You Raise Me Up

We all have dreams – dreams of being happy, accomplished, and successful. Dreams of creating a life of meaning and relevance.  For many, their dreams include the challenge of answering a call from God to use their gifts in an exciting life in the performing arts.

What if…
you were told for years that you had a remarkable gift, a talent that could put you on some of the most prestigious stages in the world?

What if….
you spent your entire adult life and the majority of your income developing that talent, you committed your ability to God and had spiritual leaders confirm that God had a special plan, a specific calling for your life?

What if…
the dream started to become reality, you were performing on some of those prestigious stages in the world, a film had been made about you and you were starting to book international engagements?

What if…
all your hopes and expectations were suddenly and inexplicably ripped away, leaving you traumatized and in a crisis of faith, believing that your life’s work had been nothing but a meaningless waste?

How would you feel?  How would you view an ability that now seemed like a curse?  What would you say to your loved ones, your colleagues…yourself?  What would you say to God?  How would your profound disappointment transform your relationship with God?

Marcia Whitehead is an artist that has lived that story and asked those questions.

“You Raise Me Up” is Marcia’s story told in story, testimony, film and song.  It is a story of aspiration and dreams; a story of disappointment and despair. It is a story about the faithfulness of God to keep his promises even when all seems lost and a story about new beginnings for broken souls. It is the story of hope restored and dreams reborn through the power of God’s sovereign will.

It is Marcia’s story . . . perhaps it is your story as well.

You Raise Me Up is 50-minutes in length and designed to fit into a worship service setting. The presentation can be easily expanded for special events by screening the entire 30-minute film and including additional stories and musical selections.

*    Screened excerpts from Laundry and Tosca 

*    Story and Testimony from Marcia Whitehead

*    Three musical selections, including You’ll Never Walk Alone, Give Me Jesus and You Raise Me Up

Music Sample:

        “You Raise Me Up” 

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Responses to the Presentation:

Read Marcia’s blog post from June 2, 2015 entitled “But All I Did Was Tell  My Story” regarding the surprising impact You Raise Me Up has had on congregation members.

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