The call – David Shone
I must admit I had mixed feelings about going to the call as I had not heard of Matt Beckingham or any of his music. Any fears I had were quickly dispelled as the evening got underway. This was not only a good evening's entertainment; it was as excellent night of worship.
There was something for everyone, the opening song "Come, now is the time to worship" set the tone for the multimedia evening that was to follow. There were old favourite hymns like "In Christ alone", "Praise my soul the King of heaven" and ending with "How great thou art". There were also many new songs of worship written by Matt himself, Stuart Townend, Keith Getty and Graham Kendrick. My personal favourite was Matt's arrangement of "What a friend we have in Jesus" If this didn't get your feet tapping then nothing would.
Hymns and prayers were interspersed with videos mainly outlining the work of "All we can". There was also time given up for personal testimony from members of the audience.
Matt Buckingham has 3 other singers/musicians with him who were backed by a choir from the Barnsley Circuit, who were equally as accomplished as the professionals.
Tonight (8th April) it was interesting to read in our Lent bible study (Talking of God together) the following:
OUR CALLING – A THOUGHT TO REFLECT
"The calling of the Methodist Church is to respond to the gospel of God's love in Christ."
A strange coincidence as this was the was the same message given by Matt Beckingham.