07:30 Worship

Our vision of what worship means is bringing another dimension to the drama which is the Eucharist every week.

Heatherlynn and I meet faithfully for about two hours every two weeks to prayerfully plan the music, tying it very closely to the theme, the season, the collect and the readings. We try to find songs that uplift and instruct, thus adding to how the theme is perceived. The miracle is that, even without any knowledge of what will be preached 90% of the time, we are pretty spot on, with God’s guidance!

We are very blessed to have Herman playing our magnificent organ so well and faithfully every week at the 7:30 service. Until this year, Heatherlynn and I have not chosen the music for the 7:30 service and we would love someone who has a sound knowledge of hymns to take this over for the 7:30 service. It does of course mean finding suitable tunes etc. with which we can assist. We would invite anyone who would like to join us as we plan to come and see how it is done and see if you would like to join this joyful ministry.

Twice a year we invite ALL parishioners to sing in our Festival Choir. It usually involves a commitment of 5 practices and we work towards the Carol service or Patronal festival and learn a more challenging piece or two for which we need more harmony voices. Please watch the pew leaflet for these events and join us!

To finish, a thought from John Koessler of Moody Bible institute: Worship is not our attempt to project our voices so that they will be heard in heaven. Neither is it a performance executed on the earthly stage for the benefit of a spectator God. It is certainly not something we do primarily for ourselves, as if it were a kind of self-amusement or spiritual entertainment.

Worship is not a private practice. It is the chief work of heaven and the duty of every creature.

 

09:30 Worship

The 9:30 service on 12 June 2017 started with no music, and with no choir, no organist or musicians in sight, just a sombre procession of clergy and lay ministers. A perplexed congregation was left wondering. Terry Brauer then started her presentation of Worship Ministry as follows:

This is what a service would look and sound like if we had no choir and no musicians. We are here to add another level to the drama that is the Eucharist, every week. Every single person involved in setting this up has a real ministry, which happens behind the scenes each Sunday. I am here to invite you to JOIN this music ministry each week by becoming members of the choir. We need members of ALL ages especially harmony singers, but we can teach you that too! We practise every Tuesday at 18:00.

If you can't commit long term, please join our Festival Choir for our two big annual events (Carol service and Patronal festival). This year we also had a Festival Choir for the Good Friday service. Joining the Festival Choir usually means attending 5 practices and the service itself.

We are also looking for an organist to join the team at 9:30 – our aim is to have a whole team ministry so that one is not on duty every week. Please let us know if you play ANY musical instruments. Father Danny would love an orchestra!

Heatherlynn Lewis and I meet faithfully for about two hours every two weeks to prayerfully plan the worship, tying it very closely to the theme of the service, the season, the collect and the readings. We try to find songs that uplift and instruct, thus adding to how the theme is perceived. The miracle is that, even without any knowledge of what will be preached, 90% of the time we are pretty spot on – with God’s guidance! You are welcome to join this fulfilling ministry.

Finally, in closing, a thought from John Koessler of Moody Bible Institute:

Worship is not our attempt to project our voices so that they will be heard in heaven. Neither is it a performance executed on the earthly stage for the benefit of a spectator God. It is certainly not something we do primarily for ourselves, as if it were a kind of self-amusement or spiritual entertainment.

Worship is not a private practice. It is the chief work of heaven and the duty of every creature.