effective and successful.  This applies to musicians of course, but ALSO to EVERY SINGLE child of God.  For Brian, anointing is key.  It's not about us, though it is an honor to be used, but it is about the ONE who lives inside us (1 John 4:4)!  In addition to sharing his heart on worship, Brian shared with us the heart and purpose of Psalm Place.  Over the years as a worship leader, both Brian and his wife Sue would encounter a number of musicians who had songs to share and a real passion from the Lord.  This got Brian thinking, "What would be a way to get these songs that nobody hears out to a larger audience if ADONAI would bless that?"  So came the idea of Psalm Place.  A place where Messianic musicians can offer their music to the public, for free or for a price, to the Messianic world.  It is a place where fresh and new Messianic music can be found!

Brian also shared with us two songs written by Messianic artists featured on Psalm Place that he felt has the ability and potential to bless many:  "Mi Chamocha" by Boneh, and "Prince of Shalom" by Natasha Kraus-Reynolds.  Check out Brian's podcast or go to psalmplace.com to hear and / or  purchase these songs and MANY MANY MORE!  So to any and all Messianic artists, there is an avenue and a community out there where your voice can be heard!  GO to Psalm Place and get your song out there!

Brian also had encouraging words of wisdom for the Messianic musicians in this generation who are out there and possibly struggling with their music not being heard and waiting for their torch to be lit by the previous generations.  It's all about TIMING, he says.  In Brian's words, next generations should always be greater then previous generations, but this work is a work that is in the hands of the Lord.  It's a work of ADONAI and He accomplishes these things through His timing  and with His power. 

Brian can be contacted via Psalm Place, at info@psalmplace.com.  Also you can go to suesamuel.com (and check out his wife's EXCELLENT music), and e-mail him at brian@suesamuel.com.  OR you can keep up with Brian and Sue's and their congregation by going to the Mishkahn David Messianic Synagogue website.    

Day & Night Worship with CBM Houston's Youth Worship Team

As you all know, we have had many amazing guests, but we have never had a whole worship team before! Getting to hear the thoughts and hearts of a group full of young Messianic believers was truly an amazing thing to experience. The youth worship team of Congregation Beth Messiah in Houston, TX, whom we have had the privilege of hanging out with before, is a talented and passionate group of people led by Lauren Vowell (youth leader). 

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L to R: Nate Hollar- sound guy extraordinaire, Martarius Bolden( front)- drummer, Danielle Worman - vocalist, Stephen Worman-guitarist, Lauren Vowell- lead worshiper, Jasmine Mikaylov- vocalist, Abby Hollar- electric guitarist/vocalist

There is not enough space or time to write about how great this group was! This interview was filled with so much wisdom and fresh perspective. With pretty much every interview, we ask the question, "how do you define Messianic music?"  This answer is almost always answered the same, which is amazing, but Lauren Vowell said something that resonated with both of us very strongly. She looked up the definition of the word "Messianic" and ultimately that definition is "a fervor for God" or more specifically the Messiah (Yeshua). It is very important to understand the identity and nature of our calling, however we can't lose what our true worship should be about. Our worship isn't about our outward forms of tradition, but the inward recognition of our salvation in Yeshua. Every member of the group, in some form or other, said that it's not about us but about God. As Abby Hollar said, "It's not about me, it's about God's work through me. It's not about the best singer." Such true words. In the middle of their interview, they sang "Ana Adonai" by Joy Greig and we could absolutely feel the anointing on them. They each have such pure and willing hearts for the Lord. 

This worship team was full of great wisdom, but also full of humor! They had us rolling when we were discussing Messianic music. Danielle Worman jokingly said, "somewhere in between the Horah and "Amazing Grace" lies Messianic Judaism. What's funny is that she is totally right! The challenge is, for every generation, how to balance tradition and relevance. I think these guys are doing an excellent job of it and they are keeping lighthearted about it too, which always helps. Many of them have musical influences like Hillsong and even their own congregation's worship team, which shows that Messianic music is evolving in its sound, but still flourishing in it's rich and beautiful message. If the future of Messianic worship sounds anything like this group, then we are all in for an amazing and anointed time.

