Week 5 Chronicles: Gospel Sunday

In our church, we try an experimental worship format once every quarter, during a month when there are 5 Sundays, to push the envelope  of how we do worship; to add freshness; and to teach the church that worship should be embraced in all its expressions.

I love Gospel music. I love it because it is simple. In a worship landscape when lyric, metaphor and melody are becoming more complex, it is good to return to repetition and predictability. But beyond this, Gospel music is music that moves its listeners. It reverberates through the soul. It is heart-felt. It is impossible to sing Gospel and not put in all your emotions. You can’t listen to Gospel and not move to its groove.

Last Sunday, we invited Stephanie Truscott to lead Gospel worship at Faith Community Church.

It was the first time we had dedicated the worship service to the Gospel genre, and it was probably the first time that many of us on the band had actually played an entire set in the Gospel style.

Some years ago, I had the honour of singing with Stephanie in her ensemble, Stephanie Truscott and the Garments of Praise. (Stephanie had been a pioneer in the worship movement in Perth, having led worship at Church Together, March for Jesus and worship conferences, and also trained and inspired many worship leaders and singers in the city).

The group was made up of singers from different churches and backgrounds who loved to sing Gospel.

Over the two years I sang with Stephanie, we had the opportunity to sing at public events such as Telethon, Multicultural Week festivals, Gospel Festivals and church services. But we also had the opportunity to perform in more intimate settings such as hospitals, nursing homes and detention centres. I began to discover how Gospel music, specifically, was able to penetrate areas of society that the Church was otherwise unable to reach.

This fact was brought home to me when I went on a mission trip to Japan in 2007. Whilst there, I had discovered that there was a Gospel singing group that met weekly to sing together, even though many of those who belonged to the group were unchurched. Yet, they were quite unwittingly singing potent prayers such as “Holy Spirit, fall afresh on me.” And I wondered just when God would answer such a prayer.

So, a few months back, I proposed to my worship pastor that we should do a Gospel Sunday.

The challenge was that the simplicity of Gospel melody belied the level of skill required, both from the musicians and singers. Many of the chords used in Gospel songs, for example, had fallen into disuse in the modern worship era and therefore out of the repertoire of most contemporary church musicians. Doing Gospel worship was not just to expose our congregation to something different, but also to stretch the skills of our musicians.

We rehearsed four times with Stephanie to deliver a 30-minute set. I still remember our first rehearsal about a month ago when Sam, our lead keyboardist, curled up in the foetal position after trying to play the first song. To his credit, he went back home and worked it all out and before long, he was comfortably hitting all the black notes.

It also meant that our singers had to sing differently – with more power, tightness and blend.

In the end, as daunting as it was, I am glad to say that our team managed to pull it off, not before being significantly challenged (except for Dave who is just naturally talented and capable).

The result was a Sunday worship service brimming with energy. Our congregation sang with all their might, clapping and moving along with the praise songs, and singing with affection as we moved into the slower songs. And God showed up!

Many were touched, with one member of the congregation reporting that their mother was still in tears over lunch, having felt the strong sense of God’s presence during the service.

Here’s the setlist:

// I Go to the Rock (D)

// There’s Power in the Blood (D-E)

// Every Praise (D-E-F)

// Great is Thy Faithfulness (C)

// I Give Myself Away (C-D)

// How Great is Our God (G)

// How Great Thou Art (G)

// Victor’s Crown (C)

For those who missed it or who want to relive the moment, here is the recording from Sunday.

(Photo credits: Faith Community Church)

A Taste of Heavenly Worship

In Revelations 7, John had a glimpse of what worship would be like in heaven:

After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice:

“Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”

I was privileged tonight to attend the 50th birthday of an Elder-Statesperson (if that is the right description) of worship in our city, Stephanie Truscott.

Ling and I must have known Stephanie for nearly 10 years, having first seen her from afar leading worship at big Christian gatherings like Church Together and then getting to minister with her in her gospel ensemble “Garments of Praise”. We used to do gigs in prisons, hospitals and churches together. We had even taken gospel-style worship to Telethon fundraising days and university muliticultural fairs – truly beyond the walls of the church.

I am the first to admit that I didn’t (and still don’t) have an awesome voice, but yet Stephanie included me in her group and coached me to become a better singer. I remember glorious times of worshipping together in her lounge room as we prepared for gigs and we would just move into spontaneous worship.

