Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD.
CELEBRATE FAITHFUL HEARTS
Yeo Teck Seng
Celebrate Faithful Hearts
The original version of this song was written in June 2012 and was modified in dedication to the session members in December 2021. The image I had was the session members standing in front of the congregation during installation Sunday at the Zion sanctuary. “Here we are gather .. as in the Hebron church is presented with the “faithful hearts” dedicated to serve the “King”. We need to celebrate our servant leaders, their willingness to stand forward and make a difference in our community.
A PILGRIM’S JOURNEY
Deaconess Lillian Yeo
A Pilgrim’s Journey
This song started as a poem in my journal in September 2021 as an encouragement for myself to keep persevering. I was feeling discouraged and needed to remind myself to journey on despite fruitless circumstances . May it bring encouragement to you too to be faithful in your journey of faith.
IF NOT FOR GOD’S GRACE 若非主恩
Chia Soen Fang 谢笋芳
If Not for God’s Grace
On 12 April, Sis Ming Li asked me if I would like to try composing the 30th anniversary song. My first instinct was to reply her: “Must have creativity in order to achieve this” But subsequently she replied me simply: “It is by the Holy Spirit’s leading and prompting.”
This sentence reminds me that hymn creation needs to be inspired by the Holy Spirit; talent and creativity alone are not enough. The next morning, during my devotions, I prayed to God: “Oh Lord, if you want me to compose this song, please give me your anointing and guidance.” Miraculously, after about half an hour, a tune that I’ve never heard before popped into my mind. Driven by surprise and curiosity, I picked up the harp and played the tune, and then wrote down the notation for the song. Excitedly, I started to fill in the lyrics. At this time, four words appeared in my mind— “If not for God’s grace”. I started to fill in the lyrics beginning with these four characters, and even used it as the song title. Little did I know, I wrote a poem in one morning. For someone who doesn’t understand music theory, to be able to compose a poem in such a short period of time, I can’t think of any other better reason than a miracle!
God used me to write songs when I was weak in spirit and faith; my heart was once again moved by the love of the Lord. However, due to my inferiority complex, I felt that the song wasn’t suitable to be sang in the congregation. Hence I did not hand over my song to Pastor Shu Mei. Only until the end of May, under the encouragement and guidance of Pastor Shu Mei, I revised and wrote the lyrics for the poem, and submitted it on the 12th of June, exactly two months after I was given this request.
I give thanks to the Lord for not giving up on me even though I am lazy and feeble. He still gave me this amazing grace to write this song during the circuit breaker period. May the Lord grant me a humble, teachable and grateful heart to obey and serve Him, with the confidence to rely on Him even in adversity. May all glory be to God the Father who loves me, knows me and helps me, Amen!
When I wrote this song, I was inspired to compose something hopeful especially in view of the pandemic (hence the lines ‘in our ever-changing world’ & ”even on our darkest roads’ in the chorus). One of my first inspirations for the lyrics/song title was rhyming ‘Hebronite’ with ‘unite’.
I was further inspired lyrically to write about how the inter-generation within the church can support one another especially in verses 3 & 4. I was thrilled to be able to include our theme verse Colossians 1:10 in the bridge too.
WALK BY FAITH
Fong Yoke Inn
Walk by Faith
When I was younger, I thought I understood “walk by faith, not by sight.” Yes, with the mind, it seemed easy enough. However, it has taken my heart a whole lifetime to appreciate and apply when faith has to take the front seat to lead me to see God’s loving purpose beyond the present challenge.
A YOUTHFUL PRAYER
Lee Rui Qi
A Youthful Prayer
‘A Youthful Prayer’ is what it means, that acknowledges how far God has brought our church and our vision to be a light that ministers to the community we are in. There is also a part that calls for God’s help and our constant need for His grace in our lives, showing how we will continue walking with God and relying on Him for everything we may need.
JOURNEY OF FAITH
Adeline Ang & Low Shoon Ern
Journey of Faith
‘Journey of Faith’ defines the past, present and future of Hebron. Starting out small with only a handful of passionate youths that wanted to serve and worship God together. 50 years later, we are where currently are only due to having faith and trusting in God’s guidance for us. It’s also a prayer where we ask of God to continue guiding us along the way as we do His will. The ending of the song is a dream into the future where the next generation of Hebronites will continue on God’s vision and plans for us.
SONG OF GLORY, SONG OF PRAISE
Yeo Teck Seng & Elder Tony Wong
Song of Glory, Song of Praise
It was a season in my life that I started writing lyrics during the Christmas season and this set of lyrics was crafted in November 2007. I started with the images of Christmas, the key characters of the Christmas story. Mary, Joseph, Jesus and the Shepherds. I featured Joseph right after Mary just so we do not forget his role in the story. The other stanzas and chorus were dedicated to a respond from the redeemed, our responsibility to remind others and ourselves about the true story of Christmas. The need to remember that beautiful nativity scene shall continue to shine in our hearts especially during Christmas.