Coventry City SA festival 12/05/2019

We got our final meeting of our weekend at Coventry City off to a great start this afternoon with two items in contrast. First the festival arrangement The Call of the Gospel (Martin Cordner), then The Ashokan Farewell (Jay Ungar arr. Alan Fernie).

Following the opening prayer and a congregational song the next item was the Festival March Motivation (William Himes). This was followed by our first soloist of the afternoon, Cameron Shanks, who played the Xylophone solo The Black and White Rag. We then shared Stephen Bulla’s Lift Up Your Voice, which is an upbeat arrangement of the hymn tune St Francis, which we associate with the hymn, All Creatures of our God and King.

Coventry Songsters then provided their contribution to worship as they sang Shout For Joy.

Next on the programme was another item from the band, this time Living Power by Tom Davoren.

As we moved into the more reflective part of the programme, Hannah Montgomery shared her testimony. She explained that as an officers’ child she has always been aware of God’s presence in her life. Hannah told us how she’s never had a ‘big life changing moment’ in her life but has always known God’s presence in her life, even when she has questioned God’s plan for her. The band followed this with Andrew Blyth’s arrangement, In God’s Presence which features the tunes Bow the Knee and All to Jesus I Surrender.

Our second soloist of the afternoon was Marjory Watson, who sang the lovely vocal solo, There Is A Saviour.

David Kendall reminded in his reflections that no matter what tomorrow may bring for each of us, good or bad, God is with us. We concluded this time of reflection with our final soloist, Lynn Shanks, who played the flugel horn solo Through It All (Andrew Blyth).

Through It All
Though the future seems uncertain
Though the fear erodes my peace
Though the circumstance seems hopeless
And the doubting will not cease
I will claim what He has promised
For my heart must recognise
Mine is not to question
But keep focused on the prize.

Through it all I choose to serve the saviour
Through it all I claim Christ as my friend
Through it all my faith will never waver
Till He calls me home or comes again

This path now set before me
Is not my route of choice
Yet I must keep moving forward
Listening to His still small voice
This step along this journey
He reminds me I’m His own
And through the cold dark loneliness
I’m aware I’m not alone

Through it all I choose to serve the saviour
Through it all I claim Christ as my friend
Through it all my faith will never waver
Till He calls me home or comes again

Our penultimate item of the weekend was the contemporary piece of music by Steve Ponsford called Cross-Rhythms.

The congregation then joined with us in the song In Christ Alone, which reminds us that in Christ our hope is found!

The band finished the weekend with the benediction The Father’s Blessing (Kenneth Downie).

We would like to thank the Coventry Songsters for their support this afternoon and for their contribution to the programme.

Many thanks to everyone who has come along to Coventry this weekend. We pray you have been blessed and challenged by our ministry.

A huge thank you to everyone at Coventry for your warm welcome, and for looking after us so well throughout the weekend. Thank you!

As a band, we also want to thank Calum Montgomery who helped us on percussion this weekend. Thank you Calum.

Thank you to all the band, and especially to the Bandmaster Yvonne for a great weekend of music, fellowship and worship. Well done everyone!

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