Taken from Psalm 117, this was my very first composed hymn under the guidance and supervision of my Introduction to Hymn Writing and Asian Church Music lecturer, Dr. Ito-loh. This hymn was also accepted into a new hymnal "Let the Asian Church Rejoice", which is a collection of Asian composition; a multilingual hymnal with original languages and English, Chinese or Indonesian translations.
What makes this hymn somehow unique is that this hymn is accompanied not by modern music instruments but a traditional music instrument to the kadazandusun tribe which is called "Kulintangan".
According to the Kadazandusun Cultural Association website,
"Kulintangan was first introduced into west Sabah by the Bruneis but it is also traditionally used by the Bajaus and some Kadazandusun people. It is usually played on festive occasions, such as weddings and religious ceremonies, where it is often accompanied by other traditional gongs. The instrument consists of a set of about eight to nine small brass kettle gongs. Each sounds a different pitch when struck. The gongs are arranged horizontally in a row on a low wooden bed-like frame. The player sits down on the floor in front of the gongs and beats them with two small wooden mallets."
Personally, I believe not every church or not everyone has "Kulintangan" to go along with this hymn. Therefore, piano can be used as the substitude for that. This hymn is suitable for church choirs. May this be a blessing to you,your worship team and your church.
This hymn is to assist the church worship team and choir team in preparing the church to meet the Lord and one another. With the accompany of Kulintangan, a local traditional music instrument for the KadazanDusun and also some other tribes here in Sabah, may this be a great blessing and privillage to praise and worship the Lord for the locals here in Borneo.
Served as a full time worker in a church for 6 years after working in many sectors. Started at Kuala Lumpur before being posted back to the mother church in Tawau the year later. Since I was not the one who received the green light to expand and learn more like other staff especially male staff through applying into a seminary under the church, I then decided to apply into the Seminary on my own behalf.
Thank God for His favor. I was accepted into the seminary. I resigned on December 2008 and enrolled into Seminary Theology Sabah (STS) on January 2009. Throughout my studies, I still received covering from my denomination and was posted in various Anglican churches for my practical. It was a great time and praise God, in 2012 I graduated with Bachelor of Divinity.
I continued to serve full time in one of the Anglican church thereafter for 3 years. This time, more on pastoral ministry as I lead the BM Congregation. Today, I no longer serve full time in the church but I am out at workplace. Still, it is always great to serve the Lord where ever we are placed.
Sheila Wong Yen Min
Wow, excellent meaningful song!