The Importance of Music in Worship

Good morning and a very warm welcome to our service of Holy Communion, celebrating our patron saint, St Margaret of Antioch. We also celebrate music! Despite Covid regulations still restricting singing during worship, today we share with you all we recently learned during the “Inspiring Music in Worship” course attended by many of our music group, Maggie’s Music Makers. Rev Sue will preside, Rev Deborah will preach, and Reader Christine will share with us the reasons behind each hymn choice.

Before the service we heard a medley of hymns played by our organist Tom. How many did you recognise? There were fifteen!

The introit hymn is “Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken”, recorded for us by Maggie’s Music Makers in the vicarage garden:

The service was recorded live here:

During the service you heard some live music (all strictly adhering to the cap of 6 on indoor singing). This was:

  • The Gloria, sung to “Country Gardens”:
  • A version of the Creed, called “We Believe”:
  • The Sanctus and Benedictus set to the Ash Grove:
  • And the Agnus Dei set to the tune Repton:

We finished by showing that secular songs can be used worshipfully, by showing a recording of “I Will Follow Him”:

We hope you have found this morning’s worship as uplifting as we have. If you have any questions about the use of music in worship, or would like to join our singing group, please message us, speak with Rev Deborah, Carol, Tom, or indeed any member of Maggie’s Music Makers.

St Margaret’s Church Prestwich holds CCLI licences CCL 79250, MRL 775231 and 466111 for music streaming and One Licence M-40120 for music streaming.

    • Glory to God (English Country Gardens) © 1995, 1999 Kevin Mayhew Ltd
    • I Will Follow Him © 1962, 1963 Les Editions Jacques Plante, Paris, France
    • O holy, most holy (Ash Grove Sanctus) © 1995, 1999 Kevin Mayhew Ltd
    • O Lamb of God (Repton) Text © 1997 Kevin Mayhew Ltd
    • We Believe © 1988 Christopher Walker, OCP

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