Make Him Known Among the Nations

This morning, I had the privilege of leading an epic worship time at Faith Community Church. Epic in the way young people use that word these days, but also epic in theological and prophetic scope.

Isaiah 12:4 says this:

Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name
Make known among the nations what he has done
And proclaim that his name is exalted.
Sing to the Lord, for he has done glorious things
Let this be known to all the world.

Too often, we practise a self-serving worship: a worship that, to be sure, focuses on God but then asks: what can God do for me in return? At the very least, we want to end our worship time feeling good. There’s nothing seriously wrong with that, because God blesses us as we bless Him. As Tom Inglis once said, worship is something God cannot give Himself. When we give God that which He cannot give Himself, He gives us what we cannot give ourselves.

But in Isaiah’s song, what starts as a personal act – of thanksgiving – must also end in proclamation: of declaring God’s name among the nations.

This month is Missions Month at FCC and today specifically, we were going to pray for the nations. I wanted to make sure that our worship this morning wouldn’t be “run of the mill” but that it would take our focus beyond our church and to the nations of the earth. I prayed that perhaps even in the midst of worship, God would awaken mission callings in the lives of His people.

John Piper says:

Worship … is the fuel and goal of missions. It’s the goal of missions because in missions we simply aim to bring the nations into the white-hot enjoyment of God’s glory. The goal of missions is the gladness of the peoples in the greatness of God.

So I challenged our team to play and sing prophetically; that our worship this morning would be a prophetic act of declaring God’s fame amongst people groups who wouldn’t know how, but we would stand in their place nevertheless in prophetic prefigurement of that day when those groups will stand before the throne of God in worship.

We were also privileged to have our missionary to East Timor join us on the worship team. I had asked if he could translate the chorus of one of the songs into Tetun (the native language of East Timor) and then I thought it would be even more powerful if he sang it on stage. As I told the team yesterday, there are two types of missionaries: program missionaries and presence missionaries. Program missionaries go to a people group to implement a program, e.g. a program of relief, a program of education or even a program of evangelism. Presence missionaries prayerfully and sensitively mediate the presence of God in the field. They don’t necessary go with an agenda, but they go in God’s Spirit and power. My brother was a presence missionary, a worshipping missionary.

Our set culminated in singing “How Great is Our God (World Edition)”, scripted in the languages of most of the mission fields targeted by FCC. Here are the lyrics:

The splendour of the King
Clothed in majesty
Let all the earth rejoice
Let all the earth rejoice

He wraps Himself in light
And darkness tries to hide
And trembles at His voice
Trembles at His voice

How great is our God
Sing with me “How great is our God”
All will see how great
How great is our God

Chorus (Noongar)
Borun Maarman Yira
Kwiyalakinda Borun Maarman Yira
Moort ginaning Borun borun
Maarman Yira

Verse 1 (Tagalog)
Walang hanggang Hari
Aming tinatangi
Lahat ay magpuri
Lahat ay magpuri

Verse 2 (Bahasa)
Terang-Nya bersinar
Kegelapan t’lah sirna
Sujudlah pada-Nya
Sujudlah pada-Nya

Chorus: Chinese
我神真偉大, (wo shen zhen wei da)
歌頌祢聖名, (ge shou ni shen ming)
真偉大, (zhen wei da)
全地都看見, (quan di dou kan jian)
我神真偉大。(wo shen zhen wei da)

Chorus: Japanese
Nante idai na
Warera no Shu arata wa
Zenchi wa shiru
Idai na Kami

Age to age He stands
And time is in His hands
Beginning and the end
Beginning and the end

The Godhead three in one
Father, Spirit, Son
The Lion and the Lamb
The Lion and the Lamb

Chorus: Tetun
Jesus Nia boot loos
Kanta ho hau  Nia boot loos
Hotu sei hare Jesus
Nia boot loos

BRIDGE
Name above all names
Worthy of all praise
My heart will sing, how great is our God

Here’s the setlist:

// We Speak to Nations (A)
// You are Good (Houghton) (A)
// Jesus Son of God (A)
// Prayer for the Nations by David Yow
// How Great is Our God (World Edition) (A)

Here’s the recording of this morning’s worship: 

I also want to take this opportunity to thank the amazing servants on Team 3 for facilitating such a significant time of worship this morning. May God continue to lift up our eyes to see the fields that are white unto harvest!

Intense

We had an amazing time of worship last Sunday.

Pastor Yoy began the service by exhorting the congregation to engage in praise, prayer and the prophetic.

