Sunday, August 14, 2011

Praise and Worship

by Anita Mae Draper

1 Praise the LORD.

Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens.
2 Praise him for his acts of power;
praise him for his surpassing greatness.
3 Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
praise him with the harp and lyre,
4 praise him with timbrel and dancing,
praise him with the strings and pipe,
5 praise him with the clash of cymbals,
praise him with resounding cymbals.
6 Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.
Praise the LORD.  Psalm 150

I thought I'd change it up today and instead of having you read words, I'm posting some music videos taken at our small, 50 member church. So sit back and listen to the words and music as members of the Church on the Hill in Glenavon, Saskatchewan praise and worship the only living God.

In this first one, my husband Nelson is accompanying our son, Nick on vocals and our daughter, Jessie on piano. Last night Nick arrived back in Canada after a 2 week Street Invaders mission trip to Cape Town, South Africa. Jessie attends Rocky Mountain Bible College in Calgary, Alberta, but whenever she's in town, she helps her dad and brother lead worship.

So here's Jessie, Nick and Nelson Draper leading worship with Lead Me To The Cross.

Another family who often leads worship is The Keller's, made up of Richard and Lorette along with their son, Clayton.

In this music video, The Keller's lead worship with Beauty For Ashes.

Finally, I have a 35 second clip of Dianne, our pastor's wife. This clip is short due to technical difficulty while I was learning how to use my new camera, but the words are so powerful they stay with me for hours after I hear them.

Here's Dianne Bonk as she leads us with How Great is Our God.

I've created a GlenavonChurch YouTube channel for all the videos I make at church. It has more than what's listed here including several from Joey Theriault, a friend from Wolseley, Saskatchewan who blessed us with his unique country gospel sound earlier this year.

So pick a video, sit back, and let the soothing sounds of praise and worship bless you. And please ignore any dischords or off key notes. The families above are made up of students, farmers and oil workers. Not a professional musician in the bunch.

Have a blessed Sunday.


Anita Mae Draper is retired from the Canadian Armed Forces and lives on the prairie of southeast Saskatchewan, Canada with her hubby of 30 plus years and 2 of their 4 kids. She writes stories set on the prairies of Saskatchewan, North Dakota, Montana and Wyoming. Anita Mae has semi-finaled in the Historical Romance category of the ACFW's 2011 Genesis contest and finaled in the Inspirational category of the 2011 Daphne du Maurier, the 2011 Fool for Love, the 2011 Duel on the Delta and 2009 Linda Howard Award of Excellence contests. You can find her at


  1. Thanks, Anita! What a treat. I am blessed by the fellowship and worship evident in these videos.

    I love watching your family, too. :)

  2. Thanks for letting me know, ladies. I appreciate it.

    Now, if we can only get Niki to post videos of her family doing worship. :)

  3. Nice. I love the song "Lead Me to the Cross."

  4. Me too, Dina. One thing I noticed while making these is that the sound quality isn't that great.

    JJ works the computer for the overheads and the sound board, but the latter is old. Plus Jessis is about the only one who uses her mic to advantage. The rest seem to stand too far away - several inches make a huge difference in sound quality in this business.

    The problem is that it's hard to make out the words sometimes. I've thought of adding them to the bottom of the screen as captions, but my software isn't advanced enough to keep it on track.

    I pray the ones who need to hear the words will hear it regardless of the equipment.


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