1 October 2014 by Donna Uning CM –
Juwita Suwito and friends called in a packed crowd tonight at the East Meets West worship concert at Trinity Methodist Church (TMC), Kuching. The concert closed a three-day workshop held at the same venue earlier.
Giving glory to God and believing God for the nation, Juwita expressed how running these workshops touched and changed her instead of the other way around every time. The sessions in Kuching were hosted by TMC and the team conducts the workshops all around Malaysia.
Juwita, who is from KL, said her team “is from Sarawak and Sabah as well.” Later, she led the church to more praise and worship as they continued singing a song inspired by the workshops.
In her message, Rev Lenita Tiong, from TMC explained the concept of the concert, East meets West. It’s about Malaysians, east and west, coming together, she said.
“Then all the peoples on earth will see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they will fear you.”
Rev Tiong also called the church to be builders of the temple of the Holy Spirit.
2 Chronicles 5:12-13,
“All the Levites who were musicians—Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun and their sons and relatives—stood on the east side of the altar, dressed in fine linen and playing cymbals, harps and lyres. They were accompanied by 120 priests sounding trumpets. The trumpeters and musicians joined in unison to give praise and thanks to the Lord. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, the singers raised their voices in praise to the Lord and sang:
“He is good;
his love endures forever.”
Then the temple of the Lord was filled with the cloud.”
2 Chronicles 6: 14-16,
“Lord, the God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven or on earth—you who keep your covenant of love with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way. You have kept your promise to your servant David my father; with your mouth you have promised and with your hand you have fulfilled it—as it is today.
“Now, Lord, the God of Israel, keep for your servant David my father the promises you made to him when you said, ‘You shall never fail to have a successor to sit before me on the throne of Israel, if only your descendants are careful in all they do to walk before me according to my law, as you have done.’”
“Do you trust God with your harvest?” she asked. “It takes a lot of faith,” she continued, telling a story about a banana farmer who waited on the Lord and reaping his harvest.
“Are you a walker?” she continued asking. A walker walks the walk and trusts the Lord, she explained.
TMC just opened their newly renovated Chapel of the Good Samaritan and Trinity Eldercare center. She told about the open door concept of the chapel – unlock doors so people can come in.
2 Chronicles 6:32,
“As for the foreigner who does not belong to your people Israel but has come from a distant land because of your great name and your mighty hand and your outstretched arm—when they come and pray toward this temple.”
“He prayed for people he didn’t know,” she said. How would your foreigners ever hear about God? “Think about your neighbors,” she further described. How would they ever know about God if you don’t share? Are you a talker?
As long as we have foreigners or people who do not believe, how would they know how great your God is? “As worshippers and followers of God, we need to talk about God,” she continued.
At East meets West, we meet in one place, she told. “Now go out into the world – walk and talk!” she called.
She hoped the church saw the new Chapel of the Good Samaritan as a “reminder to us of our duties and responsibilities to our neighbors.”
Calling the church, ‘Tribe David’, she called for commitment and the need to be builders, walkers and talkers.
The concert continued with more praise and worship. The three-day workshop sessions saw Juwita Suwito on vocals, Melvin Goh on keyboard, Wagner Daniel on drums, Nick Nicholas on guitar and Icco Elnoel on bass. The music workshops were held at TMC, Kuching on September 26-27, 2014.
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