Tonight, many old friends gathered to celebrate this woman of God’s milestone birthday. And true to form, Stephanie launched a new CD (a mix of gospel and Messianic sounds) and gave free copies away to all who came.

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As the night went on, group after group of worshippers came up to the stage to “perform”: a parade of worship tributes, if you like. And I remember ministering together with many of these worshippers in the past.

What really struck me was how it must have been so much like worship in heaven. There was no sophisticated sound system, stage lighting or glitz. Just a keyboard and mics and passionate hearts singing together and glorifying God. And what made it even more like heaven was the fact that there were so many of us from so many different ethnic backgrounds who had been in one way or another impacted my Stephanie’s ministry.

We saw Justina Truscott spontaneously mime-dancing to a new song from Stephanie’s album. Ling and I were blown-away by Justina’s artful, prophetic movements.

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And another young indigenous man from Kalgoorlie who was taught to sing gospel by Stephanie at a young age and now at the age of 23, ministers in a family gospel ensemble. He also made the auditions for X-Factor.

And another young indigenous lady who sings just like Stephanie.

I thought about how through Stephanie’s mentoring, the lives of young indigenous people were being transformed through the power of worship.

And then there were the powerful harmonies of an African group.

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And Kathy Susnjar with whom I also used to sing, leading us in Messianic worship with dancers from the Perth Messianic congregation.

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Ling and I (we were the Asian contingent!) even got roped into doing a worship song with Stephanie without any forewarning, let alone rehearsal.

As I watched each group come up to the front to lead us, I realised just how far-reaching Stephanie’s ministry and impact was. How she had bridged the gap between the Indigenous, Africans, Asians, caucasians and Messianic worshippers in our city. This is how worship should be like: every tongue, tribe and tongue gathered before the throne.

Thanks Stephanie for inspiring us, teaching us and leading us; for forging the way for the next generation of worshippers in this city; and continuing to always break new ground (even though you say you are old school!). Happy Jubilee year!

 

Songlist for Global Day of Worship Perth

I’m glad to announce that after a lot of prayer and thought, we’ve finally crafted the songlist for Global Day of Worship Perth. I really appreciate Pastor Yoy’s and Derwin’s input into shaping all the songs that we had to choose from.

Here it is:

SONGS – PART 1 (LIVE STREAMING)

  1. Shout to the Lord (A) // Mel Crothers
  2. You are good (A) // Lester Ong
  3. You (A) // Derwin Bong
  4. Our God (A) // Yoy Alberastine
  5. Rooftops (E) // Celesti Weck
  6. Your Presence is Heaven (Bb) // Derwin Bong
  7. Jesus at the Centre (D) // Yoy Alberastine
  8. How Great is Our God (B) // Sung in Noongyar, Tagalog, Afrikaans, Chinese, Bahasa and English

SONGS – PART 2

  1. Cornerstone/The Solid Rock (C) // Lester Ong
  2. I See the Lord (E) // Stephanie Truscott
  3. You’re Worthy of it All (A) // Yoy Alberastine
  4. You Deserve the Glory (A) // Stephanie Truscott
  5. Worthy is the Lamb (A) // Mel Crothers
  6. Hosanna (I see the King of glory) (E) // Celesti Weck
  7. Hosanna (Be Lifted Higher) (E and up) // Lester Ong
  8. History maker (F) // Yoy Alberastine

At Converge earlier this year, we tried doing How Great is Our God (World Edition). This time, we are aiming to incorporate the local indigenous language, Ngoonyar, along with Tagalog, Afrikaans, English, Malay/Indonesian and Mandarin. This reflects the multicultural nature of the Australian church landscape.

I encourage you to make the effort and come be part of this momentous event!

The Worship Team as a Mentoring Family

It is often said that worship ministry is one of the most important ministries in the church. But that’s probably not true: in my view, all ministries are equally important.

Worship ministry does, however, have some distinctives: one of which is its visibility – which is why the congregation tends to elevate its importance. Another is this: unlike most ministries, it is a seedbed for tension and conflict.

