Saying goodbye to Joey and John is going to be hard. Looking back, I remember very specifically feeling the same way about Peter, Mary, Stephen, Joseph, John the Baptist, and many others…even Judas. And of course, Jesus. Each one has left an unforgettable impression, but these two leave behind more than their fair share of memories.
Our final performance of “Joey Hallelujah! God Loves America!” will be this Saturday, May 2nd at 3:00,and if you haven’t been able to come, I would really encourage you to try and make it. You won’t be disappointed. As I have previously noted, many have told me this is their favorite production yet, and it is by far the most enthusiastically received concert we have ever staged.
I don’t often enough talk about the Ragtown Gospel Band. Brenda Rhoades, Jay Young, and George Jackson join me on stage every weekend to bring our audiences a gospel music showcase that I hope you will agree is worth the trip and the price of the ticket all by itself. That is always our goal. The music is a mix of original songs and traditional favorites, but even those we try to present in an original way. We are always completely blown away by the enthusiastic response our music receives from all ages, but I am particularly delighted when young people attend and make a special effort to personally tell me how great they thought the music was.
We certainly want the concerts to be musically wonderful…but every member of the group, including Tommy Foster, our sound engineer, is most concerned about the message of every song being conveyed in a powerful way. None of us are there just to entertain or exhibit our talents. We are privileged to hope that through the music we work together to offer, people may be drawn closer to the Lord, comforted, and encouraged.
Several of the songs that we are performing during this concert we will be recorded very soon for release on a new album. We have never had a greater response to any song we’ve performed, or more requests for one to be available on a CD than “He Gave His Word.” I can’t wait to see what happens with that song, and I am thankful beyond words that the Lord trusted me to write it. I would love to sing it for you in person…so come to Ragtown this Friday at 7:30 or Saturday at 3:00 and help us bid a fond farewell to one of our best plays yet…”Joey Hallelujah! God Loves America!”