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The Worship at St Paul's is co-ordinated by the Music Ministry Team. If you feel led to
serve the Lord in this area, then speak to a member of the team.
Music Ministry Team
Victor D'Arcy-Smith, Dann Cleveland, Mark Lavender and Bimbi Abayomi-Cole to download the latest rota (updated 7th April 2013)
Worship Training Day – Saturday January 28th
Saturday January 28th saw our first Worship Training Day for some time. Our guest speaker was Josh Kane, a Baptist pastor from Mill Gate East who had previously been Worship Pastor at St. Barnabas, Finchley where John Coles, previous Leader of New Wine was Vicar. The day started with a focus on younger members before a time of extended worship and teaching from Josh. The afternoon sessions were used to allow collaborative reflection on where we are as a music ministry team, and what is God calling us to do next?
A fish and chip supper was held after the training session to which around 70 members of the congregation came including the 20 or so who had participated in the day's training. We were joined by our new CMS Link missionary Tim Heathcote who spoke briefly at the supper to whet our appetites to hear more about the work he does for CMS. An evening Prayer and Praise followed at 7pm where Josh Kane spoke brilliantly on worship - that it was not about us , our foibles, preferences, dislikes but about worshipping God. He stressed how vital it was to focus on that imperative all the time.
Victor D’Arcy-Smith: The Worship Training Day was an excellent team building opportunity and it was great to see the team worshipping and praising God together. We were also able to explore a number of worship themes together as well as listen to an effective speaker, Josh Kane, share about worship and what it means from God’s perspective and our role as a music group working to create an atmosphere for God’s people to worship Him. We were encouraged to proceed as the Apostle Paul urged us in Romans 12:1 ‘I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.’
Dann Cleveland adds that 3 things really struck him as significant across the weekend:
1. How intertwined mission and worship are. "Mission exists because worship doesn't" . I loved the way the Lord had planned the dovetailing of the messages of Tim Heathcote (our CMS Link Missionary) and Josh's messages across the weekend.
2. We have a great music ministry team! We might not be the best musicians or singers but I thought the atmosphere of openness, sharing and fellowship was quite special. Worship can be an emotive topic and yet the conversations were so positive so now we have lots of constructive dialogue on which to build.
3. There was a beautiful moment of Spirit led worship where the band and singers stopped leading and after a time of people singing in the Spirit, someone from the congregation led us into “ Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord”. This was just the perfect expression of what the whole day was about.
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