Praise and Worship, and the prayer of the Church (Divine Office)

October 28, 2008

Just want to share something that I wrote last year, in fact february last year. I am reminded of this article when Fr. William Goh (SACCRE Spiritual director) shared his reflection on praise and worship and Divine Office. It’s beautiful indeed. He encourages us in the charismatic renewal to also pray the prayer of the Church, the Divine Office. It’s solidly based on the word of God, which our praise and worship session should be also. He mentioned that the praise and worship sessions is similar in structure to the Divine Office.

anyway, this is a reflection that I wrote on praise and worship, I hope it benefits some of you.
http://fiatvoluntastua.blogspot.com/2007/02/praise-and-worship-i-liturgy-of-hours.html

If you are interested to pray the Divine Office online, you can go to the link in this website

http://oka.kurniawan.googlepages.com/teaching

there is a link to Morning Prayer (Lauds) and Evening Prayer (Vespers) for each day

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A Guide to Leading Effective Praise and Worship

October 16, 2008

Interesting article for worship leaders 🙂

http://www.holyspiritinteractive.net/columns/aneelaranha/praiseandworship/default.asp


How to be Realistic

October 15, 2008

just want to share a reflection by Pope on the Word of God, wonderful. Since my background is engineering/science, there is always a tendency to see reality as what I can see and touch, something visible and tangible. Is this not we all experience? the Pope has something to say for our world today 🙂 He invited us to build our lives not on sand (you will be surprised with what he says when he refer to building on sand), but build our lives on solid ROCK, which is the Word of God. This is what he said to be “realist”ic. Enjoy

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Dear Brothers in the Episcopacy,
Dear Brothers and Sisters,

At the beginning of our Synod the Liturgy of the Hours proposes a passage from Psalm 18 on the Word of God: praise for His Word, expression of the joy of Israel in learning it and, in it, to learn about His will and His face. I would like to meditate on a few verses of this Psalm with you.

It begins like this: “In aeternum, Domine, verbum tuum constitutum est in caelo… firmasti terram, et permanet”. This refers to the solidity of the Word. It is solid, it is the true reality on which we must base our life. Let us remember the words of Jesus who continues the words of this Psalm: “Sky and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away”. Humanly speaking, the word, my human word, is almost nothing in reality, but a breath. As soon as it is pronounced, it disappears. It seems like nothing. But already the human word has incredible force. It is words that create history, it is words that form thoughts, the thoughts that create the word. It is the word that forms history, reality.

Even more, the Word of God is the foundation of everything, it is the true reality. And to be realistic, we must rely upon this reality. We must change our notion that matter, solid things, things we can touch, is the most solid, the most certain reality. At the end of the Sermon on the Mount, the Lord speaks to us about the two possible foundations for building the house of one’s life: sand and rock. He who builds on sand only builds on visible and tangible things, on success, on career, on money. Apparently these are the true realities. But all this one day will vanish. We can see this now with the fall of two large banks: this money disappears, it is nothing. And thus all things, which seem to be the true realities we can count on, are only realities of a secondary order. Who builds his life on these realities, on matter, on success, on appearances, builds upon sand. Only the Word of God is the foundation of all reality, it is as stable as the heavens and more than the heavens, it is reality. Therefore, we must change our concept of realism. The realist is he who recognizes the Word of God, in this apparently weak reality, as the foundation of all things. Realist is he who builds his life on this foundation, which is permanent. Thus the first verses of the Psalm invite us to discover what reality is and how to find the foundation of our life, how to build life.

[…continued  at: http://www.zenit.org/article-23835?l=english ]

ps. the whole reflection is beautiful, don’t missed it.


Clothed in Christ

October 12, 2008

In our core team intercessory prayer last Saturday, the leader read the first reading from Gal 3:22-29. As she read the passage, one verse caught me,

All baptised in Christ, you have all clothed yourselves in Christ Jesus

(from my Jerusalem Bible translation)

Somehow this words bring to mind this year Easter vigil. I was asked by my brother to be his Godfather. I was rather hesitant in the beginning since I am not sure I can be a good Godparent. But in the end I said yes. During the Baptism ceremony at Easter Vigil, after the cathecuments were baptised, they were given a cloth, a white cloth with a cross. I helped to put on the cloth on him.

All baptised in Christ, you have all clothed yourselves in Christ Jesus.

What a beautiful imagery! What a reality! My Godson has been clothed in Christ Jesus, that from that moment on, what we see is christ!

I can’t recall the time when I was baptised. I was baptised when I was baby. But that’s Ok. The Lord has brought me into the fullness of a Christian life! The catholic charismatic renewal has bring that grace in my life. They called it the baptism in the Spirit. The sacraments became alive! I love Jesus and I want to follow Him 🙂

I felt appropriate to thank my parents who bring me into this Christian lives. What a treasure that they gave me! When I was baptised, I was clothed in Christ Jesus. From then on, I put on Christ.


When God speaks, he always seeks a response

October 7, 2008

I have been waiting for this synod since its announcement last year. You can read the wonderful homily by Pope on the Word of God.

http://www.zenit.org/rssenglish-23825


Money crisis: Material things will pass away

October 7, 2008

This is the Pope address on the synod on the Word of God

http://www.zenit.org/rssenglish-23830


Seek first the Kingdom of God

October 4, 2008

I wrote an email to my maillist about desiring to be rich. I wrote that we should first seek the Kingdom of God. It is not that I condemn the rich, of course not, the Lord does not do that. It is just that I have never heard the God’s message asking us to “desire” riches. I have never read in the Scripture, and I have never heard in the teaching of the Church.

It turns out that some people reply, and of course, some didn’t agree with it. I promised to the Lord that I will always listen to Him, instead of myself or my pride. So I listen to them. I love the truth more than I love my pride. Yet, I am still not convinced that the Lord wants us to “desire” riches.

Today we are having an intercessory for the Alpha programme. We invited some people to come, even from those who never come to our prayer meeting. What struck me was that during the prophecy time, there was this girl gave a prophecy through a song

seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness. And all of this thing shall be added unto you, alleluia!

Even when you are wealthy, you will still feel empty….[…]

I don’t think she is in our maillist. I don’t think she knows what is happening. And it’s not related to the Alpha programme that we are praying for either. haha

But It truly affirms me. I felt the Lord is affirming the message that I am telling to my members. I remember the last paragraph of my email i wrote:

Brothers and sisters, seek first the kingdom of God, and everything else will be added unto you. Come to Jesus, and you will find Life. Don’t live for riches or money. It’s not worth the Life we will obtain with Jesus Christ. If the Lord bless you with riches, thank Him, and give it to the poor. St. Ambrose said our money never belongs to us… It belongs to the poor.

Thank you Lord. Not for affirming my message, but your message. Thank you for helping me in my strugle to seek the truth. Thank you for speaking to me.