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 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). 

cbm houston.JPG

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 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!

Bethany Rosenfeld.JPG


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, 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!

hutcher.jpg

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.

hutcherquote.jpg

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!

Cesar Lopez.png

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

Like this quote? Share it!

Like this quote? Share it!

 

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