Video of the Week: Great is thy Faithfulness

Here's another great traditional hymn that has had some new life added to it.  This more contemporary spin of "Great is thy Faithfulness" by Israel Houghton and New Breed is simple but very effective and will work nicely in both blended and contemporary worship settings.  It also doesn't hurt that this is one of my favorite hymns.  Enjoy!  


Quote of the Week: "You don't have to..."

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step.” 
Martin Luther King, Jr.


Music Ministry Video Resume

I mentioned in the last installment of my Music Job Search Series that it was extremely important for you to have video and audio recordings of your work to add to your resume when applying for positions.  I also shared that I had fallen short in this department and was working on a solution. 

I recently applied for a music ministry position where they asked me to submit audio or video of what I thought was my best work and it had to be under 15 minutes.  I don't have any video of myself leading worship yet so that option was out.  I decided to share a few of my best live recorded songs from worship services from the last few months and a couple of recent prayers that I had written and shared in worship.  I also had some photos that I had taken in and around the church over the last year and a few shots of me leading worship and song.  All of these elements are needed for a successful audio recording turned video transformation. 

It took some trial and error with Picasa, the help of my husband and the open source program Audacity to get a finished music ministry video resume that I could be proud to share.  There are a few things I want to try out for future videos before I write up a how-to.  So, until then enjoy my very first Music Ministry Audio Resume!

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My name is Emily Elliott and I'm passionate about sharing music with people of all ages. I'm a professional musician, instructor, director and worship leader with 10+ years of experience equipping individuals, choirs and ensembles with the skills needed for music excellence.

I am called to enrich people's lives with music and the arts while helping to foster and strengthen personal relationships with God through dynamic worship and fellowship.

This video is a compilation of live worship music, original prayers, and photos I have taken over the past year. Enjoy!

Find me on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/EmilyElliottMusic

Check out my blog! http://elliottmusicstudio.blogspot.com

YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/Elliottmusicstudio?feature=mhee


Video of the Week: Michael Card - El Shaddai

This month's sermon series at One Spirit UMC is all about some of the bible superheros of the old testament: Gideon, Samson, Ruth & Noah.  Armed with scriptures to go with each of these heroes it was my task to pick the worship music for our praise band.  I decided to look at more traditional hymns that had been recently recorded with contemporary arrangements as well as songs that seemed to speak to the themes of the old testament.  The first song that came to mind was Michael Card's "El Shaddai".

I found an arrangement that had been recorded by Amy Grant a few years ago in a WOW Worship Songbook so that was my starting point for putting together an arrangement for piano, bass guitar, electric guitar and vocals.  I am looking forward to sharing it in worship in the next couple weeks.

This week's "Video of the Week" is Michael Card sharing this beautiful and poignant song, "El Shaddai".  Enjoy! 

Scribbling in the Sand: The Best of Michael Card (2002)


Quote of the Week: "There are too many people..."

“There are too many people praying for the mountains of difficulty to be removed, when what they really need is the courage to climb them.” 
– Raili A. Jeffery


Video of the Week: "New Doxology" a Song Story

I have enjoyed listening to several of the Sunday Moment videos at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam recently.  They have given me some great set ideas for contemporary worship and have lifted my spirit.  During one of these great videos I was introduced to Thomas Miller's song "New Doxology" from Gateway Worship's latest album, "Wake Up The World."   I have missed singing the more traditional doxology in worship and couldn't wait to get my hands on the music for this one.  We will be introducing this song to our congregation as special music this July. 

Enjoy Thomas Miller's commentary on his new song "New Doxology".


Quote of the Week: "Nobody can go back and..."

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”
Maria Robinson


Prayers and Songs: Sunday, June 5, 2011

Prayers and songs for worship this week:

"Cry of My Heart" by Terry Butler

It is Great to be in the house of the Lord this morning!  Amen!  To God be the glory this day and everyday for we are a blessed people in Christ Jesus!

"Friend of God" by Michael Gungor and Israel Houghton

Living God, you show us the path of life, the fullness of joy in your presence.  In following you we chose to love and never to harden our hearts.  Even when our way seems dark and full of trouble, one way forward always remains open, the way of trust and faith.  We trust and have faith in you O, God!

"In the Secret" by Andy Park

"Grace Alone" by  Scott Wesley Brown / Jeff Nelson
arranged for Piano and Praise Band by Jeff Nelson

"All I Need is You" by Dan Adler

"My Life is in You, Lord" by Daniel Gardner

Contemporary worship music selections and original prayers written by Emily Elliott for worship this week at One Spirit United Methodist Church in Kansas City, MO


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