If you would like to keep up with this group, then please visit cbmhouston.org/cbmyouth to see what the youth are up to! Make sure to keep these young people (and their leaders) in prayer! They are the upcoming generation and we need for God to equip and raise them up! 

Blessings,

T+B

Day & Night Worship with Greg Silverman

This blog post is well overdue, but I'm excited to write about it now. This interview aired on December 16th and we had every intention of writing this out then. However, I see now that God had a plan for this late post. We just came back from the ARCH Leadership Summit in Orlando and much of what Greg had to say echoes that. It was a brilliant reminder that the gears and levers of the next generation are turning and God is beginning an amazing work that will change the world! Now, onto the post!

We have had the privilege of interviewing many different worship leaders and recording artists in the Messianic Movement and it is always amazing to hear the hearts of those serving in this capacity. Greg Silverman is a worship leader and recording artist with a true heart for the intimate worship of the Father. He and his wife Rosa and their sons live in New Jersey and serve at Beth Yeshua in Philadelphia.

Greg is half Italian and half Jewish and was raised knowing Yeshua, but was hungry to understand the roots of his faith. He came to know Yeshua as Messiah in his Italian grandmother's church at 8 years old and remained in the Church. Those of you who know of his music should have lightbulbs going off because Greg definitely has an amazing Gospel flare to some of his music! After a divine encounter at Beth Yeshua Philadelphia, he knew he had finally found what God was leading him to. He became involved at the congregation and eventually became a worship leader there, writing many original praise and worship songs. It really wasn't until he became a part of the Messianic Movement that his song writing took off. He is currently working on his 3rd album that will be made up of about 10 songs and some videos as well. It will be very contemporary and relevant to this generation and speaks of God's provision and faithfulness, so be praying for God's blessing on this project! 

To write about all the amazing opportunities and accomplishments Greg has would be impressive enough, but what is amazing about him is his heart for God and for worship. Greg taught last year at the ARCH Leadership Summit and dove into the practical and spiritual aspects of worship. Striving for excellence, both in your craft and in your heart, is very important to Greg's view of worship and I'd have to agree. God is stirring up the hearts of this generation's leaders and there is a need to unite and connect with one another. Yeshua's prayer for us was that we be one, unified,  as He and the Father are one (John 17:21). That means no more personal agendas, no more ego, no more looking out for number 1. Greg's heart (and I daresay ours as well) is to see this community of worship leaders, and believers as a whole, become unified with one voice and to share with one another our hearts, our music and our testimonies. We may all be difference places, but we are all striving to do God's work and we need each other. I can't thank Greg enough for speaking such truth and being such an encouragement.

If you have not gotten to know Greg and Rosa, definitely do it! Such genuine hearts and fervor for the Lord! Also, if you would like to keep up with Greg's ministry, you can find him at gregsilverman.com and there he has links to his Facebook and Twitter as well. 

Day & Night Worship with Hazakim

Hey everyone!

As usual, God never disappoints and blessed us with getting to hear the hearts of two amazing musicians! We often times have worship leaders on the show and we love it, but recently we got to interview Hazakim, a Messianic Hip Hop group, and guys...they are LEGIT. This is one show you do not need to miss out on.

Mike and Tony grew up at Beth Messiah in Colombus, Ohio where they were trained up in the ways of the Lord. They didn't necessarily have plans to be this new Messainic group at first, but it rather organically evolved into that. In the late 90s, Hip Hop wasn't just about being in the club like it is mostly now, it was very political on the Northeast Coast, where Mike and Tony were performing. There was a lot of Islam and/or Nation of Islam influencing these groups and they found themselves regularly having to defend their faith. So they decided to defend it with their music, and the rest is history. As men who were raised to be "bold in the faith" and to "stand up for Yeshua," their music wasn't ambiguous and it didn't SUGGEST a Messianic message. They are not afraid to say what they are really talking about, after all, the world certainly isn't afraid to tell us what it's about. They offend the darkness with their piercing scriptural message and God is blessing their music. They even hit the Top Ten on the Billboard Gospel Charts a couple months ago! 

