Taking a Break

Taking a Break

Resting is something we do in agreement with God, not in opposition to him. In Exodus 31 the commandment to rest was made crystal clear, and its requirement made absolute. The day of rest underscores how much God wants us to rhythm with him: he worked six and rested the seventh. He asks us to join him. 

On August 16th, we (Karla and Ben) are entering a three week rest until September the 6th. We have worked very hard for over a year since we re-launched the creative work of Enter The Worship Circle: planning, booking, recording, writing, designing, traveling, etc. etc. and now it is time to take a rest and inhale. 

We don't just want to let momentum carry us along, and as you know, the direction our momentum carries us is not always the way of God for the next season. So we rest for three awesome reasons, and we ask you to pray for us and consider us as we do:

1. We need a restful break. Cool the jets. We literally just need to take a moment to sit down, inhale, and remember what an incredible year we have just enjoyed.

2. We need to shut down the busy. Stop the machine. In this pause we are going to listen carefully to God. In this place of "no motion" we hope to hear him in a unique way about what he is thinking about us. 

3. We want to move into the next season with a careful sense of assignment. It is one thing to just decide to do a thing, and another to hear God give you an assignment. We have been stirred toward the people at the edges of the traditional Church, the "gap", but we are listening to know how to best love them next? 

You are some of our favourite people and we know you are praying for us, thank you! If you would like to encourage us during the break please do! Drop into our Facebook Page and leave a comment, or send us an email if you like. We welcome your prayers, encouragements, and insights.

Ben + Karla

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Chair And Microphone Favorites

Chair And Microphone Favorites

Karla asks Tim, Aaron and Ben a great question: what are their favourite songs from each Chair and Microphone album and why?  

Songs featured include Ben's touching, sentimental song Only Three, Aaron's worshipful and singable song Centuries, Karla Adolphe's calming lullaby Safe Place, and Tim's hopeful ballad The Cupboard's Full. We know you will love this conversation!

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Chair and Microphone albums are back!

Chair and Microphone albums are back!

How does the Smoky Big Bite Hotdog, an Irish Youth Camp and a song called Jaw connect us to the beauty and breadth of The Psalms?!  Ben and Karla sit down with fellow Chair and Microphone artists Aaron Strumpel and Tim Coons to find out!  We hope you enjoy this  podcast with these incredible sings/songwriters.

Don't forget to pre-order the "best of" vinyl which will feature your favourite songs from the classic catalogue!  In the meantime, head over to your favourite streaming site to enjoy Chair and Microphone: Vol 1 + 2 and the rest of our classic catalogue (3 + 4 coming soon)!  As always, thank you for your support, we appreciate you!

Ben + Karla

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Fourth Circle and BONUS Tracks!

Fourth Circle and BONUS Tracks!

No kidding, we have added two never released tracks!

All the main "circle" albums are back on streaming and digital sales sites: First Circle, Second Circle, Third Circle, and now, Fourth Circle. All of them have been remastered, which updates their overall sound quality, and the super bonus on this albums is the inclusion of two never released tracks. A wonderful song written by Laurie Thornton called Hide Myself and a tender solo tune written and performed by Robin Pasley, Show Me the Wonders.

While the song Hide Myself gathers visual idea from several Psalms about hiding in God and finding refuge in him, the line "your level ground quicken our steps" recounts Psalm 143:10b (ESV), "Let your good Spirit lead me on level ground." Here the Psalmist shows us that it is  OK to ask God for favor in times when you don't seem to be getting any, or to thank him profusely when you are living in total prosperity. Leaning into God always means looking for a better outcome because his heart is so rich toward us.

Robin's work on Show Me the Wonders takes a more literal approach from Psalm 17:7-9 when she quotes almost verbatim: "Show me the wonders of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes. Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings from the wicked who are out to destroy me, from my mortal enemies who surround me." Her refrain, "oh, You hold ... salvation in Your hands" reminds us that just stating the truth aloud is often enough to change the atmosphere we are in. It may not seem that God is in the middle of the struggle with us, but actually, He is not only in the middle of it, but He has also designed a rescue because He loves us so much! We really are the apple of His eye!

Find the album on Spotify or Apple Music with these two new songs!

Also featured on this album were the amazing talents of Tim and Laurie Thornton, Aaron Strumpel, Caleb Friesen, David and Ally Wilton (from Loud Harp and A Boy and His Kite).

time is running out!

Time is running out for you to help us design the new vinyl album!  You can pick the name of the album, help us pick the songs, even help us create the cover.  PRE-ORDER BY JULY 1st and get your name on the vinyl jacket as a "Vinyl Designer."  This is a limited run "best of" vinyl, a special collector's edition of your most loved Enter The Worship Circle songs, and we need your help

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Third Circle, Smoke Bombs, and Hammered Dulcimer (feat. Stephen Roach)

Third Circle, Smoke Bombs, and Hammered Dulcimer (feat. Stephen Roach)

The First Circle, Second Circle, and now Third Circle are now back in wide release!

The Third Circle album is now available everywhere music is sold, including streams like Spotify, and  AppleMusic. Over the next few weeks we are re-releasing all 9 of our Classic Collection  ... including some previously unreleased songs!  

Stephen Roach who was a featured performer on the Third Circle is an incredible percussionist and thought leader in faith and creativity, joins me on the phone for an interview...

Stephen has some great new projects rolling that you must go check out. The first is built around the arts and faith called The Breath & The Clay. They just wrapped up an annual gathering, and we recommend you consider attending in 2018. Also, you must subscribe to this podcast called Makers & Mystics, available on iTunes, and here some great interviews where Stephen is stimulating new creativity, new challenges and new conversations around art and our journey with God. All his music is incredible and complex and thoughtful. Here are a couple pictures from our time together in Southern Colorado recording the Third Circle featuring Stephen when he still had the hair of Samson:

Also featured on this album were the incredible talents of Kate Hurley, and Barry and Michelle Patterson who we invite you discover as they are always creating new and amazing works.

Vinyl on the Way!

Within a few short weeks we hope to create the master for the new "best of" vinyl, a special collector's edition of your most loved Enter The Worship Circle songs, and we need your help! We want you to help us design the vinyl. Help us pick the name of the album. Help us pick the songs. Help us create the cover. The time is now, PRE-ORDER BY JULY 1st and get your name on the vinyl jacket as a "Vinyl Designer", get the vinyl for only $40 PLUS shipping.

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