KalCFers: Leading for the first time

"Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity."

1 Timothy 4:12 is a fitting verse for our fellowship tonight. It was the first fellowship wholly organized and led by our freshmen brothers and sisters in DCF.

Present were Ren, Lads, Alex, Rabee, Charm and Bryan. Each of them led a part of the fellowship as the new Kalayaan Christian Fellowship Core for 2011.

Let me recap the night's fellowship for you in this post.

At around seven in the evening, we started our fellowship infront of the Church of the Risen Lord. Earlier, Yen and Diana waited for the freshmen in Kalayaan, followed by Marko and myself. This has been our set up since the start of the academic year.

Tonight was different, however, because it would be the freshmen's first time to lead in a fellowship. Though their Ates and Kuyas from the Kalayaan Brigade still accompanied them, there was a reversal of roles. The younger ones were the leaders of the night.

Alex was the evening's fellowship leader. He acted as the emcee who directed the overall flow of the event. He also opened the fellowship in prayer. 

It might not be evident in this photo, but Alex was giving instructions for the getting-to-know-you part of the fellowship. We gave our names, courses, dorms, provinces, and answered one power question, "Was your Christmas joyful or sad? Why?"

We received varying answers for the power question, but most said they enjoyed their Christmas celebration, though it would have been the best if not for some trials or the absence of one or more loved ones.

After our GTKY, Rabee (gentleman in white) led the icebreaker, "Laser Eyes." It's a fairly simple game. For those who want to use it for their small group sessions, here are the rules. 

1. This is an elimination game. The last man/woman standing is the winner.
2. For each round, the game leader will ask the players to close their eyes, opening them only at his cue. In
         this game, the cue is the statement, "Laser Eyes."
3. Whenever the players open their eyes, they must stare at other players in the group.
4. If, by chance, two players end up staring at each other when they open their eyes, they are eliminated.
5. The game goes on until only one man/woman is standing.

Because we were even in our fellowship tonight, the last pair standing is the winner. The game is fast-paced and thrilling, especially because you don't know if the person you chose to stare at also chose you!

We were eliminated pair by pair but during the last round, we were surprised by the results. All four players were eliminated because they ended up in pairs!

Lads who is a choir singer and Ren who plays the guitar led us in singing songs of praise and worship. They chose four beautiful and powerful worship songs: Indescribable, How Great is Our God, Hosanna and Mighty to Save.

I enjoyed the praise and worship and I affirm the duo's effort in preparing for their part. I also praise God for Charm's gift in singing. Though she wasn't the worship leader, her wonderful voice-- blending with Lads's-- added life to our song offering.

After the praise and worship, we had a short devotions before the main message. Bryan exhorted the group on Romans 11:33-36. Through his message, God reminded us of His transcendence that is beyond human wisdom and understanding. The LORD is truly a God who is all-powerful, all-present and all-knowing.

Such truths, however, become more relevant when we remember that this perfect Being chose to die for us on the cross not because of who we are but only because of His grace, love and mercy.

Ate Jenny Aggangan was our speaker tonight. She gave an exposition of Philippians 2: 1-8, a passage encouraging believers to imitate Christ's humility in their daily walk.

Let me quote the summary of her talk which is a reflection of the passage itself:

"[We should] do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit but in humility consider others better than [ourselves]. Each of us should look not only to [our] own interests, but also to the interest of others.

"[Our] attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death-- even death on a cross."

"As Christ and by Christ, we strive to live in unity and humility and become obedient to death-- even death on a cross."

We broke into five small groups after the talk and proceeded in sharing our individual prayer and praise items with one another. We also gave personal insights on the message, applying the truths to our lives. We ended the small-group discussions by interceding for one another.

This is a post-fellowship photo of the Kalbrig in a waiting shed near Kalayaan. Every after fellowship, the Ates and Kuyas meet briefly to pray for the fellowship, praising God for everyone who attended and for the wonderful revelations from His Word.

Thank you, Lord, for this wonderful fellowship. May you be glorified in our testimonies, and we pray that you grow us more in Christlikeness all the days of our lives. Amen.

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