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Music News

 

Last month’s free song download, “Clay Jar,” is based on the following folk tale, which has its origins traced to both India and China. It’s a
wonderful story of the blessings that live within our imperfections.
Enjoy!

The Story of the Cracked Pot

A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on each end of a pole, which she carried across her neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, and while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the master's house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. For a full two years this went on daily, with the water bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water in her master's house. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfections, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do. After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream. "I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you." "Why?" asked the bearer. "What are you ashamed of?" “I have been able, for these past two years, to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your master's house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work and you don't get full value for your efforts," the pot said. The water bearer felt sorry for the old cracked pot and in her compassion she said, "As we return to the master's house I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path." Indeed, as they went up the hill, the old cracked pot took notice of the sun warming the beautiful wild flowers on the side of the path, and this cheered it some. But at the end of the trail, it still felt bad because it had leaked out half its load, and so again it apologized to the bearer for its failure. The bearer said to the pot, "Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of the path but not on the other pot's side? That's because I have always known about your flaw, and I took advantage of it. I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back from the stream, you've watered them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate my master's table. Without you being just the way you are, he would not have this beauty to grace his house."

 

“LET THE LIGHT SHINE IN” RELEASED
My new song gift CD has been released in a special “download only” format. The CD features fourteen songs written for churches (and people) across the country. Recorded with piano accompaniment, many of the songs are specific to church holidays such as Advent, Christmas, Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday, and Palm Sunday. Solos as well as songs for children’s and adult choirs are included. Visit the CD page to listen.

NEW PRISON MINISTRY
I’m really grateful for the opportunity I’ve been given to bring music into the New York State prison system. For the past few years, my friend Pat has been using some of my recordings as part of a program he brings to men in maximum-security prisons. “God Sized Hole” is one song in particular that seems to have touched a lot of men. I never thought I’d be able to go in personally and sing that song and many others. The experience has been a real blessing to me, and one that I look forward to continuing.

FREE DOWNLOAD OF THE MONTH
Don’t forget to visit our download page for the free download of the month. You might find a beautiful solo for voice and piano or an uplifting anthem for choir and band. Every month a new song will be posted and every month it’s free! If you’d like to be notified of new postings, join our mailing list.

CONCERTS AND SONG GIFTS
If you are interested in booking a Song Gift weekend or concert, the Song Gift page is the place to go for information. Last year we visited churches from New York to Minnesota, and from Vermont to Virginia. We'd love to come see you!

PAST CONCERT DATES INCLUDE:


2011
Song Gift Weekend
February 12 & 13, 2011
North Chatham United Methodist Church
4274 Route 203
North Chatham, NY
518- 766-3535
Saturday concert at 7 PM
Sunday worship at 11 AM

Musical Guest for Private Retreat
March 12 & 13, 2011
Taconic Retreat Center
Red Hook, NY

June…July…August
Recording “Reflections” at The Playground


October 2, 2011
Sunday at 3 PM
"Songs of Love, Loss, and Hope"
along with a "meet and greet"
with the Reformed Church of Saugerties'
new Music Director, Lorraine!
Reformed Church of Saugerties
173 Main St., Saugerties, NY
Free event

John Street Jam
October 8, 2011
Saturday at 7 PM
Lorraine and seven other great musicians in the round
Dutch Arms Chapel
16 John Street
Saugerties, NY
$5.00 admission

Musical Guest for Warwick Open House Days
October 17 & 18, 2011
The Warwick Center
62 Warwick Center Road
Warwick, NY 10990
845-986-1164

Song Gift Weekend
October 22 & 23, 2011
First Reformed Church of Fishkill
1153 Main Street
Fishkill, NY 12524
845-896-9836
Saturday concert at 7:30 PM
Sunday worship at 10 AM

2010
Song Gift Weekend
February 13 & 14, 2010
First Congregational Church/UCC
177 North Main Street
Concord, New Hampshire NH
603-225-5491

Musical Guest for Private Retreat
April 10 & 11 , 2010
Linwood Spiritual Center
50 Linwood Road
Rhinebeck, NY
Song Gift Weekend
May 15 & 16, 2010
Faith Reformed Church
11 South Centerville Road
Slate Hill, NY
Concert at 7 PM
Worship at 10:30

Guest Musician
July 11, 2010
Rhinebeck Reformed Church
6368 Mill Street
Rhinebeck, NY
9:45 AM Service

Concert
July 31, 2010
Saturday at 7 PM
World Premiere of "Ah, Tweet Mystery of Life "
A new work for accordion, guitar, voice, and cell phone by Godfrey Nelson, Bill Schimmel and Lorraine.
Part of the American Accordion Association Master Class and Concert Series
Tenri Cultural Institute
43 A West 13th Street (between 5th & 6th)
New York, NY
212-876-0827 Tickets $20
Musical Guest for Private Event

August 6-8 , 2010
Harvey Cedars Bible Conference
12 Cedars Avenue
Harvey Cedars, NJ


Song Gift Sunday
August 15, 2010
First Baptist Church of Springfield
7300 Gary Street, Springfield, Virginia
703-451-1500
Worship at 10:30 AM
Concert following