From my earlier post regarding last Sunday’s setlist, I shared about how we needed more of the Holy Spirit in our lives and in our services. It was the same message I shared to the team was we prepared and rehearsed.

Quite amazingly, at about 9 mins 15 seconds into the worship (as you will hear in the recording), one of the lead intercessors in the church got up to release this word:

In my dream, I saw the window burst open up from that end [of the auditorium] and a mighty rushing wind burst forth from there and suddenly the glory of God began to flow down from that corner until it filled the whole auditorium. And then I saw the people of God lifting up their hands and as they praised Jesus I saw the whole ceiling covered with doves and as we continued to worship, the doves began to land on their heads. As we cry out to God, God will break forth and the glory of God will come and fill you and touch you.

Okay, so I think I might freak out if the whole ceiling was filled with doves, so thankfully, I think this intercessor meant figurative doves. But it really confirmed for me that we had in faith taken the right direction in our worship, because I never shared with the intercessor what I had shared with the team.

What I can say about the worship time that ensued was that it was intense. Really intense. Probably one of the most intense times of worship we’ve corporately experienced for a while. Later on, another intercessor told me that she felt that there was a real breakthrough atmosphere in the service.

I’m so thankful to God for the amazing team of musicians, singers and technicians who caught the vision that I had shared with them and came, not only with their musical giftings, but also with faith and anticipation.

May God continue to intensify that sense of His presence and the revelation of His glory in our midst!

 

Set List – Faith Community Church (18 May 2014)

At Faith Community Church, we are about to enter into a Season of Prayer where the theme will be hosting God’s presence.

I’m reading a fantastic book about the Holy Spirit at the moment called Holy Fire by RT Kendall. Kendall is a conservative reformed pastor (he was pastor of Westminster Chapel for 25 years in London) who has embraced the charismactic.

I am privileged to be part of a church that is full of the Word of God. We get great solid expository teaching every week. But I can tell you that without the power of the Holy Spirit, great teaching doesn’t change lives and impact our communities. AW Tozer once said: “If the Holy Spirit was withdrawn from the church today, 95 per cent of what we do would go on and no one would know the difference”. What a scary thought!  What about in your own life? It’s a trap that’s easy to fall into. If you are successful at work, or at uni, or in ministry, let me ask you this: is it because of your intellect, your talent, your character? or did the Spirit of God have something to do with it?

These last few weeks have been really challenging for me and it’s been hard to feel rested. And at the same time, as I’ve been reading about the Holy Spirit, I feel a growing hunger for more of Him. Isaiah 62 says that sometimes God leads us into desert places so that He can speak tenderly to us. Sometimes difficult times and struggles are actually a grace from God.

Kendall says in his book “Could it be that God is calling you to bear a stigma – all for a greater measure of the Holy Spirit? How far are you willing to go in your commitment to Jesus Christ? Yes, God often uses hardships to prepare ordinary Christians for an extraordinary destiny”.

So this week’s songs are about God’s presence and His Spirit upon us. In particular, we are doing a new song called “Leave Me Astounded” by Planetshakers.

I actually haven’t been listening to Planetshakers for a while, but last year, I visited another church and they did this song which really blew me away. I resonated with the lyrics about “waiting in worship” for God; pleading for “heaven to invade earth”; and His “showing off His glory”. So we’re going to do it this week as the church moves into a Season of Prayer.

Here’s the songlist:

// Hosanna (Praise is Rising) (G)

// You’ll Come (E)

// Leave Me Astounded (E)

// Hosanna (Be Lifted Higher (E-F-G)

Let’s keep hungering for more!

The Worship Leadership Masterclass: Day 1 Roundup

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It’s been about four years since I taught my last Christian education class. In my previous church, I was very active in teaching classes and organising syllabi. After moving to FCC, I’ve been concentrating more on worship ministry so it was refreshing to be back into teaching today. And moreso because I was teaching my favourite subject – worship leadership.

Over 60 people turned up, mostly from FCC but thanks to FCC’s generosity, we also had people from Lynwood Christian Centre, Better Life Church, PCLC, Kingsway and Anchor Church in attendance.

We began with a sweeping look at the definition of worship, a survey of worship in the Bible, it’s historical development, the role and function of the worship leader and the power of music.

I encouraged the students that you don’t have to be very proficient at music to lead worship – as long as you have appreciation for music, some fundamentals and you are friends with great musicians!

