Bren McLean

SUPERSTAR – PHOTOS AND HIGHLIGHTS

by on Apr.17, 2014, under Church Life, Production, Worship

Last night was the final performance of Jesus Christ Superstar. It was a joy and privilege to be involved in such a high quality production!

We got a glimpse of just how well the body of Christ can work together to bring glory to God. There is unity in diversity.

Here are a few photos from the show:

Everythings AlrightMary: “Try not to get worried…

everything’s alright”

 

Mary“I don’t know how to love him”

 

CaiphasCaiphas: “You know his movements, we know the Law”

 

PilatePilate: “Oh, so this is the Christ”

 

HerodHerod: “Jesus I am overjoyed to meet you face to face”

 

JesusJesus: “God, Thy will is hard”

 

Jesus 2“It is finished”

 

Jesus 3BUT, the story does not end there!

 

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

Matthew 28:5-7

After each performance, there was an intentional darkness and awkward silence. What next?

Senior Minister, John Gray then invited people back to Easter services to hear the rest of the story and to have questions about Jesus answered.

Now for some interesting numbers:

Numbers

62 – Cast

50 – Crew

23 – Orchestra

50+ – Support (Ushers, Caterers, Babysitters etc)

2,500+ – Tickets sold

 

Thanks to everyone who was involved in the St Paul’s production of Superstar. Whether up front or behind the scenes, your contribution helped to make the show an outstanding success.

Let’s continue to pray that the name of Jesus will be made famous across the Hills and beyond.

 

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SHINE CONFERENCE – 21 JUNE 2014

by on Apr.16, 2014, under Church Life, Worship

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SHINE CONFERENCE is on again! What began in 2008 as a training day for the St Paul’s music team, has evolved into an event for creatives and church leaders from all over the country.

Tim Keller talks about the power of active contextualisation and we also want to see the gospel of Jesus communicated in mediums that are engaging and relevant.

 

 

In the past, guests have included, Darlene Zschech, Mike Raiter, Robert Fergusson, Karl Faase and Ray Galea.

This year,  we are delighted to host Oscar Muriu, all the way from Kenya. Oscar  is Senior Pastor of Nairobi Chapel and has much to say about the arts as an effective communication tool. Oscar speaks all over the world and was a part of the Global Leadership Summit 2013 faculty at Willow Creek.

The event also features short talks, workshops and worship lead by CityAlight.

Check out the SHINE website for more details and to register. ‘Early-Bird’ rates apply until 19 May.

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Matthew 5:14-16

 

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SUNDAY SETLISTS – 13 APRIL 2014

by on Apr.14, 2014, under Worship

ROMANS explains that salvation is offered through the gospel of Jesus Christ and is probably the most significant of the Pauline letters.

‘Power to change a life’, is a series that we started in February on the book of ROMANS. The series has run for 10 weeks now and concluded yesterday.

Romans 2014

 

Below is the setlists at spch for 13 April 2014:

10am:

1. Home (Running) (spch)

2. Be Thou My Vision (Traditional)

3. Cornerstone (Hillsong)

4. Stronger (Hillsong)

 

5/7pm:

1. God Is Able (Hillsong)

2. How Great Thou Art (Traditional)

3. Jerusalem (spch)

4. Awakening (Tomlin)

 

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

http://www.theworshipcommunity.com/sunday-setlists-299/

 

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SUNDAY SETLISTS – 6 APRIL 2014

by on Apr.08, 2014, under Worship

Yesterday, we took a break from our ROMANS series. We were privileged to have the Hon John Anderson from Overseas Council (OCA) with us at 8am, 10am and 5pm.

Mr Anderson lives in north-west NSW, farming crops and cattle. He served for 19 years as the Member for Gwydir in the Federal Parliament, including six years as Deputy Prime Minister. John is committed to Christian mission and believes that OCA’s model is strategically outstanding.