Have you experienced this? I certainly have. I remember once, many years ago, I had just started out back-up singing. Back then, no one really taught you how to do anything and I think I got into the team just because I sang really loudly (and because they wanted some of the youth to start serving in the team). So I just went all out. I wasn’t concerned at all about blending with the other singers (I thought blending was a culinary term) and I even tried singing harmonies (when I clearly couldn’t). The more experienced singer next to me didn’t give a moment’s hesitation before launching out in correction. He looked me in the eye and said “Look, if you can’t sing harmony – DON’T”. That got me to shut up for a while…

Then I became a better singer. Now, I could do harmonies, except the other guy had been in the team for a long time and he always gets to sing the tenor part. So sometimes, I launch straight into the harmony at the beginning of the song before he gets a chance to work the harmony in. So much for team spirit… And I was really despising the new singer who clearly didn’t know how to blend.

That was just the tip of the iceberg.

Through my many years of worship ministry, I’ve witnessed all sorts of emotional manipulation, bad attitudes, internal jostling, pride and criticism (the non-constructive type) – and I’m just talking about myself.

But of course, there are also the triumphs of musically “nailing a set”, the celebrating together, watching each other grow and achieving goals that make worship ministry thoroughly rewarding.

This sort of thing happens in every ministry, but moreso, I believe, in worship ministry. Because it’s so visible. So technical. And people are so passionate. And because it’s a team ministry right from the get-go.

Which is why I thought the following passage in 1 Chron 25:6-8 was really interesting in describing how David ordered his worship ministers and musicians:

All these men were under the supervision of their father for the music of the temple of the Lord, with cymbals, lyres and harps, for the ministry at the house of God.

Asaph, Jeduthun and Heman were under the supervision of the king. Along with their relatives—all of them trained and skilled in music for the Lord—they numbered 288. Young and old alike, teacher as well as student, cast lots for their duties.

There are a few important principles we can draw from this.

The passage says “all these men were under the supervision of their father”. This suggests that worship ministry is a family affair.

I remember a few years back when my old church started rostering into bands. It meant that for a season, the same musicians and singers would have to serve together; get a sense of each other’s styles, strengths and weaknesses and also get used to each other’s personalities. A lot of us grew really close. Because there were a few young-uns on the team, Ling and I used to have to give them transport to rehearsals. Instead of just going to rehearsal, we made a meal of it – literally. We made it a habit to eat together before Wednesday night rehearsals. We got to not only make music together, but we shared our hopes, dreams, struggles and disappointments. Because our lives became more intertwined, a by-product was that we flowed better as a team.

So it became quite easy for me to say to our singers, for example, that we needed a bit more work. So we hired Stephanie Truscott and she came to tutor our singers for a few weeks. Okay, so we didn’t turn into a gospel choir, but we certainly learned how to blend a lot better.

Now, nothing irks you more than your family members. This is where the proverb “iron sharpens iron” becomes the most real. But as a result, we grow in character.

Developing the “family” idea further, here’s the crux of the passage: father and son served together. And this suggests mentoring!

Over the years in worship ministry, I’ve been mentored by some excellent worship leaders. I don’t know where I got my style from (because they all led worship very different to me). Perhaps it was through all the years of listening to Ron Kenoly CDs and my wanting to be a big black guy – well at least I achieved the first half of my goal.

One of my first mentors used to feed me new cassettes (yes it was that long ago) and articles on worship. (We were meant to pass the articles onto others, but I just hoarded them). By doing that, he was resourcing me. He helped me to learn new songs but also appreciate the theological anchor of worship.

He also gave me a lot of constructive criticism and correction. This was important as I began to learn to lead worship because until then, all I had to go by was the way worship leaders led on the different cassette tapes that I had and watching worship leaders during church services. Under this mentor, I was given insight into the nitty-gritty’s and nuts-and-bolts of worship leading. What he was doing was honing my craft. And of course, you don’t develop a good attitude by reading a book, so my mentor would give me a gentle rebuke where necessary.

Another mentor I had (my next worship pastor) imparted in me a heart for intercessory worship and revival. She would pray and well up in tears. She gave me fresh insight into the link between worship, intercession and the transformation of the nations. I still carry this burden to this day.

But she also released me into my potential, believing that I could be more than I imagined. She began pushing me out of my comfort zone and also began connecting me with others of the same heart and mind, including people who had beaten the trail before me. I still work with some of those people today.

And then I came across a psalmist, who inspired me to dream even bigger. He shared stories of massive gatherings in Singapore where churches would gather together in worship, regardless of background or denomination. And I started to wonder not when, but how soon, it could all happen in Perth.

