Bishop David introduces a new video series where singers and musicians from around the diocese are invited to share their favourite song or hymn with us.
“As we return to worship in our church buildings but are still not allowed to sing, I want us to keep at the very top of our priorities and values the ministry of worship in music and song.
As a diocese we are blessed in having a wide spectrum of musical talent ranging from traditional choirs through to worship groups and soloists.
Let’s find ways to celebrate this important aspect of our church’s life and tradition and keep it at the very top of our agenda, remembering that the Lord inhabits the praises of his people.
I hope you find this series a real encouragement and alongside this, while we are not allowed to sing, may I encourage you to read from the book of Psalms daily. The Psalmist clearly understood the importance of worshipping in music and song.”
This series was recorded during the Coronavirus pandemic when churches were advised to avoid congregational singing.
Edwin Gray, who is the organist in St Philip and St James, Holywood, introduces ‘Christ Triumphant, Ever Reigning’ by Michael Saward to the tune Guiting Power (a village in the Cotswolds).
Andrew Daly, who is the organist for St Patrick’s Church in Donaghcloney, introduces and plays ‘There is Coming a Day’, by Jim Hill.
Canon Gill Withers, Rector of Greyabbey & Kircubbin with Ballyphilip & Ardquin, introduces and sings ‘O God You Search Me and You Know Me’ by Bernadette Farrell and ‘Speak O Lord as We Come to You’ by Getty Music.
Johnny Matchett from Willowfield Church introduces and performs ‘O Praise the Name’ by Hillsong Worship.
Click on Page 2 below for earlier videos