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Pentecost Praise

Diane Louise Jordan celebrates the birthday of the Church with a special programme of praise, with worship leader Steve Thompson and songwriter Lara Martin.


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Oh, hello.

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We're at a very special birthday party,

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and you've joined us just in time for the cake!

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ALL: Happy birthday!

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Yes, it's Pentecost Sunday,

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the day that Christians celebrate the birth of the Church.

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# Happy birthday to you...

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Far too many candles on this cake!

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This week, we're in Nottingham for some Pentecost praise.

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We find out what's attracting crowds to city centres,

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and the party continues

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with some lively Pentecost music led by Steve Thompson.

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Pentecost is certainly a red-letter day for Christians

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here in the East Midlands,

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eager to mark one of the most important festivals

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in their calendar.

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People from all over Nottingham

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have come to St Nic's church in the heart of the city centre

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to celebrate Pentecost

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with worship leader Steve Thompson and his band.

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We begin our Pentecost fest with a well-known song

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written by a local lad

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who was also the founder of the Salvation Army -

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the one and only William Booth,

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O God of Burning, Cleansing Flame.

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Pentecost, to me, is when the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples

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to empower them and equip them to what they needed to do.

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Pentecost, for me,

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means that Christianity's not just religious actions that we go through

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but that God is really real, by the Holy Spirit he's really here.

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The moment of Pentecost and the consequence of it through the generations

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is real and active and living in my life today.

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In order to understand Pentecost,

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we need to go back to the very beginning, to the Bible.

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It was 50 days after Easter,

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and Jesus's disciples were gathered together in Jerusalem.

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As they were praying, the Holy Spirit descended on them.

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The disciples became elated, began to speak in different languages,

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and at that very moment, 3,000 people were converted.

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In Nottingham, we love Pentecost.

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We have prayer meetings with people

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from all sorts of different churches,

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praying for the revival of the Church

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but also that we will bring

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love and peace and harmony within the city of Nottingham.

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And it is because of the Holy Spirit being poured out at Pentecost.

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We're not individual Christians, we belong together as a family.

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When I think about where is God right now,

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I know that he is with me, as the Holy Spirit is with me right now.

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The Holy Spirit is somebody who's constantly with me.

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He's a companion, gives me advice on what to say

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when I don't really know what I'm doing.

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If you've got the Holy Spirit to talk to,

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you're getting the instincts, getting the knowledge of God,

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who created everything and knows everything.

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So what or who is the Holy Spirit?

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When Christians speak of God, we speak of God the Father,

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God the Son, the Lord Jesus,

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and God the Holy Spirit.

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But the whole purpose of the Holy Spirit is to point people

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to the Lord Jesus and to glorify him.

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This morning, you can see there's a gentle wind.

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I can't touch it, I can't feel it, but it's real.

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The Holy Spirit is just as real.

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You can't touch him, you can't feel him, but he's real.

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When I read my Bible and meet with Jesus there,

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that's the Holy Spirit helping me.

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When I join with other people in worship from all languages and nations,

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like the first Pentecost,

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it's the Holy Spirit welling up in my heart,

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helping me to worship Jesus.

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Modern worship songs have become a popular part of the Christian music scene,

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and music director Steve Thompson

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has been leading worship for many years.

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You're just encouraging people not just to sing songs

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but to use songs to worship.

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Music is a wonderful, universal language,

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and it's amazing, you know - you can get a group of people together,

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you start playing a selection of music...

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# Once again I look upon the cross where you died... #

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..and it will affect each individual so differently.

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# ..mercy and I'm broken inside

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# Once again I thank you

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# Once again I pour out my life. #

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I just think music is just a beautiful gift

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that God has given this planet for our pleasure,

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for his pleasure - you can use music to worship.

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But it joins people together

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in a very, very special way.

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I believe everything that I do is because of my faith.

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And certainly leading worship, I am saying,

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"I know who I'm singing about."

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If you do not know Jesus, well, certainly by the end of the worship

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may you not only find him through the songs we're singing

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but who I am.

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# In Christ alone my hope is found... #

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I can sing the same song over and over again,

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and each time I sing the song,

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I see a different aspect of the lyrics.

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And I believe the Holy Spirit helps us

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to see a little bit further than with the natural eye

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and very much inspires the way I lead worship.

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Leading worship is not just the leading of the songs,

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it is really living a life of worship.

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And the Holy Spirit helps me to do that.

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I love those moments of worship where it becomes personal,

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the individual is communicating with God,

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God is communicating with the individual.

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The Christian Church has been growing

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since that first Pentecost

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and now numbers more than a billion around the world.

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Here in Nottingham, a group of city-centre churches

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are finding that their contemporary style of worship

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is attracting bigger congregations.

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# Joyful music leads us sunward

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# In the triumph song... #

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'The gospel is the power of God and if we actually'

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believe the message and give people a sense of value

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and worth to their lives, then they are going to want to sign up.

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Give them something they die for, they have something to live for.

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THEY SING

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'That is all at the core of why,'

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in any community - there are other cities, I'm sure, like Nottingham -

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but the favour of God does appear to be on a number of congregations.

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THEY SING

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'David, there seems to be'

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a great lot of action between the churches. What are you all doing?

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There is a lot of prayer, there is a lot of prayer for one another.

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THEY PRAY

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'I think, in the churches, there is a sense

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'where there is a grace come upon us'

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to touch people's lives. We are humbled by that.

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There is a definite commitment, in the different spiritualities

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to the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives as individuals

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and in us as communities, that we are going to help people.

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David's church is still growing and work

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has just started on a new, even bigger, building.

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And across town, another church is so popular

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it is meeting in a converted warehouse.