In the second session, we looked at how to plan a worship set, the shape of a worship set and the importance of flow. If there is one thing to get out of today, it is that we need to make sure that the worship set flows in terms of musical feel and unity of theme. A worship leader should visualise the flow from start to finish before they even come to rehearsal.

We ended the session with a look at how to choose songs which is really half the work of worship leading. The students all put together a set list and some volunteered their examples. I felt a bit like the set list doctor, diagnosing ways to make the set list better. But I was glad to see many students coming up with impressive set lists which I’ll probably need to pilfer for when I next lead worship!

I really enjoyed myself today. Sorry we couldn’t put up the recordings due to technical problems. We will try to get sessions 3 and 4 up!

I’m looking forward to next week’s sessions as I pray that God will use these teachings to raise the watermark of worship in our congregations!

Worship Sunday Videos

At the risk of sounding self-indulgent, I have actually been listening to the recordings of Worship Sunday and watching some of the video clips of it. A lot. Like nearly every day this week.

One of the things that happens when you’re leading worship is that you often don’t get much of a chance to get carried away by the moment because you try to make sure the set flows well; you are listening out for how people are responding etc. In fact, during the first set of Worship Sunday, because we were trying something so different, I was actually so nervous that my left hand was shaking (no, I don’t think it’s one of those Pentecostal, Holy-Spirit-just-came-upon-you induced kind of shaking – it was purely nerves. So much so that I had to keep the mic in my right hand).

So it was just refreshing to listen to the recordings again and be ministered to as I listened to what took place on Sunday. And then to watch the video was something else! I was truly captured by the atmosphere of the first set, especially being able to hear the congregation’s voices rising up above the sound system.

For those of you who couldn’t be there, here are some video snippets from Worship Sunday, thanks to Shirley Seah!

This video shows the beginning of Set One as the auditorium was blacked out and a video started playing with various definitions of worship fading in and out before the cross was illuminated and we went into the first song “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”.

This next clip is of that moment just after the Set One finished and the chairperson, Ps Jon Quay came up. At that moment, a fresh wave of spontaneous singing swept over the congregation.

This final clip is of the song “In Christ Alone” led by Ps Yoy and the full band during Set Two. It was incredibly intense!

Hope you guys are as blessed watching these as I was!

Worship Sunday 2014

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I really love the direction that Faith Community Church has been heading in as Ps Benny has been leading us into the intentional disciplemaking blueprint. What I love about it is that we are culture-setting in a way which affects our own values and at the same time, seeing some visible changes in the way we do church.

The holy-moley Christians don’t like cosmetics much. They emphasise on heart. And to some extent, rightly so, because the Lord always looks at the heart first.  But heart usually expresses itself in outward appearances. So, as long as we get the order right, I say “why not both?”

We have been blessed in recent months with the appointment of an awesome couple, David and Mary Lynn, who are looking after media, production and Sunday services. These guys are consummate professionals who serve hard! Under their stewardship, our church services have been looking more and more, well, amazing.

So when it came to Worship Sunday, Dave, Susan and I sat down to brainstorm a creative way of carrying a worship-focused message. We decided to put together a special time of worship, where there would be no visible human worship leader, emphasising the point that Jesus is the ultimate worship leader and that each member of the congregation has a responsibility to bring their own offering of praise to God.

This morning’s service started with a video setting out different theological definitions of worship. The video finished with Paul’s powerful statement in 1 Cor 2:2:

For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.

In verse 1, Paul says that “I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.” In the context of a worship service, it could be said that we did not come with beautiful melodies and superior musical abilities. Instead, our focus was Jesus and Him crucified.

As the video ended, the piano faded in. And then, in the midst of complete darkness, a 3 metre-tall suspended cross was illuminated in the middle of the stage. Apart from the piano, there were no musicians.

Before the service started, six singers with mics were planted within the congregation, as a spiritual statement that indeed there was no worship leader in any position of prominence, but rather, there was only one giant thousand voice choir to bring a God-honouring sung offering as they were confronted with nothing but the cross. And so, we began to sing.

Even before the first song started, tears were already streaming down the faces of some of the people who had gathered. It was a holy moment, not because of the really cool-looking cross, but because we were taken in our mind’s eye to Calvary’s cross, on which our Saviour hung to redeem our worship for the Father.

I don’t think our church has ever sung louder than this morning. Sometimes, the band and singers can do all the worship for us. But this morning, as all the props of worship were stripped away, we were left with passionate hearts overflowing with love for God. Broken, imperfect hearts. But hearts hungry for His presence.

