On Sunday, 14 July 2013, the Melbourne Staff Band (Bandmaster Ken Waterworth) visited the Carrum Downs Corps which joined with the Frankston Corps for a day of worship and service.
The band brought a warm prelude before the 10:00am meeting, which commenced with Amazing Grace (William Himes), followed by An Overture of Praise (Ruben Schmidt) and Craig Downes singing Love Changes Everything (Andrew Lloyd Webber). Damien Rawlings then led everyone in a call to worship and congregational singing of “Blessed Be the Name”, “Open the Eyes of My Heart” and “Refiner’s Fire”.
One of the Staff Band’s newest members, Paul Prince, gave his testimony. He shared his personal faith journey and told of how, by choosing God as his Saviour, he believed that His presence and guidance had led him and continued to lead him through life. This led nicely into the band’s first message, Indescribable (Laura Story & Jesse Reeves, arr. Roger Trigg), which was followed by a prayer from Stephen Webb.
The service continued with everyone singing Brian Hogg’s arrangement of How Great Is Our God/How Great Thou Art. The band then offered Send the Fire (Martin Cordner), which includes, among others, the songs “I surrender all” and “I’m in His Hands”. Stephen Webb presented the message “Choosing Jesus”, telling the story of Jesus and how he faced both adoration and desertion from the crowds as viewed through the lens of 21st-century social media. The essential point was that the Gospel still asks this question of all: Will you follow?
Following a time of response, Jason Stewart brought the very relevant cornet solo I’d Rather Have Jesus (George Beverly Shea, arr. William Himes). The morning concluded with the congregation singing In Christ Alone and the band sent them off in quick tempo with the march Temple 125 (Kevin Larsson).
At midday, the Staff Band and members of the congregation joined for a hearty lunch before the band split into two groups and headed off for Carrum Downs Private Nursing Home and Bayview Nursing Home. At each location, a light program of music was presented to the folk and favorite hymn tunes were played and sung.
The Staff Band thanked Lieutenant Adam and Captain Gen Peterson who welcomed them so warmly to the Carrum Downs Corps and allowed the band to lead worship at the corps and the nursing homes.
Melbourne Staff Band web site