Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Post Ten

This weekend has been quite a hectic one. Work piled up, washing loomed ahead, empty cupboards crept along and the start of a new working week arrived. Whoever guessed university would require this much work! So far, this has been a great experience and I really am confusing it with a holiday camp...with homework. Aside from the lectures and odd bits of work and commitments it really is like a big holiday with all your new mates. Its great fun and we always have a good time.
Now that I've got hooked up with the CU and plugged into a good local church things are starting to take off properly. The support from friends and the challenges from new situations is awesome. It's a little bit strange suddenly finding myself in a new country with a fairly new culture with completely new people but God has been faithful and he's got me so far and I know he's going to take me a whole new way.
The message recently, from God to me, was that I have to humble myself daily. There are going to be...odd events and strange happenings (lets put it that way) at university and that you can't be a true witness and a powerful sharer if you haven't humbled yourself. We're all sinners, and I need to fully realise and implement that in order to fulfill my role as a Christian at university. It's awesome. Cool.
This week I am looking forward to Revelation Rock Gospel Choir on Tuesday, CU meeting on Wednesday (where I'll get to serve for the first week! VERY excited) boxing on Friday, a chilled out day Saturday and Church on Sunday. The church I am going to is St John's Westwood (www.stjohnswestwood.org.uk). Tom, the Vine is extremely blessed to have you as their worship leader and with so many other talented musicians at the Vine, I have invariably said to myself at one point or another 'Ah its not the Vine'... But the worship is still great, with just the right mix of hymns and contemporary worship. I feel comfortable worshipping there and I look forward to it each week even though I have only been there a few times. I'm very happy to find that despite leaving HK that my rock hasn't changed, he's still as faithful as ever.
Drop me a line people! Miss you all, look forward to seeing you all in December!

Sunday, October 10, 2004

Post Nine

Again I apologise for the late update, I should be able to manage them weekly now, seeing as this is a Saturday and I'm more likely to have time for it today rather than any other day. News of the week, my bass arrives on Tuesday. I did not trust the baggage handlers at Heathrow, so purchasing a reasonably priced one was the best option. It is virtually identical to the black Fender jazz I play when I'm home (long live Hong Kong!) just some minor cosmetic differences on the neck. I'm looking forward to getting some grooves down. Other news, I've started boxing again. They have a thai boxing society here and boy does it feel good to let loose again. Lets hope I don't screw up my back again. CU is awesome, met up with a lot of great people, found a nearby church which I am going to the evening service of this weekend (I went to the morning service last Sunday however I want to try to the evening service and see how it is) I will surely check out a few more e.g. Vineyard Coventry! And a few others. Warwick ALSO have a rock gospel choir which is awesome! Given I had a cold first time I went and I managed to stay in key :P I will hopefully keep that up too.
On a more personal note, university work and activities are starting to take their toll physically. Lack of sleep on certain nights and less time to cook in the evenings consequently give me less time to myself as I just manage to keep up with my university tasks. Jason was discussing with me earlier this week, how the massive amount of time spent working, socialising and just generally surviving at university can be detrimental to our spiritual walk. I've been able to spend some time every day (bar a few days, and those days SUCKED!) just getting some prayer or worship or feelings out, vocally, in prayer or on paper. Which makes me feel a lot better. The good thing is about this is that it's taken me out of my comfort zone and is showing me areas I've found a need to work on. Which is good!
Right a few messages to people;
Tom, I didn't get a copy of your CD before I left, I'd love to buy one if you could find the time to send one.
Derek, Reply! Also I hear Gabby is interning at 180, I'm delighted to hear that news! Let me know how the mission trip went too!
Mandy, I hope all is well with you! Could you add me to the Vine mailing list please? I'd like to keep up to date with whats happening.
Luke, I remember getting an email from you saying your email had changed, could you Tag your new one up so I can mail you! Hope you are good buddy!
Ryan, what was your blondest moment?
Mark N, James, Pam, Chrissy, Dan, Patsy and other people who I'm sorry if I didn't mention, I'm looking forward to catching up with you sometime this in the near future! Please drop me an email or call me (this goes for HK people too!!) on 07792 605035.
Everyone who will be in HK at Christmas, see you in a month and a bit!