Celtic Worship @ the Tiree Music Festival

The Tiree Music Festival started in July 2010 and has been growing a steady following ever since. The festival provides a platform for a whole host of celtic music, whether traditional or modern.

This year, the churches in Tiree got together with Tearfund and the band Celtic Worship to hold a worship time in the Big Top on Sunday morning! Celtic Worship will be leading worship on the Saturday at our Assembly this year, so we were really pleased to hear that they were playing at the Tiree Music Festival.

Alan Miller, minister of Tiree Baptist Church says ‘it was a most encouraging service with many significant conversations afterwards. It was the right idiom for the event and there were many present who would not normally go to church.’

The following is an excerpt from Alan Miller’s blog called ‘Life on Tiree’ which gives a flavour of the event, the atmosphere and the opportunity to not only highlight the work of Tearfund, but to worship Jesus in the middle of a music festival!

What a morning! The sea was flat calm There was hardly a breath of wind. And for the last day of the festival the sun was shining.

Imagine waking up to this. Opening the tent door and looking out. Your senses are stirred by the blue sky and azure blue sea. And across the water is the Munro, Ben More, on the Isle of Mull.

It’s a Sunday morning. For many it had been late to bed. Although it is 11:00 the festival site is filling up. The Cornaig Ceilidh Band is playing to a growing audience. Indeed some festival goers are dancing to the traditional music.

In the Community Tent tea, coffee and home baking are being served. The Isle of Tiree is renowned for its home baking. No wonder a queue quickly formed!

The Big Top was beginning to fill up. It’s a music festival so seating was limited. Soon it was standing room only, but that’s what you do. Derek Campbell welcomed everyone on behalf of the church on Tiree. One of the festival directors spoke on behalf of TMF. Then it was over to Celtic Worship.

This was not just another band playing to an audience. This was an occasion of worship and witness. It was a real celebration. How appropriate the opening hymn/song was to the day. Thinking of the weather and our location we sang:

O Lord my God, When I in awesome wonder, 
Consider all the works Thy Hands have made; 
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder, 
Thy power throughout the universe displayed.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee, 
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee, 
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

Celtic Worship is a Scottish Music Worship ministry which blends traditional and contemporary Christian Worship music with the powerful sound of Bagpipes, Whistles and Fiddle. The band is comprised of Scottish musicians from many different backgrounds and styles including: Steph MacLeod, Mhairi Marwick, Scott Wood, Chris Amer, Naomi Stirrat, Gus Stirrat, Neil Paton & Ifedade Thomas.

Their mission is to combine their working life as professional musicians with their deep love of Jesus and their passion to share God’s love through their music. A member of the band spoke of the work of TearFund.

Right at the heart of a Scottish Music Festival Jesus was worshipped. Thanks are due to the directors for their invitation to be involved. Thanks are due to Celtic Worship for their faithful service.  What a joy to stand alongside Celtic Worship in worshipping Jesus. To God be the glory.