Saturday night, jere, mylene, xiang yu, lisa, lynette, bryan, jared and I rushed down to Expo after Jordanites by cab. It was crowded! The cars were like super long queue. And CHC was having their service like next door lol.
Anyway, we reached there at 5.30pm. I went to find alvin lim to get extra tickets from them. saw jerald also and took one from him. but out of nowhere, I somehow lost it when I went to find alvin lim. Luckily he got another extra ticket. We queued and went into the hall at 6+, and we were given a goodie bag containing a water bottle, a notebook, NCC brochure as well as some wrists light sticks. So that’s what the $5 is for haha.
The pre-service activities were quite dumb, asking us to mass dance and rap to Tell The World which not many people did in the end, as well as fake “body”-surfing…basically passing around giant balloons. lol. No wonder we must come at 6.30pm. The concert only officially started at 7+ after a dance item.
With the lights dimmed and after much anticipation, UNITED started off with their classic The Time Has Come instrumental riff. Joel Houston, Jad Gilles and another male (who looks like Tulele) and female lead (the girl from Came to the Rescue), but no Brooke Fraser though =( The other songs which followed are: Break Free, Take It All, Mighty To Save, Hosanna, You’ll Come (Bridge only), The Stand, Shout Unto God. The last song before the sermon, Joel read out a portion from the Bible which ended with “By His wounds, we are healed.” He then spoke about Mike from Planet Shakers who had cancer, and they sang his Healer song. Quite interesting to hear a United version of it.
The sermon by NCC’s Youth Pastor was too shallow theologically I think. It was a very prosperity/grace gospel and overly emphasized on “undeserved favour”. It was similar to last year’s Planet Shakers concert sermon, also organised by NCC.
The 2nd half was best. After the reprise of Healer, the female lead sang Lead Me To The Cross, All I Need Is You (Chorus and Bridge only), None But Jesus, From The Inside Out, Came to the Rescue (Bridge only), Saviour King. Followed by high praise of Salvation Is Here, What The Word Will Never Take, Tell The World. During the encore, they did One Way and Solution.
The worship was really really good especially at the high instrumental and free worship parts. Exactly like from the With Hearts As One album. It’s really wonderful cos it’s been a long time since I experienced them live in Singapore. The stage setup was quite interesting too, with 4 LED screens, 1 large one showing the main video, 2 smaller squarish ones showing visualisation and effects, and 1 tall rectangular one with the camera angle fixed with a full body shot of the main worship leader. So it looks as if there’s a larger than life person leading worship on the stage. Pretty cool are the effects which also included some photos and people from third world countries.
Last Monday I went for NUS’ scholarship interview. It was quite threatening as there was like a panel of 7 deans and the provost. And the arts dean decided to ask me about policing the Internet in modern day society. And the business dean decided to probe further and ask with the Singapore Govt should censor and moderate blogs during elections. lol. The provost asked me why I didn’t consider studying overseas…hmm.