One of the many things that encourages me so much about these guys, is that they are not about trying to give the believing community a mockery or a copy of what the world is doing. What we DON'T need is people mimicking the world solely because they think it's "relevant" or "trendy". What we DO need is genuine hearts and authentic, true-to-you talent that will unabashedly proclaim the message of Yeshua to today's generation. Mike and Tony have legitimate talent and, thank God, they are using it for the Kingdom. They are being true to themselves and true to Messiah and in return, hearts are being changed, encouraged, and challenged. I'm a substitute teacher and Toby is a high school History teacher so believe us when we tell you that teens today are hungry and looking for something real and they will go to the first thing that seems to offer it to them. The lyrics of today's Hip Hop songs are taking ground for the kingdom of darkness, so, we need to be supporting artists like Hazakim who are in the business taking ground for the kingdom of God.

Mike and Tony have an amazing ministry and God is bringing fruit from it. The Jewish world is latching onto what Hazakim is doing, which is huge. The last thing we spoke about in the interview was the lack of support that they, and other young artists in the movement, get. The Messianic movement has been the fertile ground for many up and coming musicians, so we don't need to let them wither and fade away just because it's not someone we have been familiar with for the last 25 years. In their words, "we're not going to stop what we're doing," meaning God has given them a gift and they're going to go for it, but it's much easier with support. This isn't a "make out your checks to--" kind of thing, this is a "wake up Messianic movement and support what God is doing in the next generation" kind of thing. It's easy to put stock in the musicians that have been around since the 70's and 80's in the movement, but this is a new day with new people that God has raised up. Just as the musicians who came before us needed support when they weren't as high in demand, the artists and worship leaders of TODAY need it. Honestly, this conversation goes WAY beyond musicians...support of the next generation in every area needs work. As Tony said "take a leap of faith" and support those who are gifted and glorifying God with it. It is NEVER in vain to support someone that God has equipped with a gift. Support doesn't just mean money, it means prayer, letting other people know about them, and just help in whatever way is needed . That's what we are trying to do...to let all of you know what the blessings and needs are of this musical community that is budding and growing in the Messianic Movement. Things are happening, big things, and they almost always start on a grassroots level. So from Hazakim and from us, get behind those who are going forth boldly with their gifts and callings...it's a big world we have to reach and the more the merrier.

If you would like to keep up with Hazakim, you can find them at hazakim.com and also here. You can also follow them on Twitter and Instagram (@hazakim) and make sure to like them on Facebook! Also, if you are in the L.A. area, make sure you go to the Hip Hop Hanukkah event on December 18th with Rabbi Jason Sobel where Hazakim and other great hip hop artists will be performing to celebrate the holiday (info in the pic above)!

Blessings to you guys,

T + B

Day & Night Worship, with Jude and Jennifer Caracelo

As usual, we had such great guests on this week's show! We were joined by Jude and Jennifer Caracelo who are brand new Georgia natives! We have a bit of a trend here, because Aybars Uckun is a worship leader and assistant rabbi, and Jude is the rabbi and worship leader of Keren Ohr Messianic Synagogue in Savannah, Georgia! We wear many hats in the Messianic movement, am I right? We have had the pleasure of serving in worship with them at one of the Southeast Regional Retreats for the YMJA and we had a blast and were totally blessed. What a beautiful couple!

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Jude and Jennifer met in their home congregation in Melbourne,Florida called Kol Mashiach. Both had served on the worship team and thus began their friendship and eventually marriage. They are songwriters and have extensive musical backgrounds as well as a deep love for Adonai, so needless to say it was a perfect fit. After some time, they, along with their children, were called to plant a congregation in Savannah. It's not an easy job and comes with many challenges, but Keren Ohr is growing and ministering to the Savannah area thanks to their obedience to God!  Now that they are planted in Georgia, Jude not only serves God as a worship leader, but as a rabbi. As the rabbi, Jude says that he " [tries] to really fuse the worship into as much of the congregational service as [he] can." Much of their liturgy is put to music so that the liturgy flows into the worship, and the worship into the message. Their congregation is the only Messianic one in the area, so each service serves a unique purpose. First and foremost, to worship God and lift up the name of Yeshua and also to teach the basics of Messianic Judaism. We discussed that each congregation has it's own character and that the worship often should reflect that character. In light of this, many of the songs they choose are the "Messianic standards" that we all know and love as well as newer songs that are geared to intimacy with the Father. 