Song Gift Weekend
September 10 & 11, 2010
First Reformed Church of New Brunswick
9 Bayard Street
New Brunswick, NJ
Concert at 7 PM
Worship at 10:30

Song Gift Weekend
September 25 & 26, 2010
Lynnwood Reformed Church
3714 Carmen Road
Schenectady, NY
Time TBA

Song Gift Weekend
October 2 & 3 , 2010
First Presbyterian Church of Blairstown
35 Main Street
Blairstown, NJ
Time TBA

Guest Artist for Open House Days
October 18 & 19, 2010
The Warwick Center, Warwick, New York
For members of the New York and Mid-Atlatinc Synods. Call the Warwick Center at 845-986-1164 for information.
Musical Guest for Private Event

November 5-7, 2010
Harvey Cedars Bible Conference
12 Cedars Avenue
Harvey Cedars, NJ

2009
Guest Artist
April 26, 2009
Sunday at 5 PM
The Warwick Center 50th Anniversary Gala
Sheraton Crossroads, Mahwah, NJ
Contact the Warwick Center for more information at 845-986-1164

Concert
May 3, 2009
Sunday at 12:15 PM
Mother-Daughter-Friends Luncheon
Lorraine in a program of original songs and a few classics with special guest Lauren Nelson (Lorraine's daughter) on cello
Rhinebeck Reformed Church
6368 Mill St
Rhinebeck, NY
845-876-3727

Guest Artist
June 6, 2009
Saturday at 7 PM
Reformed Church of America General Synod
Holland, Michigan
Lorraine will present the commissioned song she's written in celebration of the 30th anniversary of women being ordained in the Reformed Church of America

Song Gift Sunday
June 28, 2009
Sunday at 1 PM
An Afternoon with Lorraine Nelson Wolf
"Songs and Stories of Love, Loss and Hope"
Unity South Church
7950 1st Avenue South
Bloomington, Minnesota
952-884-6656
Part of a Song Gift, Lorraine will be participating in worship at 8:30 and 10:00.

Concert
July 1, 2009
Wednesday at 7 PM
"Songs and Stories of Love, Loss and Hope"Liberation United Church of Christ
13714 Madison Ave.
Lakewood, Ohio

Concert
July 2, 2009
Thursday at 7 PM
"Songs and Stories of Love, Loss and Hope"
Trinity United Church of Christ
150 E. North Street, Wooster, Ohio

Concert
July 25, 2009
Saturday at 7 PM
World Premiere of "Heaven and Hell"
A new work for accordion, harp, guitar, and voice by Godfrey Nelson, Bill Schimmel and Lorraine.
Part of the American Accordion Association Master Class and Concert Series
Tenri Cultural Institute
43 A West 13th Street (between 5th & 6th)
New York, NY
212-876-0827 Tickets $20

Guest Artist
August 15 & 16th, 2009
175th Anniversary Celebration of the First Congregational Church
Lorraine will be participating in the Saturday night organ concert at 7 PM.
Sunday celebration service at 3 PM
Main Street
South Egremont, Massachusetts
413-528-2209

Sunday Service
August 23, 2009
10:00 Sunday Service
Mount Washington United Church of Christ
Mount Washington, MA

Sunday Service
August 30, 2009
Hopewell Reformed Church
10:30 Sunday Service
143 Beekman Road
Hopewell Junction, NY
I'm happy to be back for a Sunday morning at my one of my favorite churches!

Song Gift Weekend
September 19 & 20, 2009
The Reformed Church of Port Ewen
Salem and Green Streets, Port Ewen, NY

Guest Artist for Open House Days
October 12 & 13, 2009
The Warwick Center, Warwick, New York
For members of the New York and Mid-Atlatinc Synods. Call the Warwick Center at 845-986-1164 for information.

Song Gift Weekend
October 17 & 18, 2009
Christ Community Reformed Church
1010 Route 146, Clifton Park, NY

Love Inc. Choir Festival
October 24, 2009 7 PM
Bethel Missionary Baptist Church
Wappingers Falls, NY
Seven local choirs will be singing. Hear the song written especially for Love Inc., "Love, In the Name of Christ."

Song Gift Sunday
November 8, 2009
First Baptist Church of Springfield
7300 Gary Street, Springfield, Virginia
703-451-1500
Worship at 10:30 AM- Lorraine will be offering a song gift during the service.
Concert at 1:30 PM in the sanctuary with the Music Makers and Young Musician's Children's Choirs as special guests

CD Release Party
December 6th at 4 PM
Hopewell Reformed Church
143 Beekman Road
Hopewell Junction, NY
845-221-9542
Concert to celebrate the release of the new CD,
"My Only Comfort." Guests include Godfrey Nelson, Cyndy Warren, Steve Ide, and Carol Ide.

Song Gift Weekend
December 12 & 13, 2009
The Reformed Dutch Church of Claverack
Route 9H, Claverack, NY

Christmas Eve Service
December 24, 2009 at 7 PM
The Lyall Memorial Federated Church
30 Maple Avenue, Milbrook, NY, 845-677-3485








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