Posts Tagged ‘New Hope Oahu’

This past weekend dear friends of ours premiered their film, Under The Blood Red Sun.  It is now available for digital download. http://underthebloodredsun.com/ The film is  based on Graham Salisbury’s book of the same title.  The book is a great read and gives a vivid portrayal of what American Japanese families faced in Hawaii the days following the attack on Pearl Harbor.  http://www.amazon.com/Under-Blood-Red-Sun-Graham-Salisbury-ebook/dp/B001OERNVA/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid=

Victorious, New Hope Oahu

On Monday our church released a second album with Dream Records on iTunes. https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/victorious/id911187792 Here is a positive review of the album, Victorious, CMR. http://christianmusicreview.org/new-hope-oahu-victorious/

Nigerian girl kidnapped by Boko Haram

A few months ago 270 Nigerian girls were kidnapped by Boko Haram.  Lately, as groups like Isis take the forefront in the news, I’ve wondered what happened to these girls, many near my daughters age, and hope that they will not be forgetten. Here is a piece from The Huffington Post. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/14/nigeria-girls-kidnapped-5-months_n_5791622.html

My latest read, “Cold Tangerines: Celebrating The Extraordinary Nature Of Everyday Life” by Shauna Niequist, is wonderful lift.   It encourages my daily effort to choose joy.  I relate to some of her story, and appreciate the road she took to write this book.  A big thank you goes to another dear friend who gifted it to my Kindle. http://www.amazon.com/Cold-Tangerines-Celebrating-Extraordinary-Everyday-ebook/dp/B000SH224M/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-5&qid=1410979304

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This past Saturday a team of us went into a local prison to serve in worship services.  We had to wait a while to get it, but that gave us an opportunity to talk story and get to know each other better.  We didn’t have any issues getting people or instruments into the facility.  (Phew…that was one of my biggest prayer requests.) As we headed down the long cement walk way to the gym we looked up and saw a beautiful rainbow hanging over us and an overwhelming feeling of peace came over me.  (Another answered prayer.)

Our sound check happened while the groups of inmates were led into the gym.  While the sound team, also inmates, were making sure our sound levels were okay, the Halau discussed where they would perform their dance for the services.  We knew we may have the entire time allotted for the services or maybe not.  Our sound check was the prelude, which is a good thing because then the men were that much more familiar with the songs for the service.

Our set list:

  1. Our God
  2. The Glorious Cross
  3. Revelation Song
  4. Halau: Forgiveness
  5. All Who Are Thirsty/chorus of Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

Notes on the nuts and bolts of the set:

  1. They seemed to respond well, and picked up The Glorious Cross pretty quickly.  They seemed to know Our God, and especially The Revelation Song.  Overall the sets went pretty well.  I had trouble hearing Joe’s guitar especially with the reprise of Glorious Cross.  Next time I’ll make sure to ask the guys to boost it a bit.  We also need to make sure that we have extra music for the play out, and/or at least that we talk it through before we sing it.  We tried The Everlasting and did well for the chorus, but I’ve never really sang the melody alone.  When Joe switched to the harmony I was a little lost.  We made it work.
  2. The Halau was fabulous.  They dressed very conservatively and Gayle kept the movements discreet.  They danced to Mathew West’s “Forgiveness.”  One of the really cool things about this is that a few months ago I heard the song on the radio, and I had a picture of Gayle dancing hula to it.  WOW!  I saw that same picture on Saturday in real life.  Thank you Jesus.

I’ve missed leading worship; not just the singing part, but also putting together a set list and helping to craft a service.  It was such a blessing to hear the response of the inmates to the music and to the message.  Pastor Louie is the person for this time.  On so many levels he understands what these men have been through.  Hopefully I will be able to be a part of something like this again.

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