Prayerful Improvisations Podcast

Prayerful Improvisations Podcast

By Peter Vantine
A weekly podcast to help you draw closer to God in prayer and worship, through contemplative piano improvisations that quiet the heart and heal the soul.
Episode 20 - Set Apart
"Holy." Set apart. God is holy and calls us to be holy (set apart) for His purposes, to follow Him and love others as He has loved us. As you spend time with God today, may you find yourself in the presence of the One who loves you with an unfailing holy love. May you experience the joy and peace found in His holy dwelling place, a place set apart just for you. This episode includes: 1. Holy, Holy, Holy (new) 2. Sanctus (from Prayerful Improvisations: Worship) 3. Holy Dwelling (from Impressions) 4. Set Apart (new) God bless you and thanks for listening! - Peter
16:44
May 20, 2019
Episode 19 - Prayer
I have been reading a book recently about prayer. Many authors contributed their understanding and practices of prayer to this book. One thing that struck me is that everyone prays differently—different ways, different routines, different places, different atmospheres. Yet we all pray to One God who tells us that He listens to our prayers. He doesn’t just hear them, but He intently listens and cares about what we pray. The music in this episode is about prayer and for your prayer time. As the wonderful hymn says: “Sweet hour of prayer Sweet hour of prayer That calls me from a world of care And bids me at my Father's throne Make all my wants and wishes known In seasons of distress and grief My soul has often found relief And oft escaped the tempter's snare By Thy return, sweet hour of prayer.” This episode includes: 1. Prayer (from Glimpses of the Spirit) 2. Contemplation (from Impressions) 3. Sweet Hour of Prayer (from Prayerful Improvisations 1) 4. In the Stillness (new) God bless you and thanks for listening! - Peter
15:37
May 13, 2019
Episode 18 - "Good Morning!"
“Good Morning!” This common greeting has come to be used as a simple acknowledgement of another person . . . just another way of saying “hello”. But what if we were to think of this greeting as a prayer of blessing? In fact, when we are wishing someone a “good” morning, we are essentially praying that they would experience God’s presence since He alone is truly “good.” And when we are in His presence, we have the opportunity to enjoy His blessing and benefits throughout our day. So I pray this music will lead you into God’s good presence today and that you enjoy a “good morning” with Him each and every day. This episode includes: 1. Mercy Morning (from Prayerful Improvisations 1) 2. Pear – The Mother (from Flowers) 3. Good Morning (new) 4. Gentleness (from Glimpses of the Spirit) God bless you and thanks for listening! - Peter
14:24
May 6, 2019
Episode 17 – Hymns #2
This is the second episode featuring hymns of faith, reminding us that God invites us into relationship with Him to find new life, healing, love and peace. And He welcomes us into His loving arms just as we are… This episode includes: 1. Shall We Gather at the River (new) 2. There is a Balm (from Prayerful Improvisations 1) 3. Of the Father’s Love (Prayerful Improvisations: Christmas) 4. Just As I Am (new) God bless you and thanks for listening! - Peter
18:25
April 29, 2019
Episode 16 - Hope Rising
Joyous Easter Blessings! He is Risen! May you be encouraged and inspired today, "the day the Lord has made." This episode includes: 1. Were You There? (new) 2. Joyful, Joyful (from Prayerful Improvisations 2) 3. As High as the Heavens (from Prayerful Improvisations: Worship) 4. Hope Rising (new) God bless you and thanks for listening! - Peter
17:31
April 22, 2019
Episode 15 - Holy Week
As Holy Week begins we are drawn ever closer to the pain and agony our suffering Messiah endured on his last days with His disciples. Yet in the midst of darkness we are reminded of Jesus’ own words: “I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.” May these musical reflections today comfort and console you, bringing light to your heart and mind, and give you hope in the resurrected Light of Christ. This episode includes: 1. Remember Me (from Prayerful Improvisations) 2. Gethsemane (from Prayerful Improvisations 2) 3. O Sacred Head Now Wounded (new) 4. Living Bread (from Impressions) God bless you and thanks for listening! - Peter
18:05
April 15, 2019
Episode 14 - Faith
“Have Faith.” “Keep the faith!” “All you need is a little faith.” These are common aphorisms one might hear during crucial life moments when faith is being tested. And while these sayings are surely meant to provide comfort, they tend to lack a foundation on which we can plant our feet. After all, what is “faith” and where or with whom does our faith rest? Hebrews 11:1 tells us that “faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Throughout all four Gospels we read time and time again Jesus saying things like, “Your faith has made you well” or “Your faith has saved you.” And in every instance that “faith” is directed in one place: Jesus Himself! So continue to be forever faithful, for there is “confidence in what we hope for” in our Lord and Savior. This episode includes: 1. Faithfulness from “Spirit Suite” (from Glimpses of the Spirit) 2. Hope Assured – Hebrews 11:1 (new) 3. Forever Faithful (from Prayerful Improvisations) 4. My Faith Has Found a Resting Place (new) God bless you and thanks for listening! - Peter
18:36
April 8, 2019
Episode 13 - Welcome, Spring!
