Top tip - focus

by Ishmael
Posted at 09:46am on 18th March 2013

Whilst our hearts are focused on God, our eyes need to be looking for a child near the front, maybe around 8 years old. Of course similarly with adults there are some children who will not be interested in worship music, but if we look carefully during our first song, we are sure to spot one who really wants to participate. This little one will show us a) if we have chosen the right songs, b) if we have sung a chorus too many times, and c) if we are boring!


Ishmael has been travelling internationally in a full-time capacity as a musician since 1970.  He has written and recorded over 500 songs, released over 40 albums of his and other writers' songs, and has produced 15 of these.  He has also released 5 music DVDs and written many books, some of which have been translated into German, Dutch, Czech, Danish and Romanian.  He has appeared on national television and radio many times.  Ishmael was ordained into the Anglican Church in 2007 and is now licensed to Chichester Cathedral as their  'Deacon Missioner' and is affectionately known to the Bishop, Dean and Chapter and congregation as 'Deacon Ish'.  He was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2008 but is now in remission having completed chemotheraphy treatment in August 2010.  After 3 years of chemotherapy and hospital visits, a whole new ministry has opened up.  He has now become a volunteer chaplain and visits his hold haematology ward at least once a week, and travels far and wide to visit cancer sufferers to encourage and pray for them.