Even after we finished the last song of this opening set, there was a wave of spontaneous singing that washed over the congregation.

And then, after the offering was taken, Ps Benny came up to introduce our preacher, Dave Wong. Dave grew up in FCC, and at the age of 23, took up the role of Worship Director. I love that Ps Benny has a vision to raise up the next generation of leaders in our midst and even in the last year, we have seen more and more young leaders come up to take the pulpit.

Today was Dave’s first time preaching in the main service. Dave is a guy full of depth and conviction. He taught today that worship is not about the music (although music is part of worship) but about offering ourselves as living sacrifices. He said that right perspective makes for right worship; that worship doesn’t flow from a knowledge of God, but from a revelation of God.

When Dave was done, a full band came up on stage for an extended time of worship. When we get the emphasis right, putting on a full band is like adding fuel to the flame. It brings an added extravagance and bigness to our individual and corporate praise offering.

In putting together the band, I was mindful that it should be intergenerational, so I asked for worship leaders from different zones in the church to co-lead with me: Tae from Kinetics, Joe from Vibe, Diana from Young Adults and Ps Yoy from the Adult Zone. That richness of the different generations merging together exploded in passionate praise.

Not only were there tears, dancing, bowing, clapping and shouting, but I even heard a report of one person being “slain in the Spirit” and being instantly healed of a shoulder injury!

So why did we have such an awesome time of worship this morning? Yes, it was because we put together an interesting, confronting program. It was because the musos and singers worked hard to make sure we played and sang well. It was because of the beautiful staging. It was because the Word of God through our preacher brought forth revelation. It was because we had sown heart-felt prayers over the weeks into this morning. But above all, it was because of God’s presence sovereignly converging with all these elements. Each of these things built and encouraged faith in us to expect God to move and turned our focus to Him.

And God’s showing up made all the difference.

Here is this morning’s setlist:

Set One

// When I Survey the Wondrous Cross (D-E)
// Worthy is the Lamb (A)
// How Great Thou Art (A-Bb)

Set Two

// In Christ Alone Medley (C-D) (Diana/Yoy)
// You Alone (A) (Me)
// Jesus Son of God (A) (Tae)
// Christ is Enough (A) (Joe)
// You are Good (A) (Yoy)

Here are the recordings for Set One and Set Two.

I want to take this opportunity to thank and honour the leadership of FCC for entrusting us to do something different; to the amazing singers and band members: (Vocals) Yoy, Diana, Tae, Joe, Sunray; (MD) Luke; (Guitars) Luke, Kelvin, Mark; (Bass) Addie; (Drums) Caleb; (Keys) Delany, Sam Ng; (Sound) Senny, Sam Oh; and (AV) May; Ps Jon for his sensitive chairing; Dave Wong for his amazing leadership of the Worship Ministry; and of course David and Mary Lynn for the amazing production.

May God continue to take our worship to the next level as we encamp around His presence!

Set List: Faith Community Church (19 January 2014)

I’m excited as we prepare for our team’s first worship session for 2014.

It’s always good to start the year on a positive note.

Recently, Ps Benny shared in his “Back to the Future” message about how the Hebrew conception of time can be denoted by the word picture of a rower. The rower faces backwards as he rows, so that in a sense, he is always facing the past as he moves forward. I love that illustration because it is like our walk with God. We often can’t see what’s ahead, but we can rest on the certainty that, just as we see His fingerprints of faithfulness over our past, He is certain to be faithful in our future.

So as we begin the year, I wanted to focus the congregation on a God who is able to fulfil His every promise for our lives.

Second Corinthians 1:20 says this:

For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.

So this week, I want the church to make some faith-filled declarations.

No matter what sort of year 2013 may have been, I believe that, as it says in Isaiah 61, 2014 will be a year of God’s favour. He will bestow a crown of beauty in place of ashes; the oil of joy instead of mourning; a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair so that we may display His splendour!

So here are the songs for this week:

//  Trading My Sorrows (A)
//  God is Able (B)
//  Never Once (B)
//  You Deserve the Glory (B-C)

Here is the Israel Houghton version of “Trading My Sorrows” which we are going to try!

I can’t wait for this Sunday!

2013 in Review: A Year of Open Doors

I can’t believe we’ve come to the end of another year.

In preparation for the new year, which I am calling the “Year of His Presence”, Ling and I have spent most of the last couple of days trying to remodel and reimagine our study room. The piano (not that I play it) and guitar will still be there, but we are setting a nice comfy chair right in the middle of the room where we can meet with God, read the Bible, pray and worship. It will be a space much like in the story Pastor Benny shared of the guy whose life changed as he met with God on his special rocking chair and in line with what Ken Lee recently preached about “making room for God’s presence”.