As we are now just about two weeks into Spring, this week’s music is focused on God’s creation and the new birth we see in nature during this time of year. Come take a walk with the Lord as he reveals “the works of His hands” to you today . . . This episode includes: 1. Awaken the Dawn (from Prayerful Improvisations 2) 2. In the Garden (from Prayerful Improvisations 2) 3. Touch-Me-Not Balsam – The Innocent (from Flowers) 4. This is My Father’s World (new) God bless you and thanks for listening! - Peter
18:05
April 1, 2019
Episode 12 - The Invitation
When we receive an invitation to an event, it often makes us feel good for two reasons. First, it gives us something to look forward to, perhaps something we may not have expected to be a part of. But secondly it tells us that the sender of the invitation cares about us, that they want us to be present for their special event. God has sent us an invitation to the most incredible event we will ever know in all of history that was and is to come. He invites us to come into His presence, to be embraced by His love, to be washed clean by Living Water, and enjoy being with Him for all eternity. This invitation is addressed to you. All you need to do is open it… This episode includes: 1. Come to the Waters (from Prayerful Improvisations: Worship) 2. Love’s Embrace (from Prayerful Improvisations) 3. The Invitation (new) 4. Eternity (from Impressions) God bless you and thanks for listening! - Peter
18:00
March 25, 2019
Episode 11 - Be Strong
In the apostle Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, just before he describes what it means to “put on the full armor of God” (Chapter 6), he reminds us to “be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” When faced with life’s unexpected difficulties, we quickly forget that God provides us with the strength we need to endure. I hope this music encourages you to stand firm in the ways of the Lord—in His mighty power—and find strength within yourself that only He can provide. Take heart, dear friends… This episode includes: 1. Take Heart (new) 2. Steadfast (from Impressions) 3. Strength Within (from Prayerful Improvisations) 4. Finding Courage (new) God bless you and thanks for listening! - Peter
16:45
March 18, 2019
Episode 10 - Peace, Be Still
“Quiet, be still.” In that one moment, Jesus spoke and the storm and sea calmed (Mark 4:39). Our days fill up so quickly with noise and clutter. Maybe today we need to hear Jesus say to the storms in our own hearts and souls, “Quiet, be still…” This episode includes: 1. What a Blessing was that Stillness* (new) 2. Borage (from Flowers) 3. Be Still My Soul (from Prayerful Improvisations 2) 4. Peace, Be Still (new) God bless you and thanks for listening! - Peter *Based on Psalm 107:28-31, NLT: “Lord, help!” they cried in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He calmed the storm to a whisper and stilled the waves. What a blessing was that stillness as he brought them safely into harbor! Let them praise the Lord for his great love and for the wonderful things he has done for them.”
