Monday, August 21, 2017

Sang solo at church

Yesterday, I sang solo "聖歌100番 しずかに神と" at church service. The original is "Still, still with Thee" composed by Mendelssohn. As the key is a bit low, I sang in F Dur, not in Es Dur.

It's been seven weeks since I had a vocal lesson with my private teacher Ms.I. I usually vocal exercises by myself at home but her vocal training makes my voice something nice and different.

I appreciate her giving me lessons on Sunday morning.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Garden of Gethsemane~Prayer

These pictures are the Garden of Gethsemane, Israel. Gethsemane means oil squeezing in Hebrew.

Olive trees become bigger and thicker as they grow in age. Unfortunately, there seem no trees from Jesus' time, and even the oldest one might be about two hundred years old or so. Although it's been seven years since I went to Israel, I still can't organize and release hundreds of pictures on my Website.

When I was a beginner of faith, I thought "prayer" meant God would answer my prayers as I expected. As a result it may come true, of course.

If you face an insoluble problem, it is hard to resolve only by your own thoughts.
What I learned from my experiences is to stop worrying, raise my white flag of surrender to God ASAP and put all problems on the palms of Jesus' hands.

I came to understand that this is the best/perfect way to solve problems, for His hands are miraculous delivering 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish to 5,000 people.

Sticking to your own idea must be binding God's hands. I fully trust in Him. Now I pray like this, "..current situation is △△ and I hope this will be solved as 〇〇, not by my will, but Your will."

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Monday, August 7, 2017

I'm back

It's been six years since I put the last posting.. I quit the previous company and joined a music college last April. My major is vocal music. I believe that it's never too late to start something. :-)

I'm studying "Qui la voce sua soave" and "Vien diletto". They are very difficult and challenging but I will sing them at the 2nd semester's exam. :-) 

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Sunday, May 22, 2011

The sermon on the mount and the Lord's prayer

It's been a very long time since I put the last posting.

There are many films about Jesus Christ. The latest one is "The Passion of the Christ", which might be the most famous. My favorite one is "Jesus of Nazareth" I saw nearly thirty years ago. Robert Powell played Jesus' role. I'm sure he is the best actor for the role as Jesus Christ.

This YouTube is a famous scene from the Holy Bible. The following is the sermon on the mount whose text is from King James Version.

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
(Matthew 5:3-12)

And below is The Lord's Prayer.

After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
(Matthew 6:9-13)

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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

This is the dawn at the Sea of Galilee, Israel. The place is one of those associated with Jesus and his activity in the Bible. I've actually been to Israel, but I still feel like dreaming.

Being renewed in my mind day by day, I want to live and go with the Lord. I wish you a Happy New Year, and I also remember each of you in my prayers.

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Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Today is Christmas Eve. As I am a church choir member, I'll be going out and sing Christmas carols tonight in our town. The YouTube below is one of my favorite Christmas songs. I sang it as a soloist at the previous Sunday service.

I went to Israel last month. Bethlehem is the place where Jesus was born. It takes about 30 minutes from Jerusalem by car. As it is under Palestinian self-government, some procedures must be taken from Jerusalem to get there. We didn't go there this time but took a photo viewing over Bethlehem.

The church below is Basilica of Annuciation located in the center city of Nazareth. The tall trees are dates(=なつめやし).

This grotto is located lower inside the church, where it is said to be the site of annunciation: Mary received the annunciation by Gabriel.

Here is a story about the birth of Jesus.

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria. And everyone went to their own town to register.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.

But the angel said to them,

“Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. (Luke 2:1-20)

Our Lord, Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. My life has been completely changed to be blessed since I believed in Him. I've been walking and will be walking with Him.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. (John 3:16-17)


May God bless all of you!!
Love from heidi. :-)

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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Reunion after 10 years@English cafe

As I began learning Greek two months ago, I feel how difficult Greek is and realized the actual meaning of the phrase "It's all Greek to me." I make it a rule to listen to/watch English news, German news for children and NIV audio Bible on my i-Pod while commuting. Greek conversation CDs have recently been added to my favorite. However, the more I study Greek, the more I came to know the difficulty.

That makes me feel much more familiar with German.:-) With its rebound, I became starved for speaking German with someone. I recalled an English conversation lounge in Tokyo. Checking the website, I found there are other language groups depending on the day of the week. I went there for the first time in ten or eleven years.

To my surprise, the owner of the cafe remembers me, though I was not a customer and visited there more than ten years ago. I asked him, "Do you really remember me? I came here ten years ago." He replied, "Yes, I do." I continued to ask, "Why?" and he answered, "Because you are a unique person." I suppose my face is easy to remember.

I've had no chance to speak German after leaving a conversation school. I used to join the free conversation room every Saturday. Last Friday, I went to the cafe again and was very surprised to see two of my old classmates were there. They said that they visited the place every week. Everyone seemed to look for a chance to use German.

Another surprise is that an elderly classmate has an excellent knowledge of Classical Greek and also Italian Opera. I told him that I sang "Ah fors'e lui che l'anima - Sempre libera" at the last year's concert. Then he brought a score book of "La traviata(椿姫)". Coincidentally, he's also been to Prague to see "Tosca". Well, I had a good Japanese conversation with him regarding Opera at the multilingual cafe.

I do want to broaden my view meeting people with same/different interests each other.

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