An evening with Stuart Townend

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Monday 12 November was a red-letter evening for seven of us who were fortunate enough to be at Sale Salvation Army Centre. Stuart Townend, who is amongst the leading singer- songwriters of worship songs, led a truly wonderful evening.

Although we have been singing his compositions for several years, we were amazed at the sheer variety of music styles he demonstrated. During the evening there was audience participation where we sang old favourites such as “The power of the Cross”,  “All my Days” and “There is a hope”. Stuart taught us some newer songs such as “Kyrie Eleison” (Lord Have Mercy) and “Come all you vagabonds” (a very folksy style tune).

In between the songs Stuart shared with us his ideas for extending his composing style and how he is trying to communicate the gospel through his music.  A very interesting comment was that often the congregation leaves the church remembering the songs but not the sermon!  Something to reflect upon!

He is a talented pianist, guitarist and harmonica player and used all these skills for us. Stuart closed the evening with “In Christ Alone” which was a fitting ending to our time together.

One final thing: as we first walked into the worship area we all experienced the “wow” factor- it is like a top class concert auditorium!

Keith, Anne, Andrew, Philip, John, Margaret and Chris (Wellspring, Congleton)



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