蒙福得義, which is roughly translated as “receiving blessings and righteousness from the Lord”, was the theme for our Chinese New Year celebration services on Sunday, 22 February 2015. In an atmosphere of rejoicing, the services opened with a light-hearted Mandarin music video titled Blessed (蒙福). Produced by our creative team, the video was shot in a single take. To capture the best shot, the crew and performers repeated the entire song with choreography 24 times!
Following the opening music video, the Worship team led the congregation in a lively Mandarin medley, 真正好 (Truly Good), a sweet reminder of Jesus’ goodness and the blessedness of knowing Him. Another highlight of the day’s praise and worship was the use of the guzheng, a Chinese zither, with an acoustic set-up which gave the song 10,000 Reasons a touch of East-meets-West flavour.
The festivities continued after an anointed time of Holy Communion led by Pastor Daniel Chong. Servers from our Visual Arts and Worship ministries, broke into an upbeat retro dance number and a quirky medley of popular Hokkien, Mandarin and English songs that had the congregation bursting into peals of laughter.
As the loud, high energy performances winded down, the congregation was treated to a behind-the-scenes video intro to a second special music video — Shepherd (牧者), a song inspired by Psalm 23. Staff and volunteers from our creative team had braved the elements outdoors to put together this moving music video reminding believers that Jesus is the good Shepherd who not only restores and prospers their souls, but also provides for them abundantly.
Rounding up the day’s fun and meaningful programme was a powerful sermon delivered in English by Pastor Mark Ng, our Chinese Ministry pastor. In his message, he encouraged believers to take their eyes off their lack and look instead to Jesus, the One who has no lack and whose heart is willing to supply and restore so much more to them. In closing, Pastor Mark pronounced a prayer of divine provision and protection over the people.
Church members attending Rock Kidz, our children’s ministry, and the combined Hokkien and Mandarin service also came decked out in festive colours and bright shades of red, a colour that symbolises blessings and good fortune in Chinese culture.