Jennifer, who is a brilliant worship leader herself, has found that in this new season she feels called to focus on being a wife and mother as well as a rebitzen and leave the capacity of worship leader for a while. This was hard for her of course, because it is one of her passions. However, she shared with us that God has shifted gifts and talents around and she is discovering new talents that she didn't know she had. Even though she must set serving on the worship team aside for now, God has and is developing new things in her that she would not have known otherwise! Just another testament to his faithfulness.

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If you did not get a chance to hear their interview, go can check it out on our radio show archive. Jude and Jennifer have such beautiful hearts for the Lord and you will definitely enjoy what they have to say! If you want to see what is going on at their congregation, visit their website at ShalomSavannah.com. You can also find Jude (@RabbiJude) and Jennifer (@RivkaJen) on Twitter!

Blessings,

T + B

 

Day and Night Worship, with Aybars Uckun - 11/25/14

Every time we interview a new person I get more and more excited about what God is doing among his people! Our guest this week did nothing short of excite us to be part of God's plan. Aybars Uckun is the current worship leader at Restoration in Seattle, Washington. In addition to this, he is transitioning into the role of assisstant rabbi under Matt Rosenberg which is very exciting!

What's funny about our interview with Aybars, is that we actually didn't talk all that much about music! We delved into many topics such as reaching the next generation, authenticity in your craft (as a Believer), discipleship and much more. The cool thing about it though, is that you have to have all of that to have worship. God's ways are from generation to generation, and music can do that. Authenticity is vital to the worship of God. He doesn't want our copycat, cookie cutter imitations...He wants the original sound that HE put in our hearts. Our worship can be deeper and better when we are discipled and are discipling...it all comes full circle, because that's just how God does it. It's Kingdom stuff.

Aybars also shared how Restoration has moved in the direction of the next generation. Their goal is to become more "attractional" meaning that the focus is to grab the attention of people, especially those that are younger. They are a good mix of traditional and contemporary Messianic Judaism. It's not just about being an attention-getter, it's about being authentic and true to needs of this generation. This is very important because many Messianic Synagogues are in the stage of preparation for passing the torch, but not many know what that looks like for this time yet. Restoration is serving as a model for this generation's Messianic community. Worship, from Aybars's perspective, is also in this same model. There is a need for both the old and the new joined together. People are wired to know when a thing is authentic or not, so if the world can be true to themselves, how much more should we be true to ourselves in Messsiah? As Aybars said, this post really needs to be accompanied by it's own hashtag: #KeepItReal

There were so many great things Aybars said, and you definitely need to make sure that you listen to the show, because his testimony about coming to faith is so encouraging. God took him from a Muslim background and brought him to this day where he is a Messianic assistant rabbi. Come on...our God is just crazy in the absolute best way!

If you want to keep up with Aybars you can find him on Twitter: @Mr_Aybars_Han and also on Facebook. You can check out the awesome things God is doing at Restoration at ShalomSeattle.com as well!

Blessings,

T + B

Day & Night Worship, with Bethany Rosenfeld - 11/11/14

We have thoroughly enjoyed listening to the hearts and souls of everyone that we have had on the show thus far. It is really amazing to hear from so many hearts that love and chase after the Lord. We are always ministered to, but this time it took a very personal turn for me (Brooke). 

This week on Day and Night Worship I did the interview in the afternoon while Toby was at work because our guest, Bethany Rosenfeld, lives and ministers in Jerusalem, Israel. I had met her MANY years ago at Baruch HaShem in Dallas, TX when she and her husband came to worship with our youth...back when they only had a couple of kids. Present day, they just had their 8th child and yet they are as active as ever in their callings. A lot of times when people have kids, they assume that they should "take it easy" or "settle down" because the stress and strain of raising a kid requires that. Not that you shouldn't take it easy sometimes, but Bethany showed me that not only is it possible to keep moving in your calling after having your child(ren), but you can absolutely THRIVE and produce more fruit than you thought imaginable! God is awesome, guys.

