I’ve been thinking a lot about the word ‘Facilitator’ today. Because it was today that I was asked to lead worship for the New Wine Cymru South East Wales Regional Conference. And I have to say, I was deeply encouraged. New Wine exists to equip local churches and to help facilitate the changing of nations. It’s a great coalition of many different denominations coming together for the sake of the gospel being shared with our nation and further afield.
It’s great to see New Wine growing in Wales, however the reason I was particularly encouraged was because I didn’t need to try very hard in worship. By that, I mean I didn’t have to work and drill at those who I was leading. Any worship leader will know that sometimes worship flows smoothly and passionately because the people genuinely want to worship, but at other times, worship is hard to get going and you feel like you’re almost performing in front of a tough audience. Not so with the conference today. Rather than leading from the front, I was able, along with the help from two good friends doing backing vocal and guitar, to lead along side the people who were worshipping.
That’s how it should be.
Anyway, that’s my thought for today. Over and out until tomorrow!
Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre.
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