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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

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Photography: New Pastor

On Sunday, our church will consider the appointment of our new pastor. Over the centuries many leaders have taken up similar roles in churches in this city. I pray that God’s hand will lead the way, that He will bless our new pastor and give him and his family favor, wisdom, strength and continue to nourish him for the task which lies ahead. May this also be the case for all the leaders in other churches in Geneva.

7 rue Tabazan – Geneva – Switzerland

“… Appreciate your pastoral leaders who gave you the Word of God. Take a good look at the way they live, and let their faithfulness instruct you, as well as their truthfulness. There should be a consistency that runs through us all. For Jesus doesn’t change – yesterday, today, tomorrow, he’s always totally himself…” Hebrews 13:7-8 – The Message

St. Pierre Cathedral in Geneva

“… Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you…” Hebrews 13:17 – New International Version

St. Pierre Cathedral in Geneva

“… That’s plain enough, isn’t it? You’re no longer wandering exiles. This kingdom of faith is now your home country. You’re no longer strangers or outsiders. You belong here, with as much right to the name Christian as anyone. God is building a home. He’s using us all – irrespective of how we got here – in what he is building. He used the apostles and prophets for the foundation. Now he’s using you, fitting you in brick by brick, stone by stone, with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone that holds all the parts together. We see it taking shape day after day – a holy temple built by God, all of us built into it, a temple in which God is quite at home. …” Ephesians 2:19-22 – The Message

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Photography: Focus

“…Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace…” Matthew 6:6 – The Message

Sanoen winter snow 1Samoen, Switzerland

“…So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision – you’ll see it yet! Now that we’re on the right track, let’s stay on it…” Philippians 3:15-16 – The Message

2011 Tour de France Grenoble Frank Schleck
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Photography: Our eyes, our windows !

I love those moments in photography when I am fortunate to capture feelings shining through a person’s eyes. The first picture was taken  in an incredibly busy Istanbul Spice Market.  Somehow this woman, between serving customers, managed to carry such a warm and comforting expression. If only I could do the same during really busy work days! The second picture was taken in Paris in the crowded Montmartre area. I enjoyed her introspective gaze and just the hint of a smile. This made me think of a verse from Matthew where he mentioned that eyes are windows into your body. I love the message he conveys – it touches me.  For me the experience is enhanced by my view of the world through my camera lens.

“… Your eyes are windows into your body. If you open your eyes wide in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light … If you pull the blinds on your windows, what a dark life you will have!  Matthew 6:22 – The Message

Istanbul: Spice Market - Woman selling spices
Istanbul: Spice Market – Woman selling spices

I also like the message of Psalm 119 below –

“…GOD, teach me lessons for living so I can stay the course. Give me insight so I can do what you tell me – my whole life one long, obedient response. Guide me down the road of your commandments; I love traveling this freeway! Give me a bent for your words of wisdom, and not for piling up loot. Divert my eyes from toys and trinkets, invigorate me on the pilgrim way. Affirm your promises to me – promises made to all who fear you. Deflect the harsh words of my critics – but what you say is always so good. See how hungry I am for your counsel; preserve my life through your righteous ways!…” Psalm 119:36-40 – The Message

Paris:Montmartre posing for painting 4 July 2012

Montmartre posing for painting – 2012
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Photography: Childhood memory

“…The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.…” John 3:8 – New International Version

These words of Jesus to Nicodemus is about changes the Holy Spirit makes in our lives – when I reflected on the words it took me back many years to a time when I was around six years old and walking under large trees on the farm where my grandparents lived, listening to the sound the wind caressing the trees and its branches and leaves. It was a very comforting experience – I still enjoy this sound a lot. I searched my picture portfolio for a picture to express this feeling. I was not able to find one showing what I have described above, as the gentle wind is rather difficult to capture in a picture and this made me smile when I read the words “… but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going …”  again. In the end I settled on a picture which somehow reminds me of the feeling I have described – a red flower in gentle wind in a cornfield near Geneva. Like I cannot see the wind, I am not able to see the Spirit in me but I am experiencing what He does.

Hope you enjoy it.

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Photography: Easter

At home in Geneva this Easter Weekend. Fun project with the girls to take pictures reminding us of Jesus, the cross and His resurrection.

“…This is the kind of life you’ve been invited into, the kind of life Christ lived. He suffered everything that came his way so you would know that it could be done, and also know how to do it, step-by-step. He never did one thing wrong, not once said anything amiss. They called him every name in the book and he said nothing back. He suffered in silence, content to let God set things right. He used his servant body to carry our sins to the cross so we could be rid of sin, free to live the right way. His wounds became your healing. You were lost sheep with no idea who you were or where you were going. Now you’re named and kept for good by the Shepherd of your souls…” 1 Peter 2:21 -25 – The Message Bible

Geneva: Garden railing cross

“… I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, My soul shall be joyful in my God;For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels …” Isaiah 61:10 – New King James Version

Geneva:cross in the house
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Photography: Emotions – Own Thoughts

“… In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul …” – Psalm 94:19 – New King James version

Istanbul: Spice Market – Woman selling spices

“… But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength;They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary,They shall walk and not faint …”; Isaiah 40:31 – New King James Version

Concert at Red Square – Waiting for the kids
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