Honoring the sweet tradition
As we offer our rendition
Singing songs of amazing grace
Embracing one another face to face
We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing
For me and you, each one addressing
Then we find the purpose for our meeting
So much more than assigned seating
We rattle the gates of all damnation
And become the heavenly invitation.
–from “PoHymn: A Rustling in the Stagnant” by Jonathan Richard Cring
A prolific writer, Jonathan Richard Cring has traveled the country with his partner, Janet Clazzy, for twenty years, crisscrossing the United States fourteen times and appearing in countless churches of all denominations, bringing the Good News via story and song. A few words from those who have experienced Cring & Clazzy–called the biggest 2-piece band in America:
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Because it’s based upon Matthew 11:16-20. the liturgy, prayers and responsive readings are geared to this focus, and are placed into the bulletin, sensitive to the church tradition. Although it will be a little different, the similarities are sufficient to provide comfortability.
Good News and Better News is a refreshing and healing morning of celebrating the Gospel, which not only transforms people’s lives, but also fills us with the hope that we can do better. GNBN is filled with humor, insight, poetry, music, instrumentals and focus on the contemporary situations of life in America today.
“Being led of the Spirit is simply taking what you know, what you’ve learned, what you’ve created and what you dream–and making it understandable to the people that God sends your way every day.”
–Jonathan Richard Cring