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Welcome to the July/August 2002 Family Worship newsletter

Previous newsletters are available on the website archives at


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Revive 2002
Rwanda Report
Family Worship Expands!
Story behind the song
Check out...
New Family Worship Songbook
Newsletter information

With relentless "Humour spots" everywhere...

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Newsletter subscribers are now over 2,400 - a special welcome to new

Just a brief newsletter for this time of year - it's summer here in the
UK, and amazingly, the sun is shining. If you're having a holiday, then
I hope and pray that it's peaceful, refreshing and blessed, and if
you're staying at home, then I hope and pray the same.


From 17 to 24 August Sue and I will be leading the Family Worship times
and children's work at the annual Ichthus Bible Week, Revive, at
Ashburnham in East Sussex.

If you are within striking distance then you are very welcome to come
along any day, and it's not too late even to book in to camp for the
whole week. Speakers include Roger & Faith Forster, Stuart Bell, Winkie
Pratney, Greg Boyd, and worship is led by Graham Kendrick & Wes Sutton -
check out and for details.

Rwanda Report

Many thanks to everyone who prayed for our trip to Rwanda last month - a
full report is on the website now at

The children's choir will be recorded from August 16th, so do be praying
for Dave Bankhead as he travels over again to Rwanda for that.

Humour spot

A young man who was an avid golfer found a few hours to spare one
afternoon and hurried to the golf course. He figured if he hurried and
played very fast, he could get in 9 holes before he had to head home.

Just as he was about to tee off an old gentleman shuffled onto the tee
and asked if he could accompany the young man, as he was golfing alone.
He agreed, and to his surprise the old man played fairly quickly. He
didn't hit the ball far but plodded along consistently and didn't waste
much time.

They reached the ninth fairway, and the young man found himself with a
tough shot. There was a large pine tree right in front of his ball,
directly between the ball and the green.

After several minutes of debating how to hit the shot, the old man
finally said, "You know, when I was your age I'd hit the ball right over
that tree."

With that challenge placed before him, the youngster swung hard and hit
the ball as high and hard as he could. It went smack into the top of the
tree trunk, where it thudded back on the ground not a foot from where it
had originally been.

The old man added, "Of course, when I was your age that pine tree was
only 3 feet tall..."

Family Worship Expands!

We're very excited to announce that starting in September, a young
worship leader called Chris Juby will be joining Family Worship
Resources on a part-time basis, to help develop the ministry further.
Chris has spent the last year on the "Radical Network" training course
in church planting with Ichthus Christian Fellowship, and has felt a
growing call to get involved in worship with youth and children.

He will be helping us with administration, website development, and will
accompany me on the "Family Worship Roadshows" where we visit other
churches to lead services, aiming to model something of the vision and
practicalities of all-age worship.

Do pray for Chris as he starts on this new venture - he will also be
looking for other part-time work to support himself, and spending as
much time as possible getting involved with a new church congregation
that Ichthus is planting into Catford, near Lewisham in south-east
London. Exciting times!

If you want to email Chris to welcome and encourage him in his new role
with Family Worship then his address is

Humour spot

A man was coming out of church one day, and the Pastor was standing at
the door to shake his hand.

The Pastor said to him, "You need to join the Army of the Lord!"

My friend replied, "I'm already in the Army of the Lord, Pastor."

Pastor questioned, "How come I don't see you except at Christmas and

He whispered back, "I'm in the secret service.

Story behind the song

This month, "God, you can use me"

God, you can use me
God, you can use me
That the world may hear the Lord Jesus
God you can use me

2. ...that the world may see...

3. ...that the world may love....

4. God, you can use us...
   ...that the world may praise...

Graeme Young
Copyright (c) 1993 Chasah Music


Story behind the song...

This is a very simple song, but one that contains an incredibly powerful
truth. The expression "God, you can use me" can be interpreted in two

1. It's a statement of truth. God can, and will, use anyone, regardless
of age, ability, gifting, or any other criteria you can think of. Many
christians can feel "second class" because they have not yet discovered
their place in the body of Christ, or have not yet found the confidence
to function in the gifts and ministries that God has for them.
Particularly for children in our churches, we need to give them a strong
sense of self-worth, and encourage every single one to take an active
part in the life of the church. It's not just for an "elite few at the
front" - every individual is called to bring in the kingdom of God.

2. It's a statement of will and permission. By singing the words, we're
saying to God that we lay down our own will and life, and give him
complete freedom to use us in whatever way he wishes. One of the great
paradoxical mysteries of the christian life is that the only way to find
true freedom is in complete surrender of our lives - "not my will but
yours be done".

The author of this song, Graeme Young, is based in Scotland, and has a
website featuring some excellent resources for children and those who
work with children in the church. Check it out at

Humour spot

3 ladies were talking together about their dwindling church
congregations.  One woman said, "Our congregation is sometimes down to
30 or 40 on a Sunday."

Another said,  "That's nothing.  Sometimes our congregation is down to
six or seven."

The last lady in her seventies added "Why, it's so bad in our church on
Sundays that when the minister says 'dearly beloved,' it makes me

Check out...

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 - -

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

New Family Worship Songbook

As announced last month, we're really excited about this! For the first
time, all of the songs from the  Family Worship albums, along with 40
new, previously un-published songs, are available in a single songbook -
the Family Worship Collection.  Published by Kevin Mayhew Ltd
(publishers of the Source series of songbooks), the book is a complete
resource for use in all-age worship,  featuring a wide range of songs
that cross the boundaries between worship for children, youth and
adults. Also included are thematic and scriptural indexes, that can help
you find suitable songs for particular themes or occasions.

Containing 100 songs, the songbook costs 17.99 - we know it sounds
expensive (sorry!) but it does work out to less than 20p a song! It also
is the same price you would pay if you bought the individual songbooks
from the 5 albums to date, which would only give you 60 songs, whereas
the compilation has 100.

Check out the details, including a full list of the songs (and some very
kind comments from Roger Forster and Graham Kendrick) at

and order securely online at

Humour spot

After trying a new shampoo for the first time. A man fired off an
enthusiastic letter of approval to the manufacturer.  Several weeks
later he came home from work to find a huge box had been delivered.
were free samples of the many products the company produced: soaps,
detergents, tooth paste, and so on.

"Well, what do you think" his wife asked smiling.

"Next time," he replied. "I'm writing to Ford Motors!"

Newsletter information

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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