Promoting Renewal and Revival in New England and Beyond        

Past Events


The Crossing - 2014

FirstLoveWorks teamed up with The Salvation Army of Newburyport, MA to present The Crossing at Newburyport's Firehouse Theater on Sunday, October 5th, 2014.

Proceeds benefited The Salvation Army's anti-hunger and homelessness prevention programs.

Our thanks to all the attendees, our faithful volunteers, and the businesses that purchased advertising space in the program.

It was a sell-out performance and a very successful fundraiser! Thanks also to the Firehouse and their very supportive staff.


The Crossing - 2013

The Crossing brought their original Celtic-inspired songs and storytelling to Old South Church in Newburyport on October 3, 2013.
The Crossing in Newburyport after Concert.


Band members Tony, Jennifer, Hilde, Mark and Eric played seventeen instruments in a rousing, fun concert.

Truly it was a powerful time, as healing prayer was offered afterwards and people were touched by God's Spirit, and we blew circuit breakers at Old South more than once!

The fellowship at the reception afterwards was rich, as people enjoyed time with each other and with the band.

Our thanks to all who participated for a delightful evening. We plan to have the Crossing back to Newburyport in 2014.

The Crossing is from Jesus People USA (Chicago) and Grrr Records.


Revival Then And Now - 2012

Salvations
There were three opportunities presented for people to respond to the Gospel and receive prayer in Springfield and in Northampton. We are aware of about twelve people that responded by raising their hands and praying for salvation. One of these was of a man who responded to RT Kendall's presentation of the Gospel. This local resident was personally known to a couple of our volunteers from Evangelical Covenant. He gave his life to Christ that night, and later introduced himself to RT, shaking his hand and personally thanking him for the message. We join with the angels in heaven rejoicing in these new believers!

Healings
Thanks to a wonderful healing team, comprised of people from a variety of churches and ministries, there were plenty of opportunities for people to receive healing prayer, both after the services (Springfield and Northampton) and at Evangelical Covenant's prayer chapel. One powerful testimony we heard afterwards was from a volunteer leader, who was suffering from much pain in her knee, and from fibromyalgia, before the event. The first day of the event her doctor told her that she had a torn ligament. She received prayer about five times over the course of Revival Then and Now, including specific prayer for "all aspects of my knee injury including reconnecting my ligament back together." Much of the pain from both the fibromyalgia and knee injury went away. She had an MRI on 11/14, and when she went back to her doctor for the results he said that this time the MRI showed that there was no tear in the ligament. She concluded her testimony with the following quote: "I am no longer facing surgery! So I want to praise and thank the Lord for His incredible mercy to me." Do you know of other testimonies? Please return e-mail us!

Forgiveness
After RT Kendall's sermon "Total Forgiveness" on 11/9 about 90% of the people in the congregation responded by coming forward to the altar at Evangelical Covenant, receiving prayer and signalling that they were choosing to forgive someone who had wronged them. It was a beautiful time, and the Holy Spirit was clearly doing a deep, powerful work which will have a substantial impact going forward. Other Highlights

1) We thank God for the anointed messages preached by RT, Graham and John. We thought it was an excellent range of subjects which appropriately celebrated the legacy of Jonathan Edwards. RT spoke of total forgiveness and being unashamed of the Gospel. Graham spoke of what God is doing in the present time and how we can link up with that, and he led us into a powerful time of healing prayer. John delved deeply into Jonathan Edwards' thinking and presented a truly inspired message on the reality of God's power.

2) We so appreciate the anointed worship leading and contributions by all the musicians, in both Springfield and Northampton. Thanks to John, Alan, David and Judy for leading, and to all the musicians for joining them! Also thanks to Vicki, Cyndie and Dave for their worship in the prayer chapel at Evangelical Covenant and to Alise Cain and the "Pillar" for the Harp & Bowl on Sunday afternoon in Northampton.

3) The artists' contribution to the event was beautiful and rich in meaning, bringing another dimension to the worshipful atmosphere in Springfield. Thanks to Liz McGee, Christ Otto and Kevin Moffatt.

5) People expressed to us afterwards how much they appreciated the opportunity for so many people to get together from various parts of the body of Christ. Its great to come together to learn from each other and enjoy our common bond. We are reminded of Jesus' prayer in John 17:22-23.

6) Evangelical Covenant and Resurrection Life were wonderful hosts. Thanks to these churches, their pastors, and all the volunteers who were instrumental in making the event go so well.

Conference recordings (individual sessions and complete sets) are still available from Sanders Christian Foundation. Call them at 978-468-0923 or e-mail tapesharer@gmail.com to order

Where Do We Go from Here?
In our publicity beforehand, we included the following: "America desperately needs another Great Awakening, like in Jonathan Edwards' time in the Connecticut River Valley in 1741. We come together, representing various churches and backgrounds, to seek God's empowering and anointing. We want to be carriers of Jesus' love and glory to a hungry nation. We seek another Great Awakening and humbly seek to be part of the move of the Holy Spirit in our day." We believe that Revival Then and Now went a long way toward this end. There were many people from quite a variety of church expressions. God empowered us through messages on forgiveness, healing, God's love, and the urgency of the Gospel. God's presence and power were richly there. And we were inspired to go forth with Jesus' love to a lost and hurting world. As we reflect on the current state of affairs in our country, no matter how you feel about political leadership, economic policy, etc. one thing is clear. We do need another Great Awakening. We are reminded of it day by day as we watch current events unfold. Let's continue to seek God for that and be open to how His Spirit would work in and through us.


