With Thanksgiving: One-Year Reflection

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Hello, Church!  Time flies so fast.  Last week was my first anniversary serving in ORPC.  As I reflected on my journey to Singapore/ORPC, I was filled with thanksgiving for God’s goodness.  I’ve experienced the blessings that came with obedience, the power of prayer, and the importance of love.

Obedience.  When the possibility of serving in ORPC opened up, I was hesitant.  I was worried that living in the States for a long time would make it difficult to adjust to living in Asia.  Besides, I did not know anyone in Singapore.  God assured me not only with His Word but I also witnessed His amazing power during my relocation process.  In addition, my first visit in ORPC was filled with warmth and kindness.  I am so happy that I obeyed God.  Even though there were/are a lot of adjustments, serving at ORPC has been a joy.  It is wonderful to be a part of this family.

The power of prayer.  I remembered that as soon as I was certain about God’s will, I started praying for ORPC and the people that I would be serving with.  I prayed for four things.  Firstly, I prayed that God would empower me to do great things with you but most importantly, I prayed that I would love you and in return, I might find favour in your eyes.  Secondly, I prayed that God would bless ORPC with more worship partners.  Thirdly, I prayed that God would bring different kinds of talented people to serve the music ministry.  And finally, I prayed that God would make the music ministry a ministry of praise and outreach.  Praise God for answering prayers and praise God for His bountiful blessings.  I am discovering talents in all ages.  In fact, every week, from the moment that I first arrived until now, God always moved someone to come forward to serve in the Worship ministry.

Love.  Before my flight to Singapore, my brother said, “Remember, sis, after twenty-six years, you are going back to Asia.  If it’s not a major issue, just let it go.”  This word of wisdom helped me as I began my ministry at ORPC.  Actually the full description of this wise counsel can be found in Colossians 3:12-14, “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.  And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”

God has gifted me with musical talents for the building of His church but I am reminded that the church is the body of Christ.  At the end of the day, God is not interested in how much work I’ve done but how much I’ve loved.  In my desire to expand the music ministry, I am reminded that building relationships is more important than building projects.  In my pursuit for excellence, I am reminded to teach with kindness, to serve with humility and to lead with patience.  Thank God because He is not only interested in my offerings but also in making me a better person.  Soli Deo Gloria.


Agnes Tan