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Ben Pruitt The Vespers Project - Season 1

Season 1 – Episode 10: Respect

Host Ben Pruitt discusses Respect with his guest…

Show Notes:

We talk about Respect in this episode with Jason Wykoff – BRLS Staff member and Honor Leader in 2018.

Songs –

Who You Are, Anna Clendening; Who You Are, Jessie J

Courage, Clay Finnesand;

Take Me As I Am, Chuck Adams; Take Me As I Am, Chuck Adams

A Million Dreams (Instrumental), Ensemble : The Greatest Showman

Acknowledgments –

As always – a huge thank you to Blue Ridge Leaders School for inspiring this podcast. I want to thank Ben Gant for his creativity and graphic design. A huge thank you to everyone for submitting a Vespers to the project, and especially to Jason Wykoff for being a friend and for allowing me to learn and grow through his friendship. Lastly – thanks to the Ark of E for hosting our Podcast and giving us a platform to allow others to enjoy this art.

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Ben Pruitt The Vespers Project - Season 1

Season 1 – Episode 9: Masterpiece

Host Ben Pruitt discusses creating a Masterpiece with his guest…

Show Notes:

We talk about Authenticity and what it is to create a Masterpiece in this episode with Marc Weinstein – 6th year leader with South Tampa Leaders Club in Florida.

Songs –

Together, Us the Duo

Count On Me, needtobreathe

Fear is a Liar, Zach Williams; Chain Breaker, Zach Williams

This is Me, Keala Settle: The Greatest Showman (lyrics by Ke$ha)

Acknowledgments –

As always – a huge thank you to Blue Ridge Leaders School for inspiring this podcast. I want to thank Ben Gant for his creativity and graphic design. A huge thank you to everyone for submitting a Vespers to the project, and especially to Jason Wykoff for being a friend and for allowing me to learn and grow through his friendship. Lastly – thanks to the Ark of E for hosting our Podcast and giving us a platform to allow others to enjoy this art.

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Season 1 – Episode 8: Vulnerability

Host Ben Pruitt discusses Vulnerability with his guest…

Show Notes:

We talk about Vulnerability in this episode with Mia Bocko – long time leader with the Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA.

Songs –

Reflection, Lea Salonga: Disney’s Mulan

Speak Life, TobyMac: Eye On It, TobyMac

Under the Stars, Hans Zimmer, Elton John, Mbongeni Ngema, Richard Harvey: Disney’s The Lion King

Dear Insecurity, Gnash Featuring Ben Abraham; We, Gnash

This is Me, Keala Settle: The Greatest Showman (lyrics by Ke$ha)

The Good Parts, Andy Grammer: The Good Parts, Andy Grammer

Acknowledgments –

As always – a huge thank you to Blue Ridge Leaders School for inspiring this podcast. I want to thank Ben Gant for his creativity and graphic design. A huge thank you to everyone for submitting a Vespers to the project, and especially to Jason Wykoff for being a friend and for allowing me to learn and grow through his friendship. Lastly – thanks to the Ark of E for hosting our Podcast and giving us a platform to allow others to enjoy this art.

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Ben Pruitt The Vespers Project - Season 1

Season 1 – Episode 7: Inclusion

Host Ben Pruitt discusses Inclusion with his guest…

Show Notes:

We talk about Inclusion in this episode with Megan Curbelo – Honor Leader in name and through action.

Songs –

Different Colors, Walk the Moon

Keep Your Eyes Open, needtobreathe: The Reckoning, needtobreathe

Colors of the Wind, Tori Kelly: Originally from Disney’s Pocahontas


Acknowledgments –

As always – a huge thank you to Blue Ridge Leaders School for inspiring this podcast. I want to thank Ben Gant for his creativity and graphic design. A huge thank you to everyone for submitting a Vespers to the project, and especially to Jason Wykoff for being a friend and for allowing me to learn and grow through his friendship. Lastly – thanks to the Ark of E for hosting our Podcast and giving us a platform to allow others to enjoy this art.

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Season 1 – Episode 6: Passion

Host Ben Pruitt discusses Passion with his guest…

Show Notes:

We talk about Passion in this episode with Matthew Schwab – Co-President of the local Gigi’s Playhouse Youth Advisory Board.

Songs –

This is Me, Keala Settle: The Greatest Showman

Music of the Night, Michael Reed: Phantom of the Opera, Andrew Lloyd Webber

Over the Rainbow/Wonderful World, Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole: Wonderful World, IZ

Acknowledgments –

As always – a huge thank you to Blue Ridge Leaders School for inspiring this podcast. I want to thank Ben Gant for his creativity and graphic design. A huge thank you to everyone for submitting a Vespers to the project, and especially to Jason Wykoff for being a friend and for allowing me to learn and grow through his friendship. Lastly – thanks to the Ark of E for hosting our Podcast and giving us a platform to allow others to enjoy this art.

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Season 1 – Episode 5: Trust

Host Ben Pruitt discusses Trust with his guest…

Show Notes:

We talk about Trust in this episode with Whitney Kahn – Leadership 16 Teacher on the mountain and served as an advisor for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Leaders Club for 12 years.