But even as we prepare for the coming year, it is always good to reflect back on the year that was.

The theme for this year was from Isaiah 22:22:

I will place on his shoulder the key to the house of David; what he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.

What a wonderful promise for those who praise, because praise is the key to the open door. And it has indeed been a year of open doors and unceasing fruitfulness.

In January of this year, I had the privilege of going to East Timor on a short-term mission trip. Our church had been making a concerted and consistent effort to plant an indigenous church in the village of Kamalalera. It was the first time I had been on a third world mission and we were able to minister to a group of believers there. At this point in time, FCC is already on a program of training indigenous leaders towards planting a “church proper”.

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I also had an awesome holiday in Bali straight after the mission trip with some of my cell group who had come along on missions.

In February, I started a Certificate in Creative Ministries course at Metroworship Academy, the first course of its type in Perth. It was great connecting with other worship leaders in our city studying the course and being inspired by some amazing teaching.

In March, I had the privilege of leading worship as we inaugurated the House of Prayer for Everyone WA. I also had an awesome holiday with Ling in Melbourne as we celebrated her birthday. Needless to say, I came back with some excess weight.

In April, I began having talks with Ps Benny about taking up leadership in the worship ministry at FCC. It was a scary thought since I didn’t really want to have much involvement in local church leadership, but it turned out to be a highlight for the year!

In May, I had the honour of leading a worship segment at Global Day of Prayer. I also had an amazing time at our Young Working Adults Camp, and I’m pretty sure that during the camp, we discovered a new worship leader in our church 🙂

In June, I did my first ever “paid gig”! I was invited to lead worship at a Deborah Company conference and I served with an amazing team of musos from FCC and (then) Influencers City Church.

In July, our amazing worship director Lisa Palm started a new church plant, Kingsway Christian Church and Dave Wong took up the worship directorship. I had the honour of being his Assistant Worship Director. For a young person, Dave has shown a maturity beyond his years. He is fearless, full of conviction and passion and wise in his decision-making. I have been so blessed to work with Dave and our amazing leadership team. Thanks Dave, Yvette, Kimmy, EP, Lukey, Joe Wee and Addie for making it such a joy to help lead this ministry.

In August, Darren and I organised our first ever Warehouse Session. (I realised I never got the chance to blog on it!) The idea was we would just gather a group of worshippers, position ourselves in a circle, and just worship off our instruments. For many of us who serve in our respective worship ministries, it’s sometimes difficult to just tune out of the technicalities. In part, our faithfully presiding over our musicianship is part of the worship offering we give to God on Sundays. But we thought it’d be pretty special if, every now and then, we could just gather and worship without a secondary audience, without anyone to pastor, without worrying about a congregation.

So we hired a rehearsal studio and did just that. With musos from South City Church, FCC, Kingsway Christian Church and The Big Table, we just went for it for a solid couple of hours. It was a time of refreshing in God’s presence.

Here are some pics courtesy of the awesome drummer Clement Ch’ng!

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In September, Dave, Lisa and I had the privilege of leading worship at a conference called “Festival of Light”. We met some amazing musos from other churches too who served with us on the team.

In October, I got to sing for Ray Badham from Hillsong. It was freakin’ awesome.

In November, I got to lead worship at FCC with my good friend Ps Yoy Alberastine. Ps Yoy used to lead worship at FCC before itinerating, but he’s come back into the worship team and we finally co-led together in our common home church!

In December, I graduated from Metroworship Academy! And my brother and sister-in-law had their first child (my niece, Emily). Sadly however, my sister moved to Korea to pursue a career in English teaching. Whilst I’ll miss her, I’m proud of the fact that she has taken the bold step to live and work in another country.

I thank God for another amazing year, for an awesome wife, great cell group, best ministry team ever, fantastic band and an amazing home church. Can’t wait to see what 2014 has in store!

 

 

Our Toughest Set Yet

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For the worship team, Christmas is both a time of celebration and dread. Celebration, because of the wonderful theme of Christ’s incarnation and the manifestation of God’s salvation plan for all mankind; and roast turkey and festive carol-singing. Because everyone loves to sing carols. But dread, because whilst everyone loves to sing carols, the worship team usually hates to play them.

