Bren McLean

HILLSONG LIVE ALBUM 2014 – NO OTHER NAME

by on Jul.02, 2014, under Worship

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NO – OTHER – NAME…

Title of the new Hillsong album and theme for Hillsong Conference 2014.

I am really enjoying conference so far and the songs on this album are being well received by the 20,000 strong crowd. Released this week it will deservedly top the charts in a number of countries around the globe.

I say deservedly because No Other Name is probably the most Christ-focused album Hillsong have ever produced, with songs such as:

* I Believe (The Apostles Creed)
* Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace)
* No Other Name (but Jesus)
* Calvary
* Thank You Jesus
* Our Father (The Lord’s Prayer)

Note – Standout tracks in bold

The title track sets the tone and the Creed is such a bold choice of song. Songwriters Fielding and Crocker took up a challenge that John Dickson made on Twitter, resulting in a powerful congregational song for Christians of all persuasions ;-)

You can see the influence Pastor Robert Fergusson is having on the lyrics. Nowadays, there seems to be greater clarity and a stronger biblical foundation than some of their earlier compositions.

Some evangelicals will still have a problem with the songs from Hillsong, which is a shame. These songs are a great resource, with the power to draw people nearer to Christ.

 

I look forward to introducing a few of these songs at St Paul’s in the coming months. Which songs will work at your church?

Coincidentally, Trevor Hodge was inspired by the same theme back in 2011. It is also a powerful song, encouraging us to lift up the name of Jesus, the name above all names (Philippians 2:9-11):

 

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SHINE CONFERENCE 2014 – WRAP UP

by on Jun.26, 2014, under Worship

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Last Saturday (21 June), St Paul’s hosted the annual SHINE CONFERENCE. About 170 people from 20 churches gathered to be united, equipped and inspired as brothers and sisters in Christ.

It was a fantastic day. Praise God for the sense of community and fellowship amongst the delegates.

What a blessing it was to have guest speaker, Oscar Muriu encouraging us.

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Below are some of the key points from Oscar’s talk:

David v Goliath (1 Samuel 17)

1. We are in a spiritual battle against the devil

2. Don’t be surprised when you face persecution

3. The creative arts are a powerful tool to communicate the gospel

4. Artists are the new evangelists

5. Do you have the courage to fight today’s battles with tools that work?

 

Oscar’s talk is not available yet, but you can watch his talk from Compassion Sunday (22 June 2014) here:

 

Worship in song was lead skillfully and passionately by the CityAlight team.

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After morning tea, delegates heard 4 short talks:

John Gray, Oscar Muriu, Nikki Fletcher and Jonny Robinson all spoke powerfully on different aspects of ministry.

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Jonny spoke specifically about the Yours Alone album project, which will be available from 13 July!

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The album contains 10 songs, 9 originals and a great cover of the classic hymn, Nothing But The Blood Of Jesus. Over 50 songs were considered for the project and we can’t wait to share these songs with the church!

After lunch it was time for the workshops. Delegates had 8 to choose from over 2 sessions and feedback was very positive. I couldn’t have asked for more from any of the presenters. As I moved around the rooms, it was clear that people were engaged and eager to learn.

Finally, a big shout out to all the volunteers who made the day such a success. Thank you! Dave Watson and Jim Monk went beyond the call of duty again, lending equipment as well as running the production sessions.

God willing, SHINE will continue to grow and more and more creative artists will continue to be united, equipped and inspired, in the name of Jesus.

#SHINE2015 promises to be an even bigger and better day , so stay tuned for all of the details.

 

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CHURCH COMMUNICATIONS: 10 TIPS

by on Jun.09, 2014, under Church Life, Communications

Last week, I attended the Faithfulness In Service 2014 conference. FIS is run by the PSU and held every 3 year’s to assist Anglican clergy and lay leaders in addressing current issues.

One of the standout talks was titled ‘Using Electronic Communications Wisely In Ministry’.

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Presented by Reverend Nigel Fortescue, we got 10 tips for communicating wisely:

1. Plug in!

Regardless of your age, you must have email, smartphone, great website, Facebook

Possibly a blog and twitter

Don’t multitask. It takes discipline and shows respect for those you are with

‘Unplug’ on your day off. Preserve rest time

2. Understand the tools

Learn the rules of each platform

Learn the pros and cons of each platform

Protect your privacy

3. There is no delete key!

Your posts are permanent and can be used against you

Think twice before you press enter

Plagiarism is now easier

4. Use the electronic to enhance the personal

Electronic communication is a powerful tool

It is also high risk. Things can easily be misinterpreted

5. Don’t use the electronic to escape the personal

Some things need to be said in person

6. Stay in control

You be the master (not the slave) and use electronic communication as a tool

Reply to texts and messages

Society is adapting slowly to the dangers (eg. Cyber bullying)

