One of my highlights last year was North Side Worship’s Overcome project. More than a simple album recording, our worship team really worked over and beyond to encourage those who were going through. As we put together a 16-song album (15 originals) full of hopeful themes, we prayed that it would be encouraging to many people.
Just recently, I got a note from a church member who has had a difficult year. That’s an understatement, it’s been downright awful. She sent me a letter and told me that she had listened to that CD every day of the last year and how it had reminded her over and over that she would overcome.
Mission accomplished! That’s what our prayer was for the project. In fact, the album artwork was more than a simple design. We had spent a Sunday morning filling out prayer cards by completing this sentence, “God, if you would only…” As we lined the stage with those cards, our staff prayed over them that entire week. The hurt in our congregation was staggering. As we prayed, I decided to use our prayer cards for another purpose. Check out the video below to see what we did with them (if you can’t see the video, go here):
When we did our album release, we used this video as an opener to the worship event. You might have noticed my pacing because I was going back and forth trying to help with the design and also Woody was recording keyboard parts for the album. As we got started, I told Jessica to turn the video camera on because I was sure we could use it for something one day.
The word is made up from those prayer cards, and whenever I look at the artwork, I remember to pray for those going through, and I pray that the Overcome worship project is still a blessing to so many of you who need hope!