THE UNSEARCHABLE RICHES OF CHRIST
New Year’s Eve Service at 10:30 PM
Ps 31:15 My times are in your hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies, from those who pursue me. 16 Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love. 17 Let me not be put to shame, LORD, for I have cried out to you; but let the wicked be put to shame and be silent in the realm of the dead. 18 Let their lying lips be silenced, for with pride and contempt they speak arrogantly against the righteous. 19 How abundant are the good things that you have stored up for those who fear you, that you bestow in the sight of all, on those who take refuge in you. 20 In the shelter of your presence you hide them from all human intrigues; you keep them safe in your dwelling from accusing tongues. 21 Praise be to the LORD, for he showed me the wonders of his love when I was in a city under siege.
MATTHEW 1:21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).
Ok-Ja Lim, Soprano, earned widespread critical acclaim for her many fine performances with opera companies across the United States and in Europe. She is mostly noted for her portrayal of Cio-Cio San, appearing in the role with the Arizona Opera in Tucson and Phoenix for her second season, with Nevada Opera Theatre in Las Vegas, Sarasota opera in Sarasota, FL, “Soprano Ok-Ja Lim is a Butterfly of the very highest calibre … She’s simply wonderful; a strong, warm, effortless soprano, a major voice just waiting to be discovered, I have yet to see or hear a more beautiful Butterfly.” -Bright and Early with Gregg Whiteside, WQXR, New York Times. She earned two M.M. from The Juilliard School of Music with Honor on scholarship and from Temple University as well. Currently as a Private Voice Teacher In NY Area. more…
Ta’u Pupu’a, Tenor, is unique in the opera world. He was an outstanding Defensive End in the NFL but a career-ending injury changed his life and led him to a new career: opera. He is just as outstanding in his role as operatic tenor, as shown by the following comments: “…He seems to have limitless power… but the voice has real gold in its best moments.” (New York Times) “…Everyone took notice at his brilliant tone, breath-control and ravishing, powerful tenor…” (Italian Tribune), “In the treacherous heldentenor role of Bacchus, Ta’u Pupu’a brought reserves of stentorian power and heroic strength, singing gloriously.” (Classical Review), “… The sound is a big one too, a big, meaty voice that would cope comfortably with Wagner or Verdi. And he is so in control of the tenor range – high, low, medium – that one gets a thrill from hearing him in full flow. It’s not just a weighty sound; it’s an alluring one.” (Behindthearras.com) more…
Seungho Choi completed his bachelor’s degree in Performance at the Hanyang Univ., South Korea, completed his post-graduate course specialization as a concert soloist in clarinet at the Royal Conservatorium in Belgium and completed MM in SUNY Purchase. He was awarded first prize winner in the Korean National Young Artist Competition in 1988. He won first prize in the Hanyang Univ. Concerto competition in 1996. Also he was winner of the concerto competition of 2002 in the SUNY Purchase. He was part of the Seoul wind ensemble, Royal conservatorium Wind Orchestra, and Hanyang Univ. orchestra. He was also a part of many clarinet choir such as, the Kansai Clarinet Quartet in Japan, the Boeykens Clarinet Choir in Belgium and The Artemis Ensemble in New York. Currently, he is the Music Director of Träumerei Clarinet Ensemble and one of the members of the New York Youth Orchestra Chamber Music Program coaches.
MCPC Choir (Juri Pang, Organ/Music Director; Narim Kim, Conduct) sings Deus Tu Convertens by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina. This was published in Rome in 1593 as part of a cycle of Offertories. It’s a lively and vivacious piece of music for five parts that’s characterised by a pronounced harmonic richness. The first line of the text is a very formal invocation to God asking him to turn to us this rapidly turns into a cascading series of semi-quavers as the choir asks God to quicken us (Deus Tu conversus vivificabis nos). In the second line ‘et plebs tua laetabitur in te’ (and Thy people shall rejoice in Thee) Palestrina conveys the sense of a people rejoicing by using lenghtened (dotted) notes which he couples with strong and dynamic rythmns. Palestrina expresses and explains the people’s need for God to turn to them in the third line ‘Ostende nobis Domine misericordiam tuam’ (Show us Thy mercy, O Lord) which he follows by the strong ‘et salutare tuum da nobis‘ (‘and grant us Thy salvation’). There then follows a short (only half a bar) pause and the whole of the final section is sung again ending the motet on an uplifting note.
Feast of Ingathering
We celebrated Thanksgiving Sunday, Sun, Nov 20.
Let’s the abundant goodness of the Lord with the First Fruits of your earnings, the best and foremost you have!
Ex 23:16 Celebrate the Festival of Harvest with the firstfruits of the crops you sow in your field. “Celebrate the Festival of Ingathering at the end of the year, when you gather in your crops from the field.
Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) 2016
Feast of Tabernacle: Oct 17-23. Eighth Day of Assembly: Oct 24
Five days after The Day of Atonement, the joyous Feast of Tabernacles began, not only as a reminder of the Children of Israel dwelling in tents in their sojourn to Canaan, but also prophetically of the future rest in Heaven of the faithful. It was a joyous time because the people felt cleansed from the burden of their sins and at peace with God. This feast lasted for 8 days with sacrifices each day.
Sukkot is a harvest festival. The one mentioned in the Book of Exodus is agricultural in nature – “Feast of Ingathering at the year’s end” (Exodus 34:22) – and marks the end of the harvest time and thus of the agricultural year in the Land of Israel.
Passages to Meditate:
John 8:12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Psalm 118:19 Open for me the gates of the righteous; I will enter and give thanks to the LORD. 20 This is the gate of the LORD through which the righteous may enter. 21 I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation. 22 The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; 23 the LORD has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes. 24 The LORD has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad. 25 LORD, save us! LORD, grant us success! 26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD. From the house of the LORD we bless you. 27 The LORD is God, and he has made his light shine on us. With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession up to the horns of the altar. 28 You are my God, and I will praise you; you are my God, and I will exalt you. 29 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.
Celebrating the Seasons of the Lord!
It is increasingly common for Christians to celebrate the biblical, Jewish feasts. Jesus himself in the New Testament celebrated biblical holy days. In fact, it was very important for Jesus to celebrate the seasons of the Lord.
The Gospels record that our Lord Jesus not only celebrated the festival, but He took traditional elements of the celebration and applied them to His own life and mission. We find this particularly in John 7 and 8 where Jesus uses two traditional symbols from the Feast of Tabernacles celebration, water and light, to help the people understand who He is and what He offers. Christ in the Feast of Tabernacles in John 8:12 said “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
We celebrated the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, which is also known as Yom Teru’ah, the “Feast of Trumpets.” The blast of the shofar is not just a call to repentance, but a reminder of Jesus’ return.
1 Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.
PSALM 16:5 LORD, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure. 6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. 7 I will praise the LORD, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. 8 I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. 9Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, 10 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful one see decay.
11 You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.