Thursday, June 29, 2006

They call it a "concert", but i call it "combined worship".

That's what i experienced yesterday night at Faith Methodist Church which held workshops for various musicians (keys, guitar, etc) and the worship session which was led by Paul Baloche and his band. All i can say is that they are one down to Earth group of guys (note: NOT a boy band) , writing and playing music as an offering to please and worship the Lord who deserves all praise, however imperfect it is.

Despite them wanting to make everything perfect from the sound checks to the actual playing, they were candid and good humoured about their glitches that popped up here and there. No airs about them.

I thought that it was a wonderfully unifying experience worshipping with a team from halfway around the world together with a few hundred musicians and vocalists around Singapore. The bandspeak that was being used, i thought was a sweet reminder of how we all understand and share in the same goals and struggles for our worship ministry in our own churches.

Given the kind of person i am, I really had to step out from my comfort zone to attend this event but i must conclude that don't regret spending my evening there one bit. Perhaps i'll be more open in future about such events, and i'll consider taking the plunge again.

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All THANKS TO GOD! Grades for last semester... An A- and a B+

The B+ missed out on being an A- by just a few marks though... Gah. But i guess i'm thankful for the results as a reflection of the dependence upon God in those times when i was physically and mentally burning out but instead continued to burn strong from within fueled by His strength to persistently work hard. I'm going to continue giving my best and throw in even more effort into my last three semesters because i'm bent on making up for the last two years that were enslaved to the bad British marking system!

The sweetest words to my ears this night was hearing my parents give their affirmation and belief of confidence in me that i'll be doing them proud. It's been such a long time since they've expressed their thoughts on that and their simple words have touched that existing sensitive chord in me that desires not to let them down after all their selfless sacrifices and providences.

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Threadless tees have touched my shore! Pictures will be up soon. ;-) I hope.

11 comments:

GeRmAiNe said...

Halleluja! Congrats jojo! u've done it! ur grades are perfect! i feel overjoyed for ya! calls for a celebration!!!

Anonymous said...

glad u r doing well....i will be starting work at another clinic. so may not cum so oftern. Forgive me!! wow u r an all rounder! Good at sports and academic. And to top it up, u Love and are Loved by God!

Coolz....<3

joline said...

Germaine:

Haha... Thanks so much Germ, the exuberance is very much felt even over here. :-P

Yeah! Did our dear Betty contact u abt next week?

joline said...

Anonymous:

Not a problem gal... Though i am always thankful for your input here for almost every entry. Teehee. :-) How come you have to move so quickly? o.O

Thanks gal... I really appreciate that. :-) I still do go through the good and also bad times, but i know that God is my solid rock at the end of the day. If you would permit me to say this... God does love you too.

GeRmAiNe said...

eh...what abt next week?

Anonymous said...

hmmmm. cos this month my posting is temporary. next mth, july my posting might last half a yr. They like to move pple ard. Cos got pple resign lah on long mc lah, maternity leave blah blah

joline said...

Germaine:

Oh, Betty asked if we could hang out together on either tue, wed or thurs... Can? CAn?

Anonymous:

Oh.... ok. Correct me if i'm wrong, but so at the moment, your job is a bond thing?

Anonymous said...

yea i have a bond for 3 years. after that they will see my performance to let me continue.

joline said...

Anonymous:

Woah... ok. Jia you!!!

GeRmAiNe said...

ah..i'm only free on wed...how babe? early dinner?

joline said...

Germaine:

Sounds good to me. ;-) Eh, but why early dinner? You'll only be free during a certain window of time?