The Farmer and the Belle Online Premiere

Join us this Sunday! I play a small role and served as one of the NYC producers: www.RichDrama.com/TheFarmerAndTheBelle

Posted by Rich Swingle on Wednesday, November 25, 2020
See the rest of Olympic champion Eric Liddell's Chariots of Fire story in Beyond the Chariots. Watch it online and book a live performance

A Season of Prayer

There's no doubt America needs prayer these days! Joyce and I are praying along with three groups on a national level:
Jim’s prayers are hosted on Adam Schindler’s Facebook page
Intercessors for America (www.IFAPray.org)
We lead prayers for IFA every Thursday (well, not Thanksgiving) at 12:15pm, Eastern. We hope you'll sign up for more details and reminders at www.FreeLists.org/list/swingleifapray. Every Thursday morning IFA sends out links to six articles on their Headline Prayer page. We'll forward that email to the list letting you know which articles Joyce and I will be covering. We'll always include a reminder of the call-in number: (712) 775-7431, then enter 2452#. 

You can use that same number during our call and around the clock. The line has had at least two people on it since November 3.

By the way, signing up for the email does not commit you to praying with us every Thursday! We'd be just delighted if you said a prayer for us as you deleted the email! 

I play a pastor in Providence, which you can bring to your area.

Jonathan Park

I had a blast playing two cab drivers, Bobby and Alfred in Jonathan Park, Series 15.  The heros, including one played by Rocky Mountain Christian Filmmakers Camp alumna, Rachel Marley, jumped in Bobby's cab. They realized they were being pursued, so they jumped into Alfred's cab! So much fun! Bobby had a Cockney accent, and Alfred had a posh Received British accent. 

I'm particularly fond of this project because it exposes the story of Charles Darwin and the shaky foundation of evolution. When I started college, it was as a biology major. I wanted to be a science teacher and undermine evolution in a public school. The Lord changed my course, but I've always had a passion for telling these kinds of stories. 

This was the fifth time John Fornof directed me in an audio drama, and that made it even more delightful!



I released “Pentecost: Beyond the Imagination,” a scene from my one-man play, The Actsat www.RichDrama.com/Pentecost.

The Adventum 3


I was overjoyed to be work on The Adventum, Volume 3, under the direction of my friend and colleague John Fornof. I had a blast working on The Adventum 1 in San Diego, but they had planned to record this one remotely before the COVID-19 lockdown.

It's now available.

Here are the voices I performed:

Elder #1 and Camsis in "Return"
Elder #1, Hebrew Slave, Pomegranate Vendor, Baker and Camsis in  "Engage"
Camsis in "Distinction"
Camsis and Pomegranate Vendor in "Breaking Point"
Official #1 and Camsis in "Resolve"
Prisoner and Camsis in "Departure"
Official #1, Chariot Driver and Camsis in "Persuit


See the rest of Olympic champion Eric Liddell's Chariots of Fire story in Beyond the Chariots. Watch it online and book a live performance.


Embrace Christ, the Wisdom of God

This morning Joyce teaches on 1 Corinthians 1:17-2:5, differentiating between the wisdom of the world and the wisdom of God at Hope Community Church, also in our denomination, The Church of the Nazarene. Pastor Joe Santucci shares closing remarks.

Click the arrow below, or if you're reading this in an email you can click this link, to play the service: 


Wisdom from the world is upside down

You can hear Joyce's teaching from this morning on 1 Corinthians 1:17-2:5, differentiating between the wisdom of the world and the wisdom of God at Hope Community Church, also in our denomination, The Church of the Nazarene: www.Blog.RichDrama.com (11/22). #1Corinthians1, #1Corinthians2, #Wisdom

Posted by Joyce Swingle on Sunday, November 22, 2020


This service is available for download free on iTunes, where you can also subscribe to our podcast. Search for "Westchester Chapel" on the iTunes Store.

If you want to know more about starting a relationship with Jesus Christ visit www.WestchesterChapel.org/Salvation.

Photo courtesy of NicolettiPhoto.com.

I released “Pentecost: Beyond the Imagination,” a scene from my one-man play, The Actsat www.RichDrama.com/Pentecost.


Paul's Turn the World Upside Down Equation

I got to do a dramatic reading of Scripture this morning during our service at Westchester Chapel. Pastor Jim Warren preached on Acts 18:1-11. Rachel Taylor opened in prayer. 

Click the arrow below, or if you're reading this in an email you can click this link, to play the service: 


This service is available for download free on iTunes, where you can also subscribe to our podcast. Search for "Westchester Chapel" on the iTunes Store.

Here's the new song by Heather Peterson we added to our worship set:

 

Here's the songwriter's story: How to properly describe what this song means to me? I wrote it at a time I was very sick with adrenal fatigue. I asked the Lord to heal me, and He answered me that... 
[Read the whole story here.]

If you want to know more about starting a relationship with Jesus Christ visit www.WestchesterChapel.org/Salvation.


I released “Pentecost: Beyond the Imagination,” a scene from my one-man play, The Actsat www.RichDrama.com/Pentecost.

