Sunday, September 29, 2013

20130928 Worship

Unpacking my sketchnote
Wesley Methodist Church Singapore
2013 Sept 29
sermon: Worship
dr Leow Theng Kiat
text Is 6:1-7

Isaiah is brought into the presence of God
He sees God on throne
high above
His robe fills the temple
Seraphim fly about
Modestly covering their feet
covering their eyes lest they gaze upon God
They call out Holy Holy  Holy .

The prophet knows he (a sinner) is doomed for he has seen God
But God in His mercy cleanses Isaiah, removes his guilt, blots out his sin

2 Main points
1) God is Holy, we cannot approach Him
2) Jesus, son of God, approaches God freely
 and allows us to approach  God.

God is Holy,
separate from us
so high above
we can not reach him

Separate by moral purity and righteousness
God is light
in him is no darkness at all.

We should worship God because he is holy
yet because of our sin we can not approach God
Our sin separates us from God
By our own power and strength we can not approach God.

Jesus solves this deadly paradox.

2) Jesus, son of God, approaches God freely
 and allows us to approach  God.

Jesus was God
but allowed himself to be born human
He lived on earth
He was killed on the cross
a sacrifice to atone our sins
Jesus conquored sin and death
the third day he rose from the tomb

Jesus includes us as His body
Jesus brings us into God's presence

Our worship should honour God in fear and reverence for His holiness

Our worship of God should express our deed deep gratitude for what He has given us.

Worship and prayer should never be in attempt to manipulate God.

God is love
He has given us all we need.

Technical note:
Sketch note done on folded A0 sheet, about A4 size,
ink on paper
colured with soft oil Pastel at home
photographed with iPhone
cleaned up with CamScanner.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

20130915 Sketchnote Community

Sermon 15 Sept 2013
Rev Dr Kow Shih Ming
God can meet all your needs for community

TEXT: John 17: 20-21

I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (novel), a 1964 semi-autobiographical novel of a teenage girl's battle with schizophrenia by Joanne Greenberg, written under the pen name of Hannah Green.
It was also  the tittle of a popular song.

Long lasting lonliness can be very debilitating
No man is an island
We were made for community
It is not good for man to be alone.

God can meet your need for community
Emmanuel "God with us"
Not only at Christmas,
not only New Testament times
But also as of old
Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.

The mystery of the triune Godhead
Father, Son, Holy Spirit remain in eternal harmony.

Holy Spirit
Will teach you
remind you
guide you
will not speak on his own
focus is on Jesus
to convey what Jesus wants you to know

Focus of Jesus
To bring glory to the Father
"The Father" is greater than I
Jesus submits to Holy Spirit,
 allows himself to be brought to wilderness
for 40 days temptation
Jesus submits to God's will
"not my will but thine"
Obedient even unto death on the cross

God says of Jesus
"This is my son
In whom I am well pleased
Listen to him"

Each member of the trinity point unselfishly to the other

There is PERFECT COMMUNITY in the trinity.

We are called to be part of this community
Rom 12:5
so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.

The invitation comes at a price.
Jesus gave himself so that we could be invited into the trinity.
The price he paid was his life and the breaking of community with Father and Holy Spirit.

Eph 4:3   Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Endeavouring (Strong's concordance 4704)
keep (Strong's concordance 5083)

4704 spoudazo spoo-dad'-zo from 4710; to use speed, i.e. to make effort, be prompt or earnest:--do (give) diligence, be diligent (forward), endevour, labour, study.
5083 tereo tay-reh'-o from teros (a watch; perhaps akin to 2334); to guard (from loss or injury, properly, by keeping the eye upon;

Intensely keep the unity!

But gossip
power struggles
      desecrate the community
      tear the fabric of unity.

Many of us are guilty of conflict avoidance

Bad situation where one member is troublesome
addicted to something
obnoxious behaviour

should we just leave them alone?
There is a need for us to approach them with gracious talk
to find a way to help steer them to right behaviour.

Jesus expects other people to join into the trinitarian community because of what we do, in response to us inviting them in.

Small group setting (cell group) is the best place for us to live out the trinitarian community.

Tony Campolo is the professor emeritus of sociology at Eastern University in Pennsylvania and is a popular Christian author and speaker. In his book, “The Kingdom of God is a Party,” he tells the story that happened when he had a speaking engagement in Honolulu. Long before dawn, he was wide awake, as his body’s clock had difficulty getting reset. So at 3:30 in the morning, he found himself wanting breakfast, wandering the streets and finding that everything on the island was closed, except for a greasy spoon diner — the kind with bar stools and an unshaven, grizzly chef in a white T-shirt.

