Video Combines Remote Performances of “It Is Well with My Soul”

CHICAGO, IL (April 1, 2020) – A new video of Covenant Offices staff members who filmed themselves at home performing “It Is Well with My Soul” is available online for viewing and download.

Scott Wilder, worship leader and the office’s desktop administrator, put out a call last week for submissions and asked participants to play an instrument or sing along with a common track he shared with them.

Participants listened to the track through earbuds while playing. “They were able to keep perfect time,” Wilder said.

Eleven people submitted their parts by Monday, and Wilder spent about five hours combining the videos in time for this morning’s weekly virtual chapel service that staff members attend via WebEx.

“I had never done it and most of the people had never done it,” Wilder said. “People just jumped in very enthusiastically. They want to minister and bless a bigger community. That’s all praise to God.”

“It was just what we needed,” said Steve Klimkowski, executive director of finance, and one of the guitar players. He added, “It was also a great reminder of how central worship is to everything we do.”

The video can be incorporated as part of online worship services.

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Stan Friedman is the news and online editor for the Covenant Companion and is grateful for the opportunity to serve in a job that combines his newspaper and pastoral ministry experience. He has been to 15 Bruce Springsteen concerts in four cities and listened to “Thunder Road” an average of at least once a day for 41 years.

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8 Comments

    1. So everyone recorded their video on their phone using the camera app and sent it to me. I Lined up the the original track in Adobe Premiere. But you can also use something like Final Cut Pro on mac, Avid, Sony Vegas, DaVinci Resolve are other great apps. On iOS, Luma Fusion has become the go to video editing app of choice for many pros.

      After I put the original music track in the Premiere timeline, then I add each video performance one by one into the timeline. Once it’s in the time line, I just nudge it around until the video performance lines up perfectly with the track.

      Once all the performances are lined up to the track (and thus with one another) I can then mute the track and all you hear is the performers.

      Set your volume levels for each performer and you’re all set.

      Let me know if you have any additional questions!

  1. Awesome and so anointed!! ! What a blessing!! Thank you so much 👍🏼

  2. Thank you for sharing this hymn with us. I used the message of this song in my opening chat with our church on our new facebook page and now by the moving of God’s Spirit, those words are put to music on that page through your faithful ministry.

  3. We did something similar to this with our small group via Zoom on Monday night with the same song. One of our members played piano and a couple of us sang. We didn’t sound this good, but I think God hears our hearts more than our voices. Your rendition brought shivers from the heartfelt beauty. Thank you for sharing with all of us!

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