Monthly Archives: June 2013

Music, Praise and Worship

Our church band, Becoming Worship, was one of many bands and artists who took part in the Arena this past weekend at a praise and worship event organised by churches across Geneva. I was blessed to be there for a few hours. Arriving, my thoughts were to sit back, soak up the music and let the Spirit do the rest.

I brought my camera along to take a few pictures of the kids who had a special event on the big stage. God knows my love for photography – I ended up enjoying the music, praise and worship and was privileged to also spend some fun time behind the camera lens taking pictures (even back stage courtesy of a special pass from one of our church band members). It was a great few hours (see  some pictures below – first three of Becoming Worship and remaining two of other performers).

‘’ It is good to praise the LORD and make music to your name, O Most High, proclaiming your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night, to the music of the ten-stringed lyre and the melody of the harp ’’- Psalm 92:1-3,  New International Version (NIV)

‘’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, 14 and the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled the temple of God ’’ – 2 Chronicles 5:13-14 , New International Version

“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is He who made us, and we are his people, the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations”, Psalm 100, New International Version

“I lift up my eyes to the mountains – where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord,the Maker of heaven and earth “, Psalm 121 v 1-2, New International Version

Ben de Bruyn – Copyright © 2013

Love for our children

It has been a weekend of celebration and joy for our friends in Geneva. On Friday, it was Daniel and Ellen’s wedding. On Saturday, Frank and Devi were blessed with a new baby boy. Elmer and Rahel are expecting their first baby any day now, so more excitement on the way! I took a few pictures for them over the weekend and was touched (Elmer graciously agreed that I can share the pictures below).

It made me think about the love we have for our children –

…Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them…’’ Psalm 127:3-5, New International Version.

…These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.  Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates…’’  Deuteronomy 6:6-9, The Message.

…For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be…’’ Psalm 139:13-16, New International Version.

I was also reminded of God’s love for his children –

‘’…Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever…’’ Psalm 23:6 New International Version.

May you experience the Father’s love for you.

Ben de Bruyn – Copyright © 2013