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Welcome to the Easter 2002 Family Worship newsletter

Previous newsletters are available on the website archives at


FW Site stats
Easter Resources
Recent site additions
Coming soon - new Compilation songbook
Creativity in worship
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 2,300  - a special welcome to new

After a short break at the start of the year, newsletters will be
arriving monthly again - sorry for the gap, and many thanks to those who
have emailed to say that you had missed receiving them!

We hit a milestone at the beginning of the year with 1/4 million song
downloads from Along with the RealAudio plays and downloads
from the main FW site, the song-by-email facility, and MP3 files on
other sites like, we estimate that around 1/2 million songs
have now been played or downloaded since the Family Worship site was
launched 3 years ago.

The FW site was listed in the new "top 50 UK Christian websites" at
number 46 - see

Recent Site Additions

4 new MIDI tracks from FW4 - Rising Generation have been added to the
MIDI page

Our new resources have proved very popular, especially the excellent
book by Nick Harding, "Children can worship" - check it out at

Easter Resources

See the special Easter page at for links to Easter songs -
contemporary and traditional - as well as two royalty-free drama scripts
ideal for use in an Easter service.

The FW song, "Jesus thank you for the cross", has been our most popular
song for use at Easter, closely followed by "Whiter than the snow" - 
you can download them free at as well
as the backing track at

Sheet music is also free at


To view your online Easter card from Family Worship Resources, click

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Humour spot

What do you call pastors in Germany?
German shepherds!

Coming soon...

We're thrilled that music publishers, 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40 previously unpublished songs.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, and you will be able to order the book online from
around May 2002.

Humour spot

(True story, allegedly...!)

One Sunday in church, a young child was "acting up" during the morning
worship hour. The parents did their best to maintain some sense of order
in the pew, but, were losing the battle. Finally, the father picked the
little fellow up and walked sternly up the aisle on his way out. Just
before reaching the safety of the foyer, the little one called loudly to
the congregation, "Pray for me! Pray for me!"

Creativity in worship

I was reading the account of the building of the tabernacle recently in
Exodus. I was struck by the amazing diversity of talents, gifts and
crafts that were used in the construction of a place where worship was
to be offered, and was visualising how beautiful it must have been.

The description of the way that Aaron was dressed too is just incredible
- an explosion of striking colour, fine materials and costly jewels.

Often our worship is mainly aural, that is, it involves music, singing
and speaking. However, many people also respond well to visual aspects
of worship, and I love the diversity of gifts that can be used in
corporate and personal worship: banners, dancing, visual aids, computer
projection (animations, still pictures, or video), painting, and so on.

Sometimes, as with musicians, creative artists can struggle with
motivation and pride, and it's good to remind ourselves that the aim of
everything should be not to draw attention to the artist, but to help
the congregation to focus on God.

If you are someone who contributes in any kind of creative way in
worship, then it can be helpful to think of yourself as a signpost: the
purpose of a signpost is not to draw attention to itself, but rather to
point to the destination.

Particularly for children and teenagers, having visual aspects in
worship can help to keep them engaged and attentive. Let's use all of
the means available to us to create a modern-day tabernacle - a place
where the Living God may dwell.

Humour spot

A pastor had had a bad week. On Sunday he was really frustrated and he
began his sermon, "Everyone in this parish is going to hell if they
don't change their ways!" One man in the back began to laugh. So the
pastor said it again louder. The man continued to laugh. The pastor went
back to him and asked him why he was laughing. He answered, "Because I
don't belong to this parish!"

Story behind the song

"If we were to keep quiet"

If we were to keep quiet
the rocks they would cry out
If we were to stay silent
Then the stones would surely shout
But now we've seen the Lord of lords
We won't keep quiet any more
Because Jesus is coming soon

Once he came to die upon a cross
Now he reigns, alive for evermore,
Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest heaven
Jesus is coming soon

Mike Burn
Copyright 1993 Chasah Music

Available at

There's a huge, dramatic rock face on the edge of the Pyrynees mountain
range in the South of France, near the Spanish border, where my church,
Ichthus Christian Fellowship, has a small church congregation. The rock
face is a beautiful sight, especially at sunset, where the rock is
silhouetted against the sky, strong and defiant. I wrote this song,
looking at the rock one day, thinking that in it's way, it was already
expressing praise to its creator in heaven.

France is one of the least-reached nations with the gospel in Europe,
and less than 1% of the children there attend church or Sunday School.
I'm longing for the children of that nation to find Jesus, and so find
the reason to join nature in praising God.

Based on the words that Jesus spoke during the Triumphant Entry into
Jerusalem. The Pharisees criticised the noise that the disciples and
crowd were making, and were indignant at the sight of children shouting
"Hosanna" in the temple. Jesus said that if they kept quiet, the stones
themselves would cry out. (I don't know about you, but sometimes I can
imagine the bricks in our church buildings are struggling to hold it

Children are instinctively noisy, and whilst there is a need for order
in our churches, homes and communities, often the life and energy is
un-necessarily squeezed out of children as they grow up, and they can
end up as inhibited as us! It's my belief that we need to encourage
children to use their natural energy,  and help them to channel it into
worship and praise. We need to allow children the freedom to be who they
are, and become who God wants them to be.

"The Future of Worship" - UK worship conference

Hosted by Graham Kendrick, Ichthus Christian Fellowship is putting on 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 - space is limited to 500
places, which are going fast, so if you are interested in receiving a
brochure, or in booking securely online, do check out

Check out...

Family Worship was honoured to receive an "Excellent Christian Website"
award from Drama Share - check out their site for a huge range of
resources related to using drama in worship, services and evangelism.

"Towards Excellence - Understanding the Keyboard" and "Towards
Excellence - Building A Strong Worship Team" - 2 great books that would
be of great benefit to those involved in worship ministry, by Rod Best. - 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
"The Preacher And The Music Director"

There was a church where the preacher and the minister of music were not
getting along. As time went by this began to spill over into the worship

The first week the preacher preached on commitment and how we all should
dedicate ourselves to the service of God. The music director lead the
song "I Shall not be Moved."

The second week the preacher preached on tithing and how we all should
gladly give to the work of the Lord. The director lead the song "Jesus
Paid it All."

The third week the preacher preached on gossiping and how we should all
watch our tongues. The music director led the song "I Love to Tell the

With all this going on, the preacher became very depressed over the
situation and the following Sunday told the congregation that he was
considering resigning. The musician lead the song "Oh Why Not Tonight?"

As it came to pass, the preacher did indeed resign. The next week he
informed the church that it was Jesus who led him there and it was Jesus
that was taking him away. The music leader lead the song "What a Friend
We Have in Jesus."

Newsletter information

This newsletter is written by Mike Burn and is published by Family
Worship Resources, part of Ichthus Christian Fellowship, London, UK
Copyright 2001, Mike Burn.

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