Songs –

Trust In Me, Etta James: At Last!, Etta James

Take Care ft. Rihanna, Drake: Take Care (Deluxe Edition), Drake

The version included in this vespers is the acoustic cover

Stand By You, Rachel Platten

The version included in this vespers is the acoustic cover

Acknowledgments –

As always – a huge thank you to Blue Ridge Leaders School for inspiring this podcast. I want to thank Ben Gant for his creativity and graphic design. A huge thank you to everyone for submitting a Vespers to the project, and especially to Jason Wykoff for being a friend and for allowing me to learn and grow through his friendship. Lastly – thanks to the Ark of E for hosting our Podcast and giving us a platform to allow others to enjoy this art.

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Season 1 – Episode 4: Caring

Host Ben Pruitt discusses Caring with his guest…

Show Notes:

Songs –

Maybe IDK, Jon Bellion: The Human Condition, Jon Bellion

Count On Me, Bruno Mars: Doo-Wops & Hooligans, Bruno Mars

(This version performed by KenYOfficial)

Angels, Khalid; American Teen, Khalid

Quotes & Inspiration –

The Five Love Languages, Gary Chapman


“If I could give you one thing in life, I would give you the ability to see yourself through my eyes, only then would you realize how special you are to me.”

– Frida Kahlo

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Season 1 – Episode 3: Patriotism

Host Ben Pruitt discusses Patriotism with his guest…

Show Notes:

Songs –

Here We Go…Motivated, US Army Rangers

TedTalk on Extreme Ownership, by Jocko Willink

Patriots, Earth Essence

Brother, Kodaline

Quotes and Inspiration –

“What’s in a life without Camaraderie? For setting sail on a ship with a band of merry brothers by your side is much more gratifying than drifting aimlessly on a boat lost alone at sea.” –  Saim Cheeda

Braving the Wilderness – Brene Brown

“To serve one another humbly in love” – Galatians 5:13

Acknowledgments –

As always – a huge thank you to Blue Ridge Leaders School for inspiring this podcast. I want to thank Ben Gant for his creativity and graphic design. A huge thank you to everyone for submitting a Vespers to the project, and especially to Jason Wykoff for being a friend and for allowing me to learn and grow through his friendship. Lastly – thanks to the Ark of E for hosting our Podcast and giving us a platform to allow others to enjoy this art.

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Season 1 – Episode 2: Light

Host Ben Pruitt discusses Light with his guest…

Show Notes:

Songs –

You Will Be Found, Dear Evan Hansen: Benj Pasek and Justin Paul; Sung by Grace Tate

Brother, NeedtoBreathe: NeedtoBreathe

Sky Full of Stars, Coldplay: Ghost Stories, Coldplay

Searchlight, Philip Phillips: Behind the Light, Phillip Phillips

My Wish, Rascal Flatts: Me and My Gang, Rascal Flatts

Quotes & Inspiration –

Bible – Matthew 5:14

“You are the light of the world. A city upon a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do 12  people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine…”

Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles

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“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?…”

Acknowledgments –

As always – a huge thank you to Blue Ridge Leaders School for inspiring this podcast. I want to thank Ben Gant for his creativity and graphic design. A huge thank you to everyone for submitting a Vespers to the project, and especially to Jason Wykoff for being a friend and for allowing me to learn and grow through his friendship. Lastly – thanks to the Ark of E for hosting our Podcast and giving us a platform to allow others to enjoy this art.

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Season 1 – Episode 1: Love

Host Ben Pruitt introduces you to The Power of Vespers…

Show Notes:

Songs –

Love Is a Verb, John Mayer: Born and Raised, John Mayer

While My Guitar Gently Weeps, The Beatles: Across the Universe, Martin Luther McCoy

Lovable, Jonathan Reid Gealt: Thirteen Stories Down, Alysha Umphress

Can You Feel the Love Tonight?, Elton John (Instrumental)

Quotes & Inspiration –

Bell Hooks, All About Love: New Visions

“Individuals who want to believe that there is no fulfillment in love, that true love does not exist, cling to these assumptions because this despair is actually easier to face than the reality that love is a real fact of life but is absent from their lives.”

“The practice of love offers no place of safety. We risk loss, hurt, pain. We risk being acted upon by forces outside our control.”

“If you do not know what you feel, then it is difficult to choose love; it is better to fall. Then you do not have to be responsible for your actions.”

“To begin by always thinking of love as an action rather than a feeling is one way in which anyone using the word in this manner automatically assumes accountability and responsibility.”

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Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles

“Love is the essential existential fact. It is our ultimate reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life.”
“Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we have learned here. The spiritual journey is the relinquishment—or unlearning—of fear and the acceptance of love back into our hearts. Love is the essential existential fact. It is our ultimate reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life.”

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Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

“We accept the love we think we deserve.”

Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection

“We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known, and when we honor the spiritual connection that grows from that offering with trust, respect, kindness and affection.
Love is not something we give or get; it is something that we nurture and grow, a connection that can only be cultivated between two people when it exists within each one of them – we can only love others as much as we love ourselves.

Shame, blame, disrespect, betrayal, and the withholding of affection damage the roots from which love grows. Love can only survive these injuries if they are acknowledged, healed and rare.”

https://brenebrown.com

Acknowledgments –

As always – a huge thank you to Blue Ridge Leaders School for inspiring this podcast. I want to thank Ben Gant for his creativity and graphic design. A huge thank you to everyone for submitting a Vespers to the project, and especially to Jason Wykoff for being a friend and for allowing me to learn and grow through his friendship. Lastly – thanks to the Ark of E for hosting our Podcast and giving us a platform to allow others to enjoy this art.