Joyce and I Will Lead Prayers this Morning for Intercessors for America

Joyce and I will be leading prayers on an Intercessors for America call at 12:15 pm Eastern. Call 712-775-7430. No code needed. People have been praying on this call around the clock since November 3. If you wish your prayers to be heard call 712-775-7431 and use code 2452#.

Here's the article I'll be praying over: 

INTEL USED AGAINST AMERICANS WITH VOTER FRAUD?

...and here's the article Joyce will be praying over: 
Hope you can join us!



I'm working on a series called Reviving the Revivalists. Check it out: www.RichDrama.com/RevivingTheRevivalists.

The Insanity of God

We were so deeply moved by the film, The Insanity of God. Nik and Ruth Ripkin tell how the Lord showed them that missionaries are those who go to the places where it is hard to hear the Gospel, so they asked the Lord where He wanted them to go. They sensed Him calling them to Somalia. 

After watching the severe persecution of Christians there, Nik felt called to travel to other places Christians are persecuted and hear their stories, asking the question, "Is Jesus worth it?" This film dramatizes many of these incredible stories and answers that question profoundly and powerfully. 



The Insanity of God tells how the Church in China has been growing by leaps and bounds. My one man play Beyond the Chariots shows how Olympic champion Eric Liddell sowed seeds over 60 years ago, that are sprouting today.  Watch it online and book a live performance

Joyce and I Will Lead Prayers this Morning for Intercessors for America

This morning Joyce and I will be leading prayers on an Intercessors for America call at 12:15 pm Eastern. Call 712-775-7430. No code needed.

I’ll be praying as inspired by this video featuring Joni Eareckson Tada: 


I’m just thrilled, because she’s been a hero of mine since I was a boy, and I’ve been blessed to perform at two of her Joni and Friends camps: www.RichDrama.com/Joni

Then Joyce will pray over this article: Life Wins in Louisiana. It reports that, "Louisiana voters passed an amendment to the state constitution Tuesday evening establishing that there is no constitutional right to an abortion." 

Hope you can join us!

 
I Dreamed I Was Free tells the story of Quaker abolitionist John Woolman, who spoke against slavery a century before our Civil War.


The Revelation Is Coming

I recently performed my one-man play The Revelation in Phoenix, Oregon, where I was raised. My hometown burned down in September, but out of about 2,400 buildings that were destroyed, only one of them was a church. I performed the play in Central Neighborhood Church, one of those untouched by the fire. 

Here's one of the scenes...

 

I'll be releasing the full play for a limited time as soon as I'm finished editing. Sign up for the announcement that it's been released at www.RichDrama.com/Updates


I released “Pentecost: Beyond the Imagination,” a scene from my one-man play, The Actsat www.RichDrama.com/Pentecost.


Fragments of Truth

I've seen the fragment of the Book of John which is used in the poster when I was in Manchester, UK. The film shows we can trust the accuracy of the Bible we have today. 
At www.Faithlife.com/fragments-of-truth you can order a DVD, stream it online, arrange for your church to watch it together and order discussion guides.

Watch the trailer below, or if you're getting this in an email, visit www.RichDrama.com/FragmentsOfTruth.


I worked with the director, Reuben Evans on The Farmer and The Belle - Christmas Comedy Movie and with John Rhys Davies on The Dragon and the Raven and Beyond the Mask Movie.


See the rest of Olympic champion Eric Liddell's Chariots of Fire story in Beyond the Chariots. Watch it online and book a live performance.

Hallelujah Service

I put this prayer (Ask for
the peace of Jerusalem) in the
Wailing Wall of Jerusalem in
2011.
Rachel Taylor led our Hallelujah Service today, based on Psalm 122. We didn't record the actual service because it was so interacted, but Rachel recorded a summary.     Dr. Linda Warren prayed for the peace of Jerusalem, and I prayed for peace in America.

Click the arrow below, or if you're reading this in an email you can click this link, to play the service: 



This service is available for download free on iTunes, where you can also subscribe to our podcast. Search for "Westchester Chapel" on the iTunes Store.

 

Here are participants from Let Us Worship singing to the Lord and to each other across the tracks: 


If you want to know more about starting a relationship with Jesus Christ visit www.WestchesterChapel.org/Salvation.

Photo courtesy of NicolettiPhoto.com.

I released “Pentecost: Beyond the Imagination,” a scene from my one-man play, The Actsat www.RichDrama.com/Pentecost.


Enacted Prayer Featured in Headline Prayer

Joyce and I were interviewed Gloria Robles for this article in Headline Prayer about our work with enacted prayer: 
For more on enacted prayer visit www.RichDrama.com/Workshops.


To see more enacted prayers visit www.RichDrama.com/EnactedPrayer.

We were recently in Washington, DC, and did an enacted prayer on the Lincoln Memorial:

Here are more prayers we did on that trip:




To see our photos from Let Us Worship visit www.RichDrama.com/LetUsWorship.


Watch our new series, Reviving the Revivalists.


