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Asian Centre Celebrates with Song

On Sunday October 14, 2012, the Centre for Asian Canadian Theology and Ministry hosted its 8th Music Celebration of Thanksgiving.  This great music event was established in 1999 as a way to bring the many Asian churches together through music and fellowship.  Held every other year, it has evolved into a wonderful time of ecumenical worship celebrating the uplifting music of a variety of choral groups.  We hope to encourage an awareness of the great value and joy it brings to gather together in such harmony.

Knox Students perform at the Thanksgiving Service on October 14th

Knox Students perform at the Thanksgiving Service on October 14th

The host for this year’s event was Rev. InKee Kim, Chair of the Council for the Asian Centre and Senior Pastor of St. Timothy’s Presbyterian Church.  With his inviting remarks, Rev. Kim enabled the event to flow with ease and enjoyment.  This year, there were 10 music groups joining together for an amazing demonstration of choral skill, dexterity and multiple levels of complexity.  Each group ranged from 20 -65 members and thrilled those present with a wide variety of musical genres sung in a number of languages which added to the aura of heightened mystique and wonderment.

Organizers were delighted to welcome the Voices of Paradise choir from the St. George and St. Rueiss Coptic Orthodox Church. They inspired us with their liturgical music sung in the Coptic language.  The York University Gospel Choir with its 60 plus university student membership, kept us energized in our seats with their lively gospel music and created a great sense of community through musical participation.

The event was further enriched by the other choirs who continue to support the Asian Centre throughout their many years of participation. They presented music from the Chinese, Armenian, Formosan, Taiwanese and Mandarin communities and helped everyone to further appreciate the richness of music from other churches.  Asian students from Knox College led us back to our foundations with their interpretation of “Great is Thy Faithfulness” while the young children from the Toronto Korean Presbyterian Church delighted guests with their beautiful fan dance!   The music celebration closed with a benediction delivered in English, Mandarin and Korean.

As indicative of the many activities hosted by the Asian Centre, it was another wonderful time of fellowship and learning together and we look forward to the next event in 2014!

-Dr. Stephanie Ling