So, last night it was my first time joining the OCF Prayer Meeting. It was a good experience praying for one another and getting to know more people at OCF!
After praise & worship, we were given a questionnaire to fill out on the topic of Spiritual Gifts that God has given us. We also needed to think about how to apply the gifts that God has given us.
I’m thankful to say that I have started putting my gifts into good use! 🙂
My top-3 Spiritual Gifts:
- Sunday School
I’ve been teaching Sunday School for 2 years. (I’m taking a year off this year to focus on the Music Ministry (more details below))
I thoroughly enjoy teaching Sunday School where I get the opportunity to share my knowledge of the Bible (through the number of years that I’ve attended Sunday School myself) with the kids. (Yes I miss teaching them, but I’m thankful that I can still catch up with them after church :))
I’ve been given the responsibility to teach the youngest group, they are just so adorable!! I’m just so impressed with how intelligent they can be!
Yup, at times you need to know how to think on your feet. I remembered one student shared about some issues regarding her relative… After listening to her, I quickly pray to God for the right words to say to her. The story of Job came to mind. I asked her, “Do you remember learning about Job?” She nodded her head. Then I asked her, “What do you remember about Job?” She paused for a few seconds before replying, “Didn’t God allow him to suffer?” This time I nodded my head and told her, even though God permits suffering, He still loves Job and He loves you too! He allows bad things to happen for a good reason. God our loving father doesn’t enjoy seeing us suffer, either He’ll take it away or give you the strength to go through this temporary hardship!
More details about Suffering can be found in the Q&A section: https://journeyfaithhopelove07.wordpress.com/qa/why-does-god-allow-suffering/
Sometimes I feel like asking myself, “Are they listening to me? Do they really understand what I’m trying to tell them?” But they never fail to impress me when it comes to Quiz time, they can recall pretty much all the answers and all the memory verses! That’s pretty awesome!! (*So proud of them*)
There’s definitely been times when I feel the students are a bit hyperactive. But I really thank God for always sending me a helper (the most matured one in my class) to look after the younger ones in the class! 🙂 So Thank You so much for all your help! ❤
So, to all the Sunday School teachers / those involved in the Children’s Ministry, let it be a joyful time for us to share God’s words to the children. Yes, it can be challenging at times but God who has given you the gift of Teaching will never abandon you. He will sustain you and give you the strength and wisdom that you need to do His will.
“Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he/she is old he/she will not depart from it.”
If you haven’t checked out this post about my 1st ever Chinese teaching experience then check it out: https://journeyfaithhopelove07.wordpress.com/2016/04/04/seek-put-god-first/
I’m so thankful to God for giving me the opportunity to attend a specialist Music school where I successfully completed my 5 years of Gifted & Talented Music Program. To be honest I don’t even know how I got into the music program in the first place, let alone being a part of the G&T program. (I personally didn’t think I did that well in the audition, especially the Aural part, I was randomly circling the answers XD)
(I played the oboe BTW – I guess you could say that “kick-start” my leadership role for my church’s music ministry; since oboists are supposed to “lead” the orchestra by tuning them before we start playing the pieces)
For those of you who think the oboe = clarinet, it’s not! haha 🙂 For more info: http://www.ifcompare.com/clarinet-vs-oboe/
What I like most about the music program is how tight everyone is, especially when we get to yr 11 & 12 (most people would have dropped out of the program by then for whatever reasons). In particular, I’m glad to have a good music buddy where we sit together whenever we were in the same class. She wasn’t in the G&T program so there were times where she struggled with some of the music concepts especially Music Theory. Thank God Music Theory was my strongest area out of the 4 aspects of Music (besides Music Theory there were Aural, Literature (aka Music History) and Performance). So I helped her out whenever she gets stuck (obviously not during exams!! haha).
I’m just glad that I was there at the right place at the right time where I can help others who are in need.
