Acclaimed songwriter Tim Hughes was at CHC last Sunday.
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Tim Hughes is renowned for penning one of the most famous and widely-sung modern worship tunes today, “Here I Am To Worship.” The song, which has been sung by thousands of believers all over the world, was the number one song on the Christian Copyright Licensing International for more than two years running; it garnered two Dove Awards along the way.
Hughes is the founder of Worship Central, a school of worship stemming from the world-renowned Alpha Course International. Alpha was set up to empower local church ministries and equip worshipers, and thousands of people have attended its training events worldwide. Many believers across the globe have visited Alpha’s website for musical, spiritual and practical resources.
Apart from music, Hughes is also involved in community work. He is currently one of the members of Compassionart, a charity founded by Martin Smith from Delirious?. As the worship director of his local church, Holy Trinity Brompton in London, Hughes leads worship and is involved in training other worship leaders, investing time in teaching musicians, and working with the leadership team to bring about change in society.
At the heart of it all, Hughes’ desire is to bless and encourage the body of Christ to worship God through the works he creates. With this in mind, he pens his songs and lyrics in a way that would allow each listener to be able to see all the wonders Jesus has created and let those discoveries fuel their worship.
That was exactly the experience for the congregation at CHC last Sunday. Hughes led worship at the English services at Singapore Expo and Jurong West. Although CHC’s worship team had less than 24 hours to prepare for the new lineup of Hughes’ songs, it was well worth the effort as the band—and the rest of the church—was touched and refreshed by God’s presence which Hughes’ worship brought down.
Hughes demonstrated to the church what it means to be a true worshiper, with his depth and passion for God that was evidently displayed throughout the worship sessions.
Churchgoer John Ho, 20, a School Of Theology student, summarized how many in the congregation felt: “I was really blessed by the anointed praise and worship.”