Man Choir

April 15, 2008

Some of my fondest memories of Azusa Pacific University took place with these guys. The APU Men’s Chorale.

Probably one of my favorites was my first performance with these guys at St. Francis Episcopal church in Upland. We did two performances, first for their “contemporary” service and then for their main service. I put contemporary in quotes because if the man leading the service is wearing robes and you sing hymns exclusively, we clearly have different definitions of contemporary. Moving on…

It just happened to be bring your pet to church day. Awesome. People had brought their dogs, cats, hamsters, rabbits, ferrets, you get the idea…all to be blessed by the minister. Again: awesome. So in this contemporary service, our choir outnumbered the congregation two to one and once we started singing we wanted nothing more than to be able to just blend in. We started singing a hymn that was altogether unfamiliar to us. I remember us making it a verse or two before we started shielding each other so we could get our giggles in although after reading the first verse I don’t see how we made it that long. It culminated in a handful of us actually hunched over laughing. Thankfully there were enough of us in man choir that we could stick them in the middle out of the sight of the congregation. Maybe you had to be there, but here are the lyrics nonetheless. And some videos of one of Man Choir’s more recent performances. Give em a listen. They’re awesome.

A Sing of all Creation

Dolphins leaping, swallows gliding,
Glory in God.
Wolves a-howling, eagles soaring,
Glory in God.

Buffaloes and cattle roaming,
Horses stamping, bears a-prowling,
Sheep a-grazing, squirrels hoarding,
Glory in God.

Elephants and tigers roaring,
Glory in God.
Alligators and coyotes,
Glory in God.

Skunks an roaches, ants and spiders,
Rattle snakes and mountain lions,
Have their place in all creation,
Glory in God.

Hamsters snuffing, geckoes sunning,
Glory in God.
Cats a-snoozing, dogs a-panting,
Glory in God.

Goldfish staring, rabbits hopping,
Doves of peace on Francis lighting,
Shyest creatures in our stillness,
Glory in God.

Dragons sitting on their trasures,
Glory in God.
Flames that burn but warm our houses,
Glory in God.

George released the dragon's wisdom,
Pierced the darkness with his lancing,
Fierceness met with courage blending,
Glory in God. Glory in God. Glory in God.
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Initial Birthday Wishes

April 1, 2008

So as of about 45 minutes ago, it’s my birthday. Yay. I got my first card in the mail on Saturday and since I can hear you ask, “From who, Bryan?” I’ll tell you. It was from the Chico State Alcohol and Drug Education Center. Ya gotta love this town. Check this out.

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Thanks for the heads up Chico State, but I think my liver’s safe for now.


Resolutions.

January 2, 2008

Most people I know find resolutions a little hokey. To be honest I usually agree. Regardless, this year there are two things that I’m going to set out to do that are important to me and will require significant effort if previous experience proves any indication of things to come.

  1. 51ya8yyy5xl_aa240_.jpgRead the entire Bible in one year.
         It’s something I’ve actually done before, 2 years ago. This past year I was kind of just winging my way through in my reading and didn’t like it nearly as much. There’s something about reading the Bible in it’s entirety that feels so much better than feeling like you, a fallen man, has been the one picking and choosing what to read. Besides, when was the last time that you sat down and read through II Chronicles? Jude? Zephaniah? III John? Yeah, that’s what I thought. It’s been awhile for me too.
  2. 08300.gifStick with one college for an entire calendar year.
    You laugh, but I’m a Junior and I’ve never done it. Third time’s a charm right? Well, maybe for you. It’s taken me four times…so far.  Prayerfully this is the last one.

So what about you? Any resolutions you care to share?


Day 2: My Final Finals

December 18, 2007

Well, for this semester anyway. That’s right, Christmas vacation has officially begun for me. Let the games begin, and of course by games I mean extended work hours. Not a moment too soon.


Day 1

December 17, 2007

When I woke up this morning, I realized that my bed has never felt so warm and comfortable. But alas, today is day 1 of Finals Week. Grrr…


Providence.

July 15, 2007

Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Matthew 6:26-34

Preparing for Chico has been wild and this scripture is convicting. If I’m being honest, I’ve been WAY anxious about tomorrow. Thank God for his convicting word.

Let’s recap. Finding a place to live? Check. Finally. Finding a job? Pray for me. Three out of five times I walk into a business and ask if they’re hiring they look at me like my hair’s on fire, quickly try to gather themselves, and then respond with an emphatic, “No.” Such is life in a college town in the middle of nowhere I suppose.

Finding a church? That’s a praiseworthy story. No sooner do I finish asking for prayer in church this morning than I hear the announcement that we have guests in Church. “Please welcome Patrick and his family and friends…they’re planting a church in Chico next month.”

Bingo. After talking to them a few minutes and finding out that not only are they not weirded out by our church, they’re thrilled to have another “like-minded church” in the area and plan on visiting at least a couple times before they have their first Sunday morning service. “When is that?”, you may ask. My first weekend in Chico of course! This has been one of those days where something special happens. I call it “slap-in-the-face providence” where, like a slap in the face, you can’t miss it and you always know where it came from.

Praise God for his providence and shame on me for getting worked up about things being taken care of in time for next month.

P.S. In case you missed it, we still need prayer that Bryan (Smith, not me speaking in the third person) and I find jobs. Trusting in God’s sovereignty isn’t a license to be idle! Pray on!


Practice makes perfect sounds like Sanctification…

May 8, 2007

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (James 1:2-3)

Am I the only one who’s starting to feel like I might be reading this too often? I’m starting to feel a little on the whiney side but I think that maybe…just maybe…the joy is starting to prevail. There’s no mistaking that Christianity takes practice and a whole lot of outside help. Praise Jesus that He knows how bad we can be at this isn’t surprised like we are.

To put things into context for ya’ll, just got word that the opportunity that was/is Chico State is rapidly beginning to come crashing down, Woodland Community Decided that for the months of April and May and ONLY for the months of April and May, it’s going to be crazy. I don’t mind some rigorous academia, the lack of consistency just caught me by surprise. So feel free to pray for sanity if you want. Anybody else needin some prayer?