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Welcome to the April 2002 Family Worship newsletter

Previous newsletters are available on the website archives at


FW Site stats
Links wanted!
Family Worship goes to Africa
"Rising Generation" chosen as theme song
Compilation songbook release date
Story behind the song
"The Future of Worship" - UK worship conference
Check out...
Newsletter information

With relentless "Humour spots" everywhere...

FW Site Stats

Newsletter subscribers are now around 2,350  - a special welcome to new

The FW site has reached 46 in the new "top 50 UK Christian websites" -

Links wanted!

As a non profit-making organisation, Family Worship relies on word of
mouth recommendations, and the online equivalent, which is links on
other websites. If you have a website and would kindly consider adding a
link to our site then we would happily consider a reciprocal link, and a
mention in our "Check out..." section of this newsletter. Thanks!

Humour spot

Did you hear about the snail who was beaten up by two turtles? He went
to the police and they asked him, "Did you get a good look at the
turtles who did this?"

The snail said, "No, it all happened so fast..."

Family Worship goes to Africa...

FW Producer and friend, Dave Bankhead, heads up an exceptional ministry
called "We Are One!" which aims to promote unity, healing and
reconciliation through worship and music. Have ministered in countries
like South Africa and Northern Ireland, Dave visited Rwanda in 1999 to
record an album of songs written by Rwandese people from different
tribes and churches, aiming to bring healing and reconciliation to a
nation torn apart in the 1994 genocide. The album was launched in 2000
at a worship event in the football stadium in Kigali, attended by
thousands of ordinary people, as well as government ministers, and has
had a profound effect on many people's lives.

As a follow-up project, Dave has been invited back this year to record
an album of children's songs, and has invited me to go with him to get
involved, and particularly to help select the songs, given the
experience of doing that for the various Family Worship projects.

I confess that as well as being tremendously excited by this project,
I'm also very nervous, realising the strategic importance and potential
that the album could have in bringing healing and hope to many
children's lives, and wanting to get it right! So, I would personally
very much value your prayers, that God would use Dave and myself to
bring about what he wants to achieve through this project.

For more details, visit Dave's website at (where you can also order the previous album)

Would you consider being a prayer partner?

The initial visit to Rwanda is from 7-17 June and more details will
follow in next month's newsletter. If you are interested in praying
specifically for this project, and receiving detailed prayer points,
then simply send a blank email to with
subject "subscribe" - many thanks!

Humour spot

A man had invited the pastor and his wife for dinner, and it was Joey's
job to set the table.

When it was time to eat, Joey's mother said with surprise, "Why didn't
you give Mrs. Brown a knife and fork dear?"

"I didn't think I needed to," Joey explained, "I heard Daddy say she
always eats like a horse!"

"Rising Generation" chosen as theme song

We were thrilled to hear of a conference in North Dakota in the USA, run
by Kids in Ministry International titled "This Rising Generation", and
are honoured that they have selected the title track from FW4 as their
theme song for this exciting conference, to be held in October this
year. Details can be found at

Humour spot

After tucking their three-year-old child Sammy in for bed one night, his
parents heard sobbing coming from his room. Rushing back in, they found
him crying hysterically. He managed to tell them that he had swallowed a
penny and he was really worried. No amount of talking helped. His
father, in an attempt to calm him down, palmed a penny from his pocket
and pretended to pull it from Sammy's ear. Sammy was delighted.

In a flash, he snatched it from his father's hand, swallowed it, then
cheerfully demanded, "Do it again, Dad!"

Compilation songbook - release date announced

Kevin Mayhew Ltd (publishers of The Source), will shortly be bringing
out a compilation songbook with songs from all of the Family Worship
albums to date, along with around 40 previously un-published songs. This
100-song collection will provide a comprehensive resource of material
ideal for use on Sunday mornings and at other times when all ages are
together. Details will follow in the next newsletter - release date is
13 May 2002, and the book will be launched at the Ichthus Worship
Conference (see below).

