Thursday, August 21, 2008

I am thankful too for God's precious PEACE! Praise Jesus, our Prince of Peace! Please click HERE for my thankful list. I'm sorry for signing at Mr. Linky with the wrong URL. Please read further. Shalom!

My TT post:
http://coloredheart.blogspot.com/2008/08/thankful-thursday-shalom-pacem-peace.html

Child Dedication Service Program

It was a pleasure to have Mhel come by to ask for some tips on Child Dedication. So, here is the actual program flow and the details of my son ZT's Dedication Service and other suggestions, sort of a Part 2 of my earlier post, PROJECT: CHILD DEDICATION.

I. Meditation / Preparation (on a program leaf)


“Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one's youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their enemies in the gate.” (Psalm 127:3-5)


A Renewal of a Godly Tradition

The arrival of a new baby is a time of rejoicing for any family. The newness of life brings a special freshness towards all of life. Often, during this time, parents want to do something in the church to celebrate their joy with others and to present their child to God for blessing.


Bringing Babies to the Lord
The joy of Jesus' birth was shared with the people in the house of God. Like most Jewish parents in that day, Joseph and Mary brought Jesus to the temple to be presented to God. Long before this time, godly parents presented their children to God. And to this day, the practice is still done also to ask God's blessing.

Some Christian churches baptize infants by sprinkling them with water. In those churches, the covenant of baptism is seen as being similar to the Old Testament covenant of circumcision. Other Christians don't baptize infants. Instead they dedicate babies to God. There are several reasons for this.

First, there are no clear incidents of infant baptism in Scripture. Baptism seems instead to be an evidence of Christian faith. Furthermore, while some groups suggest that baptism imparts a special grace to children, there is no real scriptural support for this. Finally, in our society, often adults who were baptized as children desire to be baptized again as an expression of their decision to receive Christ as their Savior and Lord.

For these reasons, Christian parents like [father's name] and [mother's name] are encouraged to dedicate their children to God. During this Christian Child Dedication service, a beautiful and solemn promise is made before God and the Church to care for this child as unto God. Let us join them this afternoon in giving back [baby's name] to God, the Giver of Life.

II. Praise and Worship Singing (led by a Song Leader)

Lord We Welcome You (Album : Rivers of Joy by Don Moen )
Welcome To The Family (Psalty Kid's Praise Album)
Great is Thy Faithfulness (Hymn)
Jesus Loves The Little Children (Sunday School song)
Jesus Loves Me, 'Tis I Know (Sunday School song)

III. Video Presentation: God's Little Prince/ Princess

Can be done with pictures of the baby from birth to present
and background music from Christian children's albums
or
Let the husband or a member of your family talk about the blessings on having your baby in the family, unique character of your baby, trivia on his/her name, prayers or wishes, etc.

IV. Special number (song or poetry)

Suggested songs:

Bless My Son - for baby boy
(Bless My Little Boy sung by Rita Baloche)
Bless My Daughter - for baby girl
(Bless My Little Girl sung by Kelly Willard)


V. Exhortation to & Commitment of Parents, god-parents and congregation

Done by the Minister, in our case, ZT's grandfather who happens to be a Minister. Here, the Minister talks about Mary and Joseph dedicating Jesus, the role of the Christian parents in nurturing the child as unto the Lord for His future use, the role of the god-parents as second parents of the child, and the role of the church/congregation/family members in making a community of love to which the baby now belongs. Everybody will be asked to stand as a sign of their commitment to the Lord.

VII. Dedicatory prayer

Can be done by the Minister or parents.
In our case, I sang a dedicatory prayer song from the album
Bless My Little Son entitled Dedication Song.

VIII. Benediction & Closing Song

Done by the Minister
Suggested songs:
Now Unto Him (Tom Fettke)
Great Is Thy Faithfulness (chorus)

XIII. Reception

We chose blue color theme and Fiesta ambiance.


Invitation


















Tarpaulin





















Certificate of Dedication (signed by parents and godparents)


We, Papa _________ and Mama __________

Commit ourselves to the loving, Christian nurture of

________________________

Entering into this commitment at

Capitol City Baptist Church

As members and bondservants of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Committed this day, August 10, 2008.


All our printables were done by just a little magic and tons of patience using Word, Paint & Nova Development Photo Explosion. There are a lot of high-end softwares for photo editing which you can choose for your projects. I was just feeling frugal, and did not have the leisure to look around when I started preparing a week before the event. A full-pledged crammer am I.

