About Eine Kleine Worship Music
Jeremiah tells us that God knew us before we were formed in the womb and that God consecrated us before we were born. (Jeremiah 1:5) Jeremiah describes how difficult it became for him to ignore God's plan for him, saying that inside of him, he felt something like a burning fire shut up in his bones. He said, "I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot." (20:9).
And so it goes with me. In years of introspection, I tried to discern what God knows me to be and calls me to be. And as I spent a week in the desert in silent retreat, I grew frustrated; for it seemed that the more I tried to lose the distractions and take on a stance of contemplation, the more distinctive the music in my head became - a continuous, relentless loop of song. I shouted at God, "Please, stop the noise in my head so that I can hear you!" To which God replied, "I'm singing as loud as I can!" And then I heard it. I saw it. I felt it. Like a burning fire shut up in my bones. I am overcome with a passion for worship music that compels me to pursue it with all that I am. I feel that God wants to use me to spread His word and His promise for renewed life through song and ministry to His people. I am His musicianary.
While in the desert, I committed myself to God's calling and stepped out in unconditional faith. It has meant, for me, some significant changes from the life I had made for myself - leaving my "successful" life in the eyes of the world, working as an attorney with a prestigious law firm, to step out from that security and into the unknown. But, as the words were so eloquently spoken by my dear friend and mentor, Nancy: God does not call us to be successful; God calls us to be faithful.
When God called Jeremiah to be a prophet, Jeremiah responded that he was only a boy and did not know how to speak. God gently scolded Jeremiah: "Do not say, 'I am only a boy'; for you shall go to all to whom I send you, and you shall speak whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you." (Jeremiah 1:6-8) Although I have had many "Jeremiah moments" - questioning God's call of me and my ability to carry it out, I am reminded in faith that God will provide for me all that I need. God has affirmed me and my commitment to this path in so many amazing ways that I can't help but stick with it. I have a story to tell, and I'll gladly share it with all who are curious, doubtful, intrigued, lost, found.
I have been in worship leadership for over 25 years through choral singing, conducting, and as featured soloist in traditional, contemporary, and contemplative (Taize-style) faith-based music. I have led music in worship regularly since I was 15, and, for the
first 6 years after their creation, I served as the weekly song leader for the contemporary service at First Presbyterian Church of Austin, Texas (where I
was ordained as an Elder) and the lead vocalist and
also later a guitarist for the monthly Wholeness Service (a Taize service). In
recent years, my travels have taken me to Florida,
Georgia, and throughout Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas,
where I've been blessed to lead congregations in
worship and music and to consult and instruct other congregations about contemplative
and contemporary worship music. My experience includes
designing and leading workshops, worship, and music for the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary Centennial Worship Service, the Southwestern Texas Senior High Synod Youth Gathering (a Lutheran youth summit),
numerous conferences at Mo Ranch Conference Center,
(including programs designed for college students,
women, and senior adults), and providing music for a video prepared for Texas United Methodist Womens Legislative Event presented by Texas Impact.
Eine Kleine Worship Music The Name:
So many folks have asked, "what's with the 'Eine Kleine'?" Well, it's a good question. Eine Kleine is German for "a little". So, we have here, a little worship music, and a pretty clever play on my name, don't you think?
Eine Kleine Worship Music The Purpose:
EKWM is an extension of my music ministry.
It is the independent label through which I have
released two CDs and have published lead sheets for the music I have composed that I share with congregations, audiences, retreat goers, and the like, both in live concerts and worship settings, and through my compact disc(s). The
CDs are available for purchase through the
Contact Jennifer if you are interested in the