Powerpoint band

Once a month — on the second Friday of each month, since you were asking — I play in a band at a Christian youth event called Powerpoint. The band is led by my brother, Eddie, and yes it probably is through a bit of nepotism that I’m playing electric guitar in the band, but that’s not important right now.

The event is for secondary school age young people and regularly draws youngsters from across Edinburgh and as far as Fife and the Borders. There were around 220 young people there this evening, which was so encouraging.

This evening the band sounded wonderful: we listened to one another, we played off one another, we gave space to one another. There was also such a sense of worship and the presence of God there that it really moved me. We weren’t performing, we were worshipping and that made such a difference. What a priviledge to be part of that event. I feel energized and inspired.

The highlight of the worship ‘set’: There is Power in the Name of Jesus, which we began with the theme from the movie Rocky, which then moved effortlessly to the theme from Magnum PI. If we were to name the band I’d want us to be called The TV Evangelists, for our ability to weave TV and film themes into standard worship songs, or The All-Delta Prophets just because I think that nonsense name sounds cool.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

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