Bren McLean

Archive for April, 2014


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:


1. Nothing But The Blood (Traditional)

2. Washed By The Blood (spch)

3. Yours Alone (spch)

4. You Hold Me Now (Hillsong)


1. Nothing But The Blood (Traditional)

2. Stronger (Hillsong)

3. There Is Mercy (spch)

4. You’ll Come (Hillsong)


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by on Apr.21, 2014, under Worship

This year, St Paul’s presented a high quality production of Jesus Christ Superstar. There were 5 performances leading up to Easter, with around 2,500 in attendance!

The main purpose for doing something as provocative as Superstar, was to get people thinking about who Jesus really is. The title song poses the question, “are you who they say you are?” The show finishes suddenly at the crucifixion and then people were invited back for Easter to have that question (and more) answered.

Our theme for Easter 2014 is “Jesus Who?” and below is the setlists over the weekend:

Easter 2014

GOOD FRIDAY (18 April)

(Matthew 27:32-61)



1. Jesus Paid It All (Stanfill)

2. Jerusalem (spch)

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

ITEM – Forever (Kari Jobe)

4. When I Survey The Wondrous Cross (Traditional)



(Mark 27:62-28:15)


10am, 5/7pm:

1. Oh The Mighty Hand (spch)

2. Once For All (spch)

3. In Christ Alone (Townend)

ITEM – Man Of Sorrows (Hillsong)

4. Jerusalem (spch)


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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:


23 – Orchestra

50 – Crew

62 – Cast

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

216 – Lighting Cues

500+ – Cups of coffee

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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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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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:


1. Home (Running) (spch)

2. Be Thou My Vision (Traditional)

3. Cornerstone (Hillsong)

4. Stronger (Hillsong)



1. God Is Able (Hillsong)

2. How Great Thou Art (Traditional)

3. Jerusalem (spch)

4. Awakening (Tomlin)


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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.


Below is the setlists at spch for 6 April 2014:


1. The Love Of The Father (spch)

2. Yours Alone (spch)

3. None But Jesus (Hillsong)

4. Once For All (spch)



1. Nothing But The Blood (Traditional)

2. Washed By The Blood (spch)

3. I Surrender All (Traditional)

4. Christ Is Enough (Hillsong)


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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!


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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