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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 Moment | Soft, Peaceful Piano [Episode 170, July 30, 2019]

“In The Moment” – Worship Interludes Podcast, Episode #170

Today’s piano instrumental interlude was relatively short. As I was improvising I found myself just relaxing, breathing slowly, closing my eyes, and enjoying the melodies. I often feel like the interludes should be around ten minutes but as I found myself returning to the opening motif it just felt resolved.

As I held the final chord and the sound was fading, this interlude’s title came into my mind – “In The Moment”. I remembered that so many times, that moment that we cherish is short and sweet.

This past weekend my wife and I enjoyed a date night. We visited one of our favorite deep-dish pizza dives on St. Simons Island, GA called “CJ’s“. After having some amazing pizza we decided to stroll down through the village and onto the pier. It’s the last couple of weeks of summer before schools start, so it’s still very busy down here. The pier was full of tourists and locals alike – enjoying the high tide’s waves rolling in, the sea gulls, the sunset, a guy playing guitar and harmonica, and a guy feeding the pelicans. As we walked down the pier we noticed this huge orange fireball sinking into the horizon . It was the sunset. The entire moment lasted a couple of moments and it was gone as quickly as we’d noticed it.

Life has so many moments. Savor them. Enjoy them. In the midst of them, take time to be grateful.

Gratitude is such an important part of prayer and meditation. As a Christian, I’m often reminded of Scripture’s call for us to come into our times of prayer with gratitude in our hearts.

What are you grateful for? What moments have you enjoyed and what moments have you missed because you were too busy to notice?

I hope this interlude will help you slow down for a few short minutes. Breathe. Relax. Pray. Reflect. Enjoy the moment.

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Mindfulness | Piano Instrumental [Episode 169, July 27, 2019]

“Mindfulness” – Piano Music for Prayer, Meditation, and Reflection

Mindfulness is defined as “the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something”. It’s also defined as “a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.” (Dictionary.Com)

I have to be honest. There are many times when I’m not mindful. I feel and sense this calling to slow down and become more aware of what’s going on and I push that away. Many times, I’m guessing I don’t want to address or consider the issues that are pressing on my conscience.

Mindfulness and self-awareness can go together and are so very healthy for us. Spiritually, it helps us identify with where we are our in our journey – from embracing our beliefs, confessing our shortcomings, and acknowledging our doubts. Because our physical lives are very connected to our spiritual lives, this impacts us physically as well.

These little worship interludes are created so that you can pause and become more mindful. Listen. Reflect. Pray. Meditate.

It’s my hope that after you listen, your short time of reflection empowers you with a fresh sense of rest, peace, and purpose.

Grace and peace,
Fred McKinnon, Pianist/Composer

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Slow and Steady [Episode 168, July 23, 2019]

Slow and Steady | Piano Instrumental Improvisation

We’ve all heard the saying “slow and steady wins the race”. In the race of life, let’s remember to be slow and steady. Be intentional. Have purpose. Make every day count.

How do we do this? By taking time to center ourselves, listen, and put one foot in front of the other. When we make a mistake, correct it with grace and move on. If we make a wrong turn, ease back and get back on the path.

A verse that I read in my personal devotion this morning stood out to me. It’s a reminder of how we should take each day. When we are always in a rush and everything we do and say comes from a place of hurry, stress, or pressure – it’s easy to offend.

I myself always strive to have a clear conscience without offense toward God and men.

Acts 24:16, NKJV

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