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Thank You for Letting Us Sing to You: Confessions of a Choir Crasher

You’ve heard of party crashers and wedding crashers, but perhaps you have never heard of a choir crasher. That’s me, the person who, back in the doldrums of September as election campaigns were still in full swing, shorter days and longer nights were just beginning to descend and Christmas trees were not yet at Lowe’s, I began to wonder in earnest … What can I do to make this season feel more like Advent? A clear and undeniable suggestion came to mind: join the Floris UMC Cantata choir. Don’t get me ... Read More »

A Celebration of Light

When I grew up in Seoul, Korea, there were war drills. Yes, war drills. On the fifteenth of each month, we had a short 30-minute war drill. Sirens went off, and cars and people had to stop in the middle of the streets, or wherever they were, to hide. Also, there was a special drill at night once or twice a year for an hour when no one was allowed to turn any lights on in their homes. When I was very young, the night drills scared me. My mom, ... Read More »

Open Mic Night

Open Mic Night—what does that mean? For some, you might envision karaoke night at which a gaggle of girls climb on stage to sing Shania Twain. Others might picture a local comedy club or a coffee shop evening filled with aspiring songwriters. However, for some of you, the thought of an open mic night might be terrifying. Perhaps you associate the term with more painful memories as you recall a time when you stood up to share a new piano piece at your school talent show, only to be mocked ... Read More »

Your First Christmas Gift

Do you remember your first Christmas experience, or your first Christmas gift? I can remember my first Christmas worship service when I was about 4 years old. As I mentioned in prior blogs, my dad’s family was Buddhist. My grandmother, who lived with us, was especially devout. Even though my mom was Christian, she could not go to church due to my father’s religious tradition. Nowadays, it has changed a lot in Korea, just as it has in American households. But at that time, we could not imagine having two ... Read More »

Summer Choir and Beyond

I cannot believe that we are already in the middle of August. How has your summer been? I pray that you all are having a blessed one. Mine has been much busier than before, but I have enjoyed planning the upcoming seasons with our choirs and orchestra. What a blessing that I get to work for God’s ministry! We will have another summer choir opportunity this Sunday at the 11:00 AM service. We will proclaim “the Lord is King” through an anthem. The anthem is written using Charles Wesley’s hymn ... Read More »

Radio

Usually the drive to Annapolis takes an hour and fifteen minutes. On this particular morning I had the unfortunate experience of having to leave at 8 a.m. As you might imagine, I was in traffic for two hours. Normally that would frustrate me, but because I promised to connect with God more intentionally, I used it as an opportunity to listen to Christian radio.  I listened to my favorite stations: 89.9, 91.9 and The Message on satellite radio. Of course, God didn’t let me down and I heard some of ... Read More »

Worship

I had a great opportunity to attend a conference at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk last week. The conference was about Sacred Music. There were more than 120 attendees who serve at churches as church musicians or pastors. They came from all over the U.S. The conference offered different courses related to sacred music and worship. Each day began with a music reading session for an hour with 12 unfamiliar or newly published anthems. We also had a rehearsal with a famous composer, Mark Haydes , to practice for a ... Read More »

My Tribute

When I watched the video, “Today I Saw God” during the worship service last Sunday, my heart leaped for joy because I have had “seeing God” experiences lately. As you heard, I defended my dissertation last Wednesday at Indiana University. It has been a long journey since I came to the States with my husband, Jason, in 1996 to study music. For those who don’t know Jason, he is also a musician, singer and has been “ABD” (All But Dissertation) for a long time like me. We both started our ... Read More »

Witness

I have enjoyed reading our blog posts from mission teams and hearing our senior students’ testimonies at church last Sunday. I was especially excited because both the mission teams and the seniors were sharing about their faith. While hearing them, my heart was full of conviction with a serious question about whether I believe what I profess. Do I proclaim to follow Jesus but deny Him in my daily actions? I believe that we all do live with this heavy conviction at some point in our lives. I could sense ... Read More »

Beautiful Songs to Share God’s Love by Yoon Nam

Happy Mother’s Day to all who are mothers or live like mothers to others! After I became a mother, I learned more about God’ s love and care as our Father. God’s love was even more meaningful to me than ever before. I also became more appreciative of my mom. I think that most mothers feel the same as I do. I truly believe that God made mothers to show His care and love toward us on earth. We will have several beautiful songs to share God’s love and to ... Read More »

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