Revival Then And Now - 2011

Please watch our video describing the 2011 conference and it's effects.



The conference was held at Old South Church in Newburyport, MA.

Speakers included RT Kendall, John Thomas, Larry Taylor with worship lead by John Denardo and Alan Bailey.

The theme of the conference was connecting the revival legacy of George Whitefield (1714-1770) with revival today.

CD's from Revival Then and Now can be ordered from Sanders Christian Foundation. Call 978-468-3003 or e-mail tapesharer@gmail.com

Related Links:
R.T. Kendall: www.rtkendallministries.com

Larry Taylor: www.goinministries.org

John Thomas/Metrowest Bridge Church: www.mwbridge.com

Old South Church in Newburyport: www.oldsouthnbpt.org


IONA IN CONCERT!

FirstLoveWorks produced IONA's (UK) recent concert at Lowell Memorial Auditorium in Lowell, MA (June 24, 2012). This concert was a beautiful, glorious event rich with the presence of God. Afterwards, the audience posted the following feedback to IONA's facebook page:

"My wife Melody and I just saw them Sunday in Lowell, MA. We drove 3 hours from Clinton, Maine to see them. This was my first time seeing them and hopefully not the last time I get the chance to see them. It was a dream come true. They don't come to the US very often. I have been following them since the mid 90's. They were so skilled as musicians and the Memorial Auditorium acoustics were perfect. It was a night to remember. The crowd was dancing and enjoying this special concert. After the show we stayed and the band Dave, Joanne, Phil, Martin, and Frank signed my tour poster that I requested from promotions at the shows end. Such a wonderful memory to cherish. They are extremely gracious and humble people. I know why they put together such timeless and beautiful music. I purchased a T-shirt and 6 cd's from various members just to enlighten myself with there solo efforts. I couldn't miss the opportunity. I can't stop playing Another Realm which they played many songs from. I can't wait to see them again. You could feel the music and the love of Christ. Thanks to First Love Works for bringing them."

"It was great seeing Iona for the first time in Lowell on Sunday. Their performance was amazing playing a wide variety of Iona tunes new and old.... Great Show!"

"I have been wanting to see Iona for about ten years. In Lowell MA., I finally see them and it was breath taking from my front row seating. All the instruments could be heard clearly and there was dancing in the isles. Someone even won a concert t-shirt for best dance. The show left me feeling connected with the band and the live performance sounded more dynamic than the CD. They are not a band to miss in concert."

"IONA, I am so thankful for you! I saw you in Lowell a couple nights ago...your music--because your allegiance is to the King--changes things! It shifts the atmosphere and moves people's hearts! I talked to one gentleman who said he was "changed just by being here..." Thank you for touring in America, coming to Boston! And thank you for Loving our King!"

"Experienced you in Lowell on Sunday. You guys were beyond AMAZING! We absolutely loved you...MORE than met any expectations...would not have ever considered how wonderful the experience would be. It was the best anniversary gift for my husband and I."

"Dear Iona, After hearing your concert in Lowell MA yesterday, I feel renewed in my spirit! Your music, spoken words and the spirit of worship you carry was wonderful and refreshing! Love all the sounds, the singing, and even that you made it interactive. My favorite part was when we all joined in on 'see His glory' during the song White Horse..for it felt like we were before the throne in heaven!"

"Thank you, as ever, amazing, humbling, and full of the King's glory!?"

For those of you who are unfamiliar with IONA, here is a summary of IONA's history and musical style from their website www.iona.uk.com "Formed in 1989, IONA takes their name from the small island off the west coast of Scotland. From the beginning, their aim has been to write spiritual, atmospheric, yet uplifting music that would stir the emotions, weaving complex patterns that echo the intricate knot work of the great Celtic artists. Often inspired by the great figures of the Celtic Golden Age such as Columba, Aidan, Brendan and Patrick, IONA's music is as timeless as the message that reaches out to us across the centuries. Uniquely combining rock / folk / progressive / ethnic and ambient elements with the crystalline voice of Joanne Hogg as their focus, IONA creates a blaze of colours and textures...all the sounds fusing into a single, yearning, heartfelt beautiful cry."

IONA's latest album, "Another Realm" taps into current themes of God's glory, revival, and the outpouring of Holy Spirit. Here is a Youtube video describing the project:




One in Spirit: Overcoming Barriers to Unity

FirstLoveWorks co-sponsored this conference on May 26, 2012 in Danvers, MA with the North Shore Pastor's Prayer Group and Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church.

It featured workshops by North Shore pastors and leaders and special guest speakers Marios Ellinas and Aaron Evans.

The subject was insights on the work of the Holy Spirit in past church history and today.

It was a beautiful time with many churches experiencing together the presence and power of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost Eve.