Back to New England

w4-800x600You could call it a homecoming … sort of. We did live in New England for seven years. It’s just that you’re not really home in New England unless you have relatives buried in the church yard and your family name on some of the businesses in town. Seven years in Newbury Massachusetts wasn’t enough time to even land me on the neighborhood softball team even though I bought the house across from the baseball diamond.

But it was enough time to come to know, love and work with Dan and Alison Russell and all the good people at New Sound Concerts who are putting on Soulfest 2013, New England’s Premier Christian Music and Social Justice Festival at Gunstock Mountain Resort in Gilford, New Hampshire next week.

Soulfest is one of the few summer Christian music festivals around the country still surviving (it’s a year-to-year thing) — a tribute to the staying power of Dan and Alison’s passion for Christians to live out their faith in the culture. It’s never just about Christian music and having a good time, although there will be plenty of that; it’s about deepening your relationship with God and acting on His love for your neighbors. This year’s theme “True Love Transforms” is no exception. And since I have spoken and performed at a number of Soulfests over the years, you can say, in this way, then, that it is a homecoming for me to be leading a few seminars there just about a week from now. And since Chandler will be accompanying me, it will be a great opportunity to meet some of you face to face — some of you who up to now are mainly names and email addresses. If you live in New England, I would love to meet you. Click on the poster for the website and more information.

I love New England for many reasons, but mostly for what it represented in our lives — a time to invest in our neighbors and our community. For me, especially, it was a time to venture out of my evangelical ghetto and come to know and love those “non-Christians” I had been afraid of most of my life. Some of that is represented and chronicled in the lyrics of the following song I wrote while there. I offer it for your reflection today and I look forward to meeting some of you soon!

Here in New England
by John Fischer

Life is old; winters are cold
Minds are made up; blinds are down
New ideas meet with a frown
But ties are strong here
And we’ve been drawn here
There’s something for us and something for them
Here in New England

The Patriot’s fame isn’t a game
The blood that was shed on neighboring hills
Still paints them red when autumn chills
The flag is respected
And we are indebted
There’s something for us and something for them
Here in New England

Pacific blue is another hue
But the frozen sunlight shines
On whitened walls of older times
Our faith is young here
Our song is unsung here
There’s something for us and something for them
Here in New England

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4 Responses to Back to New England

  1. acefinance says:

    Reblogged this on Ace News Services and commented:
    What a great tradition of keeping these fests alive and kicking, rock on John! Also followed your blog, thanks for sharing!

  2. Mark S. says:

    Cool song and thx 4 sharing it..!

  3. Marjorie Opp says:

    Fantastic. I hope the festival survives for a long time. I attend one in PA called Creationfest. They have one in the northeast in PA and one in the northwest in Washington state I believe. They are always a good time. Creation NE had 50,000+ in attendence. I’ve been there when there were 80-100,000 there. They are amazing. God bless you during your time in New England.

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