Like everyone around the world we are following the restrictions and waiting as events develop over the coming days and weeks. We wanted to share some gospel songs in the hope that they will bring comfort and strength to our friends and supporters in these troubling and unsettled times.
We're so sad that we're unable to continue our ministry at Farm Street Church in Mayfair and St James's. However, our thoughts and prayers are with everyone, particularly our leaders, the NHS staff and all those keeping the country going while the rest of us stay at home to prevent the virus spreading.
My World Needs You - Kirk Franklin
The first song is Kirk Franklin's 'My World Needs You', a powerful and beautiful ballad that features in our gospel oratorio, 'The Resurrection'. We performed it at the Jazz Cafe at Easter 2018. Around the same time, we visited the chapel at Wandsworth Prison and sang the song there too. It was an emotional and poignant occasion for everyone involved.
You Made a Way - Travis Greene
Sung here by the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, this is a profound worship and praise song, thanking God for his mercy: "You Made a Way. When our backs were against the wall, and it looked as it was over".
Bridge Over Troubled Water - Aretha Franklin
'Don't Trouble The Water...Why don't you let it be?', sang Aretha Franklin in the famous gospel version of Paul Simon's stirring 70s ballad. The song was to become the anthem for the victims of the Grenfell Tragedy and is a call for communities everywhere, pulling together through incredibly tough times. Our version here was sung at St James's Church, Piccadilly and featured soloists, Alison Beck and Silla Mosley.
I look to you - Trey McLaughlin
Sung originally by Whitney Houston and performed here by Trey McLaughlin, an inspired arranger, singer and choir director. 'I look to you' is a passionate and devoted call to God for strength and healing.
Pressing On - Regina McCrary & Chicago Mass Choir
"Pressing on to a higher calling of my Lord," wrote Bob Dylan and the song was adapted into a gospel-style in this stunning version. Check out the whole video to hear a powerful testimony, by a mother who lost her son to gun crime.
Lamb of God - Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir
Our song choices cover different aspects of our relationship with God: thanking God, trusting in God and looking to God for healing and strength. We will need much of this in the coming months. Our final song is from Soul Sanctuary and was written for the choir by Peter Yarde Martin, our musical director. It is a poignant plea to God for mercy.