Welcome to the online Fetteresso Church Service - Church At Home for this week.
Many thanks to Len Montgomery for leading us through this Service, and to James Dickinson for today’s Sermon. Thanks also to Ian Gillis our Choirmaster and Organist for the Musical interludes which this week includes a musical selection that Ian plays on the piano pre-service.
Due to the current guidelines any sung music praise items in this Online Service have been added in from our extensive Fetteresso Digital Sound Archives.
In Len’s call to Worship today uses Psalm 62:
“Yes my soul find rest in God; my hope comes from Him. Truly He is my rock and my salvation”
We really do need the comfort and assurance of these words especially in these worrying and troubling days.
However, it is another aspect of the Psalms we need to consider today. The psalms are songs of praise and as such more often than not, have a musical instruction – Psalm 62 like many psalms actually starts:
“For the Director of Music” This reminds us of the importance of praise in Worship – but also and especially today, as it is Ian Gillis’s last day as Organist and Choirmaster, the importance of a skilled musician that is able to lead a choir and congregation in worship. Below is an extract from the Fetteresso Church Newsletter of September 1975:-
So that means that Ian has been Organist and Choir Master at Fetteresso for 45years 3months and 25days. Over that time, he has served under four ministers and has maintained Church worship to the very highest of standards. He has continually developed and introduced new forms of music which are relevant and accessible for today’s Church. In doing so, Ian has been inclusive and very much encouraging of other people’s musical skills. This has been seen most clearly in the very many Concerts organised by Ian covering a wide spectrum of musical tastes. I am sure we all send our prayers and blessings to Ian and Liz as they move into a new chapter or should that be a new melody.
“Thank you for the Music”
Keep Safe Keep Singing