New Release – Single – “Arise and Shine”

As I sat at the kitchen table, I gazed through the french doors into the backyard beyond.  Hannah and her friends Leigh and Christopher were trying to fit on the seat of the swing together – they looked like a passel of wiggling puppies, competing for space.  At four years old, Hannah exuded the sly sweetness of a child who knew that everyone around her adored her.  At twenty five years old, I was working as a nanny in my neighborhood, settled into my life as a single mum, wondering about the future.

The night before, I had one of THOSE dreams, the kind that left me branded in the morning with it’s crystal clarity and mysterious purpose.

In my dream, I saw all manner of little streams, winding, wandering and weaving themselves together into a large river.  A very large river that formed a massive floodplain, as far as the eye could see.  Then on the floodplain I saw the outlines of a cityscape.  Was it Toronto, where I was presently residing?  Not sure.  But as I gazed at the city, slowly the sun began to rise behind it, silhouetting the buildings and surrounding them with gradual but ever increasing light.

In the ensuing fifteen years (there – now you all know how old I am!), I’ve held that vision before me like a compass, orienting my life and ministry.  It has led me to my work with GOHOP, laboring in prayer for and with cities, cultivating unity to see the Glory of God rise over our communities.

I’ve articulated the vision into a song, and we recorded it one day live when leading worship at Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship.

Arise and Shine

Son of Righteousness is rising
Darkness drifting away
Light of deliverance is dawning
Bursting forth, in glorious day

All the streams combine
(flowing as one river)
All our hearts entwine
(worshiping together)
We watch the morning rise
And we sing, we sing

Arise and Shine
For your light has come,
Your light has come
Arise and Shine
For your King has come,
Your King has come

And you will break forth,
As the dawn
As we unite in morning’s song
And you will break forth,
As the dawn
As we unite in morning’s song

(copyright 2010, Jill Weber, Glory Rising Productions)

As Hannah (seventeen now – how time flies!) and I were gathering resources for our trip to Israel this fall, it occurred to me that though I’ve led this song in congregational settings many times, I never actually published our recording.  So now we’re making it available – our first new release of music in ten years!

All the proceeds from the sale of the song will go towards Hannah’s and my trip to Israel in October.  What are we charging?  Anything you want to pay – though if you want a “hard copy” of the disc, we ask that you give at least $5 to cover our costs to burn the CD and ship it to you.  For those who are computer savvy, let me know if you want a copy (email and how much you want to pay, I’ll send you a Paypal invoice and upon receipt of payment, I’ll send you a link where you can download the mp3 of the song and the chord chart if you want to use it in worship (the song is registered with CCLI).  If you didn’t understand a word of what I just said, then just pay me when you see me or send it to 506-2040 Mt. Forest Dr., Burlington, ON, L7P 1H5, and we’ll mail you a copy of the song.

Just to give you a heads up, we’re going into the studio for the first time in ten years!  Next week The Jazz Kitchen is graciously allowing us to record my latest song, She’s Leaning.  We’ll have that available to you hopefully in the next week or so.

If you’re thinking, “new release, you mean there was an old release?”, I do still have some copies left of my live CD recorded ten years ago titled Make My Life a Prayer, stashed in the back of a closet somewhere.  They are available for $10 plus shipping, if you want to get caught up to speed.  I’ve got to tell you though from personal experience, that listening to a CD that you recorded ten years ago is like looking at your high school photograph, musing “is that what my hair looked like in the eighties?”. :o)

I want to thank all of you who help make dreams into reality.  May God continue to shine the light of His countenance upon us as we pursue Him in prayer.


Jill Weber