A number of years ago we came across a remarkably inspired prayer. Roger Ellis (Christian teacher, leader and author) was due to speak at a national worship conference and in an unplanned way started praying. Thankfully, the tape recorder was running at the time and so we were able to re-create the prayer that he prayed. We then developed a soundtrack around the prayer, adding in orchestral elements and a sung section towards the end of the track.
About a year back AlcanzArte Danza from Chile approached us and said that after listening to the prayer they felt inspired to choreograph a dance on it. They then filmed the whole thing in high-definition on location near Santiago, and edited it over in Chile. So here it is, I hope that you find it uplifting, and that the pray moves you and inspires you to great things for God and His Kingdom…
One of the very first prayerscapes tracks that we were asked to create was for a celebration meeting for our church (Revelation Church, Chichester). The brief was to devise a soundscape that narrated the passion of Christ (from Matthew 27:27-54), and then relate it in some way to our lives now (that’s where the quote from Hebews 12:2-3 comes in), followed by some meditational music for personal reflection etc.
Two or three years later, we revisited this track and shot a film around it, featuring Paul Makinson as Jesus, and other contacts helping us out with acting and technical roles. This became “The Passion” film, and has since been used in a number of church meetings and contexts. Here it is on Youtube:-
This is the first prayerscapes video that we ever made! It was filmed on location at the Witterings beach and Tangmere, near Chichester. The film short is set to a soundtrack entitled “Feel My Heartbeat”, and explores the nature of God’s extraordinary love. The reading is taken from 1 Corinthians 13, perhaps one of the best known chapters in the bible. (This scripture is often quoted at weddings). It has a contemporary twist, quoting from “The Message” version of the bible. Most of the footage was shot on an extremely cold January morning, and although it maybe doesn’t look it, the actors in the film were pretty much frozen to the spot by the time we had finished filming!
This film can now be downloaded for free in high resolution by calling in at the worship video page at prayerscapes.
Here it is in low res at youtube:-
Here’s a new prayerscapes track that we’ve been working on and off on for the past year or so. It’s entitled “Disturb Us Lord”, and is based on a prayer attributed to Sir Francis Drake, (also called “Disturb Us Lord”, surprise,surprise!). I like this prayer so much because it’s about risk – about going further and letting go of securities. Challenging stuff!
The music is based on a motif played and composed by Matthew Evans on the Uilleann pipes, and then we developed this idea, adding harmony and percussion, and other melodic elements. A team of local dancers led by Charlie Rankin then choreographed a dance to the prayer. This was then lit and filmed, and later edited here in Chichester. If you’re someone involved in leading worship, it’s possible to use this track as video for people to reflect on, and then go straight into “Be Thou My Vision” as they are both in the key of “D major” and run at about the same speed.
For those who would like to reflect a little more on the prayer, here it is in text form:-
Disturb us, Lord, when We are too well pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we have dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.
Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.
Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wider seas
Where storms will show your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.
We ask You to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push into the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.
(a prayer attributed to Sir Francis Drake ~1577)
I thought I might kick-off a new series of posts about short films that either I’ve worked on in the past, or am currently working on. Here’s one that we released on youtube at the beginning of the year, based on the Lords Prayer. It was filmed in downtown New York by Shaun Wilson, and so lends a gritty, urban feel to the prayer. We then edited it over here in England.
Sometime ago now Pete Grieg (of 24/7 prayer) asked us if we could write a piece of music around the Lords Prayer. He had this great idea – why not have this great prayer prayed in many languages? This was cool because it reflects the idea that “Our Father” really is father for all, and that, regardless of tribe or culture we can all come to him.
Here’s a challenge for life in the modern world. Been reading those words again by Paul about love in 1 corinthians 13 . These are really precious words you know. Makes me think about what motivates me – am I doing something just to please others, or satisfy myself, or because of love, pure love which is only found in God . 1 Corinthians 13 is a great site for uncovering the deeper meaning to this passage – has lots of versions, and also commentaries by the likes of Matthew Henry and Alexander MacLaren. As Paul says “know we see in a mirror, dimly” – this helps me to get a perspective on life. When I think I’ve everything sus’d. When I think I know it all. When I think I should know the answers. The reality is that in life at the moment we only ever see a glimpse of eternity, and that means for me staying humble, keeping real (with God and others) and seeking to love in each corner of my life.
Well, here’s a dilemma. I need a new printer…. actually that’s not entirely accurate…I’d like a new printer. Anyway, I can justify a new printer on the grounds that it’s for “business use”.
Well, the dilema is.. spend a hundred pounds or so on a nice one, or ….hmmmm… a lot more on a really nice one.. we’re taking touchscreen , 4 in 1, wireless….all the bells and whistles like this HP C8180 here at ebuyer…
Tempting… however, it carries a price tag of £262, and that’s about the cheapest I kind find at the mo.
So, I think I need to think about it a bit first.