7. Love those who resist electronic communications

Some people will not adopt technology

8. Create a policy to follow

Have guidelines for your church/organisation

9. Speak to and listen to the congregation

10. Act your age!

Be yourself online

We also watched a video clip made by Colin Buchanan. A parody song titled ‘Be My Friend’, it cleverly mocks the sort of ‘friendships’ that can be found on Facebook:

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SHINE CONFERENCE – 5 REASONS TO ATTEND

by on Jun.07, 2014, under Church Life, Worship

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Here are 5 reasons you should attend the upcoming SHINE CONFERENCE at St Paul’s, Castle Hill:

1. To be UNITED as brothers and sisters in Christ

It is a powerful gathering when 200+ creatives and church leaders from all over NSW, from a variety of churches and denomimations unite in the name of Jesus

 

2. To be EQUIPPED for ministry

Apart from guest speaker Oscar Muriu, there are a number of short talks and workshops to choose from. We want to help build up the wider church by sharing the resources that God has blessed us with

 

3. To be INSPIRED for ministry

You will see and hear things presented by leaders who are committed to excellence. Some can be copied or adapted for ministry at your church

 

4. Because it is affordable

SHINE is not a profit making venture. Rego prices are kept as low as possible (particularly for students and groups) so that whole teams can be encouraged to attend

 

5. Because it is local

If you live in Sydney, Castle Hill is no more than 50 minutes away. There is ample parking and great barista coffee!

 

We hope to see you at SHINE on Saturday 21 June, 2014. Check out the website for more information and to register.

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JESUS BRINGS – 25 MAY 2014

by on May.28, 2014, under Worship

The Jesus Brings campaign is all about Jesus’ mission to seek and save the lost. An initiative of Sydney Anglicans, dozens of churches across the city are involved, including St Paul’s.Jesus Brings

May Mission finishes this week and a highlight was Daniel Shayesteh, who spoke all weekend at a number of events and services. Daniel’s testimony is miraculous, particularly due to his conversion from Islamic fundamentalist to Christian evangelist!

God is building His Kingdom and there is no heart is too far.

Below is the setlists at St Paul’s for 25 May 2014:

10am:

1. Nothing But The Blood (Traditional)

2. Washed By The Blood (spch)

3. How Deep The Father’s Love (Townend)

4. Cornerstone (Hillsong)

 

5/7pm:

1.Amazing Grace

2. Desert Song (Hillsong)

3. Be Thou My Vision (Traditional)

4. It Is Well With My Soul (Traditional)

 

25 May was also an opportunity to commission Tim Scoular as he takes up a staff position at Norwest Anglican Church. It was fitting to pray for him and ‘SEND’ him out as he commences full time ministry at a great church.

Tim has been a faithful member of St Paul’s for over 15 years and will be a blessing to the team there.

 

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JESUS BRINGS – 18 MAY 2014

by on May.21, 2014, under Worship

The Jesus Brings campaign is all about Jesus’ mission to seek and save the lost. An initiative of Sydney Anglicans, dozens of churches across the city are involved, including St Paul’s.

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May Mission is a month where missional and evangelistic activities are given a heightened awareness. The highlight was Daniel Shayesteh, who spoke all weekend at a number of events and services.

Daniel’s testimony is miraculous, particularly due to his conversion from Islamic fundamentalist to Christian evangelist! God is building His Kingdom and there is no heart is too far.

Below is the setlists at St Paul’s for 18 May 2014:

10am:

1. Our God (Tomlin)

2. Be Thou My Vision (Traditional)

3. How Great Is Our God (Tomlin)

4. The One Who Saves (Hillsong)

 

5/7pm:

1. Be Thou My Vision (Traditional)

2. So Merciful (spch)

3. Man Of Sorrows (Hillsong)

4. Cornerstone (Hillsong)

 

18 May also represents the first time Josh Hawkins (Young Adults Minister) preached at church. Well done, brother! A chip off the old block.

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MY TOP 10 FREE APPS

by on May.21, 2014, under Church Life, Leadership

There are now over 1 million Apple applications available for your devices and surprisingly, many of the best are FREE. Whatever the platform, these apps make life easier, or just more fun.

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Below are my top 10 FREE apps, by category:

WORK

Dropbox  - store up to 3GB on the cloud for free

Evernote a suite of software and services designed for notetaking and archiving

Feedly – Since the demise of Google Reader, Feedly is the best way to collect the content of your favorite news sites, feeds, tumblr blogs and youtube channels

Hootsuite – Manages all of your social media on the one platform

 

CHURCH

Olive Tree – a suite of bible reading and bible study tools

Planning Center Online – PCO is the premier tool for planning services and scheduling volunteers

 

ENTERTAINMENT

Allmusic – The one place for all information about bands and music artists

IMDb - The world’s most popular and authoritative source for movie, TV and celebrity content

Shazam – Ever heard a song and wondered what was the title and who was the artist? Shazam miraculously has the answer

Spotify – The best radio and free music player on the market

 

What apps are in your top 10?