John-Anderson

Below is the setlists at spch for 6 April 2014:

10am:

1. The Love Of The Father (spch)

2. Yours Alone (spch)

3. None But Jesus (Hillsong)

4. Once For All (spch)

 

5/7pm:

1. Nothing But The Blood (Traditional)

2. Washed By The Blood (spch)

3. I Surrender All (Traditional)

4. Christ Is Enough (Hillsong)

 

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

http://www.theworshipcommunity.com/sunday-setlists-298/

 

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JERUSALEM – FREE EASTER SONG

by on Apr.05, 2014, under Worship

Jerusalem is the new song from CityAlight. Taken from our live recording on 23 February, it is available now to download for FREE!

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I interviewed Jonny Robinson this week (co-songwriter of Jerusalem) to ask a few questions:

What is the song about?

The song follows Jesus scene by scene as he walks through Jerusalem to the Cross.  In Luke 9.51, Jesus ‘sets his face’ to Jerusalem and makes a decision to go through with this very difficult plan. So we wanted to capture some of that commitment and that resolution, to show him physically walking through those old streets on the way to the Cross. It’s quite visceral, in that sense.
(The path that Jesus took is also known as the Via Dolorosa)
Why write about this topic?
There are some terrific plays and films about Jesus and the crucifixion, and they’re able to rely on visual techniques to get the story across. Even the not-so-great ones have pictures and images and their disposal. And that leaves a mark- images leave a mark. What we wanted to do was try and incorporate that visual and cinematic feel into a song. So, it’s the story of Jesus walk through Jerusalem to the Cross with a focus on the visual elements- the streets, the crowds, the rocks, and so on.
There are a lot of really good and strong songs exploring the spiritual things that took place that day, but we also wanted people to be able to see this wild story unfolding- such a crucial part of the faith that did take place in history and on a road, and that, of course, for a reason. 
In such a story, though, the spiritual aspects of the day do come through in the song because they are tied to the history so inextricably. But the focus is Jesus walking, Jesus waiting, Jesus hanging there, and what it looked like. It’s important to get inside this story and to feel it and to see it.
This song, of course, can’t do that for someone completely or perfectly, but we wanted to give any help we could in that direction. If nothing else, it’s a song about the most important story on earth.
Where can people get a copy of the song?
The song is on iTunes or you can download it for FREE at the CityAlight website.
Who is CityAlight?
CityAlight is a team of songwriters, singers and musicians from St Paul’s Castle Hill. We aren’t a band or a movement or a church (although we do all go to one!). We have simply written and produced songs for the church because we love to hear the people of God come together and praise His name. The sound of a church singing is like nothing else. And God deserves that.

Jonny is highly regarded at St Paul’s and his paper last year on the topic of lyrical clarity has been a great resource for songwriters.

Jerusalem is a timely release for Easter, powerfully communicating the gospel of Jesus in song. May this song nourish your soul and by all means, share with your friends!

The Jerusalem lyric video has been created to show in church or at events. This is also available now to download for free.

May this song refresh your soul and draw you nearer to “the One who Saves us”.

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SUNDAY SETLISTS – 30 MARCH 2014

by on Mar.31, 2014, under Worship

‘Power to change a life’, is a new series we started in February on the book of ROMANS. The epistle is being unpacked over 10 weeks.

Romans 2014

ROMANS explains that salvation is offered through the gospel of Jesus Christ and is probably the most significant of the Pauline letters.

Associate Minister, Eric Cheung preached (10am, 5pm) on the topic of authority and part of his talk was presented from the top of scaffolding! It was an effective display, with Eric reminding us God is honoured when we respect the authorities and rules of the day.

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Below is the setlists at spch for 30 March 2014:

10am:

1. The Love Of The Father (spch)

2. Washed By The Blood (spch)

3. Yours Alone (spch)

4. Christ Is Enough (Hillsong)

 

5/7pm:

1. The Love Of The Father (spch)

2. Unending Love (Hillsong)

3. None But Jesus (Hillsong)

4. Once For All (spch)

 

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

http://www.theworshipcommunity.com/sunday-setlists-297/

 

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SUNDAY SETLISTS – 23 MARCH 2014

by on Mar.24, 2014, under Worship

‘Power to change a life’, is a new series we started in February on the book of ROMANS. The epistle is being unpacked over 10 weeks.

Romans 2014

ROMANS explains that salvation is offered through the gospel of Jesus Christ and is probably the most significant of the Pauline letters.