The Church Advances through Power

Joyce teaches on Acts 16:16-40, when Paul and Silas' worship service led to a prison breakout. At the opening she refers to a sketch I helped my students at the Salvation Army Territorial Arts Ministry Conservatory devise through sociodrama. Click here, and then move the time to 39:25 to watch the sketch.

Click the arrow below, or if you're reading this in an email you can click this link, to play the service: 

 

If you want to know more about starting a relationship with Jesus Christ visit www.WestchesterChapel.org/Salvation.

Photo courtesy of NicolettiPhoto.com.


I released “Pentecost: Beyond the Imagination,” a scene from my one-man play, The Actsat www.RichDrama.com/Pentecost.

The Fulton Street Revival

On this day in 1857 Jeremiah Lamphier held his first lunch-time prayer meeting in Lower Manhattan. Within six months there were 10,000 meeting daily to pray during their lunch hour in Manhattan and by 1859 there were about a million people across the country praying together over lunch. 

Yesterday I played Jeremiah Lamphier in a short film for the Redigging the Wells of Revival conference being held on Azusa Street, the epicenter of a 1903 revival that birthed our denomination, the Church of the Nazarene, among many others. 

The short film was the idea of Silas Titus of Wall Street Prayer, who interviews Lamphier in the film.

You can see our short film as a part of the Redigging the Wells of Revival event, which included videos from many locations where revivals broke out. it's over nine hours of footage. 

You can also watch ours alone below:

To watch it in your home we suggest a donation of $2 (www.RichDrama.com/Donate)

To download it to show for a group and to stream it as a part of a service (please do not post it online on its own) we suggest a donation of $20 (www.RichDrama.com/Donate).

Once you've made a donation, click this link. Praying it blesses you and/or your whole congregation! To show in churches, look for the download button below the video on this page.



Rather than sharing the link above, please send others to www.RichDrama.com/FultonStreetRevival.


This sculpture of Jeremiah Lamphier was on the sidewalk
outside the American Bible Society until they moved to 
Philadelphia. It's now in the lobby of King's College.

I released “Pentecost: Beyond the Imagination,” a scene from my one-man play, The Actsat www.RichDrama.com/Pentecost.


Hope in Resurrection for Today

One of the fires sweeping the West Coast destroyed Talent, Oregon, where I attended junior high, and Phoenix, Oregon, where I attended elementary and high school. I know several classmates and family members who lost their homes, and their loss has been so heavy on my heart and in my prayers. One night I woke with a deep prayer burden and saw some of the imagery of the smoke and flames and heard the worship song, "Psalm 46 (Lord of Hosts)." I started putting together a worship video with those images as a prayer exercise in the wee hours of the night. Then Melanie Solomon taught on the story of Lazarus for Westchester Chapel from John 11, and I decided to pair the video with Melanie's teaching. 

I pray that video and message of hope and resurrection will bless those who lost their homes, and give prayer direction for all who need hope in these weighty days. 

Click the arrow below, or if you're reading this in an email you can click this link, to play the service: 


If you want to know more about starting a relationship with Jesus Christ visit www.WestchesterChapel.org/Salvation

If you feel led to contribute to those who have lost their homes, there are links to give directly to those families at www.RichDrama.com/SouthernOregonFire.


I released “Pentecost: Beyond the Imagination,” a scene from my one-man play, The Actsat www.RichDrama.com/Pentecost.

Five Bells for 9/11 for 2020

Five Bells for 9/11
Earlier this week, a wildfire ripped through Talent and Phoenix, Oregon, where our family has lived since my great grandparents moved there in a covered wagon. The fire passed between our family's farm and Phoenix High School, and it's only a ten-minute drive between them. I praise the Lord my parents are fine, except that they're without power or running water. Fire came close to several of our friends but their property was spared. I was grieved, however, to discover that two of my friends lost everything, and we're praying for the thousands like them.

This tragedy inspired us to share my one-man play Five Bells for 9/11 throughout this weekend.

We're praying that sharing this play now is a good way to honor our first responders on September 11, 2001, when our nation was attacked by terrorists, and we also want it to honor our first responders who are fighting to protect our citizens today. 

The play tells the stories of three people who were directly impacted: Bruce Van Hine, a fire fighter for Squad 41; Lana Ho Shing, a mutual funds specialist for Morgan Stanley, and Father Brian Jordan, a Franciscan priest at the Church of St. Francis.
I wrote this piece in such a way as to leave the audience with new, healing memories linked to those that still wound some of us. Ann Van Hine, the wife of Bruce, the firefighter in the play, said, "We shouldn't be coping, we should be hoping." You'll see her speak after the play.

It is my deepest desire that this play will bring hope and healing.

Click the image below to watch.
Performed in NYC just before the 15th anniversary of 9/11.
Feel free to forward this email or share this link on social media: www.RichDrama.com/FiveBells2020

The recording of the performance will be available through Sunday night, September 13.  

The song, "I Will Respond," was written for the play by Dom Crincoli.
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Photos from Five Bells for 9/11 courtesy of Ken Bizzigotti of Times Herald-Register.