Monday, July 23, 2007

PLANETSHAKERS, the report and some pictures!

PLANETSHAKERS, the report and some pictures!

Well, this is a very much delayed post. Planetshakers, they came and left. Nonetheless, it was an awesome event!

The event started in the morning itself, being the sound guy in church, I was in church since 9.00a.m. Together with a few others, we waited for the arrival of the team. They actually came direct from the airport to the church.

The night before, they were in Singapore, having a same concert like this and that morning, they are already in Malaysia, getting all hypped up for the concert and very much enthusiastic about it. A bunch of people with real FIRE for God. They look a little tired but then, you could see the FIRE they had in them.

The concert in Singapore was hosted by New Creation Church. A very much happening church, led by Ps Joseph Prince. This guy is a real JOKER I tell you. If ever you drop by Singapore on a weekend, drop by at the church for one of their weekend services. He will definitely make you laugh your way through the service. Not to forget a man who is very sharp in the Word. His messages are very powerful, added with some jokes here and there.

Back to the team, 13 of then came, they were the lead vocalists Henry Seeley & Matt Garner, backup vocalists Rudy, Liz & Nicole, drummer Mike Webber, bassist Mark Peric, guitarist Chris Guglielmucci, synth & keyboardist Jonathan Hunt, a video production guy Chris Peterson, a sound production guy Brian Vayler and last but not least preachers Ps Matt Fielder & Ps Neil Smith.

Right after, they began to set up and do sound checks. With their high level of proffesionalism, things were done in no time. For this concert, the church rented a Yamaha M7 digital mixer as per requested. Mr. Brian, an ex-Yamaha engineer was pretty much familiar with the mixer. Sound checks and rehersals started and ended.

Here comes the 1st session, this was the worship team seminar. Planetshakers led worship and it was really GOOD! Then Ps Neil Smith shared about us as Christians, we ought to Be Amazed. How many of us out there are actually amazed at any of God's work? I believe when we were still young Christians, we were much more enthusiastic. This is the norm, it usually happens(it happened to me too!). And Oh Yah! Did I mention, he's a Chelsea fan!

We only live ONCE! So, live it to the FULLEST! Being a Christian is not BORING as many thinks! Being a Christian does not mean that you will have to be 'Oh-so-Holy', watching every step you make, trying not to make any mistakes in case someone sees. Basically, being a Christian is not to be perfect. I fail too! If you dont fail, tell me! You can be God!

Actually, being a Christian is merely about the religion or Christianity. It is much more of a relationship that you have between you and God. He is the guidance that we need to walk in life, He is the light that will shine through darkness, He is the peace at every circumstances.

That pretty much summed up the preaching. Then the worship team were divided into groups to attend the separate session. There were Musicians, Worship Leaders, Singers and Vocals, Production Team and Youth Leaders. Each group was led by one or more members of the team from the team. Everyone had their fair share of sharing and Q&As. Soon after it is over and done.

Then came the HIGHLIGHT of the event. At 6.00p.m. the church was packed like sardines in a can! It was even difficult to move around. That's a good thing anyway, seeing more and more people, waiting to be indulged with God and His presence. The hall was packed to the brim! The security team was there to make sure that no one else comes in as it was just too packed! Those late comers had to sit in other halls just to watch from a screen(too bad!).

Worship that night was SUPERB! With LOUD music and people jumping around all for God Himself. They sang most of the songs from their latest album Saviour Of The World. Though many does not really know the songs but that did not hinder then from praising and worshipping. That album was basically launched that day itself. Not many had the privilege to listen and be familiarised with the songs. Well, something happened during the concert but not many noticed. The power supply tripped! The team was quick to notice and interacted with the people with some actions and dance. I'm sure many didnt notice about the failure. It looked just like one of the plots. =P

Ps Matt Fielder preached that night. He preached about 'being passionate people for Christ'. He spoke about the story of Mary, using her 'oh-so-precious' perfume she had and her hair to wash the feet of Jesus.

From there, he taught us 5 things;
1. Passionate people GIVE generously.
-The bottle of perfume Mary had was worth 1 year of her wages. Yet, she used it to wash the feet of her master.
-We as Christians, should not only give generously our finances but to also give ourselves so that God can also use us to do His work.

2. Passionate people WORSHIP radically.
-This was when Mary used her hair(her crown) to wipe Jesus' feet.
-We as Christians ought to be radical! Shouting His praises ever so often. If you can shout at a screen during a football match, why not shout His praises?

3. Passionate people fills a place with sweet smells.
-The fragrance from the perfume Mary used filled the whole house with sweet smell.
-As a matter of fact, positive people brings fragrance but negative people stinks!

4. Passionate people expose religion.
-This whole thing made Judas reveal his true character. His LOVE for money.
-Dont be a religious person but be yourself, walking in His glory.

5. Passionate people make way for the coming of the King!
- This can be seen when Jesus said "It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial".
-We should always BOAST about Him. Well, not only through our words but also in living our everyday life. Let people see the glory of God inside of you.

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The band and some of the people in the front.

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The musicians electives, shared by Mike Webber, Chris Guglielmucci, Mark Peric and Joth Hunt.

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Henry Seeley sharing at the Worship Leaders elective.

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This is Liz sharing to the singers and the vocalists.

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This is Mr. Brian "Yamaha" Vayler sharing in the production elective.

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Matt Garner, a youth and worhip pastor sharing to the youth leaders.

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Mike Webber in action!

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(L)Chris Guglielmucci on Guitars. (R)Jonathan Hunt on Keys.

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Ps Matt Fielder. He claims himself to be ASIAN on the inside but white on the outside.

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Ps Neil Smith. He loves preaching in a Black American church.

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The CROWD, passionate people!
What a long long entry! Its been a long long time since. Hope its worth reading.
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Till then, take good care and God bless!

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