2018 has been a year of remembrance with concerts to commemorate the centenary of the ending of the Great War reaching their climax in November … More We Shall Walk Through the Valley in Peace – trad spiritual, arr. Hogan (1957-2003)
Regular readers will know how important music is to me, and much has been said about the importance of music in worship over recent weeks – in a weekly course, in our church services and in magazine articles. It has been all the more poignant for the long absence of music from our worship, and its reintroduction at the end of July … More When is a ‘Performance’ not a ‘Performance’?
I hope that you have had a good summer and are beginning to find things gradually returning to normal, although caution is still needed.
Here at both St. George’s and St. Margaret’s we are slowly creating our new normality. Over July and August, we saw the return of singing, which has been a real blessing and made such a difference to our worship … More Exciting times ahead
In January 2017 I had the enormous good fortune to witness the Northern Lights not just once, but on three consecutive nights. I was in Saariselka, Lapland, deep inside the Arctic Circle … More Northern Lights (Ola Gjeilo, 1978-present)
Have you noticed that during June and into July Maggie’s Music Makers treated you to several instances of communion setting contrafactum? All were taken from “Hymns Old and New” (HON) – our trusty orange hymn book … More Communion Settings
Today (July 25th) was a very exciting day. We re-introduced singing for the first time in well over a year. It was the first Sunday after the lifting of lockdown restrictions. What a difference music and singing make, especially having been deprived of singing for so long … More Let the Music Play!
I think most readers of these articles know that for me, music is a key component of worship. This came up in a recent Bible Study discussion about worship, and I commented how frustrating it is when congregants complain that they didn’t know all the hymns … More When all else fails, Listen
Good morning and welcome to our service of Holy Communion for Sunday 25 July. This is our first since lockdown restrictions were completely lifted, and you will see some significant changes to our worship. However, we’re still being sensible, cautious, and behaving with utmost respect for other … More The miracle of a free lunch
Liturgy is one of those words that is frequently used, but rarely explained. When people say that they don’t need to come to church to pray, they can pray at home, that is perfectly trues, but rather misses the point. Because in church we are not just praying and reading the Bible, but we are worshipping God together in a structured way. And that is what we mean by liturgy … More What is liturgy?
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 … More The Importance of Music in Worship