Before the interview even started, we met each others' newest additions and talked about all the things that change along with little ones coming along. I confess, along with the abundant joy of a baby comes the pang of feeling like your active life-as-you-know-it is over. She shared this sentiment the first time around and prayed for God to change her heart...and of course, He did. I needed this word and God knew that. I say all of this because you all should know that this interview was a total God thing and you should definitely listen to it...and keep reading!

Bethany and Adam Rosenfeld attend and serve in the Hebrew Congregation of King of Kings Community, Jerusalem. Bethany leads worship on many of the Holidays as well as puts together worship teams...of children! She has been instrumental in helping to foster and encourage the worship of kids 9 and up. Before a service in which the kids were about to lead, a child prayed "Lord, please don't let them look at us and think that we're cute...let them really worship." That's what it's all about. She is also on staff at Succat Hallel, a 24 hour house of prayer and worship in the heart of Jerusalem. I have been there a couple of times and even been honored to lead a few sets...it is such an anointed and holy atmosphere. 

Bethany and her husband are also very active in the Elav Conference that happens every summer.  This conference is geared to lift up the Lord as well as to promote unity and reconciliation between Jewish and Arab believers. Out of this beautiful gathering has come beautiful worship found in Elav: Volume One as well as Bethany's current project that thrills me to the core! She is producing an album that is made up of Jews and Arabs all worshipping God in their own languages and as ECHAD (one)! There is an emphasis on personal expression of worship and the indigenous sounds that come out of the people of Israel. The place where they are recording is amazed by the unity and spirit coming out of this project and Bethany and the others involved have had ample opportunities to share their faith. Two of the songs on this album written by Bethany are "Lion of Judah" and "Bo Yeshua" (Come Yeshua). Because she gave us a sneak peak of these songs before they are released, we cannot include them in our archives, but you better believe we will be talking about them when the album is finished!

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As you can see, this interview was so full of amazing things and it's very hard not to include it all! You should absolutely go and check out the archives and listen to the amazing things God is doing in HaAretz (The Land). If you want to keep up with what is going on with Bethany, you can visit their website and shoot them an email saying that you would like to receive updates/gain access to the site. You can also google or search on youtube for "Elav Conference" and find some of their worship! 

This show was a blessing to me and it will bless you for sure! Thank you, Bethany for sharing with us and we love you!

Blessings,

T + B

Day & Night Worship: Worship night with us - 11/4/14

This week's show was very exciting for us because we got to do what we love doing the most: worship! After the busy High Holy Day season everyone (including us) needed a little break. So, in lieu of another guest, we got to share some songs that have been very close to our hearts and just have a time of worship. All of the songs shared were ones that we wrote, or rather, that The Lord gave us. We sang "Be Still and Know," "I Will Give You Rest," "O My Soul", "You Alone", "In The Shadow (Of El Shaddai)",  and our original arrangement of the Kaddish.  The songs we played can, of course, be found in the radio show archives, but the chords and downloadable audio can be found here for the worship songs and here for the Kaddish. 

We hope to be able to occasionally do some broadcasts that are just worship.  If you missed the opportunity to catch the original broadcast, like all of our previous shows you can access the recording here on our radio show archives page.  We hope you stop by and most of all, are blessed by the time of worship with our God and Father.  Blessings!

T+B

Day & Night Worship, with Justin M. Hutcher - 09/16/14

This week's Day and Night Worship was certainly a fun and interesting one! It was full of passionate discussion on worship now and what it is (and should be) becoming. Justin M. Hutcher, an amazingly talented and God-fearing guy, shared his mind, heart and music with us and it was on FIRE!

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Justin is the current worship leader at Ayts Chayim Messianic Synagogue in Boca Raton, FL. We have had the pleasure of leading alongside him at a youth seminar, and he is an extremely creative and collaborative leader with a fresh sound. He began playing piano and getting creative musically when he was 14 years old and within a week had written his first worship song. He is now 20 years old and has already been leading worship for about 5 years. His song writing is very raw and personal and is a true reflection of the heart cry that is coming from the music of this generation.

