Fourteenth Question-Series

What is one your favorite pieces of Scripture?

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The Beginning of Evensong 2019

On January 20th, Evensong started up. I do not know when I first started to go to Evensong. The first one was to get ready for the Bristol Pilgrimage. I did not know if I wanted to go to all of the church services on that trip.

Westminster (August 1st)- that was our first Evensong during the Bristol Pilgrimage. All of the pilgrims sat in the quire. We saw a sample of what was to happen at Bristol Cathedral. The main difference was the choir. At Bristol Cathedral- the choir would be the adult choir at my family church: that is why the Bristol Pilgrimage happened.
Bristol Cathedral- The choir sang 6 Evensongs and 1 Eucharist. I was surprised I went all of the church services. Back in London, I already went to Evensong at Westminster and Eucharist at St. Paul’s Cathedral. In addition, one of the days, the choir had a day off, and the pilgrims went to Salisbury and went to Evensong at Salisbury Cathedral. Do you how I knew how impactful going to all 10 church services were? It was at the last Evensong- at the anthem, in the middle, I started crying. That reaction was enough to tell how just how transforming the entire trip was (that trip I went to all ten church services)- my tears weren’t of sad- my tears were tears of joy.

Back to Evensong on January 20th. Each time I go to Evensong in Charlotte, I connect to Bristol. I am nervous leaving London and going to Bristol. What was nice about Bristol is what we go could walk from the hotel to the cathedral. All the week went up, I learned to love the town Bristol more and more. The picture above is a Shaun the Sheep statue in front Bristol Cathedral. Evensong represents the Bristol Pilgrimage- in so many ways. The church services were only parts of the Bristol Pilgrimage- Tintern Abbey, Chepstow Castle, Bath, Old Sarum, Stonehenge, etc…. were in there as well. Evensong to me will be connect back to the Bristol Cathedral.

Feeding our Spiritual Body

We all have a human body, and we need to give it food. We also have a spiritual body, and just like the human body, it needs food too. It needs to be nurtured and cared for. Spiritual food is different from human food. What exactly is spiritual food?

Spiritual food does exist in many ways. It can be prayer. It can be reading the Bible. It can be doing devotions. It can be volunteering. It can be singing. It can be worship and going to church. See- spiritual food varies. It can be many things- it is different for everybody. It basically is making our spiritual body stronger.

Evensong-November 18th

Evensong means a lot to me for three year. As a number of followers know, I been to England three years ago. Why was in England? I wasn’t there on vacation. I was there for a pilgrimage-my family went with my church because the choir, which my mom is a part of, was in residence at Bristol Cathedral. The pilgrimage began in London, and that part lasted 2 and 1/2 days. 

How many Evensong performances happened during this Bristol Pilgrimage? That was one at Westminster, one at Salisbury Cathedral, and six at Bristol Cathedral- so I went to eight Evensongs total. In Bristol, I did not think I would go to all of them. Besides the eight Evensong services, I been to two Eucharists: one at St. Paul’s Cathedral and one at Bristol Cathedral. This post mainly focuses on Evensong. 

Each time I attend Evensong in Charlotte, I am connected back to Bristol. The best part about that pilgrimage was not WHAT all 72 pilgrims did, but something that was created. It was the fellowship. The fellowship made everything stronger. It was at the final Evensong in Bristol when I realized just how transforming that pilgrimage was: it was at the anthem, and in the middle I started crying- the moment that reaction happened, I knew the pilgrimage was very spiritual, sacred, and highly transforming. The picture below is in front of Bristol Cathedral- each service the choir performed at Bristol Cathedral, they improved. I still cannot believe I attended 10 church service (7 of which were performed by my family church’s choir). 

Child of God- The Gathering

You unravel me, with a melody
You surround me with a song
Of deliverance, from my enemies
Till all my fears are gone
I’m no longer a slave to fear
I am a child of God
I’m no longer a slave to fear
I am a child of God
From my mothers womb
You have chosen me
Love has called my name
I’ve been born again, into a family
Your blood flows through my veins
I’m no longer a slave to fear
I am a child of God
I’m no longer a slave to fear
I am a child of God
I’m no longer a slave to fear
I am a child of God
I’m no longer a slave to fear
I am a child of God
I am surrounded
By the arms of the father
I am surrounded
By songs of deliverance
We’ve been liberated
From our bondage
Were the sons and the daughters
Let us sing our freedom
You split the sea
So I could walk right through it
My fears were drowned in perfect love
You rescued me
And I will stand and sing
I am the child of God
You split the sea
So I could walk right through it
You drowned my fears in perfect love
You rescued me
And I will stand and sing
I am the child of God
– No Longer Slaves
As I was listening to this Sunday’s sermon, I was reminded of Gardner Webb University
and the Gathering. One of the songs we sang was “No Longer Slaves”. In the sermon on Sunday, our rector talked about that we are meant to be children of God. That reminded me of one of the many songs that I sang at the Gathering. “No Longer Slaves” was one of my favorite songs we sang. I miss the Gathering and do miss singing that particular song. The above lyrics are some of the lyrics from that song.
It is true that we are children of God. Have the curiosity that children have. Ever since I was child, I have been curious. I still am curious to this today. I still have that in me. We do grow up to be independent, but we need to realize that we still rely on others. We can’t make it through life alone. We rely on family and friends to make it through life. Difficult times hit, and when those times hit, we know we can’t make it through alone. Even if we are optimistic, we need to be able to lean on someone.
We are children of God. We need to see through others. We need to accept others for who they are. See through color- children can do that. If we are children of God-we need to be able to go back to that. I know beauty comes from within not from what we see from the outside. We need to show love towards others- we are all different from each other, but yet still the same. We need to be just as God created us to be.

Why fear God?

Earlier in the week, while listening to a Christian song on the radio, I heard the word, fear,. It reminded me of the fact that in the Bible that is says that we are supposed to fear God. Fear God? To me, that sounds contradictory. Why fear him? Didn’t it say we are supposed to love God. How can we fear God and love God? I am puzzled by that. That is puzzling to me.

It makes more sense to me to fear the Devil. He is the one who tempts us. He is the one who make us do bad thing. He is the one who makes us sin.

God is the one who loves us no matter what. He forgives us no matter what. Fear- why fear God. I don’t think we should fear God. We are supposed to truly love God. How can we truly love God if the Bible says fear God? Love is more powerful than fear alone. Fear shouldn’t get in the way of our love for God.

What are your thoughts?

Spiritual Gifts-Being Spiritually Gifted in an Area you may not be Skilled in

Is it possible to have a spiritual gift in something you may not be skilled in? That seems to be the case for me. According to an inventory I took during a Spiritual Gift Sunday school, it shows I have a Spiritual Gift in the Arts.

The Arts, an area I barely have any skill in. I can’t sing, dance, or draw well. The only type of art I seem to be good at is writing. So what does it mean to be spiritually gifted in an area you may not be skilled in? In terms of the arts, I can appreciate and support them. The Musical Theatre World combines various types of arts into one. I attend a musical, and I tend to lose myself in the show. I forget that what I am seeing is not real- I feel like all the events are actually real. The combo of dance and spectacle is such a delight to watch- it adds something special to a musical’s plot- that is why they are part of my vision of musicals. I can see the beauty in the musicals I love- some of the musicals I love are tragedies. Still, the only art I am skilled at is writing, but I always need some help- with writing, I am good with coming up with ideas, but always struggle with putting them together. Still, it is crazy to have a Spiritual Gift in the Arts, but barely being skilled in that area.