- Rosie Remmerswaal – introduction and NZ Maori song
Kia ora, I am Rosie Remmerswaal from Aotearoa New Zealand. We appreciate your presence in this silent worship. To offer you a sense of the diversity within the asia- west pacific section we bring you offerings from friends in six countries, which will lead into a period of open worship.
Purea Nei (English translation from Maori)
Scattered by the wind
Washed by the rain
And transformed by the sun
All doubts swept away
And all restraints are cast down.
Fly o free spirit fly
To the clouds in the heavens
Transformed by the sun
With all doubts swept away
And all restraints cast down
Yes and all restraints cast down.
- Cris de la Cruz – scripture and song
Worship is most appropriate to a loving and great God who called us out of darkness into His wonderful light. Our manner of worship may be different in ways and forms but it’s the same one God to whom we offer our reverence and worship. That’s what matters. In our worship meetings in the Philippines, we sing songs as a way to express ourselves before God. Singing is a personal act to communicate, speak of His greatness, affirm our faith and adore God’s majesty. Today we will lead you into singing a few songs. We hope that they are familiar with you. And if not, consider it an opportunity to learn new songs that declares the greatness of God. Just as the psalmist proclaim in
Psalm 19:1-3 “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.”
Song with guitar, words will be projected in several languages – How “Great is Our God”
- Merryl Titus and Shyka Titus sing in Hindi #3 (How Great Thou Art) everyone listens
Bible Message- “God’s ways are not our ways”
Isaiah 55-8:9 “ For my thought are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth so are my ways, higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts”
Every person sitting in front of me, may it be young or adult. God wants to talk to each one of us. So, I want everyone to close their eyes for 30 seconds and pray to God , that God, teach us and show you guiding light.
Make our hearts be receptive …So our hearts be filled by God’s Word.
As in Isaiah 55-8:9 says That “Gods Ways are not our Ways neither our thoughts are God’s Thought”
Our thinking process is limited and focus on facts and figures. But do you know what God wants us to do? God wants us to have FAITH on our Lord God rather than focusing on statistics…It may happen that facts are against us. But it should not influence us because God’s Plan can take us to New level or new Opportunity.
It may happen that one Phone call or a big break or God’s Person can enter into our life and can change the circumstances to our favor anytime it could happen to anyone.
If anybody sitting here, is struggling or facing circumstances against us.
So do remember God’s Verse in (Romans 8:31)…”IF GOD BE FOR US, WHO CAN BE AGAINST US…”
Just Like Chinese Bamboo, when chinese bamboo is planted, then in initial four years no growth could be seen. Although you give water, fertilizer or show sunlight to the baby plant but” what is not visible to you, is its massive root system.” In initial four years it develops strong roots but in fifth year it grows from 0 to 80 ft in height.
So, if you want to have same growth in your Life, all you have to do is pray to God and believe in God.
Although when it is a start we could feel that it is impossible. But at last I say, Everything is Possible for our Supernatural God..(Matthew 19:26)
Action Song to be taught and projected.
The meaning of this song is – that we worship to god , the god accepts it and he give us blessings. Our prayers are accepted by Lord and we receive their answers. The Lord our God is so wonderful and he loves us very much.
“Stuti Aaradhna , Action Song”
(A) Stuti Aaradhna upar jati hai
Aashish lekar neeche aati hai
Prabhu hamara kitna mahan
Dekho hamse karta hai pyaar
(B) Prathna aur vinti upar jati hai
Uttar lekar neeche aati hai
Prabhu hamara kitna mahan
Dekho hamse karta hai pyaar
- John Leighton and Kenneth Co – background and poem
SLIDE TO BE SHOWN – CHINA
VOICES – Kenneth Co (Chinese) and John Leighton (English)
Friends, we will now read from Advices and Queries, prepared by Quaker missionaries in Chinese.
TEN SECOND PAUSE
A poem favored by Dr. Stephen Yang, a well known Chinese Quaker.
Mountains and streams may be separated
But sun and moon belong to the same sky.
You will find true friends wherever you are
One’s spirit roams between clouds and waters.
- Jo Jordan reading and story (5-10)
As a child I attended a Christian church with my parents every Sunday. But as I reached my teenage years I began to question my parents’ faith, and the language of their church which seemed unconnected and irrelevant to my own experience. However, I maintained an interest in religion and spirituality and I was impressed when I read the book “Quaker by Convincement” by Geoffrey Hubbard. At the time I thought, if I ever did believe in God, I would be a Quaker.
Some years later, after I had married and given birth to our first child, my firm belief that everyone should be responsible and take control of their own life was put to the test. I didn’t seem to be in control of anything at all, certainly not my baby’s waking or sleeping, her crying or her laughing. At first I felt overwhelmed by the responsibility of raising my child, but after a few months, a bond grew between us and we enjoyed being together.
When Ruth was seven months old, I received the tragic news that a young friend had been killed in a horse riding accident. Finding it hard to believe the news, I just sat down on a chair in a state of shock. There came to me words, as if spoken by someone right beside me. The words were:
“Life is a precious gift”, and then followed a feeling of peace and calm.
The following Sunday, and that was 40 years ago, I attended Adelaide local meeting for the first time. In that meeting for worship I found a profound sense of belonging, and a sense of coming home. That sense has grown with time.
One of our members, Max Raupach, says in “This we can say”, the Australian book of Quaker practice,
” I have come to realize that this marvelous light is present in speech and in silence.
The light dances in both places, if we let go enough to see it. As it dances in silence, it dances in the noise of life itself. It is all around, here, now.”
Friends, we will now move into a time of silent worship. If you feel moved to give ministry, we ask that you stand and a microphone will be brought to you.
This Meeting for worship will finish when I shake the hand of the Friend sitting beside me.
- Open worship – introduced by Jo Jordan
- Meeting finishes when Jo Jordan shakes hands with person next to her.