This is the LORD’S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes (Psalm 118:23). We thank God for the provision of a new Yamaha B3 Acoustic Series Piano and Viscount Chorum S80 3-manual Classical Organ for the Birmingham branch church. These two musical instruments were dedicated unto God for His service on Sunday, 27th of June 2021.
Saints of God gathered for this service from across the Midlands and North-West Region notably from Coventry, Leicester, Manchester, and joined the host brethren in Birmingham. We are also delighted to have delegates from London and the District Superintendent for the UK and Western Europe, Reverend Isaac Adigun, and his wife Stella also joined us for this memorable service. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the church hall behind the auditorium was also put to use, as people were not able to get seats in the main church auditorium. The people at the overflow also followed the service that was streamed live on YouTube.
The service commenced with Violin Quartet, and they played CWM Rhondda by John Hudges & concluded this with “How Great thou art” arranged by Swedish tradition. This was followed by a beautifully rendered vocal septet titled “Tis Wonderful and Marvelous” by Lelia Naylor Morris. Sister Nombulelo Shamba from our Leicester group led the congregational Songs and she started with “To God be the glory”. The congregation sang heartily to the sound of the old and retiring organ which was on duty for the last time. There were few other praise songs before the congregational prayers by Brother Stan Nyakuhwa, the leader of our Leicester group.
The announcements were given by Reverend Mark Mfandarahwa, the Regional Director for Midlands & Northwest and the pastor of Birmingham church. Followed by the first special titled “Love Lifted Me” Rendered by Timisola Idu, Deborah Fadairo and Naomi Mfandarahwa. The scripture reading was taken from Exodus 40:9-11, 33-35 and was read by Brother Victor Idowu from our Manchester church. The special song was a Vocal Male Duet by brother Victor and Brother Muyiwa Adeyemo the group leader of the Coventry group.
The word of exhortation for the dedication service was given by Revered Isaac Adigun, the District Superintendent for the UK and Western Europe. He took his text from Numbers chapter 7. He started by defining the word ‘Dedication’, as setting aside an object or person for the service or worship of God. He continued that God instructed Moses to dedicate the tabernacle by anointing the vessels and instruments therein for God’s use. Brother Isaac reminded the congregation that when Birmingham church was bought in 2010, the old organ was bought with the church and was good enough at that time. However, God has a time for everything, and it is now time to replace it.
The exhortation continued by telling the congregation that God expects a response from us by dedicating our lives anew for His use. Also, we should willingly surrender ourselves totally to the Lord and the blessings of God will surely follow.
Cutting of the ribbons on the new piano and organ followed and then concluded with a dedicatory prayer by Brother Mark. He prayed that as the sounds from the instruments will be coming out, souls will be saved, sick bodies will be healed, and life’s problems will be solved. Furthermore, the people that will be playing them will be shining light to the glory of God.
The dedication service concluded with a choir rendition of “Great is the Lord” which was sang majestically and accompanied in a grand style by the newly dedicated piano and organ. It was indeed a reviving atmosphere as the congregation, with the heart of gratitude to God enjoyed the first anthem played on the new instruments. Brother Mark gave the closing remarks and vote of thanks before the closing song titled “Glorious is Thy name” led by Brother Isaac. The service finally ended with a closing prayer by Brother Muyiwa Adeyemo.
The church is marching on, and the gate of hell shall not prevail. We thank God for this provision, glory be to His name.
Find pictures from the event here.