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Malaysia Trip, Video Blog #3: Sidney Mohede, Worship Songwriting and Repetitive Parellelism

It’s Day 2 of the “WorshipGOD 2010” conference in Malaysia, hosted by the wonderful DUMC church. I have to first say how much Gregg Hampton and I have enjoyed hanging out with the people from DUMC. It’s an easy, kindred connection…just as I felt when I came in 2008 with my wife and kids.

Today, we got to take the morning off. I had breakfast with my dad, and then we (Gregg, my dad, and I) walked around a nearby shopping mall and coffee shop. Then, we got to spend a few minutes with Sidney Mohede, an amazing worship leader from Jakarta, Indonesia. Sidney spent 12 years in California and then obeyed God’s call back to Indonesia, where he’s been for about the last 15 years. He’s an incredible singer, a gifted songwriter, and is being used by the Lord all over the world. You may recognize his name from a new song “Hosanna”, which appears on Israel Houghton’s new album. Because he writes in both English and Indonesian (a kindred language to Malay), he’s reaching people in a demographic that would otherwise be very hard to get inroads to. Check out his stuff on iTunes. Here is a brief greeting from Sidney:

I then taught part 2 of a class on worship songwriting. Here are a few clips, one of us preparing our hearts as writers in worship, and one of me explaining how “repetitive parallelism” applies to not just the Psalms and Hebrew poetry, but to modern worship songwriting:


Gregg is now teaching on band dynamics. Gotta go get some footage of him. Then, we’ll soundcheck for tonight’s worship service. We’ll definitely have some clips to show you from that as well!

Thanks for all the prayers. Peace.

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Glenn Packiam is one of the associate senior pastors at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the lead pastor of New Life Downtown, a congregation of New Life Church. Glenn earned a Doctorate in Theology and Ministry from Durham University in the UK. He also holds BA in Theological/Historical Studies and Masters in Management from Oral Roberts University, and a Graduate Certificate in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. Glenn and his wife, Holly, have four children.