Coles Backs Music Sunday

by Gerry Lynch last modified 26 May, 2015 12:19 PM

Priest and broadcaster backs Royal School of Church Music event celebrating music in worship.

The priest and broadcaster, the Revd Richard Coles, has given his support to the celebration of music in church worship, as the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) invites churches to celebrate RSCM Music Sunday.

The RSCM is inviting churches to give thanks for the power of music in church worship and to affirm the work of those who make it. Over the years there have been many imaginative Music Sunday ideas, as churches all over the world have organised anything from sponsored singing of favourite hymns and organ crawls, to special collections, church services and concerts. The 50:50 element of the campaign enables churches to raise funds equally for themselves and for the RSCM.

To promote Music Sunday the RSCM visited Finedon Parish Church in Northamptonshire, where priest and broadcaster The Reverend Richard Coles is the Vicar. A video follows preparations for a special Music Sunday Choral Evensong. Revd Coles, who was a chorister and later a member of The Communards, is in no doubt about the importance of music in worship. "Music is absolutely fundamental to worship for me. It’s a medium of connectivity; it connects the horizontal axis of who we are, to the vertical axis of how we relate to God. Music is the means that achieves that. And it’s an enormous draw here; what we have is a parish choir on full throttle deeply committed to the music and that’s wonderful."

Revd Coles thinks that Music Sunday also has an important function in affirming the musicians who make music in church. "Music Sunday is a chance for us to draw ourselves up to full height, take a deep breath and present what we do in as compelling a way as possible," he said. "It’s not about the people who we address when we do that, but in telling us who we are too. It’s a very important thing in a world where people find it difficult to commit to lunch to find people who are prepared to commit to something which really is rooted deeply in the community."

This will be the seventh year that RSCM Music Sunday has been held in its present form. More information can be found on the RSCM website www.rscm.com/musicsunday where appropriate materials for a service may be found, including ideas for hymns, songs, anthems, prayers and readings. The RSCM has earmarked 21st June 2015 as Music Sunday though, churches may wish to change the date to suit their own schedules. A video about Music Sunday at Finedon may be seen on the webpage, along with clips from the interview with Richard Coles.

RSCM Music Sunday has been held in its present form. More information can be found on the RSCM website www.rscm.com/musicsunday where appropriate materials for a service may be found, including ideas for hymns, songs, anthems, prayers and readings. The RSCM has earmarked 21 June 2015 as Music Sunday though, churches may wish to change the date to suit their own schedules. A video about Music Sunday at Finedon may be seen on the webpage, along with clips from the interview with Richard Coles.

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