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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

Soaking Time | Extended Piano Instrumental [Episode 114, November 27, 2018]

Soaking Time – Extended Piano Instrumental for Soaking Worship, Prayer, Meditation, Relaxation

“Soaking Time” is an extended solo piano instrumental.  At approximately 12:30 in length, this free-flowing, peaceful piano interlude is designed to be a soundtrack for your times of prayer, worship, meditation, relaxation, or “soaking”.

What exactly is soaking?

The common use of this word is to immerse an object into water or another liquid.  Think about dirty clothes that need to soak in the laundry.   Dirty dishes sometimes need to soak in warm, soapy water to help get them clean.   As humans, we sometimes like to pour a hot bath and soak in the tub – to relieve the pain of tired, sore muscles or to alleviate stress.   We’ve also heard of going down to the beach to “soak up some rays” of sunshine.

Over the past years, this has become a common word in religious circles as well.   “Soaking Worship” or “Soaking Prayer” refers to extended times of being immersed in meditation, worship, prayer, or the Presence of God.   In many ways, it may accomplish some of the same things that natural soaking does.

  • It may cleanse us through prayers of confession and repentance.
  • It may calm our nerves, still our souls, and ease our worries.
  • It may relieve stress or prepare our hearts and minds to sense, feel, and hear God’s voice.

I’ve been purposeful for this interlude and last week’s interlude, “Reflect and Pray”, to make these spontaneous instrumental interludes a bit longer.   I hope you’ll find time to linger with them and allow your soul to rest.

I’d be grateful to hear from you as a listener.  Would you consider leaving a comment or possibly writing a review of this podcast on iTunes?

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Reflect and Pray | Extended Piano Interlude [Episode 113, November 20, 2018]

Reflect and Pray – An Extended Interlude for Reflection and Prayer

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday here in the United States, I wanted to take some extra time with today’s interlude.   (And I’ve heard from some listeners that you wish the interludes were longer!).  So today I decided to sit down in studio and take my time.   There were many pauses, deep breaths, and reflections happening in my own soul as I recorded today’s interlude.

Think about this.   When was the last time you actually slowed down enough to be still for more than ten minutes for reflection and prayer.   When was the last time you gave yourself permission to be unproductive and just settle in to yourself, your thoughts, your feelings, and your dreams?   This process is so deeply necessary for our physical, spiritual, and emotional health.

This interlude is about thirteen and a half minutes long.  For many of you, sitting still with yourself for that long will be torture.   For some of you, it will be like streams of refreshing water.

This is my encouragement to you today:   that you find a quiet place, play this interlude, and disengage from your work and efforts.  Take time to just breathe, reflect on all the many things you are grateful for, and offer up prayers.   I would even encourage you to not feel forced to speak or utter anything unless so inspired.  Just be still.  Listen.   Reflect.

Did you sense peace and calm?  Has the atmosphere around you shifted?  Did you hear guidance or direction from God?   I’d love to know.

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Be Faithful – Solo Piano Instrumental [Episode 112, November 15, 2018]

Be Faithful – Solo Piano Instrumental Music for Worship, Prayer, Meditation, Relaxation

It’s been a couple of weeks since the last episode of the “Worship Interludes Podcast” was released.  I’ve taken a break from the interludes the past two weeks to finish up my Christmas album, “Silent Night“.  This album is something I’ve been wanting to record for many years and I’m very pleased that it’s finally going to become a reality.

Now that the hard work of recording the album has been finished and I await the release, it’s clearly time to resume these piano instrumentals.   My soul needs this time today!

Earlier this morning I was having a time of devotion and I read one of my all-time favorite Psalms, which is Psalm 15.   In this chapter of the Bible it describes the kind of man that I would like to become.  It describes the kind of man that I’d like to remembered as.  When I began recording this morning I was thinking about being faithful.   It’s so easy to give up.  It’s so easy, especially when we fail, to quit.  In the end, we are called to be so much more than this.

How do I define success?   Simply, being faithful.  I’m realizing that I can’t define success in dollars, jobs, or the world’s accolades.  I think that a person who has been FAITHFUL is a success.   Faithful to their marriage.  Faithful to their calling.  Faithful to their family.  Faithful to God.  Faithful to your friends and neighbors.  So few people are steadfast and faithful.   I desire to be one of the few.

Take time to listen to this interlude, “Be Faithful”, and celebrate the areas of your life where you are being faithful.   Perhaps you’ll become aware of some areas where you haven’t been as faithful as you should.  If this is the case, take up the challenge and make a change today.  Make a decision to be faithful.

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