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Welcome to the May/June 2002 Family Worship newsletter

Previous newsletters are available on the website archives at


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New Family Worship Songbook
Visit to Rwanda
Story behind the song
Check out...
Newsletter information

With relentless "Humour spots" everywhere...

FW Site Stats

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

We were honoured to see the song "Rising Generation" reach number one
(out of around 28,000 songs) on the front page of 
during May. (

New Family Worship Songbook

We're 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.

OK - sales pitch over - please remember that Family Worship Resources is
non profit-making, so in buying the new songbook, as with all our books
& CD's, you help fund further resources.

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

Visit to Rwanda

At the end of this week, I leave for a 10 day visit to Rwanda - here's

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. This
visit is to select the songs - the recording itself will then be in
August. We may well also subsequently translate a number of the songs
into English for a recording with children in the UK in the Autumn.

The project is co-sponsored by the "AEE" - a local organisation
promoting healing and reconciliation, and YWAM Rwanda, and the people
involved in the country have a real vision for the potential of this
recording to touch the lives, not just of the children involved, but of
the nation itself, and wider. It is their prayer that in the future,
when the country of Rwanda is mentioned, people's first thought will not
be of the terrible past, but of the great things that God is doing in
the nation

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 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

Humour spot

Q: Why didn't Noah go fishing?
A: He only had two worms!

Q: Why did Moses wander in the desert for 40 years?
A: Even then men wouldn't ask for directions!

A man had just died and was on his way to heaven. When he got to the
gates of heaven he met an angel. The angel asked him what God's name

'Oh that's easy,' the man replied, 'His name is Andy.'

'What make you think his name is Andy?' the angel asked incredulously.

'Well, you see at Church we used to sing this song 'Andy walks with me,
Andy talks with me...'


As I write this, the UK has been celebrating the 50th anniversary of the
Queen's reign - her Golden Jubilee. It has been an amazing few days of
festivities, with the most spectacular fireworks I've ever seen in
London. One of the most striking features has been the part that music
has played in the celebrations - from pop and classical concerts,
through an eclectic combination of world music styles in Hyde Park, to a
massive parade, featuring a 5,000 voice gospel choir. Music has an
amazing power to unite people, and millions of voices joining Paul
McCartney in the finale of "All you need is love" may not have realised
how close they were to the truth of the gospel!

The Queen herself professes a strong Christian faith, yet in our nation,
church attendance has declined numerically over the past 50 years. In
watching the celebrations, it has been my prayer that the nation would
discover that for all the technological and economical advance of the
past 5 decades, in many ways, we have become poorer.

Children and young people have been very involved in the celebrations,
as well as older people who will remember the Silver Jubilee, and some
of them, the coronation itself. The Bible reminds us that "one
generation shall commend your works to the next" (Psalm 145) and it's
encouraging to think that there have been strong reminders of the
heritage of faith that underpins the ceremony and practice of the
monarchy - the Queen is appointed and anointed to serve the nation as a
servant herself of Almighty God.

Let's pray that the UK, and every nation of the world, would join in

"Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the
majesty and the splendour, for everything in heaven and earth is yours.
Yours, O Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all."
1 Chronicles 29:11

Humour spot

A minister just had all of his remaining teeth pulled and new dentures
were being made.

The first Sunday, he only preached 10 minutes.

The second Sunday, he preached only 20 minutes.

But, on the third Sunday, he preached 1 hour 25 minutes.

When asked about this by some of the congregation, he explained:

The first Sunday, my gums were so sore it hurt to talk.

The second Sunday, my dentures were hurting a lot.

The third Sunday, I accidentally grabbed my wife's dentures... and I
couldn't stop talking!

Story behind the song

This month, "I'd reach for the stars"

What can I say, what can I do?
To show you Jesus that I love you
I give you my heart, I give you my song
Oh Jesus, I want you to know

I'd reach, for the stars
Climb the highest mountain
Run a million miles
Swim the widest sea
Jump over the moon
That's how much I love you
I'd do anything for you my Lord

What do you ask, what should I do?
Please help me Jesus to follow you
I give you my life I give you my will
Oh Jesus, I want you to know

Mike Burn
Copyright (c) 1996 Daybreak Music


Jesus said - "If you love me, you will obey my commands" - the command
that we have all received is to "Go!"

William Carey said "Expect great things from God; attempt great things
for God!", which became a guiding statement for much of the modern
missionary movement. Many people when they first become a christian, are
fired up to attempt the impossible, and change the world. As time goes
on, that initial fire can dim, and certainly for myself, I sometimes
wonder where it went, and long to recover that early zeal and passion.
What I've noticed with children is that they have a natural enthusiasm
for so many things, and when they are taught about the plans that God
has for them, their faith can be tremendously powerful, and infectious.

The aim of this song is to suggest that we should attempt the impossible
- "What is impossible with man is possible with God" - and we should
especially encourage children to dream great dreams, and aim high, and
in encouraging them, we will be stirred up ourselves to do likewise. Go
for it!

This song is on FW3 - Fire & Rain - and free sheet music is at

Humour spot
Up at the head table in the cafeteria, one of the nuns had placed a big
bowl of bright red, fresh, juicy apples. Beside the bowl, she placed a
note which read: "Take only one. Remember, God is watching"

At the other end of the table was a bowl full of freshly baked chocolate
chip cookies, still warm from the oven. Beside the bowl was a little
note scrawled in a child's handwriting which read: "Take all you want.
God's watching the apples"

Check out...

I nearly made it to the end of the newsletter without mentioning the
World Cup, but if you're as football-crazy as me, then check out for a cool spreadsheet download.

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

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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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