Bren McLean

Tag: Gospel


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 Oct.23, 2013, under Worship

The GMA Dove Awards are an annual event, honoring outstanding achievements and excellence in Gospel music.

The winners for 2013 were announced recently and there are quite a few familiar names.

Dove Awards 2013

Below are a list of the winners in some of the top categories:

Song Of The Year – 10,000 Reasons

Songwriter Of The Year – Matt Redman

RAP/Hip-Hop Album – Gravity (Lecrae)

Pop Album – Eye On It (Toby Mac)

Instrumental Album – Glory (Michael W Smith)

Praise & Worship Album – Burning Lights (Chris Tomlin)

Video (Long) – Live In Miami (Hillsong)

Inspirational Film – Courageous


Artists such as Redman and Tomlin have been contributing to the modern hymnal since the late 90’s. Five of the top 10 songs (TOP 25 LIST) reported to CCLI are by these writers, proving their ability to craft congregational songs that edify the church. What an achievement!

Will these songs stand the test of time? Some will, but I suspect most will fade into obscurity due to their lack of scriptural depth, which stirs the soul.

What congregational songs have been well received by your church this year?

In terms of Christian cinema, Courageous is a cracker! A movie that honours fathers and the challenging role of being ‘man of the house’ is something we could use a lot more of.

For a complete list of this years winners, go to:

Congratulations to all the winners and nominees!


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