Music is “Creation” Too

by Ryan Peter

This last Sunday I was commissioned to lead the music and singing for South Side and I arrived somewhat early – which was all fair and well for me as it gave me some time to reflect and enjoy the wonderful Autumn morning. I sat by a tree (pictured above) and enjoyed its yellow-orange leaves shower over me, while the sun warmed me up and the chirping of the many birds all around were my soundtrack.

This is the kind of guy I am. I love nature. Creation. Sunrises and falling leaves and blossoms and mysterious, starlit evenings. It’s moments like this when my heart lights up in gratitude and worship. When my restless body finally gets what it needs to settle down – beautiful views, sounds and smells. When my voice shuts up and a greater voice speaks.

I thought to myself, “Now, if only I could bring this creation – all this beauty – into our morning worship.”

Then it hit me. Well, music is also a part of God’s own creation! I’m doing just that!

It seems to me that I’m often distracted by the sheer business of music. Most of my music ‘career’ has been about cool bands and cool hair. Thankfully I grew out of that several years ago. But even still, getting the music right for a Sunday morning; choosing the right songs; working on the dynamics of those songs; keeping up with trends; making sure I get all the cues right… all this business of music makes me forget the beauty of music in itself, its very nature, the fact that God created this stuff. I didn’t invent this. Playing music is, indeed, God-glorifying – it works toward this end just like all of creation works toward this end.

As the heavens tell of the glory of God (Psalm 19:1) so music tells of the glory of God. That’s if we’d let it. If we would get the business of it out of the way – the preferences of style, taste, and skill.

I do believe that sometimes we rely too much on music in church to make ‘things happen’ (whatever that may mean). I do believe that the lyrical content of much of our modern church music is pretty lame and sometimes even damaging to people’s relationship with God. But I have to admit, when sounds and notes go together, the very nature of that… the very nature of music… tells the glory of God. And that makes music joyful for me again, because when eternity comes, we’re really not going to care at all about the business of music. And that’s why we fill our church meeting places with these notes and the sounds of voices that echo the many facets and many stories of a relationship with the same person, Jesus Christ.

Walking Out God’s Purposes

TITLE: Walking Out God’s Purposes
PREACHER: Tyrone Daniel
DATE: 28 APRIL 2013 – Sunday AM

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NCMI Johannesburg City Celebration – 28 April

NCMI Johannesburg City Celebration is a time for churches in Gauteng to connect and worship together. Join us on 28 April at Cornerstone! For more details, click here.

NCMI Johannesburg City Celebration
at Cornerstone Church Bedfordview
from 5pm

NCMI EQUIP South Africa 2013

EQUIP South Africa is happening from 1 – 3 May at Cornerstone Church Bedfordview. It’s an annual training time for churches across the country.

The Church is not an organisation but a grouping of people that God has ‘called out’ to bring and demonstrate his message of life and grace and reconciliation in the world. We are called to take Jesus Christ’s presence with us wherever we go.

Ephesians 4:11 – 16 says that Jesus has given apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers to the Church for the equipping of the saints to do the work of the ministry, for building it up to maturity, the unity of the faith and the knowledge of Jesus, the Son of God. These gifts have been given so that each part of the Church body can grow to work properly and the whole Church can build itself up in love.

Every year EQUIP South Africa invites a team who function in these gifts – apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers – to teach, encourage and equip us in our gifts as individuals and churches and so achieve the goals listed in this passage of Ephesians.

The EQUIP South Africa event is hosted by churches that relate to the New Covenant Ministries International (NCMI) team. The event is not exclusively for NCMI-relating churches but is a time when these churches across the country connect with each other. It’s a time for friendship, unity and encouragement as we move forward together in what God has for us.

The itinerary for EQUIP is quite organic and the three-day training time is simply divided into morning and evening sessions to allow time for worshipping God corporately, solid teaching and space for people to connect.

EQUIP South Africa 2013 costs R100 for all the sessions or R50 if you can only make it to the evening sessions.

Click here to register for EQUIP South Africa 2013.

For more info call 011 616 4073 or email

NCMI EQUIP South Africa 2013
at Cornerstone Church Bedfordview
1 – 3 May, 2013

R100 for all sessions; R50 for just the evening sessions. Register at the website.

The Exchange – 2 August

Sharing your Faith

with Mark Meeske

It’s The Exchange on Friday, 2 August. Mark Meeske will be sharing on the topic, Sharing your Faith.

How do Christians share their faith in the workplace in a practical, effective way? Mark will be covering this topic from several angles as he encourages us to share our faith and live like Jesus in our evangelism.

Mark is an elder at Cornerstone Church and has been a full-time pastor for 20 years.

The Exchange

Friday, 2 August
At Cornerstone Church Bedfordview
6:00am: Coffee
6:30am: Prompt Start
Followed by a delicious breakfast

Building His Way

TITLE: Building His Way
PREACHER: Ian McKellar
DATE: 21 APRIL 2013 – Sunday AM

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Passing the Baton Between Generations

TITLE: Passing the Baton Between Generations
PREACHER: Craig Herbert
DATE: 14 APRIL 2013 – Sunday PM

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Revelation: The Third Scene – The Seven Trumpets Part Two

TITLE: Revelation: The Third Scene – The Seven Trumpets Pt 2
PREACHER: Marcus Herbert
DATE: 14 APRIL 2013 – Sunday AM at Bedfordview

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DEVOTE: Fellowship

Acts 2:42 says the Church is to be devoted to the Apostles’ Teaching, Fellowship, the Breaking of Bread, and Prayer. In this booklet we look at the subject of Fellowship.

Bible School – Term 2

Bible School is kicking off again at Wednesday Night Life at Bedfordview for the second term of 2013. Join us as we give our our best effort to equip, prepare, resource and mature all of our family in knowing the Word, and then knowing how to make it effective in our lives. These times can be more interactive than Sunday meetings, giving opportunity to ask questions.

Bible School
Wednesday Evenings
Term 2 Orientation: 10 April
10 April – 19 June

Term 2 Subjects

DNA: Get to know Cornerstone Church
Get to know Cornerstone Church, learn about our vision, our values, ask questions and find out if we are the church that you want to join up with.

Love Joburg : Follow up
Meet new friends, pray for the sick, see the lost saved, be available to teach, and be Christ’s disciple, meeting needs in Jesus’ name.

The Worship Central Course

This is a course for worship leaders and those involved in worship. For more details, click here.

Interpreting for the Deaf

This is our regular course that teaches South African sign language.

Books of the Bible: The Pentateuch

The Pentateuch are the first five books of the Bible (Genesis to Deuteronomy) that are generally accepted to have been written by Moses. We’ll be looking at these five books and examining their relevance to our walk with Jesus.

David: A Man After God’s Own Heart

1 Samuel 13:14 has God calling David a man after his own heart. Why did God say this? How did David live his life? We’ll be examining this key character of the Scriptures this term.