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THANKSGIVING 2017
Feast of Ingathering

We celebrate Thanksgiving Sunday

Sun, Nov 19. 

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.

 

 

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Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) 2017

Feast of Tabernacle & Eighth Day of Assembly: 

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.

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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.”
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rosh-hashanahRosh Hashanah

 

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.

 

SERIES 5 | They Will Soar on Wings Like Eagles | Isaiah 40:25 – 30 | July 9 – Aug 20

Is 40: 25 “To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One. 26 Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing. 27 Why do you complain, Jacob? Why do you say, Israel, “My way is hidden from the LORD; my cause is disregarded by my God”? 28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. 29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Eagles See a Long Distance Prey or Enemy – Eagles have strong vision, so they can identify their prey and focus on it until they get it. At the same time, an eagle can see its enemy from afar, such as snakes trying to sneak in to its nest to steal its egg or to kill its young. Though eagles build their nests on high rocks and places, snakes have a tendency and ability to climb to them. But the strong vision of eagles keeps the enemies away from its nest. If you ever happen to see an eagle sitting high above the tree or cliff of a stiff mountain, watch closely and see how attentive the bird is. 

Eagles have a keen vision. Their eyes are specially designed for long distance focus and clarity. They can spot another eagle soaring from 50 miles away.

Spiritual Vision! 

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened

Eph 1: 15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.

 

 

SERIES 4 | Hope in the Lord | Isaiah 40:25 – 31 | May 21 – July 2

Is 40: 25 “To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One. 26 Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing. 27 Why do you complain, Jacob? Why do you say, Israel, “My way is hidden from the LORD; my cause is disregarded by my God”? 28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. 29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Living Hope

1 Pet 1: 3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

 

SERIES 3 | Proclaim My Praise | Isaiah 43:18 – 21 | Apr 2 – May 14

Is 43:18 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. 19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. 20 The wild animals honor me, the jackals and the owls, because I provide water in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to my people, my chosen, 21 the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise.

 

 

 

 

SERIES 2 | I Am Making a Way in the Wilderness and Streams in the Wasteland | Isaiah 43:18 | Feb 9 – Mar 26

Is 43:18 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. 19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. 20 The wild animals honor me, the jackals and the owls, because I provide water in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to my people, my chosen, 21 the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise.

 

 

 

 

SERIES 1 | See, I Am Doing a New Thing | Isaiah 43:18-19 | Jan 1 – Feb 5

Is 43:18 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. 19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. 20 The wild animals honor me, the jackals and the owls, because I provide water in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to my people, my chosen, 21 the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise.

 

 

 

EASTER LOVE BANQUET & LENT

1 Cor 15:51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— 52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. 54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” 55 “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” 56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the 

work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHRISTMAS 2016

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 3 PM

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”).

Featuring Artists:

 

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.

 

 

 

 

THEME OF 2017: Jewish Year 5778

The Oil of Joy

 

Is 61:3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORDfor the display of his splendor.