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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Heart of Worship

JESUS, THE MAN!!!

Romans 12:1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God- this is your spiritual act of worship.

‘Heart of Worship’ first came to me as an important theme, a theme we looked forward to and yet a worry: of causing a disappointment to such an inspiring theme. Praise the Lord Almighty that He never fails to surprise us in CA as it has been another fabulous night for us with our bubbly Pastor Sandra from ACTS church.

It was just 7.45pm where the Atmosphere had already been filled with laughter, chattering, and smiles. Ushers with their warm little greetings had made all the difference; it felt just like home once again. Steffie and Yi Ern, our emcees for the night, in bright red, summons us to the front, stirring up even more excitement as CA began for real.
We proceeded with games led by Betty. Betty divided us into groups of different colours. Then, we were supposed to imitate the action exactly as portrayed on the screen. First was to imitate professional ballerinas with graceful long stretched arms and a leg high up in the air. It was followed by 9 different faces by Calvin from Calvin & Hobbes, lyrical dancers and lastly, to imitate a caterpillar crawling from one end to the other. There was non-stop laughter looking at one another being silly and simply letting down our hair enjoying each others company.
Praise and worship was then led by Bryan and his team, Timothy, Billy, Ah Han, Larry (junior), Shalisha, Eliza, Remina and Nicole. We had an awesome round of worship truly for the Almighty King with several songs entitled I’m Running after You, Now that You’re Near, Unto You, You are My World and Here I am to Worship.
CA continued with a little change this time. The committee prepared a multimedia presentation to invite everyone to serve in the various ministries in CA such transportation, emcee, usher, musician, refreshment, PA system and many more. The purpose of CA is definitely not solely for fun and laughter, but also for us to serve upon our Lord. Let not the committee to serve alone. Everyone should play a part or another for the glory of His work. For the night as well, we were very happy to have a few of our super seniors from ALM7 to be with us. Evelyn, one of them, gave a short testimony; very much of an encouragement for fellow CA members to come to serve Him and find our purpose in CA.

Yi Ern introduced us to our speaker for the night, Pastor Sandra. She started with a statement that we are all not born automatically a Christian. We need to make the choice to be daughters and sons of Christ. We need to choose to invite Him into our life and take control, lead, and mould and guide us as our personal saviour. In Ecclesiastes chapter 3, everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does that so that men will revere Him. In fact, the word ‘worship’ is first used in the book of Genesis chapter 22. Abraham brought Isaac to worship God. ‘Worship’ as to come close to God, postulate in humbleness as we meet God the Almighty, and have a relationship with God.
Brothers and sisters, at many times, we long so much of a great worship, very often with great songs and music. We’ve often complained that we could not fit in a church because the church is so different from our homes’. We could not worship as the worship leader did not lead well. We could not worship as the band was messy. We could not worship because people were noisy. We have forgotten that the true heart of worship is our attitude towards God and for God alone. We worship Him because He is our God, the ‘MAN!!’. He is great. He is holy. We worship to celebrate His greatness. We will give Him the best of our worship. We will not squeak for proclaiming His glory but shout, clap and exalt Him on high for He is worthy to be praise. We might be self conscious at times during worship on how people might judge us, we might be quiet just to fit in the church; but God says in Luke 19: 40 that if we refuse to worship Him, the stones will cry out to worship Him. We need not to be pretentious because God sees us through our hearts. Worship is for Him alone and not to please others.

Our God is omnipresent. He is standing right in front of us, waiting for us to open the door of our heart. A great time of worship is where God is right in our hearts, openly, sincerely and all out for Him alone. We will never be changed unless by the spirit of God; so do the worthy of worship unless there is the presence of God in our heart. Be still and He still hears our great heart of worship.
CA ended with a little birthday celebration for the August babies and refreshments by Ken Lee, a guy for a change.

CA has once again brought our hearts back to the presence of God. A great worship is about the attitude we put in. God sees our heart and hears our prayer. Be still and He simply brings peace into our heart.


In His service,
Blessed child.

11 comments:

Pat said...

"Jesus is DA man"
-Ps Sandra-

yup sure he is...
let's cont to rock wif the rock of ages, n get high wif the most high...

Leen said...

I'm surprised you guys managed to get her to talk in CA. CA is getting more recognition from the church. xD Good thing we have different speakers sometimes or else Ps. David will be so tired. haha.

Keep up your fire, people!

ich bin nicht von CA said...

eh Leen how come cannot click to enlarge the photos? >.<

is that Eliza on keyboard? *squints*

sam said...

Great job everyone!Awesome report!Really enjoyed myself last CA...Praise the Lord!!!

Leen said...

I don't post the posts, so I'm not sure about the technical part of it. Ask the person who posted it about the picture. XD

Anonymous said...

hi who is "ich bin nicht von ca"?
yup that's her on the keyboard...

Pat said...

must be some german freak... haha

Vincent said...

pat, r u overdosed with german? DSH must b haunting u =P

anyway, Thanks for the report =)

ich bin nicht von CA said...

Patrizia... a Deutsch freak calling me a Deutsch freak

Patrizia reads, writes and speaks fluent BM, English, Mandarin, Deutsch, Foochow and transports a CA vanload of guys at Autobahn speed... a mighty woman of God indeed

Pat said...

haha... first time ppl call me mighty...

nah... juz using my gifts to serve...

betty said...

Hi, ich bin nicht von ca... I'm sorry for the cannot-click-to-enlarge... i'd tried to edit them... but still cannot... =( very sorry ya...
anyone knows what's the problem???