Rend Collective: Purveyors of Good News about the Rescuer God

Wednesday 26th July 2017

Tony Cummings talked to Gareth Gilkeson and Patrick Thompson of celebration band REND COLLECTIVE

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Gareth: Right and we spend so much time in hotels, airport lounges, these lounges. We always say there's no lounge like your own and you just can't replace being in your own home. So although this is part of it, it's very much a sacrifice. If [we were doing it for] the "glamour" we wouldn't be doing it. Take this morning - we were up at 3:30, 4am to catch a flight to get here from Prague, and we were up at 4am the day before for the flight to Prague. The touring band life may sound glamourous but there is a lot of hard work and a lots of commitment to carry out the mission.

Tony: And a lot of prayer of course.

Gareth: Yeah. My Mum has a women's prayer group that prays for us every week which is pretty amazing. I think they are just constantly praying for us - Chris' parents, Holly's parents, praying for us and supporting us. We also have our churches, our support networks, people who believe in us, other worship leaders, other churches. It's great. Rend have been doing a lot with Hillsong United and Hillsong Worship recently and it's just beautiful whenever other people care about you. We are not part of their church, we are not part of what they do, but they care for us like we are their own which is really encouraging, really beautiful and lovely signs of God's kingdom and God's Church.

Tony: Is there a song at the moment which you feel is impacting people with God's word?

Gareth: "Rescuer". I don't talk about it because it's a new song, but from the very first time we played it I haven't seen a song resonate as well. You know, whenever you play a new song everyone says, 'Oh it's a new song' and then the next time you play it they are all excited about it because they're used to it. But "Rescuer" is, I think, probably our most impactful song since we did "Build Your Kingdom Here". It is really encouraging, and it's nothing new. All we are doing is singing the Gospel and we're not being embarrassed about it. I think sometimes we can get a little bit embarrassed about it. But this is just saying what it is. CR

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About Tony Cummings
Tony CummingsTony Cummings is the music editor for Cross Rhythms website and attends Grace Church in Stoke-on-Trent.

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