In the context of a Sunday service, a carols service always presents dual challenges. The first is that singing carols can devolve into mere singalong without the elements of worship engagement and verticality. The second is that there are so many arrangements for carols that there are no reference points for church musicians, unless you write your own arrangements.

Yesterday, we had the first of a series of Christmas-themed services at Faith Community Church. And what a challenge it was!

Three weeks earlier, my music director (the ever hard-working and talented Lukey Luke) sent me a youtube link to a Lincoln Brewster-led Christmas service. It was such a fresh guitar-driven sound (yet reminiscent of Christmas because of the bells and tambourine elements). So we decided to style a set around this idea, including refreshing an old song (Graham Kendrick’s “The Servant King” which contains such powerful lyrics).

I also wanted to get Diana Wee to start leading worship with me on the team and we were on the same page when we both decided that “This is our God” would be a great focus song.

So, after fashioning the set, we were all ready to go and there was quite a sense of excitement within the team. However, there were no illusions about how easy it was to play the set – it was going to be challenging.

Rehearsal on Saturday afternoon was tough. We went from 4.00 pm to 7.30 pm. In the words of Caleb our drummer, this was “the most difficult set yet”. He wasn’t kidding (and Caleb had to play for a Hillsong worship leader just a couple of months earlier). I was starting to wonder if we bit of more than we could chew on top of battling a stomach bug. And I got a little worried the set was going to be too long.

But something miraculous happened when we reconvened on Sunday morning. Suddenly there was a renewed sense of energy and we started flowing well. I suspect the team went home and put some more work into the set and then rested well. And as I timed our run-through, it came to a well-timed 26 minutes!

As we played through the service, there was a growing sense that we were going to musically nail it. But not only that, it felt like we had entered into a divine flow and there was a real sense of God’s presence. By the end of it, if felt like our team had just broken through new frontiers of musical creativity. Carols might never be the same again!

So here is the set list from yesterday:

// Musical prelude
// Hark the Herald Angels Sing (E)
// Angels We Have Heard on High (E)
// The Servant King (E)
// This is Our God (E)
// O Come All Ye Faithful (F)
// Joy to the World (C-D)

And here’s a recording of it by our amazing sound guy, Senny.

I want to take this opportunity to thank the band for all their hard work musically and their continued pursuit of God’s presence. Playing with you guys have been an amazing honour. May God continue to grow us together and take to new realms of His glory. The best is yet to come!

Set List: Faith Community Church (17 November 2013)

I’m really excited as Fantastic Team 3 prepares to lead worship this Sunday at Faith Community Church. Every time our team is on, there is a real sense of excitement, as if it were all playing together for the first time. And I think that’s the way it should be! So often, our service to God can become dutiful, as if we were just going through the motions. I am grateful for all the members of the team who practise hard and approach serving with enthusiasm!

This week, Ps Benny is continuing his series on Spiritual Warfare.

As I was preparing for this week’s worship, I sensed God speak through 2 Corinthians 2:14:

“But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him.”
We often see this passage as saying that “God leads us in triumph”. But I think “triumphal procession” is more correct. God doesn’t lead us into triumph because He has already brought us victory through the cross. Rather, he leads us into a triumphal procession – an act of recognising and celebrating His victory!
In Roman times, the victorious Roman army would parade through the city with the captive enemy in train. In Colossians 2:15, Paul says that “having disarmed the powers and authorities, [God] made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.” Not only has God won the victory, but the captive enemy is made a public spectacle. Imagine that! This is what happens every time we praise God and testify of His goodness in our lives. When God brings healing, He also makes a mockery of disease. When He brings provision, He makes a spectacle of financial lack. When God brings salvation, He makes a statement against sin and death!
One more thought: in those days, when the winning general rides in procession, his family rides with him. That is a picture of us – the church! We did nothing to win the victory. Jesus did it all on the cross. But as His family, His brothers and sisters and co-heirs, we partake in the victory which we did not earn or achieve! What an amazing blessing!
So here are the songs for this Sunday.
//  Nothing is Impossible (A)
//  In Jesus’ Name (E)
//  10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) (G)
//  Anchor (D)
“In Jesus’ Name” is a new song from Darlene Zschech’s album Revealing Jesus.  Here’s the youtube video so if you are worshipping with us this Sunday, you can learn the song beforehand.
Finally, I’m also super-excited that this Sunday I’ll be leading worship with Ps Yoy. We’ve been waiting for this moment for well over a year! We’ve led worship together in other events, but this is the first time we are doing it together in our home church! It’s going to be an awesome time in God’s presence.