Dear friends

Keep right on to the end of the road …
Ev’ry road thro’ life is a long, long road, fill’d with joys and sorrows too …
Tho’ you’re tired and weary still journey on, till you come to your happy abode,
Where all the love you’ve been dreaming of will be there at the end of the road.
Words by Sir Harry Lauder, written shortly after his son was killed in World War 1.
I’ve sung this many times at a certain football ground, but only recently learned the context!

Over the past two years we’ve experienced seismic changes in lifestyle and activities, most of which have been incredibly hard to bear. CMM has seen a drastic decrease in music making as choirs and churches have been unable to stage live events, meaning a significant drop in sales, as well as in itinerant activities. We’ve so missed seeing our friends and the joy of being together in music and ministry.  Some of you have found this time extremely hard and there has been much pain, grief, “joys and sorrows”.

But we’ve also seen great growth in our creativity, and are thrilled to announce SONGS OF EASTER, a collection of items reflecting the light, life and hope of our faith.  There are 15 tracks (hymns, songs, anthems, etc) with amazing contributions from CMM staff and associates, as well as introducing some exciting new performers.  We publish mid-February, but really need your help in promoting this, so here’s a special advance offer of of £15 for Songbook and CD, available directly from CMM: https://www.cmm.org.uk/shop/index.php?id=soe

We’ve seen changes in the outward expression of the ministry of CMM, but the vision remains the same, and, until the Lord shows us otherwise, we feel it right to “keep right on”. There are still broken hearts yearning for love, and the church still needs to keep re-discovering the renewing power of the Spirit.  For us followers of Jesus there are some things that never change:

  • The gift of His presence – the power and gifts of the Holy Spirit will not be hindered by any pandemic. “I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matt 28:20) At CMM, Holy Spirit renewal, alongside a re-discovery of the Gifts of the Spirit including tongues, prophecy, healing, etc, remains our major priority.  Every musical, rehearsal, performance, or private listening and sing-along are events that can be encounters with the living Jesus and his Spirit.
  • The gift of His written word – the Holy Scriptures, “a lamp to our feet and a light to our path” (Ps 119:105). The Bible is the written word of God, yet many of God’s people are not well acquainted with it.  My initial calling as a teacher still applies:  If we can get Bible truth into our thinking and worship, we will be much more equipped to follow Jesus as churches and individuals. What is sung helps us to understand and experience, and as St Augustine once said: “He who sings prays twice!”

  • The gift of friends and family – inside and outside of church, reminding us of the preciousness of our relationships. People matter more than things!  You can’t sing in harmony on your own, and we are innately gregarious people.  Music is one of the best ways that the Lord has given us to relate with one another, and whether by Zoom or in the flesh, “it’s good to be together!”

2022 will be a special year for us. Our 50th Wedding Anniversary will be in July, and we want to celebrate by doing that which we really love doing: making music with our friends and family!  So, on Saturday 09 July we are inviting you to join us in doing a musical in a day: SAINTS ALIVE! (new version – slightly re-written with new recording) at Coton Centre, Tamworth.  Please book the date – more details later!

So, “Keep right on” with Jesus, the one who will never leave us or let us down. Keep on worshipping, making music in hearts to him, telling as many as possible, knowing that ultimately “all the love you’ve been dreaming of, will be there at the end of the road!”

May the Lord continue to bless you greatly!

Roger and Mary xx

Christian Music Ministries
24 Spadesbourne Road, Lickey End, Bromsgrove B60 2JP
01527 576440
www.cmm.org.uk
office@cmm.org.uk

Current CMM 2022 Diary (here)

JAN                       15-16 we             CMM Annual Retreat (speaker John McGinley) – Shallowford House, Staffs

FEB                       14 Mon                SONGS OF EASTER – publication day!
                              15 Tue                  Introducing SONGS OF EASTER – You Tube 8pm
                              26 Sat                   SONGS OF EASTER – launch – Holy Trinity Lickey 2.00-4.30pm
MAR                    
18-20 we             Annie at Women’s’ Conference – Swanwick, Derbys       

26 Sat                   MUSICAL MANHemel Hempstead
APR                     
02 Sat                   Roger at Gloucester Choir event
                              08 Fri                    Roger interview live on UCB2 “This is my story” Radio 11am
                              23 Sat                   MUSICAL MAN – Avenue Methodist, Newton Abbot, South Devon
                              30 Sat                   Travelling Light, Glos – (AR)
MAY                    
28-04 Jun            TORN CURTAIN music week – Rydal Hall, Cumbria
JUN                      
?                            SAINTS ALIVE! (new edition) – publication!
                              07 Tue                  MUSICAL MANLossiemouth, Scotland – TBC
                              11-12 we             TORN CURTAINHaydon Bridge, Northumberland
                              25– 02 Jul           SAINTS ALIVE! music week – Beechwood Court, Conwy, North Wales
JUL                        09 Sat                   SAINTS ALIVE!ROGER & MARY’S 50th WEDDING ANNIV –  Tamworth
                              23 Sat                   Travelling Light, Glos (AR)            
                              24 Sun                  Roger preaching at St Andrew’s, Barnt Green 9.30am
AUG                     20-27                   TORN CURTAIN music week – Scargill House, N Yorks
SEP                       11-19                    OBERAMAGGAU Passion Play + Salzburg, Mozart concert (RogerMary lead)
                              22 Thu                  CMM at Appledore Book Festival, North Devon
OCT                      23-29 Sun-Sat     THREE WISE CAMELS music week – The Pleasaunce, Overstrand, Norfolk
NOV                     19 Sat                   MUSICAL IN A DAY – Wesley Methodist Church, Reading (Annie)

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