The closest thing that the diner had to breakfast was a stale donut. So as Campolo sits, chiseling away at the donut and sipping coffee, in marched about a dozen provocative and boisterous ladies of the evening. The diner was small, and they crowded around the bar on both sides of him. Their talk was loud and crude, but as he was about to make his way out of the restaurant, he heard one woman say, “Tomorrow is my birthday” and another bark back, “What do you want from me … a cake?”

Campolo lingered close by the diner until the ladies left and he returned to the grouchy chef. “Do those women come in here every night?”

“Yup — every night. Why do you want to know?”

“Because I heard one say that tomorrow was her birthday. What do you think about us throwing a birthday party for her — right here — tomorrow night?”

A smile crossed the chubby cheeks of the chef. “I think that’s a great idea.” Calling to his wife who was cleaning in the kitchen, “Tomorrow is Agnes’ birthday and this guy out here thinks we should have a party.”

Campolo gathered streamers and signs, the chef baked a cake and his wife made plate after plate of food. She must have also gotten out the word because at 2:30 the next morning, the diner was literally wall to wall prostitutes … and a preacher.

Agnes was flabbergasted when she walked in the door. Her mouth fell open. Her legs seemed to buckle. A friend steadied her and led her to the counter where a chorus of “Happy Birthday” rang out. And when Harry (yes, that really was the chef’s name) carried out a birthday cake with candles, Anges lost it and openly cried.

Agnes, who had never had a birthday party, never had a birthday cake, picked up the cake and carried it to the door, saying, “I need to take this home. I will be right back. I only live a block away.” Everyone else just stood motionless as she left. When the door closed, there was a stunned silence in the place.

Not knowing what to do, Campolo said, “How about let’s pray?” It was weird, but he said he felt it was the right thing to do. He prayed for Agnes. He prayed for the other ladies. He prayed that their lives might be changed and that God would be good to them.

Harry leaned over the counter and with a trace of hostility in his voice, growled, “You never told me you were a preacher. What kind of church do you belong to?”

“I belong to a church that throws birthday parties for prostitutes at 3:30 in the morning.”

Harry snipped, “I would join a church like that.” Wouldn’t we all?

Technical note
I think I am getting better at using sketchnotePro
Especially in flood-painting:
Flooding the bigger panels but not the individual note balloons

Pat on the back to self for icons
Rose Garden
Island (no man is)
Compolo's birthday cake

This sketchnote had no post production work.
Text and icons done real time and flood painting at choir teatime.

Graphic editor to chop the sketchnote into 6 pieces for blog post

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Sketchnote 20130908 POWER

Sermon Sketchnotes on iPad using SketcbookPro

troubled with the visual impact of V1, I tweaked it for V2

God can supply your need for power
 Rev Dr Kow Shih Ming
8 September 2013
Wesley Methodist Church

Power is in the news
Great abuse of power

We all need power to function

1) When WEAK
2) When nothing else to give
3) when inPAIN

Like AAA battery
V2.0 ( less is more!)

God is El-Shaddai
God of power
God has the power to raise the dead
We can avail of God's power

Like AAA Battery:

we must admit we need God's power
If we try to do it in our own power we will fail

2) ACT
we must take a positive step in the right direction




 We need to attach ourselves to God
A follower of Jesus must have a relationship with him
a dynamic relationship
Bible references



Having heard the message you might realise
you never had been attached to God, never relationship with Jesus but today you want to do so

 Or perhaps once upon a time you had a relationship with Jesus but you drifted away and got disconnected. Today you want to get reconnected.

 ADMIT your need for God
ACT, allow God into your heart.
ATTACH latch on firmly to God

after pondering at the inadequacy of the images, I flood-repainted the text balloons white
much happier with the readability.

Monday, September 2, 2013

4th SgGR meet 20130902

Circle of friends
We walked Tim through a few linguistic hoops,
 plunging the depths of local Cheeminology,
 Hokkien-speak pao suah, pao hai! 
(to be loaded with ALL the different tasks in the office/country)

Digital recording on iPad
We shared our experiences with Sketchbook pro (and brushes).
We had a few styli (?styluses) to pass around.

We talked about the challenges of digital recordings (steep learning curve)
motion-sickness inducement by zooming
the limitations
canvas size
the pluses

Does it serve the client's needs?
Is the visual practitioner competent to go digital?
what is the final output?

Versus the option of having a videocamera following the Graphic recorders work in real time on the wall.

I shared the excitement and agony of recording a PetchaKutcha Night on my iPad, a series of 8 talks, each 6 minutes 20 seconds, 20 slides, 20 seconds each.

Pierre is French but has gone to Australia. His company of four; wheretofromhere, seeks to provide environment for companies to find their own solutions to their problems. Seeking to develop Asian node, probably in Singapore, and network with local facilitators, graphic recorders.

