’Over recent years many folks, including recording artists, have rediscovered or returned to the doctrinal and musical richness and heritage found in the hymnody of church history ... many others it could be said, never lost them. On Saturday 26 April 2014, in the Assembly Buildings, Belfast, we hope to gather together singers and musicians to enjoy some of these great hymns and texts in musical and hopefully artistic contexts; doing exactly as it says on the tin, I mean title, taking old hymns and using them in newer ways. Why the subtitle? Well, I think we can all recognise the powerful place of hymn and song to our personal salvation story, the stages of our walk with Jesus and our collective resonance with great iconic hymns. A stage further is recognising this in others, of whatever generation, hearing their story, their song and saying 'I will sing it with you'.
The day will fall into three main practical sessions and close with a worship session crafting elements of hymn, song, prayer, story and visual together.
Seeds Family Worship, have seven albums, and the songs are DIRECT quotations from Scripture, so they serve as memory verses as well.
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Have you ever heard comments after the service like: ‘I didn’t like that song or that hymn was played far too slow’ Sadly most of our comments after a worship service are based more on taste than on affirming how we have been drawn closer to God through our worship.
This worship evaluation tool was drawn up out of a need to encourage people to ask more objective questions surrounding worship and to encourage people to reflect on how to equip others to draw near in worship.
To view Why do a worship evaluation? and an Evaluation Tool for Worship click the link below
Board: Presbyterian Church in Ireland, Board of Mission in Ireland
Responsible to: Board of Mission in Ireland through the R&R Committee
Reports to: Convener of the Worship Panel and the Kirk Session of Kilbride (when doing work within Kilbride Presbyterian Church).
Main Role: To assist in and support the work and development of the worship panel.
Goals (The 5 main goals roughly represent 1 day per week)
1. Begin the thinking process on good mentoring options either through: mentoring others or researching churches where mentoring happens. 2. Be part of the Worship at a place of transformation series being rolled out next year. 3. Run band camps, music technology camps, song writing camps. 4. Find fresh modes of communication to inspire the younger generation about worship. 5. Help with the development of young musicians in Kilbride Presbyterian Church. 6. Personal goals: guided reading for the year on worship, learning about modelling good leading of worship teams and learn more about worship by sitting on the worship panel.
Essential Criteria Have a strong Christian faith and a heart for worship Have an understanding of PCI worship Have experience being part of a worship team Be competent in at least one instrument (voice included in this) Have experience of setting up blogs or posts on Facebook Have experience of recording tracks using computer based technology Be a good communicator
Have experience of leading a worship band and/or leading vocal groups Have experience of songwriting/composing Be able to arrange music for other instruments (either by ear or by notation)
The intern will volunteer 5 days a week, including Sundays. EXPENSES
£50 per week to cover petrol, etc. Board & Accommodation – provided by Kilbride Presbyterian Church
The name comes from a reference to page 116 in our copy of The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis. It is a poignant passage where Aslan begins to sing Narnia into creation out of a black void.
It starts, “In the darkness something was happening at last. A voice had begun to sing. It was very far away and Digory found it hard to decide from what direction it was coming. Sometimes it seemed to come from all directions at once. Sometimes he almost thought it was coming out of the earth beneath them. Its lower notes were deep enough to be the voice of the earth herself. There were no words. There was hardly even a tune. But it was, beyond comparison, the most beautiful noise he had ever heard. It was so beautiful he could hardly bear it.” ~ C.S. Lewis
This hymn was birthed after talking with the incoming moderator, Revd Dr Roy Patton. Isaiah 6 was the passage he had chosen to preach from at the opening night of the General Assembly and after talking about the central themes there, I applied them to our local context. It is a song of repentance and renewal, and struck a chord with many on opening night. The words were put to the well-known traditional tune of Salley Gardens.
ISAIAH 6 We come to you Lord Jesus For cleansing in this place for burning coals to touch lips to proclaim your central place We lay our church before you It’s glory and its shame Bring us to the place of blessing So the world might know your name
We confess our stress filled living has robbed us of new wine we cry for a renewing to become a fruitful vine Lord take our stagnant worship our failure to proclaim all the glory of your kingdom all the wonders of your name
Has our hardness made you angry has indifference crippled life? our lust for human greatness has come at too great a price? Our broken homes have scarred us more deeply than we know our debts have bound and jarred us from planting seeds that grow
Lord take us to your throne room to be touched by your holiness as we see upon the altar the spotless lamb of grace O, holy Lord Almighty all earth and heaven adore our sin and guilt atoned for By Christ the Risen Lord
Stuart is known and respected around the world as one of the leading worship songwriters of his generation. The depth of lyrical and theological content in songs such as In Christ alone, How deep the Father’s love, The power of the cross and Beautiful Saviour have caused some to draw comparisons with the greats of previous generations such as Watts and Wesley; while the marriage of great lyrics with wonderfully accessible melodies (largely through his successful writing partnership with Keith Getty) means his songs bridge different musical and cultural genres, and reach into every corner of the globe.
Stuart is also a gifted worship leader, musician, recording artist and seminar speaker, and spends a good part of his year leading worship at major Christian events, doing solo concerts, recording studio albums, and training emerging worship leaders and songwriters. He has featured on numerous live worship albums down the years, in addition to his solo albums - Say the Word (1997), Personal Worship (1999), Lord of Every Heart (2002), Monument to Mercy (2006), The Best of Stuart Townend- Live (2007), and There is a Hope CD & DVD (2008). His latest album, Creation Sings, was released in May 2009.
As part of his Northern Ireland Tour Stuart Townend and band will be playing at Ballysillan Presbyterian Church on Friday 23 September at 7:30pm with doors opening at 7:00pm.