In worship ministry, spiritual fathers and spiritual sons, mentors and disciples, serve together side by side to advance the kingdom of God.

What was the result? This passage says that they were “all trained and skilled”. You might say that high level skill was a prerequisite for their serving but I like to think that not all Levites were born with a timbrel in their hands. Rather, within their own families, the “trade skills” were passed on from father to son. And presumably so was the passion for God’s presence!

In this mentoring environment, we not only become better worship musicians and singers, our anointing increases and our spiritual sensitivity is sharpened. But a far more important result was that as worship happened 24/7 in the Tabernacle of David, the heavens were opened and the kingdom boundaries were broadened. The nation experienced unprecedented prosperity!

And this is why I enjoy worship ministry so much. There is definitely that amazing thrill I get when I see God’s people worshipping together and the presence of God fills a room. But I also enjoy it because it is ministry where “old and young”, “teacher and student” can stand side-by-side and minister together; where we get the opportunity to minister intergenerationally; where mentors can resource, correct, release, connect and inspire the next generation; and we can together, through worship, see our cities and nations transformed.

Another Awesome Rehearsal

I just got back this evening rehearsing with the band for Converge “Hear the Nations Worship” night. It was another time of refreshing in God’s presence.

I came to the rehearsal with quite a great deal of stress. I was busy at work, but also busy trying to finalise everything for Converge and my mind was in a million different places. And then I caught a cold. So I took today off work (it should have been sick leave!) to try to organise the songlist for our rehearsal. I also thought I would spend some time with the dog as well as she was starting to feel neglected with all our busyness and filled-out schedules.

But it was like all the stress melted away as we worshipped. We began just by simply praying together which really helped us maintain our focus. After a couple of tricky fast songs (which required a good deal of concentration) we came to the turning point when we started Stephanie Truscott’s gospel worship set. There’s something about gospel music that just gets your toe tapping and body moving. And I sensed that God began to imbue us with a sense of freedom as we sang “I’m So Glad, Jesus Set Me Free”.

As we started worshipping to “Beautiful Saviour” there was just a wonderful overlay of vocals singing the names of God and I just felt like I was spirited away into another realm. It felt like the song that never ends. As we went back into the bridge “I could sing forever, Jesus I love You”, we’d be hit a with a new wave of praise bubbling over.

It was such a beautiful time.

I really am blessed to be serving with such a wonderful and anointed team.

So let me introduce you to the team facilitating the Converge Day of Worship Finale (sorry I forgot to take a photo this time):

// Worship leaders: Me, Pastor Yoy Alberastine (Faith Community Church/Sonlife Church), Shaw Cheong and Stephanie Truscott MOSAIC Church)
// Vocals: Me, Pastor Yoy, Shaw, Stephanie, Ling, Wai Kin Wong (Full Gospel Assembly)
// Bass: Jon Teoh (FCC) (he just joined us tonight and he’s awesome!)
// MD and keys: Daryl Tan (Firstlight)
// Electric Guitar: Chris Mayne (Lifestreams Church)
// Drums: Ash Tie (New Covenant Community)

And here is the mega songlist in case you are preparing:

// Ancient of Days
// You are Good (Israel Houghton)
// Hosanna (Brooke Fraser)
// You’ll Come
// I See the Lord
// I Exalt Thee
// Gospel Worship with Stephanie Truscott
// Messianic Worship with Kathy Susnjar
// Beautiful Saviour
// Worthy is the Lamb
// You Deserve the Glory
// Shout to the Lord
// African Worship with Arlene Gregory
// We Speak to Nations
// How Great is Our God World Edition (in English, Mandarin, Malay, Tagalog and Zulu)

I think the last song is a significant prophetic enactment and prefigurement of what will happen at the end of time when the nations gather before the worthy Lamb who was slain, giving Him glory, honour, power, wisdom, strength and blessing.

I’m really looking forward to Saturday!

Five Years of Total Awesomeness

Five years today, I married the love of my life and my best friend.

It’s been an incredible journey so far.

It all started on 5 May 2007 (well, at least our marriage did; our relationship started well before that) at the Fremantle Town Hall. We wanted a wedding where worshipping God was the focus. So we deliberately chose not to have any messages or exhortation – it would be just worship.

