Monday, December 04, 2006

Aldates New Live worship Album Out NOW!

OUT THIS WEEK IS THE EXCITING NEW ALBUM from St Aldates, a vibrant anglican church at the heart of Oxford.

Our new live worship album, featuring Martyn Layzell and a team of lead worshippers from St Aldates, is released on Sunday 3 December 2006.
Stand in Awe captures passionate and intimate worship flowing from a vibrant Anglican church for all nations at the heart of Oxford. In a city where martyrs have given their lives for the sake of the gospel of Christ, members of St Aldates join the eternal song of heaven with abandonment in praise and a united heart cry of intercession. We hope and pray that this album with be a celebration for the saved, comfort for the broken-hearted and a source of refreshment and inspiration for those seeking His presence in this generation.
The album is available to buy from the Welcome Area on Sundays or Parish Centre reception during weekday office hours at a special introductory price of £10 (RRP: £12.99). It can also be purchased online from St Andrew's Bookshop.

Track listing:
01 Hosanna
02 Praise awaits You
03 Dancing generation
04 Holy is the Lord
05 Everlasting God
06 Arise
07 Speak to this heart
08 Name above all names
09 See His love
10 Turn my face again
11 Join the song
12 Be glorified
13 I stand in awe

To purchase this new recording visit www.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

We become like what we worship


Sorry it's taken some time to put anything new on this site! Here's an article and some thoughts from Don Williams.

Worship money, become a greedy person. Worship sex, become a lustful person. Worship power, become a corrupt person. Worship Jesus, become a Christ-like person. We become like what we worship. But what does it mean to worship?

The verb “worship” in Hebrew means to surrender, to fall down in submission – the way we would humble ourselves before a mighty king. (Psalm 95:6) Paul says that worship is the offering of our bodies as a sacrifice (Romans 12:1). This worship goes on in all of our lives. While we may fail to understand it, worship is the spiritual part of our surrender, submission and attachment to many things. The worship of money or sex or power or people results in addictive and compulsive behaviours. The staggering truth is that we are all lured into worshipping something or someone other than the living God. This is idolatry, pure and simple. It steals our humanity and addicts us.

The Bible teaches that we not only dishonour God with our idols, but we also lose our true humanity. Psalm 115:4-8: “…their idols are silver and gold, made by the hands of men…. Those who make them will be like them, and so will all who trust in them.”; Jeremiah 2:5b: “They followed worthless idols and became worthless themselves.”

In New Tasks for a Renewed Church, Tom Wright analyses idolatry. First, idols are all a perversion of the good. For example, sex is good, under God’s design and plan. As an idol, it is degraded, and enslaves us. Second, idols enhance us. When we worship them, we feel “ten feet tall.” Third, idols demand sacrifice. Fourth, we create an ideology to justify our idols. Sexual obsession becomes the “sexual revolution,” the conquest of damaging, Victorian repression. Fifth, idols enslave us. They demand our lives. No wonder Paul teaches that behind the dumb idols lurk demons. (I Corinthians 10:19-20) They want to hold us in the kingdom of darkness.

The Bible carries on a continual battle with idolatry. The first commandment is: You shall have no other gods before me. The second is: No idols or graven images. (Exodus 20:3-4) God alone is worthy of our worship. In this, he gives us back our true selves.

If we become what we worship, the road out of idolatry is to renounce our idols and turn to the living God. This begins with a personal, public surrender. In psychological language, we must “detach.” This only can come by God’s gracious intervention. Moral conviction will not do it. Only brokenness at the centre of our being will do it. Only cutting through our shame and guilt will do it. This is God’s gift to us. Ask him for it. This begins our true worship of the true God.

Paul writes in Romans 12:1: “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship.” God’s mercy in Romans 1-11 is the gospel of his free grace and justification ["not guilty"] given to us in the death of his Son and sealed in our hearts by his Spirit. By this mercy, then, we come to worship. We bring the sacrifice of our bodies. They are acceptable to God, through the perfect, sinless body of his Son.

Now we ask the Spirit of God to fill the “hole in the soul” with himself. We begin to worship God alone – to love him with all our heart, mind, soul and strength. We fall down before him as King. We offer him our gifts: our shouts of joy, our songs of praise, our tithes and offerings. Worship becomes witness, as we confess all that Jesus has done for us. Next, we bring our petitions, listen for his voice, and trust him to answer our prayers. Worship results in obedience, the joyful living out of his will for us.

This worship will change us into Christ-likeness. Rather than being conformed to this world and our idolatrous addictions, he will conform us to himself (Romans 12:2). He will birth in us the character and gifts of the Spirit. We will find our home in his family and carry the ministry of Jesus to our friends, telling them about the radical change he is making in us and the radical freedom we enjoy.

Worship drugs, become a depressed or burned out person. Worship work, become a restless, frantic person. Worship people, become a selfish, dependent person. Worship Jesus, become a Christ-like person.

We become like what we worship. We are either like the idols or like the living God. We must make our choice. Paul tells the Thessalonians: “…you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead – Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.” (I Thessalonians 1:9-10) There is really no option.

Don is married to Kathryn Anne Williams and they live in La Jolla California. He has been the Senior Pastor at the Coast Vineyard, San Diego since 1988, has multiple theological degrees and is the author of many books.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Worship Leaders Retreat

National Fuel for the Fire events at St Aldates, Oxford

1-4 October 2006, St Aldates

Spend three days away in the beautiful city of Oxford investing in and developing your worship leading skills. Combining biblical teaching with informal discussion and social times together, this space is designed for 12 successful applicants to get away and be refreshed and equipped for ministry.

Hosted by me and input from guests, Tim Hughes and Rev Simon Ponsonby (Pastor of theology, Oxford), we will explore themes in worship, as well as practical issues in leading a band, stepping into the spontaneous and song writing. We’ll also be spending plenty of time simply hanging out, eating together and ministering to each other.

We are looking for people currently worship leading in their local church and whose pastor/vicar supports their involvement in the retreat and is committed to their ongoing development. The cost of the retreat is £125, which includes all teaching materials, meals and hosted accommodation.

Applications should be received by Friday 15th September 2006.

Call 01865 254 800 for your copy of the brochure/booking form and for more details.

Sunday, July 09, 2006


Friday, June 02, 2006

"Stand in awe" One day Worship conference

It would be great to see you at the next Fuel for the Fire worship conference...

The second Fuel for the Fire one day worship conference for worshippers and leaders.

Saturday 10th June 2006

St Aldates, Oxford, UK
£10 10am start

Hosted by Martyn Layzell & The St Aldates team
With Guests: Nathan & Lou Fellingham

For more information & bookings visit:


Well we've just finished tracking drums and bass... And this is the colour of the sky I've been missing outside! Thought you might want to take a look at my world for the last few days.

Meet Mike Busbee (Producer), Aaron Sterling (Drums) and Jonathan Ahrens (bass) and of course the beatles...

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

living in a box

It's breaking my heart seeing the California sun and not tasting it! Studios tend to be dark and dingy - this is no exception! Let me out!!

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Album Tracking Day 2

Another day of pre production looms large on todays horizon...

Album Tracking

Yesterday (Sunday) I flew into LA to start tracking on the new album with producer Mike Busbee. Pasadena, LA is not Oxford in terms of history and culture but the weather certainly lifts the soul. Today has been a good day of pre production for bass and drum tracking which starts on Wednesday.