Christian artist, worship pastor, and now reverend Jon Buller is releasing a remixed version of 'Do It Again', reminding people that God is still faithful.
Buller has his roots in Manitoba and his music career started out here. He's now lives in Vernon, B.C., and has for roughly 15 years, with his family.
Elevation Worship out of Charlotte, North Carolina is the church band that originally wrote and recorded this song back in 2016.
Buller says, "For me, it's been a really profound song personally, but also in a sense timely for our world. Just the theme of God's faithfulness."
He has been singing Christian music for 26 years now, but for 15 years he served specifically as a worship pastor, focusing on bringing others into worship.
"In my own life, there's been some seasons of anxiety and depression. So singing a song like "Do It Again", being reminded that God's promise still stands, that the night won't last and that Jesus is still enough, He's been faithful, has become a very personal song for me."
For the past three years, after stepping down as worship pastor, Buller has been taking and just completed his ordination studies and can now call himself a reverend.
"The worship leader in me wants people to pick a line [from the song] that means something to them. These days it's a little easier to forget [God's faithfulness] or to doubt, and that's understandable, we're human. But I want to sing about God's faithfulness."
Buller shares about the pandemic shutting down so many of the arts and corporate worship, leaving him initially out of sorts.
"I felt a little lost, frankly, and kind of grumpy. Once I got my head on straight, cultivated an attitude of gratefulness, I completed my ordination studies. I'm now a reverend, which was a long process for me, three full years."
When Buller started out, he thought entertaining on stage would be best. Then he realized something else pulled him.
"I thought, I want to be a singer/songwriter. Then I would find myself at churches and youth groups and they would say, 'Can you lead a couple worship songs?' So I would do that too. I realized that I loved doing that more than the entertainment part of it. I know I'm called to lead God's people so that's when I started to nurture those leanings."
A focus on worship and worship songs became the drive for Buller.
"In Winnipeg, for about five years we were doing 'Hear the Music' Nights. Every month for five years, we did 60 worship nights. It was such a great season. I had the privilege to carry the torch for a wee bit there."
After many years off, Buller is bringing back this particular worship event, now to the West coast of Canada.
"I've been doing 'Hear the Music' Ministries again, which began and was founded in Winnipeg. The last few months have been relaunching that. Our worship nights were public and are now streamed once a month."
Part of Buller's ministry is putting on an event called The Levite Summit. It is an annual gathering that originated when local worship pastors met to discuss how to encourage and incorporate music and arts within their communities.
It was going to be held in Winnipeg, November this year, but due to COVID, it will be an online event spanning over three Saturdays in October, November and January. It's a training and learning opportunity for all ages, gathering people across denominational lines that people can attend from wherever they live.