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Hidden Gem: “Shine Your Light”

Shine Your Light by The Work of the People is very much the epitome of a hidden gem. Not only is it an older video, but it could easily get buried just in the pile of work that The Work of the People (TWOP) have produced over the years.

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TWOP have been around the church media world for quite some time and are easily one of the most prolific producers we’ve seen. They are also very unique in their style and approach to Christian media. The gritty and raw quality of their films, paired with the stark realism of their storytelling, makes for a body of work that is exceptional at driving home a point and moving viewers to a place of action.

If your not familiar with TWOP, Shine Your Light is a great entry point to their work. The film takes on a reflective mood and is set to the song “Shine Your Light on Us” by the Robbie Seay Band. This video would be perfect for a missions or reflection type of service. At just under seven minutes, it is a bit longer than most videos on our site, but it’s well worth checking out.

If you’re interested in seeing the lighter side of TWOP, check out one of my new personal favorites, Jimmy Meerkat; though, I will warn you that their sense of humor may not be shared by everyone. Even so, as the most commented on video on our site, it too is worth a couple of minutes.

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Hidden Gem: “Nativity Story”

Ok, so maybe this mini-movie isn’t quite a hidden gem (currently the #10 best seller on WHM), but it has been on the site for a while and might just be useful in a new way. Nativity Story by Shift Worship is a wonderfully simple Christmas mini-movie. A white line on a black background traces scenes from the nativity story. The continuously flowing nature of the video, paired with the beautifully arranged piano soundtrack, creates a very calm and reflective mood — one that I’m sure is very welcoming during the busy season.

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While, this video certainly works great as a sermon or worship intro, I’ve recently seen it used in a new and inventive way. Stephen Proctor of worshipVJ.com has talked about using this and another piece from Shift Worship, Easter Drawing, as motion backgrounds. I think because of the simplicity of these two mini-movies, they do well not to distract but to add to the worship experience. I could see the nativity story being used quite well as a background for several traditional Christmas songs that together tell the story of the nativity.

If you don’t own Nativity Story, you should certainly check it out, and if you do own it, try using it as a motion background this year. Also be sure to check out Shift Worship’s newest Christmas piece, Christmas Really Happened and all their other top-notch media.

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Hidden Gem: “Lonely People”

Everyone seems to have at least a few pieces of media (whether it be songs, movies, tv shows, etc.) that you could watch over and over again; somehow that particular piece doesn’t loose its meaning for you. This week’s hidden gem is just that for me, as far as church media goes.

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Igniter Media released Lonely People on its third volume of Igniter Videos. Even though they’ve released five volumes of videos since then, Lonely People continues to be one of my favorites. Set to the well-known song of the same name by Jars of Clay, this video certainly tugs at the heart-strings. As the viewer is introduced to a series of seemingly normal people, we soon find out that on the inside they are all quite lonely for a variety of reasons. Ultimately, we are reminded of the powerful truth that God has overcome this world that is filled with hurt, pain and lonliness.

Lonely People is a mini-movie that could be utilized any time of year, and would do well to introduce a talk on compassion, evangelism, community or even a small group setting where each person could ask themselves where they feel lonely. Take a look, and if this doesn’t fit your upcoming message, check out the many other best-selling videos from Igniter Media.

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Hidden Gem: “Be Still”

This week’s Hidden Gem is a short and to-the-point mini-movie by Visual Reality, entitled Be Still.

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This video is very simple, but I think it does a great job of accomplishing its goal. Using black and red text on a white background and only a single “shhh” sound at the beginning, this video serves to calm your congregation. They are encouraged to stop what their doing and rest in God.

With the holiday season growing ever nearer, this might work well as a service starter. Before worship, announcements or even the welcome, you could play this video to help usher your body into a mindset of worship and peace.

Lastly, Visual reality has made two other versions, one of which might be a better fit for your particular application. Check out the Christmas version and the student version.

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Hidden Gem: “Creation vs. Evolution: Fossil Faith”

Hey everyone!  I’m Mo, and for the foreseeable future, I’m going to be doing a weekly post on the WorshipHouse Blog.  In my time here at WHM, I’ve noticed how much everyone likes the latest and greatest of our church media offerings. While we love that you are able to use the outstanding, new pieces that our producers continue to create, there are many solid videos that have been on our site for a while and seem to have become buried, out of plain sight.  My goal each week is to highlight one of these “hidden gems” in order to give you and your church even more quality resource ideas and to encourage you to do a little digging yourself.

This week, I want to start off with a mini-movie from The Veracity Project, entitled Creation vs. Evolution: Fossil Faith.

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In general, I prefer to steer clear of parodies, especially ones that have been done several times.  While clearly written and produced in the same style as the Mac vs. PC commercials, I found this mini-movie to be smart, funny and even somewhat fresh.  I know many people have attempted this type of video, but I think because of the high production value, quality script and good acting, all three mini-movies in this series still work quite well.  They take a light-hearted approach to a spiritually and intellectually deep topic.  Any one of these three videos (or all three, if you’re so inclined) would work very well as a short intro to a sermon on creation and evolution.

Take a look at Creation vs. Evolution: Fossil Faith and let me know what you think. While you’re at it, be sure to check out all the other media that The Veracity Project has to offer.

See you next week!

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