St. David’s Church, Broom Leys
“Out of the believer’s heart shall flow streams of living water”
‘Growing in Christ, living in faith’
Postcode: LE67 4RL
Message for October 2018
Thank You for the Music!
Yes, these are the words from an Abba song, but at St. David’s they express our thanks to God to be able to sing his hymns and worship songs led by our organists, choir, music group leader and music group. We are so blessed with the musicians in our Church.
Recently our much loved organist and choir mistress, Joyce Bull, has told me that it is now time for her to stand down from her amazing service to God over many years as our organist, as she looks after herself and Derek. Of course she will never stand down from serving our Lord and his Church here at St. David’s, but this will now be in other ways.
Some time ago I wrote this article for Shaped magazine, the magazine of Leicester Diocese and its words still, I believe, hold true:
“It’s Saturday evening and I look at the words for my talk for Sunday’s service and think ‘thank you God for the hymns we are going to sing in praise and worship’ as somehow my words alone seem inadequate to recognise our Lord’s presence and to inspire us in his love and grace, but the hymns and worship songs will.
“‘Thank you God for the hymn and song writers and thank you God for the music groups and the choirs and thank you God for the Music Group leaders and the Choir leaders’.”
We are often brought into God’s presence through the words of hymns and worship songs, but do we think about the deep personal faith of those leaders of choirs and groups who bring their own faith to bear as they lead us in our praise? I asked our choir mistress and organist, Joyce Bull, to tell me how her faith inspired her to lead our choir. These are her words.
“I am blessed to have been born into a Christian home. My parents were regular worshippers at the village Church in Ravenstone, St. Michael and All Angels.
“My Father was an organist and choirmaster at the church there for 37 years. Our home was always filled with music and from a very early age I was taken to church and loved going. The music and choir singing were lovely to me. I went to Sunday School and the first Sunday of each month we went into church for a children’s service, where we had Bible readings, hymns and a psalm, either the first or twenty third psalm.
“I learned to play the piano when I was nine years old and the organ when I was fifteen. At about this time I joined the choir, so all my life of church music and in particular hymns, were a joy to me and as I grew older the words had more meaning, but the music added an extra depth.
“‘My God how wonderful thou art’, ‘How great thou art’ and many more beautiful words, but when sung to glorious music the soul is lifted to God in pure joy. ‘Such love’, ‘Spirit of the living God’ bring us to our knees in worship and prayer.
“Later I married and moved to live in the parish of St. David’s, Broom Leys. I joined the choir there, growing in faith and love for my Lord, still being expressed in my singing. Later I became the organist and then choir mistress. We have a small but very faithful choir, and we all love to express our faith through our singing.
“Church music and worship have always played a huge part in my life and in my later years are even more important to me. I still hope to grow in my understanding and my faith.”
Thank you God for Joyce’s service to you and for bringing us into your presence and helping us to express our love for you and to receive your love into our hearts. What a ministry this has been!
We will of course have a chance over the next few weeks to celebrate Joyce’s amazing service to our Lord and St. David’s and from all of us Joyce ‘Thank you for the music’.
Reverend Andrew Rhoades
We move into November this year and towards our Remembrance day services with another poignant anniversary marking 100 years since the end of World War I and, as we do every year, remembering the futility of war, the tragedy and suffering of human loss and the impact this has on every family throughout the world, as political processes breakdown, resulting in aggression and disagreements being fought out between nations. War though is a very personal battle between human beings, mostly young people, whose lives are sacrificed for the wellbeing of others.
Where is God in all of this, we always ask, when Jesus tell us that ‘Blessed are the Peacemakers’ for they will be called the children of God and ‘Blessed are the merciful for they will receive mercy’ and ‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted’?
In human failing, Jesus walks with those who mourn, he dies with those who die, he suffers with those who suffer and he defeats evil for those who ask him into their lives, so that peace may reign. We remember, so we do not forget, and we learn the lessons of the past and to seek God’s face on all decisions.
We start our remembrance with prayers for peace at our half day of prayer on Saturday November 10th from 10am – 2pm and then our Remembrance services at 10am and 6pm on Sunday November 11th.
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