20:12
March 11, 2019
Episode 9 - Hymns of Jesus
Hymns. It’s easy to discount hymns of the past because they are old and “out of date.” But I have always loved hymns and especially enjoy improvising on hymn tunes. Here are some hymns about Jesus that I hope will remind you of “the author and perfecter of our faith” and provide a moment of peace and comfort in your day. The music closes with an original improvisation giving thanks to our Savior. This episode includes: 1. Fairest Lord Jesus (from Prayerful Improvisations) 2. My Shepherd (from Prayerful Improvisations 2) 3. My Jesus, I Love Thee (new) 4. Thank You (from Prayerful Improvisations 2) God bless you and thanks for listening! - Peter
17:24
March 5, 2019
Episode 8 - Hope
Hope is vital to our lives as human beings, particularly in times of difficulty and despair. Thankfully we have been given the greatest hope ever in a person. The apostle Peter writes, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3). As we wait in hope, may we trust in the hope God has given us in our “Living Hope”. May you find hope today in Him. This episode includes: 1. Waiting in Hope (from Prayerful Improvisations 2) 2. Trusting in Hope (new) 3. Living Hope (from Prayerful Improvisations, concert version) God bless you and thanks for listening! - Peter
13:36
February 25, 2019
Episode 7 - The Presence of God
“Be still in the Light of My Presence while I communicate love to you…” (Sarah Young, Jesus Calling). Life can get so busy that we forget to take time to be still. God wants us to be still so that we may become more aware of and enjoy His Presence all the more. Then we can be refreshed by His unconditional love! I pray this music helps you find time to be still and be drawn into God’s presence, as Brother Lawrence experienced: “The King, full of mercy and goodness, very far from chastising me, embraces me with love, makes me eat at His table, serves me with His own hands, gives me the key of His treasures; He converses and delights Himself with me incessantly, in a thousand and a thousand ways, and treats me in all respects as His favorite. It is thus I consider myself from time to time in His holy presence.” (The Practice of the Presence of God). This episode includes: 1. His Presence (new) 2. More Than a Baby (from Prayerful Improvisations: Christmas) 3. White Yarrow—The Hero (from Flowers) 4. My Heart’s Delight (new) God bless you and thanks for listening! - Peter
17:48
February 18, 2019
Episode 6 - Light
Light. It’s something we can see, explain with science, and experience its natural benefits. But what if “Light” is also a person? The author of John’s Gospel writes that Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life (John 8:12)”. May the light of Christ reveal His goodness and grace to you today and shine brightly in the darkness to lead you to “everlasting light.” This episode includes: 1. O Gracious Light (new) 2. Revealing Light (from Impressions) 3. Light in the Darkness (new) God bless you and thanks for listening! - Peter
18:43
February 11, 2019
Episode 5 - Forget Not All His Benefits
May you experience God’s peace, grace and love in the midst of your life today, no matter what is happening around you. God is with you! “Praise the Lord, O My soul, and forget not all His benefits” (Psalm 103:2). This episode includes: 1. Forget Not All His Benefits (new) 2. Peace Within (from Prayerful Improvisations) 3. As I Have Loved You (from Prayerful Improvisations: Christmas) 4. The Riches of God’s Grace (new) God bless you and thanks for listening! - Peter
16:32
February 4, 2019
Episode 4 - Unfathomable Peace
As we near the close of the first month of 2019, I imagine there have been moments of tension, worry and anxiety in your life. Let the “unfathomable peace” of God pour over you and wash away anything that pulls you away from His Presence. Enjoy a moment in His dwelling place and be renewed and refreshed. This episode includes: 1. Gentle Snow (from Prayerful Improvisations: Christmas) 2. Your Dwelling Place (from Prayerful Improvisations: Worship) 3. Unfathomable Peace (new) 4. Gentle Whisper (from Impressions) God bless you and thanks for listening! - Peter
17:56
January 28, 2019
Episode 3 - This is the Day the Lord Has Made
As I write this from my New England home, our house is surrounded by icy snow, temperatures in the single digits, and a general gloominess from the lack of color in the sky or on the ground. But I’m reminded that no matter what our circumstances, “This is the day the Lord has made! So let us rejoice and be glad in it!” (Psalm 118:24). The Lord surrounds us with the warmth of His love and brings light to the darkness. So I pray today’s music will encourage you to press on and enjoy this day, the day God made just for you. This episode includes: 1. A New Day (new improvisation) 2. Patience, from Spirit Suite (from Glimpses of the Spirit) 3. Sunflower (from Flowers) 4. For the Beauty of the Earth (new improvisation) God bless you and thanks for listening! - Peter
16:00
January 21, 2019
Episode 2 - Remember What God Has Done
Many of the Psalms teach us, when we are feeling disheartened, to remember what God has done for us in the past and what He promises to do for us now and in the future. Whether you are feeling downcast today or rejoicing in what God has done, may the music from today's podcast remind you of His unfailing and unconditional love FOR YOU and draw you closer to Him . . . bringing you to a place of solace and peace. This episode includes: 1. Reminiscence (new improvisation) 2. Nothing is Impossible (from Prayerful Improvisations: Christmas) 3. All Creatures (from Prayerful Improvisations 2) 4. Winter Solace (new improvisation) God bless you and thanks for listening! - Peter
18:20
January 14, 2019
Episode 1 - New Year, New Podcast
Welcome to the first episode ever of the Prayerful Improvisations Podcast! As you listen, my prayer is that you find peace and rest in God's Holy Presence. This episode includes: 1. Prayer for a New Year (new improvisation) 2. Walking in the Light (from Prayerful Improvisations 2) 3. Improvisation on Dix - Epiphany Hymn (new improvisation) 4. The Path (from Prayerful Improvisations: Worship) God bless you and thanks for listening! - Peter
15:29
January 4, 2019
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