So, there. Thanks for the visit Mhel. Hope this helps you. My last word would be, let your family and friends join in putting up this event. Having them around will not just make things easier. It will guarantee fun!

For give-aways and cake ideas, visit my son's godmother Mrs. V.V.Palarca of Memoirs of a New Missus. Her generosity made wonders on our blue, blue day! God bless you!

TAG: WHY DO WE NEED FRIENDS

Thanks dear Sheila for your friendship and for this sweet tag. So thoughtful of you, sister! :)

We need friends for many reasons,all throughout the season.
We need friends to comfort us when we are sad,and to have fun with us when we are glad.
We need friends to give us good advice.
We need someone we can count on,and treat us nice.
We need friends to remember us
one we have passed sharing memories that will always last.

Spread the poem of friendship.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Wordless Wednesday: Red-Veined Visitor

We just parked the car for a short while to buy some groceries, and guess who decided to park on the antena? This particular beauty resting here is called the Red-veined Dropwing. I wish ST was with us when we saw her. Nowadays, it would be a 1 in a hundred probability to see a butterfly or dragonfly in the middle of a busy street in Quezon City. Ah, what an unexpected stranger!


My hubby discovered her resting.
"Thanks for watching the car for us!"

Trithemas arteriosa

What Olympic Sport Are You?




I AM A VOLLEYBALL!

You enjoy a fast paced, somewhat chaotic life.
You don't like to over think things.
You like to act in the moment.

You are good at solving problems
at the very last minute.



Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Tackle It Tuesday: After Gift Opening

My son's Sunday child dedication went really well. Only we weren't able to open his gifts till Thursday when we were all settled in the house after a weekend stay in the hospital. Since our living room is the most spacious part of the house, I decided to divide it into two areas. In this picture, we are seated at the sofa between the TV area and my work/receiving area. At the back are the TV and the crib, while on the other side are the piano and the center table where I work on our laptop.


Tada!

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Monday, August 18, 2008

Miracle Monday: My Hi-5 Miracles

Not that I only have five blessings since last week, but that God has highlighted for me 5 things I know made Him smile. When he smiles, I believe there are times when I am not smiling at the on-set of a not-so-pleasant circumstance. But after a while, when everything makes perfect sense, I think of His awesome power. Then, I smile. Am I making sense?

Hi-5 is my daughter's most favorite children's program among her favorites such as VeggieTales, Barbie movies and Barnie. Even though we only have 6 episodes in our collection, I think my family has grown to love this program and the 5 performers (the premier cast) mainly because we can sing and dance along with good music/singers and dance moves/dancers. Good is definitely an understatement! We should really consider burning them for back-ups especially now that my 2 year old is exploring the DVD player already and could possibly scratch our few precious copies!

I would like to take the challenge of categorizing my sweet miracles from the Lord based on the 5 "supah dupah" 1998 characters: Kathleen de Leon, Tim Harding, Charli Delaney, Kellie Crowford and Nathan Foley. Woooh! Here goes...

Kathleen de Leon-Jones,
a former member of Hi-5, is a
talented Filipina singer and dancer. Her segment was on dancing, crafting, and puzzles with a playful puppet named Jup-jup that either stole objects which Kathleen is working with or leaving her gifts. Her plans always get thwarted fortunately and unfortunately when Jup-jup unexpectedly meddled. My Kathleen miracle last week came to us during our son's Dedication day. ST's accident almost made us postpone the Dedication, but when God nudged us to proceed as initially planned, we found out that blessings were waiting to be unwrapped! The event became more meaningful to us, and more prayers were uttered for ST which is definitely why we were able to leave the hospital soon to pay only P190 [$4] from the total of P18,000 [$440] hospital bill!

