First things first: a new album fresh from our home studio!
Click here to download it for free or whatever you would like to give. These are sixteen Songs of Courage and Comfort, and they are our gift to you! Happy (belated) Valentine’s Day. And now, some stories of what the Holy Spirit, the Dove of Heaven Himself, has been doing since we last wrote.
I knew as soon as I woke up that I had had a God-dream. I was trying to put Anu to sleep, which, of course, meant that I had fallen asleep in her bed. The next thing I knew, a white bird flew up to me with a great fluttering and spread itself on my face. My first thought in the dream was, ‘I can’t breathe, I’m going to suffocate!’ Then I realised that the bird didn’t want to kill me; instead, it was gently stroking my cheeks with its wings, as though it was trying to comfort me or wipe away tears. It was a short dream, and I woke up with that deep sense of warm wellbeing you feel in God’s presence.
My beloved speaks and says to me: “Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come away, for behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. (Song of Songs 2:10-13)
I felt like the dream was about this album, the one that has been simmering in my soul for a few years now. There had been about twenty songs jostling in the back of my mind, taking up precious space! Many of them were songs I had written for friends going through tough times, as I prayed and sang God’s truth over them. Others were born of desperate moments in the secret place, endeavouring to strengthen myself in the Lord. Please pray that the Lord uses these songs to comfort and encourage many – and please send them to whomever He brings to mind!
The church multiplied
So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was being built up. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it multiplied. (Acts 9:31)
The gestation of this album has been simultaneous with that of our little house church, Covenant Family.It was on one momentous weekend last July that a number of things happened which would prove significant: 1) At Anu’s birthday party (to which we had invited everyone we met) I stood up and shared the gospel openly – it felt like a kairos moment 2) Peter felt it was time to invest in equipment for a home studio 3) Our friend Becca was visiting, and in wondering which congregation of Bethel Liverpool to take her to, it suddenly seemed the right time to start doing church at home!
We have been meeting in our house on Sunday mornings for the past eight months now, trying to figure out what a church service looks like when the most regular congregants are two small children who want nothing more than to stand on their heads on the sofa during worship. We have invited neighbours, friends, people Peter met doing street evangelism, just about anybody – and many have come, but not regularly. However, we had the privilege of hosting our newlywed friends James and Abigail Baskett from September to December, and it has been a joy to be church with them, seven days a week (listen to James’ incredible cello playing on the album)!
As you might have gathered, ‘inviting everyone we know to things at our house’ has been a strategy of ours. This last Sunday we thought we would try a community meal – and a Chinese couple that we had only met once in the library came to join us! What’s more, they seem open to eating with us regularly.
Our hope is to see a home on every street doing simple, reproducible house church to which friends and neighbours (and strangers!) can come and feel at home. As we walk in the fear of the Lord and the comfort of the Holy Spirit, please pray that we would multiply!
Speaking of multiplication, the reference to a gestation period was not unintentional. You guessed it, there was another significant thing that happened that weekend in July: we discovered that we were about to have another baby. Actually, I had felt the Lord whisper the coming of this baby (first, second and third names included, Prescott-style) before those two blue lines could even show up on a pregnancy test! I’m sure many of you are already aware of this good news of great joy; it is hard to miss if you have spotted my burgeoning form heaving over the horizon. Our little one is due on March fourth; think ‘march forth, baby Prescott, on March fourth!’ We would appreciate prayers for a safe and speedy delivery.
With much love,
Taryn & Peter, Isaac, Anu and the Bump