About Within And Without
This album finds its heart and origins within the worship and creative community of Winnipeg Centre Vineyard, the same community that was behind such albums as Fragrant Oil, Shake Off The Dust and The Mystery.
"The phrase “within and without” is part of a Celtic prayer that has been used frequently at WCV (the prayer also comprises the words of one of the songs on the album). The Celtic prayer is itself adapted from another famous prayer written around 430 A.D called St. Patrick’s Breastplate.
"In the Celtic prayer, the old English phrase “within and without” refers to a cry for Christ to immerse and surround the entirety of life – what’s going on inside and what’s going on outside. This inside/outside dynamic embodies the core values of worship and justice at WCV and how we long for both these values to “kiss” and have equal expression in the life of our community.
"We long to love Jesus with all of our heart, mind, and strength, and we long to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. The two are entirely inseparable. We care about following, adoring, and cultivating intimacy with Jesus, and we care about mercy, compassion, and justice relative to those Jesus identifies with – those considered “least” in our world. We want Christ and his kingdom to permeate every aspect of our lives; to be a people who are always seeking to love God and others, within and without. The songs on the album reflect these defining impulses of our community."