Emma is the Creative Arts Leader at BPCC and is passionate about seeing people worship and exalt Jesus through song. Emma is responsible for the praise and worship at BPCC and works closely with a passionate team of people to provide meaningful worship in services. Emma is also involved in facilitating community events and engagement with wider social justice causes. Emma loves to spend time with her husband and 4 young children.
It feels too soon, but planning for Carols 2013 has begun! I find it a joy to be involved in organising the Carols services. As we plan for and prepare for this year’s Carols event, I am increasingly aware that I need people to come along side me (and Caroline) to get the ball rolling.
Last year I remember asking Madeleine Schoeman if she would be interested in helping with the decorations. I knew she was busy with Roux (her then four year old son who was in the middle of cancer treatment). Her immediate answer was “Yes I’d love to help again. I was hoping you would ask me”! I was so encouraged by her enthusiastic response; still I wanted to make sure it wouldn’t be too much with her busy schedule. I still remember her reply, it was something along the lines of “I love decorating and I love having the opportunity to help in my church by doing it…”
Have you ever heard the song ‘There is a Redeemer’ by Keith Green? Being an 80’s child, I had the privilege of listening to Keith Green’s music as Mum used to play his songs (loudly) every Sunday morning! ‘There is a Redeemer’ was one that I would often hum during the day after hearing it in the morning. Today is a special day in the Christian calendar. It is Pentecost Sunday and as I began to reflect on the significance of this day I was reminded of this song. Part of the lyrics say “Thank you Oh my Father for giving us your Son, and leaving Your Spirit Here ‘til the work on Earth is done”.
Every year on Pentecost Sunday we remember God’s gift of the Holy Spirit given to us; His power available and living in us! We read in Acts 2:1-3 “When the day of the Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.”
I think most of us are saying it: “I can’t believe it’s nearly Christmas”! On Sunday, Christmas is only 31 sleeps away. This busy time of the year involves end of year celebrations, logistical challenges in arranging catch up’s with family and friends, present buying, school holidays, menu planning, and of course CAROLS!
Carols is only two weekends away, Saturday the 8th and Sunday the 9th of December. The Carols service will celebrate that ‘Christmas is a Birthday party, a time for having fun’ and will hear and sing about Jesus’ birthday be reminded that He is the gift to us all.
I was listening to 96.5 this week and one of the presenters was talking about giving your best and achieving optimum results. They said the only way to do that is by putting in time and hard work.
You get the idea!?
I think most of us have been saying it, I can’t believe September is over! The year is flying by. Christmas decorations are starting to go up, those who are organised have presents on layby! Our Carols team is also well into organising Carols 2011, (put the dates in your diary; Friday 16th and Saturday the 17th December). It is exciting being a part of planning it; our theme will be PEACE – something I think we all need to focus on in the busyness of life. If you are interested in joining the Carols Choir (Adults or Children’s) please email me.
Last weekend BPCC had the privilege of hosting the Watoto Children’s Choir. Over the weekend while spending time with them - I was moved by the way the children and adults showed their gratitude and appreciation. After each meal they not only thanked us through words, they also sang a blessing over those that had helped, prepare and served. It was so beautiful and moving. I share this as it prompted and reminded me of the importance of always being grateful to one another and of taking the time and effort to thank and honour those that bless us with their time and resources.
I think it is so easy to forget what we do for one another and thus forget to show our gratitude.