One of my great joys this year has been starting a songwriter’s group at the local church where I serve as worship director. My heart in this has been to encourage the release of the song-of-the-Lord in this season for our body and for our community. I was surprised to discover 15+ proficient & budding writers in our mid-sized church who were ready to run with this together! I truly believe there is a ‘new song’ rising in our midst, and this release of the song-of-the-Lord is about to be birthed as we continue to nurture this gift in one another. This sound clip of the chorus to ‘Cast Our Crowns’ is my early response to honor the Lord in what He is bringing forth in this new season of release.
I have been in an intensive season of listening and writing and I wanted to share a little bit of that process with you! This means that I will be sharing a few demos, a few songs-of-the-Lord that have been stirring in intensity over these last months, songs that will change & blossom as we ‘work them out’ with the gifts afforded to us. I am incredibly grateful to be in a season of life where I am able to really pour into writing, recording, and producing (which entails hours of listening, nurturing, faith, and boldness)! Here is a short write-up of this first demo I’m sharing this week.
'Live’ video footage of “Help Me” from our Night of Hope and Reconciliation: For the City, Through the Arts
I am so glad to finally share this video of my song “Help Me,” filmed live during our Night of Hope and Reconciliation: For the City, Through the Arts. To work with so many musicians, singers, and artists from our city was (and is!) one of my greatest joys. In this video you’ll see beautiful choreography by Lauren Stonestreet (in collaboration with dancers from The Farm House), children’s choir Higher Voices, a community choir, and community strings performing on one of the most personal songs I’ve ever written from Psalm 91. Many thanks to dancers Rebecca Lee (solo), Sarah MIcoch, Lauren Stonestreet, and Linnea White who captured the heart and depth of this song in their choreography and presentation. Many thanks also to Caleb Gritsko and Matt Bernstein for the filming and editing. I am so very very blessed to be sharing this with you!
* a description about the choreography is included in the “Show More” section of the video.
Help Me Help me, Help me I don’t want to be manipulated by a personality Help me, Help me Don’t want to be catapulted into a false reality Help me, Help me It has to be You .... Jesus
Help me, Help me As the arrows fly by day As the terrors come my way Oh help me, Help me Though ten thousand fall by my side I’ll see with my own eyes how You’ll Help me, Help me I’m crying out to You You are my fortress Jesus
I will rest in You, find shelter from the storm I will rest in the shadow of Almighty I will rest in You, find shelter from the storm I will rest in the shadow of You ... Jesus
I’ve started putting together a songbook of some of my songs we’ve been doing lately and I wanted to make some of them available to you! It has been such a blessing to see other folks lead these songs and worship with them in our local church. Some are simple worship songs / choruses that are easy to put together with a band. Others are more involved (with layered vocal and string arrangements, etc). I wanted to make these available to you, my listeners and friends, so that you can take them into your homes and into your places of worship to stir your hearts with new music and expressions of worship. Enjoy!