Tim Harding, the former band performer of an
Australian group called Compos Mentis and now an ex-member of Hi-5, had his segment on making music either on musical instruments or on the turn-table. He is the composer/singer who did not seem to be the dancer in the group, but definitely moved boys and girls to groove with his music. My Tim miracle would be the extraordinary strength I and my hubby MP had yesterday to serve God on stage with our Fil-ethnic team. We see ourselves as the not-so-talented vocal singers with unrefined skill in playing our assigned instruments, but each time we stand on the stage to do our assignment, I feel God's affirmation. Yesterday's "worship" gig needed a miracle because our kids slept really late last Saturday, and our son extended his early morning feeding. We were bit wary on being late and tired, but He woke us up with wholly awake minds and bodies. Aside from serving the 2 morning services and baby-sitting our 2 little kids in between, we also had to be with our co-leaders for the afternoon launch of Reaching Out. What a challenge! MP who was overtaken by weariness and sleepiness already begged off to serve the Vesper, but God, his dad and his mom encouraged him to do this last stretch by faith. I was happy that he experienced his day's miracle. Just like Tim, we sure had a swell time making blessed dum-duh-duh-duh-dums, but not just for pleasure. It was for God who is the source of our strength.

Charli Robinson-Delaney, the beautiful singer, actress and yoga instructor from Newcastle, New South Wales who is also a recent ex-member of Hi-5, had her segment on encouraging body coordination and skill development through dancing, hopping, jumping and stepping. She has become my favorite Hi-5 for her cute kiddie moves, cute voice, cute smile, cute body and cute personality. She is just sooo cute! When ST sees her, she would jump off the sofa to dance and sing alolng. She reminds me so much of my theater life. Ah... I miss performing! My Charli miracle is definitely my singer, dancer and actress daughter coming back to life! Not that she passed out or anything worse than that, but that she's so alive again as if nothing happened! Her strength and wellness is truly a miracle! If I think of the many stories I've read or heard about how childhood falling caused an amputation, kidney failure or anything of permanent damage, I can only thank God for His miracle on my darling ST.

Kellie Hoggart-Crawford, a former teeny-bopper of Teen Queens, still performs with Hi-5 along with Nathan Foley who broke up an engagement with her. Kellie and Chats' segment of the show promotes and educates children on language skills and recognition of sounds and noises. We can say that among the 5, she has the widest experience in television. And, regardless of her husky-to-almost-hoarse voice in singing her assigned songs, the children's show has greatly benefited from her versatile acting and magnetic presence. My Kellie miracle must be my blogging career. Writing is definitely out of my league. As I always say, I am more of a talker than a writer. My husband and few friends have now started to notice my blogs, and I am amazed that I could get some of them to comment. To make my readers stop, read, and think are already great. But it is "grandest" when they chime in. I really love them chimming in! Writing my thoughts down in such a manner that will affect others is a miracle. Thank God for His encouragement, and hopefully I could earn a living out of this. WHAT?! Writing as a profession?! That would require a bigger miracle! LOL!

And last but not the least...

Nathan Foley, another veteran of Hi-5, is the most versatile performer in the band. He started performing at the age of 10, and for me, is the most talented. He is only 27 years old, the youngest in the group, but already gathered numerous awards both in solo and Hi-5. His genre ranges from Rock, Soul, R&B and Jazz. He is the best dancer in the group and has the widest vocal range, singing as the formidable Tenor. This guy from Liverpool, New South Wales has his segment on blue-collared work, handicrafts, play and movements. My Nathan miracle is the few but special opportunities I am still given to use my professional skills. Sometimes, I pray that opportunities to do what I really love doing - teaching voice, conducting a choir and singing in a really good choir - would fly by. I do not regret getting married and having my kids, it's just that being a mom is already a full-time job. It can really make me wonder when the next time would be. Plus, there are not much part-time job opportunities for my line of work here in the Philippines. God is just generous to give me Spratleys here and there once in a while.

These are the things I boast in the Lord, my big and little Hi-5 miracles from heaven. I am praying for a simple miracle now for me and my family - that God would send Hi-5 in the Philippines for a concert. What do you think? Will it be granted? *wink ;)

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Then Sings My Soul Saturdays: IF I COULD

My daughter ST met an accident early morning of last Sunday, the day we were to dedicate our baby boy ZT. The memory is still fresh. This week, there were moments when I battled with regret... if only I was there until she dozed off that tragedy would have not happened. Here's a song from Barbara Streisand that bears the exact words that my heart would like to sing for my children.

I am not the Almighty, Omniscient One, but sometimes I am tempted to want to be the super-mama who would like to protect them 24/7. Ah, if I could, I would take away the lump from ST's forehead, bear all the pain from the bumps, and all the pricking from the injections. If I could...

But, I am only human. I have to accept that they are not mine to keep, just a loan of love from Above. I can never be there for them always. So, here is my song for ST and ZT. Mama loves you very much. Please click here to watch the video.

