MP3 Jon Bauer - Life of Worship
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POP: Today's Top 40, GOSPEL: Contemporary Gospel
"Worship is more than music - worship is a lifestyle."
This passion is at the heart of Jon Bauer, a 28 year old recording artist and worship leader from Alberta, Canada.
The road to his debut CD release entitled "Life of Worship" has been a journey through life itself. At an early age, Jon was given many opportunities to pursue music. From piano lessons to singing at various church events Jon was able to create a foundation for things to come. Looking back Jon recalls, "It is so ironic how God can turn something that you once saw as such a chore and turn it into one of your greatest passions later in life."
It wasn't until his later teen years in high school that Jon found this training started turning into a passion. Through his families' encouragement, Jon joined a worship team at church. Within a year he was asked to lead his own team. As he took on this new role as leader his eyes and heart were opened to a new ministry, a new calling, a new passion. It was at this time that he began teaching himself guitar, and within a year he was leading with his present instrument of choice. Not long after that he found himself being asked to lead and play numerous events such as youth camps, worship celebrations, retreat weekends, conferences, and church events.
As Jon went on to North American Bible College, he had many opportunities to lead students in worship services. When he transferred to the University of Alberta to complete degrees in Religious Studies and a Bachelor in Education, he found more doors opening. Jon was asked to become worship coordinator for Campus Crusade for Christ and led weekly worship events for the university students. In addition, he was asked to lead worship at Campus Crusade Christmas Conferences for students across Western Canada.
It was also through Campus Crusade that Jon met and married his wife, Andrea whose loving heart for people is a constant encouragement. The two of them traveled on a five month missions trip with YWAM (Youth with a Mission) to Malaysia, Hawaii, and Thailand, gaining a global perspective how a hurting world needs Christ's hope and love. Through this time overseas Jon was able to love, teach, and be taught by children, youth, and adults of different cultures and languages. He and Andrea were also able to show God's love by building homes, preparing food, and simply loving a hurting world.
This missions experience forever changed Jon and the fullness of God's mercy, love, and grace was poured into and out of Jon's heart. Shortly after arriving home, many songs flooded Jon's heart about God's grace, hope, love, and God's plans and promises for those who love the Lord. Jon and Andrea are looking eagerly upon the next opportunity to serve in missions abroad.
While striving to live a life of worship Jon has also maintained a heart for his home church. Jon has led worship at Spruce Grove Alliance Church for over 10 years. The people of his home church have shown him much encouragement and support throughout his developmental years as a leader. When he is not is not leading worship at churches and events, he is a teacher for a grade 4 class. Jon has been blessed with the ability to teach within a Christian program. Thus a second great passion of Jon's is stirring up the hearts of the young to worship the Lord.
The past few years have brought many songs to Jon's heart. Some have come out through personal/corporate prayer and worship times while others have come out of personal responses through everyday encounters with God and His people. These songs have materialized into a pop/modern worship CD project entitled "Life of Worship" that was released in December 2004. Since the projects inception Jon's songs have been warmly received throughout radio, the church, and the broader Christian community.
One of Jon's debut singles entitled Life of Worship captures the heart and message of worshippers across the globe. This song reveals the longing within a heart to worship God in every aspect of our lives.
May God bless and direct you - may your life be a Life of Worship!
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