By Not Known
The word huddle was coined in the 1890s when Paul Hubbard, the quarterback for Gallaudet, a college for deaf students in Washington, D.C., had his team form a tight circle so they could discuss plays without the other team seeing what they were signing. As the game evolved, huddling became an integral part of the game plan. Some of the benefits include (1) allowing the players to pause, assess their situation and plan a strategy to defeat their opponents, (2) insulating the noise from the crowd so communication can be heard, (3) creating teamwork so players know when to cover each other’s back, (4) cheering one another before the team goes back to play (huddling up always ends with a shout) and (5) the possibility of winning through good camaraderie.
Last Saturday, the entire music ministry huddled together and celebrated our very first Music Festival. Although the different music groups regularly meet during the special events of the church calendar to prepare to lead the congregation in worship and celebration, we didn’t really have a chance to interact with each other outside these events. So, the chancel committee organised a bonding time including tea sharing, games, singing, listening and reading of God’s Word and praying for each other’s ministry and one another.
I would like to share some of the music ministry’s prayer requests so you can lift us up in prayers.
(1) The musicians prayed that they will encourage one another to serve faithfully and be obedient to God and His calling.
(2) The musicians prayed that God will bring more people with a heart for music and worship to serve in the music ministry.
(3) The musicians prayed that they will be focus in learning, committed in service, excellent in music and growing in their relationship with God. Reaching for excellence is the chancel choir’s vision statement for the last two years as well as the entire music ministry.
(4) The musicians prayed that they will be passionate about God and His people. The musicians wanted the ministry to be grounded in this truth, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself'” (Luke 10:27).
(5) The musicians prayed that they will be a Christ-centred community in worship and service, not just excellence for its own sake.
Thank God for a wonderful Music Festival celebration. The eighty people who attended enjoyed fellowship strengthened by the bond of prayers. Every year, ORPC also organise fellowships such as family picnic and church camp for cultivating friendships. Will you join these events and fellowship with your family? Let’s encourage one another and build each other up (Heb 10:24-25).