Humour spot

They said it...

"I know that there are people in this world who do not love their fellow
man, and I hate people like that!" --Tom Lehrer

"I was going to buy a copy of The Power of Positive Thinking, and then I
thought: What good would that do?" --Ronnie Shakes

Story behind the song

This month, "Rising Generation"


We are God's chosen holy nation
We belong to him alone
And may this rising generation
Worship Christ upon his throne
Worship Christ upon his throne

We believe in God the Father
And in Christ his precious Son
We believe he died to save us
Came to call us as his own

We believe he sends his Spirit
On us now with gifts of power
Hear the Spirit calling out to us
Where he leads us we will go

Dave Bankhead & Mike Burn
Copyright (c) 2001 Daybreak Music


You've heard the story about the man who found a button, and had a suit
made to match? Well, this song is like that. I first heard the phrase
"rising generation" used by Martin Smith of Delirious in a concert, and
it really struck a chord with me. I made a note of the phrase on the
nifty new digital voice recorder that my wife had just given me for my
birthday (the hi-tech equivalent of the pencil and notebook that writers
keep by the bedside for inspiration in the middle of the night!)

Some months later when I was reviewing material on the voice recorder, I
remembered the phrase, and decided to try to write a song around it. I
got nowhere fast for sometime, however, and mentioned it to Dave
Bankhead during a joint writing session one day. His initial reaction
was that it wasn't really a singable phrase, and that we might struggle
to get a song based around it. However, within an hour or so he was
sitting at the keyboard with the structure of the chorus pretty much

We felt strongly that we wanted to make the song a creed. In our
"post-modern", materialistic western society, it seems that so many
people, particularly young people, don't know what to believe, and so
they will believe anything. One aim of the song is to affirm a strong
sense of faith and purpose by putting the timeless, powerful words of
simple gospel truth in the mouths of children and youth.

The aim of the song is not just to inspire the younger generations to
rise up to the call of God on their lives, but also to do the same for
the older generations, realising that we are called to partner across
the age gaps, like Elijah and Elisha, and that when the whole church,
young and old, join together with one heart, purpose and vision, then we
can truly sing that we are a chosen, holy, nation.

You can hear this song at and
also download the free sheet music.

As well as being chosen as the theme song for the Kids in Ministry
conference in the USA, we were delighted that the song was chosen for
inclusion in the 2002 Spring Harvest songbook

"The Future of Worship" - UK worship conference

Hosted by Graham Kendrick, Ichthus Christian Fellowship is holding a
conference for all those involved in worship on 17 & 18 May, 2002, in
south London. Featuring Graham Cray (the Bishop of Maidstone), Phatfish
(contemporary worship band from Stoneleigh), Roger Forster (leader of
Ichthus) and a wide range of seminar speakers, the conference promises
to be a tremendous time of equipping, challenging and encouraging

Delegates from all churches are welcome - if you are interested in
receiving a brochure, or in booking online, then do check out

Check out...

Regular FW writer and friend, Judy Bailey, has a brand new worship album
out. Judy has an energy and passion for worship like no other person I
know, so this album is definitely worth checking out. - an excellent new evangelistic site

If you have a website that you would like us to cover in future
newsletters, please email

River of Life Discount Christian Bookstore, US distributors for the
Family Worship resources are online with a great site featuring an
ever-increasing range of worship recordings, songbooks, etc. Check it
out at

Check out the free FW Webmail - -

Humour spot

While driving through Buffalo after a heavy snow storm, a motorist noted
a cop, apparently waist deep in snow, directing traffic.  Feeling sorry
for him, the motorist called out "I'm sorry you have to work half buried
in the snow."

The cop called back "It's not too bad for me, but you should really feel
sorry for my horse!"

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This newsletter is written by Mike Burn and is published by Family
Worship Resources, part of Ichthus Christian Fellowship, London, UK
Copyright 2002, Mike Burn.

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