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Trent Vineyard has gone from strength to strength

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since it was founded 15 years ago.

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It began with a congregation of just two and now has 2,000

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and rising, with about 1,500 people attending on a Sunday.

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Such is its popularity, it has even outgrown this enormous building.

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THEY SING

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And unusually for a church, they even have a bar,

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where people can relax and chill after a service. Cheers!

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'I think the Christian community owes it to the nation to say,

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"You may have been told that God isn't around anymore

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"and the Church is redundant.

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"People have said that for 2,000 years and we're still here."

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I'm trying to inspire a younger generation to say,

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"Look, the Gospel is as good as it was 2,000 years ago.

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"It has transformed the world.

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"There are hundreds of millions of Christians, living in faith,

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"to the ends of the Earth. The Gospel is penetrating the world

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"more than in any other generation."

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People in Britain and Europe need to believe in the Gospel again

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and let the Gospel advertise itself.

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In the early days, Christians didn't worship in church buildings,

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but at home, where they met to pray and discuss their faith.

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2,000 years on, Johnny Kinch has rekindled the idea,

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but with a modern twist. He brings people together

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in their local coffee shops.

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Ladies and gentlemen, there are two new

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Sunday Night Lives opening tonight!

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CHEERING

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# ..empty, if you had not filled me

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# You are where I begin... #

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'Sunday Night Live was about putting on an event

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'that would attract people in'

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out of a desire, out of an interest, to see fantastic music

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in a great coffee shop, because there is a massive cafe culture.

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# This is how you bring me round... #

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'It's for Christians'

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and non-Christians. It's to showcase the Church, in all of its greatness

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and all of its glory.

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APPLAUSE

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We're not here to preach, not here to teach,

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but what we want to do is inspire people to live better...

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'As Christians, it's lovely to actually'

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see something going on that is accessible to everybody.

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I'd like to find out a bit about Danny's faith.

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-You're a Christian, Danny?

-Yep.

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'People come up and do their testimonies, say why they love God'

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and all that. Yeah, it's been really great. It's lovely here.

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Get yourselves a coffee, get yourselves a drink.

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Introduce yourself to somebody you don't know. Let's make new friends.

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'Live music, good coffee, just a nice chance just to chill.'

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What more could you want?

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We want communities to come together, to go away refreshed

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and encouraged and equipped...

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I came over to check everything was all right between you.

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Oh, a relationship counsellor as well as a doctor? You must be busy.

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Sunday Night Live is a change of direction for Johnny.

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On screen he was a successful actor,

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appearing in soaps and sitcoms, but in real life,

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the picture was very different.

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'I was absolutely aware that I had problems, but like most people,'

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I didn't want to own up to it. I was in denial.

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'I had an enormous hole that I was trying to fill with drugs, drink,

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gambling, relationships - whatever I could fill in there,

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to get satisfaction for a short period of time.

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One minute, there I was working on television in different programmes,

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the next minute, I'm walking into a hostel and I just wanted a bed.

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I was so low and they recognised me and yet, I was so embarrassed,

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I felt so distraught inside. They eventually gave me a bed

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and they couldn't believe I was asking for a bed.

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And so, that was a very, very difficult time.

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I now know you can't fill a spiritual hole with physical stuff.

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In essence, I challenged God - "I'll give you a certain amount

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"of time to change my life."

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I've got drug dealers after me. I owe this money, that money.

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I've got a drug problem myself, alcohol problem, gambling problem.

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I'm swearing, I'm fighting.

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I thought, "If you can make something out of that,

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"then all the best to you."

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Thousands of people across the UK...

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'Before I met God,

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'I denied Him, I denied everything that was good.

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'Now, I've met Him, now I've been empowered

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by the Holy Spirit, I'm quite happy to say,

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"Fantastic, look at what God can do with something

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"that was rubbish and turn it into something good."

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# In your presence there is fullness of life

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# And healing flowing for body, soul and mind

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# God of miracles

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# God of the impossible is here

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# God is here

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# God is here

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# Let the brokenhearted

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# Rejoice

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# God is here

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# Let the sick say

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# "I am well"

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# God is here

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# Let the weak say, "I am strong"

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# God is here

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# His wonders to perform

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# In your presence there is perfect peace

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# In the stillness I behold your deity

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# God of wonders

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# God of power is here

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# God, God is here

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# God is here

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# Let the brokenhearted rejoice

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# Lift up your head

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# God is here

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# Let the sick say

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# "I am well"

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# All sufficient One

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# God is here

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# Let the weak say, "I am strong"

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# Let the weak say, "I am strong"

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# God is here

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# His wonders to perform

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# Oh, His wonders

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# Yes, His wonders

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# His wonders to perform

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# Oh, His wonders

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# Yes, His wonders

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# His wonders to perform

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# His wonders to perform. #

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Holy Spirit, sent by the Father,

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ignite in us your holy fire.

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Strengthen your children with the gift of faith.

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Revive your church with the breath of love.

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And renew the face of the Earth

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through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

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Amen.

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We've nearly come to the end of our programme here in Nottingham,

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but we will be back to hear more about this great city

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and its thriving church community.

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And we finish our Pentecost celebration with a song

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that reminds us that today's church started with just 12 men

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and now there are over a billion Christians over all the Earth.

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Next week on Songs of Praise, the countdown to London 2012 begins.

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Aled Jones takes a look inside the Olympic Stadium,

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as the builders are about to move out,

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and meets the vicar who needs to don a hard hat

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to visit his parishioners.

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And, of course, some fantastic hymn singing.

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Diane Louise Jordan celebrates the birthday of the Church with a special programme of praise from St Nic's in Nottingham, with worship leader Steve Thompson and songwriter Lara Martin.