We had an in-depth conversation about what is happening in worship now and his songs "Broken" and "At the Sight of Your Face" are a true reflection of that. The Praise and Worship of the Messianic Movement was built on the songs of people like Joel Chernoff, Paul Wilbur, Marty Goetz, and so many more. Those songs are powerful and gave a voice and a sound to the generation of Messianic Jews who had been searching for how to worship God in a Jewish way. Stylistically, the sound was either very Eastern European (also lovingly known as oompa or boomchik songs) or with a 70s vibe, as Messianic Judaism was revived as a response to the Jesus Movement. We have enjoyed this music for years and we will continue to, but as discussed on the show, this generation has a different sound and a different expression. There is less of a lyrical focus on the corporate and more of a focus on the personal intimacy with the Father. No, it doesn't always sound like a boomchik-song and sometimes it isn't in a minor key, but it is from Messianic hearts that long for relationship with Him.

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That leads me to another topic we discuss is, what is Messianic music? Justin's response is truly wonderful and quite profound. It's a widely discussed (or rather, debated) topic.  Many times we get hung up on the sound of a song and decide that because it isn't in a minor key or doesn't sound like a polka then it must not be Messianic. However, it is deeper than that. Worship is a spiritual overflow of emotion, so, as Justin shared with us, whatever comes out of the heart of a Messianic believer can be called Messianic music. I have to say that I truly agree. Another controversial topic brought up was the issue of raising up the next generation. It's a tough topic because the older generations tend to think that the younger whipper snappers are either not ready yet and the younger generations feel like they are being looked over or neglected. Neither of these things should be the case, but instead of just all of the sudden handing things over, there should be teaching. You can't pass the torch until we've been taught how to run the race, right? If done right, it benefits and includes everyone. Nobody is on the bench in the Kingdom of God; we're all playing the game.

To hear this and much more, head on over to the radio archives! Trust me, you won't want to miss it! Also, if you want to follow Justin M. Hutcher, then make sure to join his Facebook group, Justin M Hutcher Music,  and you can listen to his music and keep up with him! 

Blessings,

Toby + Brooke

Day & Night Worship, with Cesar Lopez - 09/09/14

Hey everybody!

This week on Day and Night Worship we had the pleasure of interviewing Cesar Lopez, also known as Asharyahuw. I say "we" loosely, because I (Brooke) was rocking our anti-sleep baby into dreamland. However, it was an exciting and interesting show and Cesar aka "Chico" has something beautiful to bring to the Messianic movement through his Reggae-style music!

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Cesar and his family live in Southern California and it is there that he writes his amazing music for the Lord. After coming into and living the Messianic lifestyle, he was of course ready to hear the music of this movement. Music was a part of Cesar's life as his father and grandfather were both traveling musicians. He began writing music as a response to a desire for music with a Messianic message but with a less Klezmeristic sound. As we all know, the Messianic movement is a diverse group of people and there is (or should be) just as much diversity in the music. Cesar's music glorifies the Lord, as well as provides something that we can jam out to without having to regret knowing the lyrics. We need more music that has a legitimately good sound as well as a holy message. It's very hard, in my opinion, to do and Cesar marries the two exceptionally well. Songs of his like "Freedom (Torah of Love)" and "Slow it Down" which are featured on the radio show, have a very chill and fun vibe to them and let me tell you, they get stuck in your head...which is absolutely great! 

Cesar also has helped create a Messianic artist collective called Yah Music. It is a type of community in which Messianic musicians can collaborate and share with one another so that music becomes more of a community effort instead of just promoting an individual artist. The collective's idea is to serve one another in edifying and helping each other become the best they can be, which is a total Yeshua-like perspective. 

Something very interesting happened during the show as well, there was a 3.6 earthquake (it happens at 38:40)! As Toby and Cesar discussed just focusing on the Kingdom of God that is coming, the earthquake hit. He and his family were totally fine, thank God, but it did shift things around in his house. Needless to say, they both agreed that the Kingdom of God is "earthshaking."

Long story short, if you missed the show, you really need to go and check it out to hear some amazing music and an amazing heart on furthering the Kingdom of God through song!

 

Until next week,

Toby + Brooke

Day & Night Worship, with Marc & Dara Vidito - 09/02/14

Early Shabbat Shalom to you al!