If I Could

If I could
I'd protect you from the sadness in your eyes
give you courage in a world of compromise
Yes I would, If I could
I would teach you all the
things I've never learned
and I'd help you cross the
bridges that I've burned
Yes I would, If I could
I would try to shield your
innocence from time
but the part of life I
gave you isn't mine
I've watched you grow
so I could let you go
If I could I would help you make it
through the hungry years
but I know that I can
never cry your tears
But I would, If I could
If I live in a time and
place where you don't
want to be
you don't have to walk
along this road with me
my yesterday won't have to be your way
If I knew
how I'd try to change the
world I brought you to
and there isn't very much that I can do
but I would
If I could, if I could
I would try to shield your
innocence from time
but that part of life I
gave you isn't mine
I watched you grow so I could let you go
If, if I could
I would help you make it
through those hungry years
but I know that I can
never cry your tears
but I would
If I could, yes I would
Yes I would, if I could.


More details here on what happened to my daughter ST.
For more inspirational posts, visit Amy Wyatt of Signs, Miracles and Wonders.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

PROJECT: CHILD DEDICATION

My son, ZT, has just turned 10 months today. I am left with 2 days to complete my checklist for my bumble bee's much-awaited Dedication day. In our church, the parents mark a date in their infant's life when they will publicly dedicate him before the Lord. This is what Joseph and Mary did to their boy Jesus (Luke 2:22) at the temple. When we dedicated our firstborn, I remember doing a lot of scrap-work, designs for the program and invites, crafts for give-aways, practices for the special numbers and community singing, contacting of visitors, and coordinating the venue and participants in the program. I can say I was really well prepared then. But with my little boy, I feel guilty for buying too much time. I was such a procrastinator! Good thing I already have a checklist based from our first time. I hope this list will somehow help you in your preparations if you intend to dedicate your child in the Biblical way.

Let me share with you my checklist of materials/elements for this event:
1. Invitations - electronic or paper card
2. Give-aways
3. Program leaf
4. Tarpaulin
5. Food/catering/restaurant
6. Balloons
7. Dedication cake
8. Sound system/lights
9. LCD for video playing
10. Guest book
11. Minister
12. Musicians/Special number
13. Photographer/Videographer
14. Venue coordinator/decorations

And here is a sample of the creative worship program flow on Child Dedication which we intend to use for our bumble bee this Sunday:

I. Meditation time (reflection message in the program leaf on Dedication)
II. Simple community singing (praise and worship team, led by a worship leader)
III. Congregational reading of the Scripture on Dedication
IV. Special number (song or poetry)
V. Video Presentation
VI. Exhortation to the Parents, god-parents and congregation
VII. Commitment of Parents, god-parents and congregation
VIII. Dedicatory prayer
IX. Parents' message
X. Closing Prayer
XI. Benediction
XII. Closing Song
XIII. Reception

You are definitely free to customize everything as long as you keep the main thing the main thing - to honor God by dedicating your child to the Lord with a pure heart. It can be as simple as a dinner gathering with your family members in the house and inviting over your pastor for the exhortation from the Word, or a more elaborate one -- with dancing, singing and buffet. Just keep the main thing the main thing.

For more details on the Child Dedication Service and materials, click HERE.

If you have any ideas you wish to share, by all means, post a comment.
Your tips might just help a blogger who will be led by God to bloghop to this post.
Blessings!

Sunday, August 03, 2008

GOD SPEAKS

Today, the rain did not stop pouring in Quezon City, the city in the Philippines where I live. God spoke to me through the changing shades and temperature of our surroundings. The weather here shifts quickly. This week, there were days when our mornings were very gloomy while the afternoon skies were bright. Then, evening comes and the rain pours again. We had something like this picture which I just downloaded from Google images.

"Long ago God spoke to the fathers by the prophets at different times and in different ways. In these days, He has spoken to us by His Son." Hebrews 1:1
God actively speaks. Through this picture, I was reminded of God's love etched in almost anything He and His Son has created even before mankind was born. God speaks in many ways that is why the Holy Spirit's guidance is crucial. I need for Him to make me sensitive both to His written and unwritten words. Jesus through the Bible, God's body, prayer and circumstances are all being used by God to speak to me. He speaks. He communes with me. And, I must stop. I must listen.