By Amber Hunter Jesse
Here's a song I wrote called "On the Mount."
What can I say? I feel genuinely thankful to get to share this today.
It's a small thing with a lot of love poured into it... It's rooted in a bigger story.
I wrote this song roughly twelve years ago, by a little pond in Alaska. I paraphrased the Beatitudes, the blessing taught by Jesus, and put them to music.
A couple years later, my friend Danny led a study on the Sermon on the Mount. Several friends started meeting every week for 5 months. We went phrase by phrase, trying to grasp this otherworldly, and heart-enthralling Love that is expressed in the Kingdom of God.
Since then, this little network of friends has expanded and continues to seek out the treasures of Jesus.
Thank you Matt for creating this music video.
Thanks so much to all the friends who are in it!
Thank you Richard for your mixing/mastering skills.
Thanks Justan for the beat.
Thank you, Ryan, for encouraging me to reach out for help.
And thank you Apprenticeship to Jesus (A2J) for covering the recording costs.
This makes me wonder what other kinds of creative collaborations are possible, for the sake of Love.
Even more than sharing songs, I really desire to find creative ways to live out the Sermon on the Mount!
If you're encouraged by this, would you consider sharing it with a friend?
Peace to you!
Amber Hunter Jesse
Download song here
Hello friends near and far!
Can we share a song with you? It's called "Rejoice!"
This is a song we've sung together as a community for many years. It takes me back to our Friday morning worship jams. Friends, neighbors and people just walking by from the local shelter would crowd into our little A2J prayer house, and we'd all sing this one out with a lot of joy.
I hope one day we'll get to record a big group of us singing it together!
In the meantime, a few of us came together with voices and instruments to create this version. Thanks especially to Matt Linderman on mandolin, percussion and backup vocals and Richard Lam who played guitar as well as mixing, mastering and beautifying the recording with his engineering and
You can download a free copy here: https://amberhunter.bandcamp.com/track/rejoice
Hope it blesses your heart, and you're able to sing along!
Amber Hunter Jesse
Hi friends of A2J!
Amber here again with another song to share! :D
Nearly a decade ago, Danny led us through an in-depth study on the Sermon on the Mount. Around that time, I wrote this song called "Look at the Son!" Thanks to our very talented friend and producer Richard Lam, we were finally able to get it recorded. Justan and I also attempted our first music video using my iPhone. :)
We hope this song will shine some light today!
By Amber Hunter
Hi friends! I'd like to share a song I've written called Wounded Healer. Jesus is the ultimate wounded healer. He was wounded to bring healing to our broken hearts, and he has this beautiful way of transforming our wounds and painful stories into healing for others.
“Nobody escapes being wounded. We are all wounded people, whether physically, emotionally, mentally, or spiritually. The main question is not, 'How can we hide our wounds?' so we don't have to be embarrassed, but 'How can we put our woundedness in the service of others?' When our wounds cease to be a source of shame, and become a source of healing, we have become wounded healers." -Henri Nouwen
"He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed." (Isaiah 53:3-5 about the coming Messiah, Jesus)
by Amber Hunter
I’m a tortured soul, and I don’t rest easy
I’m an aching soul, and I can’t find relief
I’m a beating heart, and I get this feeling
I’m a bleeding heart, and I hurt for healing
come Wounded Healer, calm and quiet me
I am a desert dry, you have turned out the light
this is the season of my soul
will you remind me stars are brighter in the night
and I’ll be purified like gold
hold me like a child to your chest, let me rest