This week on Day and Night Worship we had the pleasure of interviewing fellow worship leaders and long time friends, Marc and Dara Vidito! We have known them personally for years and have learned so much from them and are amazed at their love for God and for others. I really can't say enough good things about them! 

Marc and Dara, who are on staff at Congregation Beth Hallel in Roswell, GA as worship and youth leaders,  have been leading worship together since 1998 in the YMJA. Both children of Messianic congregation plants, they had grown up in an atmosphere of Messianic worship. They were instrumental in helping to mature and grow the worship ministry of the YMJA. Worship services went from meeting in the wrestling room of Messiah College aka "Multi Purpose Room" (or the MPR as Messiah Conference goers will know it) to a large building called Larson with sound, lights and more importantly the amazing spirit of God. Not only was this the place where Marc and Dara met, but they also met the other members of what would become the worship band, HaShir

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Marc and Dara along with their friends and band members formed HaShir out of a desire to bring a new and fresh spirit of worship to the Messianic community. They each have different styles, but altogether it brings something new, especially to Messianic youth. We all know the beautiful songs of Joel Chernoff or Lamb and Paul Wilbur and so on, and the Messianic Movement's music foundation is built with these artists. HaShir's hope is to not surpass these music giants, but to add something fresh along side them for this upcoming generation that is needing a different expression of worship. 

Needless to say, our conversation with Marc and Dara was amazing and they had such a wealth of things to share, including what IS a Messianic worship leader? Go to the Radio Show link on our website to hear this and a whole lot more!

Blessings,

Toby + Brooke

Day & Night Worship radio show, with us!

Hello everyone!

Well, Tuesday night, August 26th, we aired our first show on Day and Night Worship on MessianicLambRadio.com ! It was a lot of fun to record and share our hearts on worship, even if we were a little nervous.

Now is a good time to tell you that anytime we do a show, we will do a blog post about it to give you some highlights. For those of you who are more of a reader vs. a listener, this may be perfect! This week, we were our own guests, so it's fairly easy to write on.

First off, we told a little about our worship backgrounds. Toby came into the Messianic movement in 2005 when he was 25 years old. He quickly began playing bass at his congregation at the time, Beth Yeshua in Macon, GA, and felt a deep connection to this style of worship. A few years later, their current worship leader moved on and Toby was asked to be the worship leader. Enter Brooke (me). I have been leading worship since I was 15 years old. I started at my home congregation in Dallas, TX called Baruch HaShem. It was a long road to learn what it meant to really BE a worship leader, and let me tell you, it involved a lot of humbling. By 2009, Toby and i had started dating, right when Toby was named worship leader. I came to Georgia to visit him and that happened to be the week he was leading for the first time. We led together for the first time ever and it was amazing...a true work of God began that day and in more ways than one! Not only did we worship together, but we got engaged, too! God has been unifying our worship ever since then. (Check the archives on our radio show page for the full story!)

Another thing we discussed, and it's a pretty major thing, is how we truly feel about worship. First and foremost, it is about intimacy. We have to believe that God is very close to us and desires to know us and in turn, we have to keep getting to know Him. Our God is a God of the corporate, in that He keeps his covenants and takes care of His people, but He is also a God of the personal and is close to the brokenhearted and taking care of the widow, etc. THAT is where our worship comes from...knowing that He is everything to us and that we are everything to him.

Worship leading is not just getting all dolled up, taking the mic, and blaring your pipes for the world to hear and say "wow, you sing great." No. Worship is battle. 2 Chronicles 20:21 is a perfect example of this:

After consulting with the people, he appointed those who would sing to Adonai and praise the splendor of his holiness as they went out ahead of the army, saying, “Give thanks to Adonai, for his grace continues forever.”

 Did you catch that? The worshipers went out AHEAD of the army. That's intense, and that's what worship leaders do every Shabbat when they get up to play and sing, whether they know it or not. It is a beautiful and serious business and it's an amazing journey!

For the rest of our interview, please check it out on the archives! Drop us a line and let us know YOUR thoughts on worship! We'd love to get this community of believers talking about it!

much love,

Toby + Brooke