Sunday, November 18, 2007

Penang: what shapes your ministry?

Grace Notes were invited to share in music and songs in Trinity Methodist Church, Penang. We had been practicing for awhile now and the day has finally come for our so-called debut, and it went well, all thanks and praise to our God. We sang:

1. Let there be praise
(Words and Music by Dick Tunney and Melodie Tunney, Choral Arrangement by Phil Perkin)

2. Halle, Halle, Halle
(Traditional Caribbean Tune, Original Music and Setting by Hal H. Hopson)

3. Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
(Words by Rev. E.A. Hoffman, Melody by A.J. Showalter, Arranged by Geordie Roberts)

4. Holy, Holy, Holy
(Words and Music by Reginald Heber and John B.Dykes, Arranged by Camp Kirkland and Tom Fettke)

5. Holy is He
(Words and Music by Claire Cloninger and David T. Clydesdale, Arranged by David T. Clydesdale)

6. A Clare Benediction
(Words and Music by John Rutter)

John Oo gave a sermon based on Matthew 22:34-40 and Jeremiah 18:1-6, on What Shapes your Ministry?

In Matthew 22:34-40, Jesus was responding to questions by the law experts to test him, what is the greatest commandment? Jesus responded: You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, You shall love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets. Take note what Jesus said about these two commandments - on them the Scriptures hang onto, and this brings out a very strong message on what drives our ministry - nothing but a total love for God and an in-depth love of everyone else.



  1. Looks like you all have a good and fun time. How did the concert go? Response?

  2. Oh yes, we did - singing was fun, gratifying and most of all a ministry to the people and an offering unto the Lord. And the food in Penang, is without a doubt, fabulous :)

    I won't call it a concert per se. We sang the anthem and the benediction for 2 services. The third service at 5pm, too late dy ... so we chose to miss that one. It went quite ok though I still think at certain places it could have been better (perfectionist mah! haha). The response was encouraging - there was this gentleman who commented to me that we sent chills down his and his wife's spine! Hard to believe that! haha ... for us to sent chills down others spine. Only "gou sau" will send chills down my spine, not singers like us. Anyway, someone promised to put up videos in youtube. Will let you know ... or not :) :)

  3. yes, will be fun to watch the videos.