May 20, 2014

Many members at Annual Conference showed visible and vocal enjoyment of the soulful energy, powerful lyrics and diverse, inspiring harmonies of the music. Guest music director Mark Miller (Stewart Warner photo) and his band played for the two days of the conference. And our own local favorites, the Revs. Lydia Muñoz and Irving Cotto, along with Dorlimar Lebron, led our music for praise and worship on Saturday. Miller and his group had to play for a graduation event elsewhere.

Mark Miller led a gifted band featuring Julian Wamble and Cassondra Kellam on vocals, Lydia Muñoz on vocals and percussion, Dorlimar Lebron  on vocals and guitar, and David Dawda on bass. Miller himself sang, played piano and organ, and composed or arranged much of what was sung.

If you want to hear more of Miller’s music, order his album “Imagine the People of God” (by Mark Miller and The New Haven Collective) on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify or directly from his website at 

Many of the songs from Annual Conference are on this album. Some people have asked about the beautiful song Mark led that is based on the Magnificat. It is “The Canticle of the Turning” and can be found easily on the internet.

Want to hear more? Mark Miller will return to our conference for a second “Leading from the Heart” worship conference Saturday, Sept. 6 at Paoli UMC.  This time there will be four workshops that can help you elevate your church’s worship experience.  There is room for only 200 participants at this Central District event; so sign up now! Registration is open at

EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT: The Central District invites all to join them for their second annual Music and Worship Conference Saturday, Sept. 6, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.featuring Mark Miller and the Revs. Lydia Muñoz, Tanya Bennett, Suzanne Duchesne and. Michael Johnson. This conference, happening this year at Paoli UMC, 81 Devon Rd., Paoli PA, is ideal for pastors, worship leaders, praise team leaders, worship musicians, altar guilds, worship committee chairs, and anyone else interested in honing their worship skills.

Along with experiencing different worship styles, participants will be able to choose from four workshops:

  • Learning the Worship Role of Choirs and Praise Teams,
  • Worship Models with Millenials,
  • Altaring Spaces: Incorporating the Visual Arts in Worship, and
  • Praying the Liturgy: Liturgical Writing for Worship.

Register now: Early Bird Registration is open until July 1 at $35 per person. Standard registration is open from July 1 until August 31 at $45 per person. Registration includes a light breakfast, lunch, and materials. Participation is limited to 200. So registration will close when the limit is reached or on August 31, whichever comes first.  Clergy and Certified Lay Ministers (CLMs) can earn .5 CEUs. If you have questions, contact the Central District Office at 215-878-4607 or

Thanks to the Revs. Doris Dalton and James McIntire for this helpful information.