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The sun is shining, the tide is receding, and I am enjoying a sabbath by the sea.

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The gentle whisper of the wind and the rhythmic sound of the waves, echo the soothing voice of the Creator of the Universe.

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The glistening light illuminates on the surface of the sea, looks like millions of sparkly stars dancing on water.

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Sabbath-ing by this splendid scenery, my soul recounts the oceans of blessings that this Lord of the Sabbath has bestowed upon me…

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indeed they are as numerous as the grains of sand on the seashore!

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The incoming tides splash over my feet; and I frolic joy-freely with the swirling waves…

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on this day of relaxation by the serene seascape in front of me.

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Happy Easter! Easter celebration points us to the unfathomable God who has raised Jesus from the death.

This Easter Sunday, we focused on The Great “I AM” sayings of Jesus; Instead of stuffing the slip of bible verse into the “empty easter egg” as object lesson, we used the “fortune cookies”, which we named it “blessing cookies”.

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After enjoying the cookie, each child recited to each other the “I Am” verse that they received in the cookie; then they placed the slip of the bible verse at the various stations, giving them a better grasp of who the Resurrected Christ personally meant to them.

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I AM the Bread of Life, whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. (John 6:35)

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I AM the Light of the world,whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

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I AM the Gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. (John 10:9)

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I AM the Good Shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. (John 10:11)

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I AM the Resurrection and the Life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die. (John 11:25)

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I AM the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6)

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Jesus said to Thomas:“Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20:29

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If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.(Romans 10:9)

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The Voices of Good Friday

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An artistic friend was decorating the church with beautiful palm leaves; and its time again for our Children in the Sunday School to reflect on the meaning of Palm Sunday and sing praise songs related to “Hosanna”.

What exactly is the meaning of “Hosanna”?

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This link from Got Question.org provides a really good explanation on the meaning of the word.

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The weather is wet and windy and my mood has turned gloomy, especially after days with a bad flu; And the trees outside are groaning and hoping for more sunshine to stream down so their naked branches can once again be adorned with budding leaves.

Out of the blue came a sunny sky!

With the sun sneaking in, I quickly grab my camera and scurrying out to take advantage of this lovely spring weather; And the first tree that catches my breath is the magnolia tree – what a pleasant surprise!

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Standing under and looking up the tree is most delightful — branches decorated with bunches of pink flowers against a background of clear blue sky with fluffy pearly-white clouds; I feel the presence of God and His gentle love liberating me from my gloomy self.

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Since Good Friday and Easter celebrations are round the corner, I stand beneath the pretty pink tree and reflect on the joyful season; and this beautiful poem by Carol Wimmer came to mind:

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When I say, “I am a Christian”
I’m not shouting, “I’ve been saved!”
I’m whispering, “I get lost sometimes
That’s why I chose this way”

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I don’t speak with human pride
I’m confessing that I stumble –
needing God to be my guide

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I’m not trying to be strong
I’m professing that I’m weak
and pray for strength to carry on

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I’m not bragging of success
I’m admitting that I’ve failed
and cannot ever pay the debt

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When I say, “I am a Christian”
I don’t think I know it all
I submit to my confusion
asking humbly to be taught

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I’m not claiming to be perfect
My flaws are far too visible
but God believes I’m worth it

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I still feel the sting of pain
I have my share of heartache
which is why I seek God’s name

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I do not wish to judge
I have no authority
I only know I’m loved

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Yes, beneath the beautiful blue sky and the blossoming pink, I’m feeling loved!

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Nirkod LaShalom

We are enjoying Season III of Hine Ma Tov Communal Worship Dance.

This lovely song/dance Nirkod LaShalom will be our theme dance for this season.

Nirkod in Hebrew means dance; la Shalom means for peace.

The lyric of Nirkod LaShalom ((Let’s dance for peace 为和平而起舞) has been translated to at least 35 languages: http://www.nirkodlashalom.com/

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The followings are the dances we have nirkod-ed so far; one newcomer commented that we had “a spirit lifting and fun dance class!”

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Balada Lama’ayan
泉水之夢
Ballad of Spring

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Ashrei Ha’ish (幸福人生 A Blessed Person (Psalm 1)

Teach:

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David Melech Yisrael
仁愛牧者_大衛王
Shepherd David’s Lullaby

Lyric:
http://hebrewsongs.com/?song=davidmelechyisrael2

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Ilu Tziporim
啼鳥– 飛鳥祕語
If only birds would tell (Ecclesiastes 10:20)

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Ani Ma’ Amin
堅信不移
I firmly believe

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Ein Od Milvado
除你以外
The Lord alone is God (Deuteronomy 4:35)

Teach:

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Dance:

Lyric:
http://hebrewsongs.com/?song=einodmilvado

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Eliyahu Hanavi
先知以利亞
Prophet Elijah

Teach & dance

Lyric:
http://hebrewsongs.com/?song=eliyahuhanavi

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Anshei HaGeshem
雨人
The Rain People

Lyric:
http://hebrewsongs.com/song-ansheihageshem.htm

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Tzoek Chazak
鼓樂暄天
Screaming Loud

Teach

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T’filati (祈禱 My Prayer)

Lyric:
http://www.hebrewsongs.com/song-tfilati.htm

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El Elohei Shamayim (天上的父神/宇宙之主 God of Heaven)

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Sonata (奏鸣曲)

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Teach of Nirkod LaShalom by the choreographer:

Dance

 

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