This is what we put in our wedding program:

A Note about Worship

The starting point for living is worship. Harold Best observes that “worship is at once about who we are, about who or what our god is and about how we choose to live.” At any given time, everyone everywhere is worshipping someone or something. Ling and I have chosen to dedicate our lives to worshipping Jesus Christ. So, today’s service is so much more than being about us; it is first and foremost about glorifying God who brought our lives together.

One of the most significant ways in which Christians have been called to express our worship is through praising God in song. Early on in our Christian walks, Ling and I have felt the calling in our lives to minister in music. So today’s ceremony is very much an extension of that but moreover, an extension of who we are. It is therefore our privilege to be able to lead you in an extended time of singing.

We appreciate that many of our guests today are not Christians. We make no apologies for how we have chosen to conduct this service because we wanted it to be about God. However, we do invite you to participate. The songs we sing may be unfamiliar to you, and it might feel strange for you to sing, but I want to encourage you to ‘let loose’ and give it a go. If anything else, allow the words and meaning of the songs to minister to you.

For those of you who are Christians, we encourage you to bring your best offering of praise to God. We would like nothing better than to join with you in giving glory to the God of all blessings.

Finally, we would like to thank the wonderful team of musicians and singers who have volunteered their time and energies in making this possible. They are anointed servants of God and we are privileged to be able to call them co-labourers and friends.

We assembled an awesome team of great friends and anointed worshippers and Ling and I had the privilege of leading our wedding guests into worship. It really was a dream team: on vocals we had me, Ling, Joanna, Yvonne, Juls (who also played violin) and Stephanie Truscott. Elayne and Mabes took the keys. Darren and Edmund on guitars. Boon on bass. And Clem on drums. Derek did the AV.

I still enjoy reliving the day. But every time I ask my friends over to watch our wedding DVD, Ling tells me off. So here are some shots from the day.

Here is the set list:

// Opening Prayer – Shaw Cheong

// Oh Happy Day – led by Stephanie Truscott

// Everyday with You, Lord (Sweeter)

// Friend of God

// Scripture Reading: Psalm 16 – Louis Ong

// Joy of My Desire – with Yvonne Mohan on lead vocals and Julien Lim on violin

// How Great Thou Art

// When I Think About the Lord

Of course, that day was just the starting point of an incredible journey over five years.

I have had various mentors and inspirations in my life, but none compares to Ling. She sees me at my best, my worst and my most mundane. She encourages me to pursue everything that God has in store for me and sacrifices so that we can both live out God’s calling to the full. She pulls me back when I get too far ahead of myself; she gives me the look when I’m being stupid and compromising my witness; she asks if I’ve done my devotion. She inspires me to press forward by her own faith in God. And she makes me smile often, and quite regularly does silly things to make me laugh – and laugh hard! She is the funniest person I know. Apart from the Holy Spirit, she is the most inspirational worship leader of all – because of her, I am living out all that ministry that is worship, not just on-stage, but also off-stage.

So happy fifth anniversary Biggles! Love ya lots. We will break open our fifth anniversary wine later! May there be many more bottles of anniversary wine to come!

Converge 2012 – One Heart, One Voice

It’s been a pretty full-on couple of months for me helping out with the Converge organising committee. Never in my life would I have thought that I’d be trying to bring in worship teams from all over the city for the one purpose of exalting the name of Jesus over our City.

There have been times when I have wondered whether we could ever get teams from different churches to lead worship from morning to night, but I am glad to say that between Wendy Yapp, Shaw, Judy and myself and a good deal of help from the Lord, we’ve finally gotten there!

Last week, I was still looking for an African team. I tried calling one guy but never got any response. Then out of the blue, Stephanie Truscott called me and said that Arlene Gregory (who was experienced in leading African worship) really wanted to participate. Within minutes of hanging up the phone on Stephanie, Arlene called me and asked if she could bring a team! I didn’t even need to do anything, but God orchestrated it all!

The idea of bringing worship teams together from different churches in the city is spiritually significant.

Romans 15:5-7 (NIV) says:

May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.

Check out the Message version:

May our dependably steady and warmly personal God develop maturity in you so that you get along with each other as well as Jesus gets along with us all. Then we’ll be a choir—not our voices only, but our very lives singing in harmony in a stunning anthem to the God and Father of our Master Jesus!

So reach out and welcome one another to God’s glory. Jesus did it; now you do it!