He spoke of the setup they use for graphics at meeting: Swiss company made  "Sandwich-Whiteboards" some 2 metre high. to be used singly, in pairs or more.
Also spoke of GooglePlus network Patches and Nodes.

Best Practices
Tim described some of his experience at IFVP meeting
1)  4 expert scribes recorded the same videoclip of talk for 15 minutes
(something to do with penguins and humans)
then there was discussion and Q&A.

One did high level synthesis, a few words that summarised the whole thing
Another did a "middle" level of recording: broad principles
The third did a detailed recording.

Depending on the needs of the client and own personal style, find what works for you.

2) Tim also attended a workshop: 
How to grow your VP business;
He will share some ideas at our next meeting.
 (scheduled Friday 8th November 2013 at Tim's place)

Four Belles at the Ball

we enjoyed chitchat (fei-lo-ship = 肥咯-ship)
 over coffee, tea, and sandwiches.

Mandatory Group Photo

Graphic Recording of our meeting!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Resurrection and life: Sketchnote 20130901

Pastor Raymond Fong in the pulpit
The bible text was John 11: 17-37
Lazarus was dead 4 days
Jewish belief: soul remains for three days then departs.
By fourth day Lazarus soul had departed
His body decomposed.
Lazarus was truely dead:
This was no mere resusitation
This was genuine resurrection;
This was a foreshadow of Jesus own resurrection.

Lazarus was dead
We can nottrivialize death.
We can empathize with those who mourn.

Martha mourned the death of her brother Lazaus yet she had a posture of faith.
 “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died.
(John 11: 21)

Jesus invites Martha to trust him.

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26)

Pastor Raymond remembers his own grandfather on his deathbed,
 sickly yet fondly remembering  "grandma" his wife who had already passed on:,
with the confident hope and reassurance of seeing her once again in the future.
Pastor Raymond shares that hope: that he will see grandpa and grandma one day again.

1 Cor 15: 55 O death where is thy sting?...

Here and Now

"I am the resurrection and the life"
When Jesus talks about being the resurrection and the life,
he is not only talking about some distant heavenly future.

Our faith is about here and now.
We are raised to life now.
(Phil 3: 10-11)

Are you in a situation of dead and gone?
Dead marriage?
Dead relationship?
Dead job?

Jesus can raise you!

Pastor Raymond was caught in traffic jam
not wanting to be late for meeting.
sense of reassurance
God's peace
God did not change the situation
did not relieve the traffic jam

But God changed Pastor Raymond.
Allowed him to cope with the situation.

Finallay got to the meeting.
 Great ministry took place.

So in times of distress ask God not to change the circumstance but to change you.
Mary had a posture of grief:

When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” (John 11:32)
Mary utters the same words as Martha had, but Mary is wrought with grief at this point.
Mary had a different attitude:
From the Greek text we learn that Mary was distraught with grief, wailing, weeping.

 And we learn that Jesus was deeply agitated, angry, shake, moved in the spirit:
Perhaps angry with death and the devastation it brings.

And in the shortest verse in the bible: Jesus wept. (John 11:35)
(Edakrusen Iesous in Greek
 et lacrimatus est Iesus : <Vulgate>

Jesus brings comfort

Jesus unfolds his plan of action in our life
Brings us comfort in ways we may not understand.

Martha was asked
"Do you believe I am the resurrection and the life?"

Today Jesus asks you the same question:
You, who may feel down and out
You, who may be buried in a pile of trouble
You, who may be in dead relationships
                                 dead situations...

Jesus says to you "Do you believe I am the resurrection and the life?"


Today as we gather around the table for Hly Communion,
may thsi be a means of grace to you.

Allow God to breath his GRACE into your broken life to change you

Because He Lives Lyrics
God sent His Son
They called Him Jesus
He came to love, heal and forgive
He lived and died to buy my pardon
An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives

Because He lives I can face tomorrow
Because He lives all fear is gone
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living just because He lives

And then one day
I'll cross that river
I'll fight life's final war with pain
And then as death gives way to vict'ry
I'll see the lights of glory and I'll know he lives

Because He lives I can face tomorrow
Because He lives all fear is gone
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living just because He lives

Songwriter(s): Gloria Gaither, Bill Gaither, Patrick Standfast, Arnthor Birgisson, Christian Karlsson, Alceu Alvez Damico

Technical note
Sketchnote was recorded live on iPad using SketchbookPro:
Grid template was used to devide page into 6 subpages.
Pastor's sketch, Lazarus and Jesus and the communion elements were in my original sketch.
Mary and Martha added post production.

Post production I tidied up my handwriting.
I did the cluster balloons .
I added a rectangle for each subpage.
I did fill-in paint job for balloons and sub-pages