Apologies to all for the lack of news and updates on here recently … my university studies and the general business of my music ministry in general as well as theREIGN in particular have taken up a lot more time than expected. So here, as we look forward to the final RE5 event in July and to the writing and introduction of RE6 in the Autumn I thought it would be good to take a few minutes to look back over where RE5 sits in the whole scheme of things.
Personally, I think it is probably the best so far, for a number of reasons. Primarily, it flows beautifully. The sections mesh together very nicely and the whole event has a kind of seamless quality to it which has taken 4 or 5 versions to really capture the way we want it. On top of that, the change of minister from Rachel to Andy has introduced a new dynamic … not better, nor worse, just different … and his love of narrative and storytelling has shone through in the way we put across the messages of both RE4 and RE5.
The use of the VLOG style for RE5’s “sermon” was also pretty inspired (and I can say that safely knowing that it wasn’t my idea – it was Andy’s), and gave the whole event a different feel.
We haven’t taken RE5 quite as far afield as RE4, but it is good to be focussed in Hull and surrounds from time to time, as this is where our heart lies and where our ministry is. That said, we will be taking it to Church Stretton in July, and we are looking forward to leading a communion service in a garage for the first time.
The final part of RE5 that I enjoyed was the band being prepared to take on some more complex musical themes this time around, especially when you consider two members had never been involved in the RE before. Using Genesis’ Turn It On Again (and its 13/8 time signature in the key of Bb) as the intro to the whole thing was pretty adventurous, and I remain eternally grateful that Phil Gray was around for every single RE event this time around.
The use of a piece of film score (Ennio Morricone’s Ecstasy of Gold from The Good, The Bad and The Ugly) was also a new departure, and required some serious work from Richard and Rob to get that up and working … once John had “borrowed” the idea from Metallica.
Interestingly, as we were putting this whole thing together, Billy Idol’s White Wedding, which we used for the confession, suddenly began to pop up all over the place, not least in Hollyoaks, and the aforementioned Ecstasy of Gold took centre stage in the Health Lottery’s wall-to-wall advertisements.
All in all, RE5 has done everything we could have hoped for it to do. It is very enjoyable to lead and has been well received everywhere we have taken it. Most importantly, the Lord has really blessed both theREIGN and the congregations that have attended through it. That is, after all, the most important thing.
I have summarised below the music used.
RE6 kicks off in the Autumn and two dates are already in the diary. Get in quick if you would like one.
Songs and part songs used in RE5: Burning Heart
Turn It On Again (Collins/Banks/Rutherford), Strength Will Rise (Brown), White Wedding (Idol), Miracle Maker (Delirious?), The Chain (Buckingham/Fleetwood/McVie/McVie/Nicks), Our God (Tomlin/Redman), New Year’s Day (Bono/The Edge/Clayton/Mullen Jr), A Long And Winding Road (Cooper), Livin’ On A Prayer (Bon Jovi/Sambora/Child), Father God I Wonder (Smale), The House Of The Rising Sun (trad.), Mighty To Save (Morgan/Fielding), Bohemian Like You (Taylor-Taylor), I Stand Amazed (Gabriel), You Chose The Cross (Layzell), In Your Arms (Cooper), Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) (Newton/Tomlin), Ecstasy Of Gold (Morricone), Give Thanks To The Lord (Tomlin), Praise Is Rising (Brown), Unchanging (Tomlin)