Music in Morning Worship

We are very blessed with the musicians and singers at St Matthew’s who lead our sung worship. Some of you will have noticed changes in the provision of that musical lead. These changes are evolving. The aim of them has been to increase diversification in music style within each service and involvement of more musicians in leading sung worship. The changes were inspired by a number of observations. Firstly, it was apparent that there was an unintended style division occurring between what we knew as band services and the others. There is a desire amongst all those in leadership to maintain our musical diversity; singing the best of the old and the new.

Secondly, it was increasingly apparent that much of the responsibility for musical worship was held by a few people who were working very hard whilst there were others with gifts who were not exercising them. The changes have begun to encourage the involvement of others and the development of their gifts.

Thirdly, there was a need to improve the unseen administration that enables the music to happen by spreading the load more widely.

Fourthly, the nature of the morning congregation is developing and worship needs to reflect that change and enable the whole congregation to worship together.

In the Autumn we held a meeting for all currently involved in music. Out of that meeting Richard Wheeler has taken some of the responsibility for administration alongside Stephen Browne. Richard has also taken on responsibility for music on two Sundays a month with Stephen Browne continuing on the other two. You will also have noticed new people involved in playing and singing including some of our young people which is wonderful to see. I want to say a big thank you to Richard for taking on this new role and especially to Stephen for his energy, skill and enthusiasm. We look forward to the future in their capable hands.

These changes will be reviewed at a meeting in March. If you have comments about our musical worship please pass them through the office or better still, speak directly to Mat, Stephen or Richard.

As I said this is an evolving change and we are all learning as we journey on. Do pray for, and give thanks for, our singers and musicians.

Mat Ineson

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