I’ll do another post soon to explain why I felt that it was God’s will for me to change from Music to Accounting after entering uni. (I know, it’s a DRAMATIC change!) (So keep a look out for it in the near future.) But don’t worry, if you’re studying Music at UWA, you’ll still see me around! (Mostly in the Music library and at the free lunchtime concerts on Fridays!) 🙂
- Admin & Leadership: (I’m actually glad this came out as equal second, because recently I had the privilege to combine these two gifts in the Music Ministry at my church)
For the last 3 weeks, I’ve been super busy coordinating the worship team for the upcoming church camp. (It’s this Friday!!) It was a good experience learning how to get the musicians together (thankful for the 2 brothers from the South Branch who were willing to help us (North Branch) and driving up north for worship practice); finding the right songs that fit with the camp theme and keeping in contact with the team during the week, making sure everyone is OK with the songs (by uploading Youtube videos when necessary).
Through this experience, it has helped me to improve in my communication skills, leadership skills, time management and organisational skills! (Seriously, I don’t know how I managed to juggle this as well as 3 assignments + 1 oral test + 2 other tests for uni… but definitely seek God first and He’ll give you everything you need (i.e. time & wisdom in this case.)) Related article: https://journeyfaithhopelove07.wordpress.com/2016/04/04/seek-put-god-first/
I also ‘stepped up’ as admin for my church’s Music Ministry. After setting up a Facebook group for the Church Camp Music Team, I emailed the Music coordinator at my church to invite her to attend our rehearsals so that she can give us some feedback on how we can improve ourselves / as a team.
Then she suggested that it would be a good idea to set a fb group for the church’s Music Ministry as well. I thought it would be easier for all those involved in the Music Ministry to RSVP to various events throughout the year. (Since there are a couple of people who don’t check their emails (regularly)!) Hence our fb group is up and running for 2 weeks! (I understand not everyone has a Facebook account so this page is to supplement the emails sent by the music coordinator.)
We are blessed to have 2 new vocalists who are willing to serve in the music team. I’m so encouraged that they are happy to join in even though they feel a bit ‘lost’ and ‘out of place’ (Since most of the musicians are Musos themselves), they’ll definitely get the support from the rest of the team and will be up to speed in no time!
Also thank God for a new pastor for his willingness to stay back after church to train us up and reminds us what is the true meaning of worship. We’ve already learnt a couple of new songs which we plan to teach the rest of the congregation next month.
When the pastor asked each one of us in the music team, “What does worship means to you?”
My response (along these lines): God created worship and
After I got home, I was still pondering on that question. As I was browsing for new worship songs I came across this website: https://www.planetshakers.com/australia/music-worship/
We are all created to worship. As a loving Father, God is constantly drawing us to Himself. He longs to be close to us. As we offer up our gifts and worship Him in spirit and in truth, the sound of heaven is released on Earth and we see His Glory come, bringing freedom and life.
Let us use our unique gifts and talents to serve God and His house. Our teams see it as an amazing privilege that God would use us to lead people into His Presence.
Let it be our greatest desire to see every person encounter God and be changed in His presence as we lead them into worship.
I adopted this and it became my church’s Music Ministry Vision Statement as well.
I really thank God just last Sunday (10th April) I can see this statement coming to past. I felt that the Spirit of God was moving in the congregation. It was just so encouraging to see His people really sing with all their hearts, meaning each words that they sing; and raising up their hands to praise God. (I don’t know why some people feel embarrassed to raise their hands? Maybe their arms are sore? In that case I can understand. Or maybe people around them shouldn’t judge them??) Some of them had tears flowing down (even the worship leader was so touched by God, good thing I wasn’t too teary so that I can back-up my worship leader). God is doing amazing things at my church and I can’t wait to be in His presence with my church family!
Anyways, sorry for the megalooong article (this is probably the longest article that I’ve written so far) but don’t worry tomorrow’s post will be back to the “short and sweet” format. (Just like me hahaha)
Also, I’m off to my church camp over the weekend! Most likely will not have access to Wi-Fi, so if you do contact me I’ll try to get back to you when I get back. (Hehe) 🙂
Time for me to start packing and prepare my sharing/testimony for camp! Pls pray for me that God will use my testimony to point people to Him (especially non-believers!)
Have a blessed day everyone!