Meeting The Minister of Joy

Danny and Mark

Danny Powell and Mark Dupuis

I’ve said that putting together a band wasn’t my original intent. However it is apparent that I never actually did put together a group! Let me explain.

One day months before the very first Night of Worship, I was on Facebook looking through the news feed when I noticed I had an invitation. It was from a guy named Mark Dupuis that I didn’t know inviting me to come play at his church’s “5th Sunday Singing”.

I asked Rachel, “hey, do you know this guy Mark?”. She did not. We looked at his profile and saw that he was a member of Tim Swanson’s congregation at Crossroads Christian Fellowship. I know Tim from working on the computers at KSWP/KAVX radio.  I thought maybe I met Mark through Tim at some point. We didn’t have anything else to do that Sunday evening and thought it might be fun, so Rachel and I went.

We walked in with our instruments (I brought a guitar and a bass), walked up to Mark (I recognized him from his profile pic) and said, “thanks for inviting us.”

Mark had a puzzled look on his face but went along anyway…

We ended up playing with them all evening and had a great time. At that time, I had no idea that Mark had no idea he had invited us to the singing….

Later I found out that instead of inviting us, he had intended to invite “danny n rebecca” instead of “danny n rachel” but when he started typing in “danny”, Facebook auto-filled the rest of the name and he just went on with what he was doing.

That was over a year ago. Mark is now one of my favorite people on the planet and someone I look forward to seeing every chance I get. I’ll explain the “Minister of Joy” reference in a future blog.

Grace ‘n peace

Introducing isaiah61one

isaiah61one praise and worship band

isaiah61one praise & worship band

We have been asked over and over what the name of the band is, and until today, we didn’t have one. Rachel, Zach, and I used to call our worship band, Suntribo, which is translated from the Greek as “brokenhearted” in Luke 4:18 of the King James Version. After some word study, the word can also be translated “broken to pieces” and after that we added the word, Zoe, which translates, “life”, to the name to become Zoe Suntribo. This translates, “A life broken to pieces.”

“A Life Broken to Pieces” is a good way to describe those of us that have come to understand we need a Savior. Often the LORD allows us to go beyond our breaking point before revealing Himself to us.

That was almost a decade ago and when I explained all this to the band, they wanted to use that name again. However, the problem with Zoe Suntribo is that I have to explain it to everyone we encounter!  Wanting to keep that theme and the name but without having to explain it all the time, I suggested we just name the group after the verse it was taken from, and Luke 4:18 was the name for about 10 minutes. We were discussing it and I said, “Jesus was quoting Isaiah, why don’t we use THAT verse?”.

Rachel looked up the verse, read it out loud, and declared, “this is what we’re all about, proclaiming the good news and setting the captives free.”

“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;”  Isa 61:1 (ESV)

 So now the band is known as “isaiah61one”

Grace ‘n Peace