Scotland Minister Shares Music’s Importance


During the weekend of Sept. 20 -21, Westbury United Methodist Church will host John Bell, the well-known composer and song enlivener of the Iona Community in Scotland. An ordained minister of the Church of Scotland, he will facilitate several events around the theme, The Divine Option for Diversity.
 Bell is a past convener of the Church of Scotland’s Panel on Worship and presently convenes the Committee revising the Church Hymnary.

Rev. DeAndre Johnson, pastor of music and worship at Westbury UMC says, “It’s our hope that many church leaders will participate as we explore how music in worship helps shape a congregation’s missional identity.”

On Saturday, Sept. 20, from 2 - 4:30 pm., Bell will lead a seminar to trace how the book of  Psalms provide a biblical springboard for diversity of text, sentiment and musical setting. The seminar is free of charge, although participants are encouraged to register online as space is limited. He will speak on the different ways music can be used in worship at a catered banquet from 7 - 9 pm. (Register online or send $10 per person to Westbury UMC’s office by Monday, Sept. 15. Childcare will be provided for infants and toddlers upon request.)

On Sunday, Bell will be Westbury UMC’s guest song leader and preacher in worship at 10:45 am, and, from 4 - 6 pm., he will lead a community-wide song festival called “Sing the World Upside Down,” featuring music from the global church. Sunday’s events are free and open to the public. For more information: call (713) 723-0175 or email Rev. DeAndre Johnson at

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