Transfiguration: An Album to savour

Mar 3, 2023 | Artistry and Poems, LISTEN, Soundcloud Prayers

We have something really special to share with you in this edition: a series of prayers and reflections inspired by Jesus’s powerful encounter with His Father and two representatives of the heavenly host, Moses and Elijah. This was His ‘transfiguration,’ the pivotal moment in which Peter, James and John caught a glimpse of His Heavenly glory and majesty in the Kingdom of God.

The term ‘transfiguration’ describes the experience of being changed utterly in form or appearance, to reveal true and luminous spiritual beauty. Inspired in part by the remarkable Transformations videos from the turn of the millennium, which revealed the beauty of the Holy Spirit at work in communities touched by Him as the result of believers giving themselves to prayer, in 2008 we recorded an album called Transfiguration. The reflections and prayers are set to some extraordinary music, including, at the very end, a stunning improvisation concerning heavenly realities. May they engage your heart and mind and inspire you to seek ever more of the Lord’s transfiguration and transformation at both a personal and wider level,

Shortly before the Fire from the North Conference that we organised in Shetland in 2005, Francis Cummings spent an inspired morning improvising with a group of classical musicians and playing some of his own pieces. The Spirit came on them, and they created some exquisitely beautiful music, which has blended so well with these prayers.

We were also blessed to be served by Dave Hart, who recorded our sessions, produced the CD and also allowed us to use several of his own compositions.

A huge thank you to Francis Cummings, Alex Robertson, Linda Entwistle, Elisabeth Long, Robin Stevens and Shirley Richards, and to Philip Whigham for recording that session. What you played then will bless many now!

We are grateful, too, to Bill Klein for allowing us to use the harp music from his cassette album, Lauda.

The absolutely glorious music that ends the album is taken from The Return, as is also the more sombre music that accompanies Track 4. The Return is an outstanding compilation of improvised meditations that members of Wellspring played, and which Mike Thornton recorded. We are deeply grateful to Mike for permission to use both these tracks. The voice you will hear at the very end, reading from the book of Revelation, is that of Mike Allen.

The absolutely glorious music that ends the album, it is taken from The Return, as is also the more somber music on Track 5. The Return is an outstanding compilation of improvised meditations that members of Wellspring payed, and which Mike Thornton recorded. We are deeply grateful to Mike for permission to use these tracks. The voice you will hear at the very end, reading from the book of Revelation, is that of Mike Allen.

For the most part, the voices you will hear of those of myself, Ros and the poet, Robert Eggleston. Unbeknownst to us when we invited him, Robert had first come to the Lord by opening and reading his Bible at the point where the Gospel writer describes Jesus’ transfiguration. I love it when the Lord inspires our decisions in such ways!

Most of the prayers are our own, but we have also included short ones by George MacDonald and Teresa of Avila: ‘Maker of me, go on making me,’ and ‘Let nothing disturb you.’ We have also adapted Charles Whiston’s version of the beautiful ancient prayer, ‘O come, Holy Spirit, come.’

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