 

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JESUS BRINGS – 11 MAY 2014

by on May.13, 2014, under Church Life, Worship

The Jesus Brings campaign is all about Jesus’ mission to seek and save the lost. An initiative of Sydney Anglicans, dozens of churches across the city are involved, including St Paul’s.

Jesus Brings

Church leaders, including Archbishop Glenn Davies, Peter Jensen, Archie Poulos and Dominic Steele share their thoughts on the importance of the ‘mission’ ahead:

 

May Mission is a month where missional and evangelistic activities are given a heightened awareness. The highlight is Daniel Shayesteh, who spoke all last weekend at a number of events and services.

Daniel’s testimony is miraculous, particularly due to his conversion from Islamic fundamentalist to Christian evangelist! God is building His Kingdom and there is no heart is too far.

Last weekend, we celebrated Mothers Day. It was a wonderful opportunity to honour mums for the significant contribution that they make to family life.

Mothers Day

Below is the setlists at St Paul’s for 11 May:

10am:

1. Home (Running) (spch)

2. Mighty To Save (Hillsong)

3. Once For All (spch)

4. Christ Is Enough (Hillsong)

5/7pm:

1. Our God (Tomlin)

2. The One Who Saves (Hillsong)

3. Yours Alone (spch)

4. Jesus Paid It All (Stanfill)

 

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JESUS BRINGS – 4 MAY 2014

by on May.05, 2014, under Worship

The Jesus Brings campaign is all about Jesus’ mission to seek and save the lost. An initiative of Sydney Anglicans, dozens of churches across the city are involved, including St Paul’s.

Jesus Brings

Church leaders, including Archbishop Glenn Davies, Peter Jensen, Archie Poulos and Dominic Steele share their thoughts on the importance of the ‘mission’ ahead:

 

St Paul’s commenced May Mission this week. It’s a month where missional and evangelistic activities are given a heightened awareness.

For example, Christianity Explained courses and Equipped for the Harvest conference are being run, as well as weekly small groups and church services.

The highlight will be Daniel Shayesteh, who is joining us from the 10th-12th of May. Daniel’s testimony is miraculous, particularly due to his conversion from Islamic fundamentalist to Christian evangelist!

God is building His Kingdom and there is no heart is too far.

Below is the setlists at St Paul’s for 4 May 2014:

10am:

1. Praise Him (Hillsong)

2. 10,000 Reasons (Redman)

3. There Is Mercy (spch)

4. Amazing Grace (My Chains) (Tomlin)

 

5/7pm:

1. Home (Running) (spch)

2. Mighty To Save (Hillsong)

3. Once For All (spch)

4. Christ Is Enough (Hillsong)

 

Finally, it was so refreshing to hear the new sound system in church. The clarity and reach of the EAW line-array speakers is exceptional!

People of all ages were raving about the audio quality. The Word of God MUST be heard clearly and thanks to the vision and support of our Parish Council, it WILL BE every week whether spoken or sung.

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ST PAUL’S – 30TH ANNIVERSARY

by on Apr.29, 2014, under Church Life, Worship

On 27 April 2014, St Paul’s celebrated 30 years at 421 Old Northern Rd, Castle Hill. Thanks be to God and the faithful leaders who had the vision in 1984 to move us from a crowded site to 5 acres.

30 years

Rodney Dredge and Allan Dowthwaite are both long time members of St Paul’s. It was great to hear each of them shared (8/10am and 5/7pm respectively) how the move was needed and how through prayer and perseverance, the relocation has seen significant growth in the church. Praise God for His provision!

Rod Dredge

Who knows where we will be in another 30 years.

The day was also an opportunity to look into the future. Ken Allen, Keith Baker and Pat Jones preached on the parable of the Great Banquet. In Luke 14 15-24, Jesus invites people to the party. Few came, so more were invited!

We too have all been invited into the Kingdom and as followers of Christ, we need to invite others in. A timely topic as we approach May Mission.

Below is the setlists for last Sunday:

10am:

1. Nothing But The Blood (Traditional)

2. Washed By The Blood (spch)

3. Yours Alone (spch)

4. You Hold Me Now (Hillsong)

5/7pm:

1. Nothing But The Blood (Traditional)

2. Stronger (Hillsong)

3. There Is Mercy (spch)

4. You’ll Come (Hillsong)

 

This is a weekly post, as part of the Sunday Setlists initiative:

http://www.theworshipcommunity.com/sunday-setlists-301/

 

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