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Fred McKinnon is a Pianist/Composer from St. Simons Island, GA. Checkout the full BIO for more information and a complete bio. Worship Interludes Podcast - This podcast features instrumentals for prayer, meditation, soaking worship, relaxation, study music, and rest. Visit the Podcast page to listen or subscribe. Follow on Social MediaFacebookYouTubeInstagramTwitter

In The Waiting | Piano Interlude [Episode 117, December 13, 2018]

“In the Waiting” – Piano Instrumental Interlude for Prayer, Meditation, Soaking Worship

One of my current favorite worship songs is called “Take Courage”.  It’s performed by Kristine Demarco with Bethel Music.  The message in this song is beautiful, encouraging, and the phrase “He’s in the waiting” appears throughout the chorus.

As I recorded today’s interlude, I was reminded of our waiting.   We are in a season called “Advent” now which refers to the arrival of a notable person or event.   In the Christian church, the season of Advent refers to the four Sundays leading up to Christmas and it also refers to the waiting for the return of Christ.

It’s often during our times of waiting that God is doing something in our behalf that we cannot see.   So much happens underneath the soil when a seed is planted before we can see the plant come forth from the ground.   

Musically, there is a lot of lingering in this composition.   In those waiting moments, take time to be still, be silent, and wait.   

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Turn Aside | Piano Instrumental [Episode 116, December 9, 2018]

Turn Aside – A Piano Instrumental for Prayer, Meditation, and Reflection

Hey everybody,
First some housekeeping.   In my previous episode I took a moment to actually speak in the episode and issue a greeting to the listeners.  Thanks to those of you who responded and let me know where you are listening from.  It was great encouragement to hear from people all over the world.    

As you may have noticed, there hasn’t been many episodes the last two weeks.   First, I’ve been very busy with the release of my new Christmas album, “Silent Night”.   Second, I’ve had some downtime in my studio due to some equipment issues.   After spending some time on the issues today I seem to have fixed the hardware issue, although I have no clue what I actually did to fix it!

Now to this episode, “Turn Aside”:

This episode was inspired by my devotion a week ago.   I was moved by a simple verse in Exodus Chapter 3 and shared my thoughts on social media.  Below is a copy of the post I made on Facebook and Instagram.   I hope it inspires you and that as you listen to this interlude, you’ll turn aside to see what you may be missing.

Devotion:
God is always there. He has plans, answers, direction, and things to say to us. But sometimes … many times … He will wait. He will wait to see if we engage with Him. I’ve seen it over and over in Scripture.

In this verse He waits until Moses decides to turn aside and come near the bush BEFORE He speaks. He could’ve yelled for Him – after all, He’d already set a bush on fire 🔥. Some translations add a little nuance to make it clear that by turning aside to investigate the burning bush that he was ignoring his flock. (The Amplified version adds “I must turn away [from the flock]”)

In Mark chapter 6 we read about the disciples in the boat and they saw Jesus walking on the water. It says “he would have passed them by” – but they called out to Him and He came to them.

I can’t help but believe that sometimes God is wanting us to stop what we are doing and “turn aside” to Him. I think He sometimes [figuratively] walks right by us – within eyesight – within our grasp – with treasures of revelation – and waiting for us to call out to Him … and I wonder how many times we miss what He wanted to do for us because we just allowed him to walk right past – clueless and unaware.

I wonder if Blind Bartimaeus would have received his sight had he not cried out to Jesus – would Jesus have walked on by?

Oddly enough, my favorite Ferris Beuller quote comes to mind:

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it”.

I don’t know about you, but I’m going to keep my eyes and ears open – because this life we live in this world moves pretty fast – and sometimes the Creator of it all is right next to us, and we can miss it.

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Silent Night – Greetings from Fred McKinnon [Episode 115, December 3, 2018]

A Podcast Greeting from Fred McKinnon

Hello everybody,

This is Fred McKinnon, the Pianist and Composer behind the “Worship Interludes Podcast”.

As you know, it’s quite rare for me to actually speak on this podcast, as it’s intended to just be instrumental music only.   However, I wanted to take one quick episode to say “hello” to all of you listeners and with you a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS.

I’ve just released a brand new Christmas album entitled “Silent Night” – you can hear part of that playing here in the background.   I’d be honored if you’d consider buying or streaming this album.   It’s available for purchase on my website, the iTunes Store, and on Amazon.Com.     You can also stream the entire album on Spotify and Apple Music.

Did you know that the Worship Interludes Podcast has now been downloaded over 155,000 times in over 250 countries?   I’m sure that many of you listening to my voice right now cannot understand my speaking in English.   I love how instrumental music transcends language and cultural barriers.

For those who are listening, I would be so blessed if you’d take a moment to provide some feedback.   Let me know you are listening, where you are listening from, and consider subscribing to my email newsletter.    Just visit my website, FredMcKinnon.Com, to contact me or subscribe.

It’s my hope and prayer that this music continues to be a blessing to you and provide a soundtrack for your times of prayer, meditation, reflection, and relaxation.

So again, if you’re listening – please checkout the new Christmas Album, and while you’re there, drop me an email and let me know where you are listening from.

Thank you so much for listening and God bless you abundantly!

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