A glorified Saturday had taken place towards the gifted singers and musicians of God. On 27th of October, WIMO (World International Ministries of Ontario) hosted its annual full-day workshop for the Music Ministry. Located at the West church in Mississauga, Brother Ryle Garcia and Brother Andy organised a successful agenda of the workshop.
As the only new member of music ministry, I did not know what to expect, nor was I expecting more than brief session of the ministry’s guideline and expectation. However, I, along with the rest of the attendees, had received more than what was in store. As always, the music ministry workshop started its day with a group prayer and a nice praise and worship session arranged by Justin. The event progresses through three well-conducted seminars, prepared by Brother Miguel R, Sister Nikki Duterte and Ate LA, by which had thoroughly established the significant fact that the music ministry is one of the most vital spiritual leadership in our church.
There I was, a notebook and an electronic Bible in hand, attentively learning how to properly express our faith and duty as God’s band. The first session outlines the history lane of praise and worship, spanning from the Ancient Hebrews to modern day worship, led by Miguel R. Not only does his presentation describe the former to present-day practices of worship, but he had also emphasised what the practice of worship is lacking. One idea that had personally struck through me was the second session, reasoned by Tita Nikki, is the correlation between the way we worship and our own understanding of who God is. Authentic praise and worship comes from great awareness of our personal identity that is rooted from God. In other words, if a person does not know God and His words by heart, it is difficult to genuinely express praise and adoration as a lead worshipper. During praise and worship, God is accepted as both a loving Father and a mighty King, of what Pastor Jong had interestingly suggested us to engage on the mindset of “binary truth”.
In essence, I gladly learned a lot about what worship truly means, both as service to God and as service to the congregation of the church. We worship God in unity, in passion, in enthusiasm and in reverence. It was a blessed day filled with overwhelming knowledge and principles on how to pay greater attention to the significant elements of the praise and worship team.
“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us,
and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and
his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.”
– Hannah Pendon