Contemporary Christian Acappella Vocal Band from Singapore!

Monday, February 27, 2006

Good Friday mini-concert

More details coming shortly... so watch this space!

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

AGAPELLA's back!

Renewed, refreshed, bigger and even better than before! We praise the Lord for picking four new members to join our team. We'll be bringing you a new sound... so look out for our next gig!

Friday, February 03, 2006

Major Christian-themed movies...

...are arriving at theatres near you, one after the other. The new wave started with "The Gospel of John", and then "The Passion of the Christ", and more recently, the first instalment of "The Chronicles of Narnia".

The latest one, which has already opened in the US, is a story that has been told in Christian circles for 50 years. In 1956, five missionaries were brutally murdered in the Ecuadorian jungle by members of the Waodani tribe they went to serve. And then something amazing happened; the killers became Christians. One of the slain martyrs, Jim Elliot, inspired a generation of missionaries with his words, "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose."

Go see the movie when it opens; it is obviously good enough to have received measured praise from mainstream critics (for what that's worth) and more importantly, its message of God's love and redemption is realistically and validly rendered. There's lots to discuss in this movie. - Aargafella

Thursday, February 02, 2006

More to Worship than Music...

In addition to our a cappella ministry, some of us are regular worship leaders and musicians in church. Here's an article from Christianity Today, suggesting that when we plan a service, we need to sometimes put ourselves in the shoes of the "ordinary" worshipper. What do you think? : )

Leadership Journal, Fall 2005
More to Worship than Music
Are you giving non-musicians a voice?
by Nancy Beach

My family once visited a church known for its compelling teaching, dynamic community, and outreach to the non-churched. At the beginning of the service, the congregation was invited to stand. After 30 minutes of singing, my husband, a non-musician, looked at me, his eyes begging for mercy. The worship team, lost in their passion, had no idea that people like my husband were nowhere near as enraptured by the experience. That made me wonder what non-musical folks might say if they had a voice in the worship planning process.

1. Please choose singable songs.
Most people don't sing much in public, other than at sporting events where they routinely massacre the national anthem. Songs that captivate musicians should be carefully screened to determine whether average people can pick up the melody. When worship planners ignore this, we risk leaving out many in the pews who can't express themselves through difficult music.

2. Must we repeat so much?
While some repetition is strategic—to learn a song and to enter into the richness of the lyrics—the non-musician loses patience sooner than others if songs repeat. Too rarely in our churches do we leave people wanting more!

3. May I please sit down?
Some parts of the musical worship almost demand that we stand together, others are opportunities for sitting down. Tell me when I can sit. (Not only the elderly will thank you.) Whatever posture we adopt, standing is not the only way to express reverence before God.

4. Stretch me with the lyrics.
Worshipers long for lyrics that deepen our understanding of God's truth, expand our awareness of God's holiness, increase our capacity to express longings to God. Unfortunately, too many songs use the same tired and predictable phrases. Watch for patterns and ruts that no longer breathe freshness of thought and spirit into your people. Search for (or better yet, write) songs and hymns that usher new life into worship simply because they are well written.

5. Worship is more than singing.
Non-musicians are not wired to sing non-stop for 30 minutes. It is a gift to break up singing with other art forms including video, dance, Scripture, and performance music. When we creatively draw the congregation into God's presence, even non-musicians (like my husband) will encounter the wonder and strength that comes from meeting God.

Nancy Beach is teaching pastor and creative arts director at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois.
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