Below is the setlists at spch for 23 March 2014:

10am:

1. Nothing But The Blood (Traditional)

2. God Is Able (Hillsong)

3. Yours Alone (spch)

4. Heart Of Worship (Redman)

 

5/7pm:

PRELUDE – Happy (Pharell)

What a joyous start to church. A popular song that was well presented by Andy and team :-)

1. Run (Hillsong)

2. Yours Alone (spch)

3. Before The Throne (Traditional)

4. Awakening (Tomlin)

 

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

http://www.theworshipcommunity.com/sunday-setlists-296/

 

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SUNDAY SETLISTS – 16 MARCH

by on Mar.17, 2014, under Worship

‘Power to change a life’, is a new series we started in February on the book of ROMANS. The epistle is being unpacked over 10 weeks.

Romans 2014

ROMANS explains that salvation is offered through the gospel of Jesus Christ and is probably the most significant of the Pauline letters.

Below is the setlists at spch for 16 March 2014:

10am:

1. Our God (Tomlin)

2. 10,000 Reasons (Redman)

3. Jerusalem (spch)

4. Man Of Sorrows (Hillsong)

We also had a string quartet to augment the music team. WOW!

 

5/7pm:

1. Hosanna (Hillsong)

2. Yours Alone (spch)

3. Unending Love (Hillsong)

4. Once For All (spch)

 

We also heard a wonderful testimony from John North, who shared how his life has been transformed by the saving power of Jesus.

John works for Ambassadors For Christ, an organisation that supports and equips evangelists.

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

http://www.theworshipcommunity.com/sunday-setlists-295/

 

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SUNDAY SETLISTS – 9 MARCH

by on Mar.11, 2014, under Worship

‘Power to change a life’, is a new series we started in February on the book of ROMANS. The epistle is being unpacked over 10 weeks.

Romans 2014

ROMANS explains that salvation is offered through the gospel of Jesus Christ and is probably the most significant of the Pauline letters.

Below is the setlists at spch for 9 March 2014:

10am:

1. Home (Running) (spch)

2. Cornerstone (Hillsong)

3. Our Hope (spch)

4. In Christ Alone (Townend)

 

5/7pm:

1. Yours Alone (spch)

2. The Stand (Hillsong)

3. Cornerstone (Hillsong)

4. In Christ Alone (Townend)

 

We also heard a wonderful testimony from Matt Goodman. A former atheist, Matt shared how his life has been transformed by the saving power of Christ. Amen!

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

http://www.theworshipcommunity.com/sunday-setlists-294/

 

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SUNDAY SETLISTS – 2 MARCH 2014

by on Mar.03, 2014, under Church Life, Worship

‘Power to change a life’, is a new series we started in February on the book of ROMANS. The epistle is being unpacked over 10 weeks.

Romans 2014

ROMANS explains that salvation is offered through the gospel of Jesus Christ and is probably the most significant of the Pauline letters.

Below is the setlists at spch for 2 March 2014:

10am:

1. Running (spch)

2. Our God (Tomlin)

3. There Is Mercy (spch)

4. The One Who Saves (Hillsong)

 

5/7pm:

1. Our God (spch)

2. 10,000 Reasons (Redman)

3. Jerusalem (spch)

4. Man Of Sorrows (Hillsong)

The band was joined by a string quartet. The songs were arranged and played beautifully!

 

New Archbishop, Glenn Davies preached at all 4 services. What an honour it was to hear him present the gospel with such power and clarity.

NOTE – The Arch presented a one hour overview of Romans at the start of our series. His talk can be found HERE.

The Sydney Diocese is in the hands of a Godly leader and remarkable communicator.

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Over 1500 people attended yesterday and a highlight for me was witnessing 18 young men and women being baptised (including my son, Ryan).

Baptism - Ryan

The Archbishop and Senior Minister, John Gray changed into the ‘appropriate attire’ for this sacrament that has been performed for over 2000 years. Each of the candidates proudly declared their devotion to Jesus and that they completely understand the meaning of full immersion baptism:

“We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”

Romans 6:4

 

The angels were certainly celebrating (and so were we)!

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

http://www.theworshipcommunity.com/sunday-setlists-293/

 

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