NKY Singer/Songwriter Wins HEART Workcamp Contest
Be Seen, a song by popular Northern Kentucky singer/songerwriter Lee Roessler, will be the theme song for youth service camps around the country this summer.
Roessler found out last week that Catholic HEART Workcamp had chosen his song as the winner of its annual contest. Roessler, who will perform and lead worship at several of the organization’s camps this summer, says the song was inspired by his experience with CHWC in 2012.
“What I observed last year was that CHWC is a place to grow in faith while helping our brothers and sisters in need,” he says. “It takes a lot of energy to give yet we’re refreshed in giving.”
Inspired by Protestant service camps for youth, Catholic HEART Workcamps provide young people from grade 8 through college a week-long curriculum of service, Mass and prayer, music, and fun. Campers stay at Catholic high schools around the country, working on home improvement projects for low-income people as they deepen their faith.
Last summer Roessler, who directs the Campus Ministry musicians at Bishop Brossart High School in Alexandria (KY), led praise and worship at five CHWC locations. This month organizers invited him to lead worship for 55 camp managers in Orlando, FL, and he will lead praise and worship in six camps — including two in Cincinnati.
His song will be recorded and used by musicians at all the camps. Based on the parable of the lamp hidden under a bushel basket, the song invites young people to change their lives: “Transform your heart and renew your mind/So in darkness you will shine.”
The chorus praises service done, not for its own sake or to make the worker feel good, but for God:
It’s time to be seen
Serving the world that is in need
Making a change for the glory
The glory of God
It’s time that we bring
Hope to the people that are hurting
Light to the eyes that are searching
Searching for life
It’s time to be seen
Living for Christ
Catholic HEART Workcamp includes Mass, Marian prayers, opportunities for Confession, talks on parish life and Catholic teachings about service, and calls for intercessory prayers from the saints. Though the camps also use dynamic speakers, youth leadership, and praise music as their Protestant counterparts do, organizers say they are a call to a distinctly Catholic way of life.
“Experiencing the Lord through the sacraments and worshiping together empowers us to go out and be life-giving,” says Roessler. “He shines in us so others can see He is the light.”
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