AS2015

I Believe – testifying as the 2015 Region Choir

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One of the anthems chosen for the ABCNJ Annual Session Choir is "I Believe," by Mark Miller. Mark is Professor of Sacred Music and Worship at both Drew & Yale Universities, as well as the Minister of Music at Covenant United Methodist Church in Plainfield, NJ. His anthem "I Believe" is a beautiful, sometimes haunting then suddenly hopeful, setting of a poem which was written by a Jewish refugee on the wall of a basement in Cologne, Germany during WWII:

"I believe in the sun,
even when the sun is not shining.
I believe in love,
even when I don't feel it.
And I believe in God,
even when God is silent."

Miller's music starts as a quiet solo, and builds to a climax in five part harmony as we declare our faith in the existence of love. Then it suddenly drops again to a single, quiet declaration in solo voice, "I believe in God, even when God is silent."

Sometimes our faith is loud and splashy, evidenced in big miracles and wonderful blessings. But, more often, our faith holds us quietly and keeps us going, even when God is apparently silent. This is what faith means: It is the still, small voice that reassures us in the silence: It is the power to stand when all around are falling: It is the ability to say,

"...Yet I will exult in the Lord. I will rejoice in God my salvation. The Lord is my strength, and He has made my feet like hinds' feet, and makes me walk in my high places" (Habakkuk 3:18-19). "Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen" (Hebrews 11:1).

Our next rehearsal is on Saturday, September 12 from 1:00p.m. - 3:00p.m. at the First Baptist Church of New Brunswick, 226 Hale Street in New Brunswick. Register through Eventbrite or email using the form below.

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Testify! The Flyer

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[lead]It's February, and the preparation for Annual Session is already under way! Mark your calendars now and get ready to register as soon as it becomes available.[/lead] Annual Session is a week earlier this year. Our pastors academy will be meeting [highlight]September 18[/highlight] and Annual Session will be held [highlight]September 19[/highlight].

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Costs

[label style="info" icon="clock-o"]Early Bird[/label] – $79

[label style="info" icon="calendar-o"]Pre-Registraton[/label] – $99

[label style="info" icon="book"]Registration & Walk-In[/label] – $109

[label style="info" icon="smile-o"]Children 6–12[/label] – $18

[label style="info" icon="smile-o"]Children 5 & Under[/label] – Free

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Flyer

Click/Tap the image below to download this flyer in PDF format. AS2015 Testify Flyer [/column] [/raw]

ABCNJ Pastors, you have been summoned to testify!

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[lead]ABCNJ summons our region’s clergy to help create a devotional book for 2016 which will be released at this year’s Annual Session! We are looking for clergy to submit one testimony (250 words maximum) focused on one of the 4 following journey themes:[/lead]

  • My Conversion Experience - “When or how did you first become aware that God was working in your life?”
  • My Baptism - “How did your baptism serve as a transformational moment in your life?”
  • My Call to Ministry - “How did God call you to ministry?”
  • An Encounter With God - “Describe a moment or story when you knew God was present or active in your life.”

Get involved! Submit your testimony by June 1, 2015! Send it to this dedicated address - testify@abcnj.net. You can submit your text in an email, or attach your word processing file to an email. [highlight]Please do not format your testimony, and do not send a pdf file[/highlight]. We will need your full name, your ministry position, and the name of your current church or organization. Testimonies will be edited for space and clarity. The final version will be sent to authors for approval prior to publication.