Songs of Praise 2017

Church News | Monday, 26 June 2017 |

By Joan

During prayers

During prayers

This year at our Songs of Praise on The Green the theme was loosely based on the seaside so we just had to hope and pray that the weather did it justice. After a week of scorching heat and sunshine we didn’t know quite what to expect, we just had to leave it up to the Lord and hope that it wasn’t too hot for people to sit out, yet mild enough so that the expected congregation didn’t get cold or wet! However, apart from being a little on the breezy side the weather was relatively good.

We had some great hymns chosen for us starting with ‘Great is thy faithfulness’. Following the opening prayers, we sang ‘Eternal ruler of the ceaseless round’. The Puppet Crew gave their first performance with that beautiful hymn ‘I the Lord of sea and sky’ by Chris Bray. And I am sure everyone couldn’t help but hum or sing the verse, starting ‘Here I am Lord’. The service continued with some lovely readings and hymns chosen by the members of the Broomfield Methodist Church as well as those of St Mary’s.

Rev’d Carolyn, based her sermon around the beautiful hymns that had been chosen, taking a few lines of each of them to illustrate the strength of God’s love for us and to demonstrate how even some of the oldest hymns are still relevant and meaningful in today’s unstable climate. The prayers were led by two members of the Methodist church after which the Choir sang Jesus, be my Centre, to which we were all invited to join in if we wanted too.

The Puppet Crew sang their second song entitled ‘Can’t stop the feeling’ by Justin Timberlake. This was a fun-seaside song where I am sure the puppet crew enjoyed it just as much, if not more than the congregation as there were many laughs to be had behind the screens. The performance concluded with the puppet crew throwing beach-balls out to the audience (much to their delight – I hope) Only to have many of them thrown back and then forth again.

Our final two hymns were ‘One more step along the road I go’ chosen by Broomfield Methodist Church and after the final prayer and blessing we sang ‘Ye holy angels bright’

After the service, we were all invited into St Leonard’s Hall for Pimm’s, refreshments and nibbles and to select the photographs that are to be used on a calendar for next year, all organised by Rev’d Julie.

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