This is why we are calling the Converge Day of Worship on 26 May 2012 “One Heart, One Voice”. As I have said before in previous posts, throughout history, the Church has found reason to divide itself over worship styles and theologies. And yet, Jesus was determined that His church would be one to glorify the Father. As Paul puts it, may we be as “one heart and one voice” to glorify God.

In this sense, God is not just exalted in the songs we sing and the words we say. He is also exalted (and moreso) when the body of Christ can look past their differences and unite, for no other sake than for the sake of unity and the glory of His name.

So my prayer for Converge 2012, and for the Day of Worship, is that the church may join together as one big choir, not just our voices only, but our very lives singing in harmony in a stunning anthem to God.

Check out the program that’s just about to be released (the fruit of the labour of many people on the organising committee over the last couple of months)

Converge Flyer

We’ve got an African team led by Arlene Gregory, Flame Ministries, an Indigenous Team led by Eric Wynne, Salvation Army, Stephanie Truscott and the Garments of Praise doing American Gospel, Without Walls, Indonesian Worship led by Aflame Community Church and two inter-church teams as well! It’ll be an awesome day!

Blessings Reel – February 2012

I’m a few days late, but reflecting on the month that’s passed, I am amazed by the goodness of God in our lives.

As I have said, this year is the year of Unceasing Fruitfulness. And like the Tree of Life in the book of Revelations which bears twelve different types of fruit, we can expect twelve different manifestations of blessings each month of 2012.

A fruit has its origin in the seed. Once the seed is planted, it germinates and grows into a tree. When the tree is mature, it begins to bear fruit. The DNA of the fruit however is in the seed. In other words, an apple seed can only bring forth apples.

Our seed however is Christ, for in Him and through Him and to Him are all things.

Galatians 3 says that Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for “cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree” (v13). Paul goes on to say that Christ redeemed us in order that we might receive the blessing of Abraham.

In verses 16ff, Paul says:

The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. The Scripture does not say “and to seeds”, meaning many people, but “and to your seed”, meaning one person, who is Christ.

The blessings of obedience to the law is now available to us through the Seed, i.e. Christ, not because of anything we can do, but because of God’s grace through faith. So we can expect to receive blessings of health and healing, prosperity, peace, salvation, favour, divine help, guidance, wisdom, God’s presence, joy etc through Christ, the originator of all blessing.

For me February has been a month of closures. On one day at work, I had three complicated cases come to closure, the most spectacular of which was a guy who had claimed that he was a victim of domestic violence at the hands of his ex-wife. When the Immigration Department assessed his claims, they said that he did not have a strong case. To be honest, I didn’t think he had a strong case. But I responded to the Department’s concern the best I could. After several weeks, I was still not optimistic; I thought his case could be rejected at any time. But to my surprise, and quite miraculously, the Department agreed with my submissions and granted him permanent residency. He was so happy he started telling everyone what a great day it was, including the guy who made us coffee at the coffee shop!

But the greatest closure for us was the fact that we had finally found a church to belong to after 7 months of wandering. And we sense that as one chapter closes, a new door has opened for us in Faith Community Church and we are excited as to what the future holds.

So I’m thankful to God for the blessing of new beginnings.

As we move forward in this chapter, I want to finish off this post by acknowledging some wonderful people who have walked alongside us, supported us, encouraged us and dialogued with us over the last 7 months, in no particular order: Ps Daniel Ho, Ps Judy Low, Shaw Cheong, Wai Kin and Anna, Joanna and Dan, Bernard and Vicki, Pastor Yoy Alberastine, Pastor Binh Nguyen, Pastor Benny Ho, Wendy Yapp, Cao, Cindy, Joe, Jos, Louis, Mons, Stephanie Truscott, Derwin, Derek, Jenn Yong, Joy, Samson, Addie, Sharon, Adrian and June, Esther, Matthias, Dave and Yvonne, Juls, Jade, Esther, Bryan, Clem, Drew, Amy, Alan, Adrian, Matt, Jess, Pastor Koon Hee and Jin, Darren, Chi Yen, Edmund and Sharon and so many more of our friends who had coffee with us, hung out with us, served with us and just generally poured into our lives during this last season: even if it was just over a meaningful meal together. We learnt a lot and heard your hearts. Thanks so much for sharing in the journey!