Sing to the Lord a New Song! His praise from the ends of the earth!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! It is with great joy and a full heart that I write this end-of-year blog post to you: my friends, family, supporters, and the myriad network of artists, musicians, worshipers, pastors, and teachers both local and abroad. I am so grateful for each and every one of you!
2017 was a year of going low and going local. After coming off of the mountaintop experience of the Night of Hope and Reconciliation: For the City, Through the Arts (2016), I felt a real call to pour into the artists and songwriters at the local church where I work part time as Worship Director (visit our new worship ministries website here)! I was surprised to discover 15+ proficient & budding writers in our mid-sized church (we are NOT your local megachurch!) who were ready to run with this together. My heart has been to encourage the release of the song-of-the-Lord in this season for our body and for our community. Be looking ahead for an upcoming night of “Songs Arising From The Church” in 2018 where we will celebrate the release of this new song!
2017 also brought the privilege of putting on two concerts with local artist Cari Shipp (flute) to benefit The Adult Learning Center of Charlottesville (a local organization where Cari volunteered) and also a fusion concert: SONOSYNTHESIS to benefit IMPACT CVILLE, a local organization that empowers the faith community to work together for justice in our region. Both of these concerts were a great success, SONOSYNTHESIS a sold out show! It was our honor to give generously to these two local organizations who are serving our community.
I’ve also dedicated much of my time to pouring into the next generation of worship leaders, musicians, and artists. One of the biggest things I craved as I was being formed as a young artist was a mentor - someone to shepherd me through the process of finding my voice. My heart for this next generation is that they might receive the encouragement they need in their gifts and be equipped & unleashed for Kingdom work.
“… until I declare Your strength to this generation and Your power to all who are to come …”
Other highlights of 2017: Presenter at World Vision, DC., a lovely family vacay to France!, serving alongside / partnering with other local churches at worship events, writing with local worship leaders, and finding strength in the Lord when faced with great discouragement.
Friends, I am more and more convicted that we are to use the gifts that have been given to us for the good and healing of our communities, the world, and beyond. In closing, I want to encourage each and every one of YOU that the world needs the gifts of God in you. Don't give up. Don’t quit. Don’t let discouragement and disappointment write your stories. Rise up in faith and BE who you were meant to be. The world needs the gifts of God in you!
Here are a few videos that might serve as an encouragement to you as you look ahead to this next year:
HIGHLIGHTS: from A Night of Hope and Reconciliation
NEW MUSIC! Here’s a glimpse of some new music captured in rehearsal for a local “Celtic Night of Worship’ at another local church this past year.
Awaken the Dawn
Prepare Ye the Way
Be looking for new music releases from me in 2018!
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“He has put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God!”