Compere Script for the Song Would You Be Free from the Burden of Sin!

The Book of Revelation says,

“they overcame him* by the blood of the Lamb.”

The precious blood of Jesus which he shed on the cross of Calvary for the sins of all mankind has tremendous power.

First of all, it is the innocent blood of the Son of God.

Secondly, this blood is the result of the perfect obedience of the Son and his submission to his Father’s will. And it is by this blood that God has opened a new way for us to approach his throne of grace with boldness and confidence.

Thirdly, there is cleansing and pardon for all our sins in this precious blood. Let us allow this cleansing fountain to flow over us; and in and through us, and allow God to purify us and cleanse us from all our sins.

Let us remember the slain Lamb of God and drink deeply of this blood. God draws near to us like no other time when we plead the blood of Jesus in our prayers.

Finally, the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross and his precious blood shed there is the final answer to our pride. The blood of Jesus tells us that man cannot earn his salvation through any other means. Our salvation is not based on our merit but it comes by God’s grace alone.

Yes, the blood of Jesus reminds us that we need a Saviour. It also tells us that the redemption of man is costly.

May the blood of Jesus cleanse, purify, sanctify and make your heart as white as snow as you listen to this song that celebrates the power of the blood of the Lamb of God.

May you find reconciliation with God and forgiveness for all your sins as you make this song your prayer to the God of mercy, compassion and great tenderness.

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This script was used to introduce the song,

“Would you be free from the burden of sin?
There’s pow’r in the blood, pow’r in the blood.”

during the Easter Concert by Melody Singers at the Christ Church Centenary Hall,
Thiruvananthapuram, on 10 April 2016.

Click here for full lyrics of the song.

*him in the quoted verse from Revelation 12:11 in the Bible refers to the devil.

Every Drop of Blood

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2 Minute Speech for School Children on The Importance of English

2 Minute Speech for Children on The Importance of English

Respected teachers and my dear friends,

Good morning to one and all.

We all think. And we all communicate. But how do we do it? We do it through words, not just words but words in a particular language which others understand.

Though it is easy to communicate in our mother tongue; that alone is not enough in today’s world. We need to consider the fact that people speaking different languages mingle with us almost on a daily basis. There are people from other states in India as well as a few people from other countries who have come here to find work or just visit our place. Communicating with all of them requires a common language.

It is here that English language and the knowledge of it becomes an advantage. English may not be the most spoken language in the world, but it is the official language in many countries in the world.

Along with that we find people moving out to other countries to work. And English is the most used language for business communication in the world. It is also not surprising that more than 50% of content in the internet is in English.

Moreover, the best books and films in the world are produced in English. Sometimes, popular and best-selling books in other languages are translated into English to reach a world-wide audience. I am sure you might have watched a film in Chinese and understood it because of sub-titles produced in English.

All these facts prove the importance of English language. It gives us access to business communication, the world of knowledge and also the world of entertainment.

The language itself is constantly in a state of change. It has borrowed words from all cultures and civilizations it has come into touch with. You will find words in English which has its roots in Greek, Latin, Sanskrit, Hindi, French, German etc. So the ability of the language to grow and expand is one important highlight of the English language. It is a truly colourful language and an international language as well!

As a concluding thought, let us consider our opportunities for higher education. It is an established fact that English is the language that gives us access to Science; especially the fields of Engineering, Medicine, and Information Technology. Or think about a Post Graduate in Management and the distinct advantage he or she enjoys if able to communicate well in English! Thus English is the language that is used in higher studies and research.

Finally, let me ask you a question? Would each one of you like to have a job—not just a job but a good career ahead? If the answer is yes, why not make yourselves employable at the highest and the best spheres of work by mastering the English language?

Thank you.

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1 Minute Speech for Children on The Gift of Christmas!

Respected teachers and my dear friends,

Good morning to one and all.

Children love gifts. They look forward to receive gifts during this time of the year. In fact, it is this sense of expectation that makes Christmas special.

It is said that there was such a sense of expectation in the air during the time of the birth of Jesus. His coming meant God came down to be with us. In a special sense God came near to us in Jesus.

Yes, he came for you and me!

The great distance between a holy God and us sinners was bridged in Jesus. It was as if God were saying “I want to be friends with you!”

Yes, he came for you and me!

Therefore the gift of Christmas is about the presence of God with us. It is a gift that was given with an everlasting love. Because of this gift, life puts on a new meaning:

There is someone to walk with you even along lonely roads when no one walks with you.
There is someone who deeply cares for you even when friends betray.
There is someone who says, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” even if your father and mother forsake you.

So here is a gift you are given for free. No need to read the price tag. It is beyond our ability to pay. I am talking about the ultimate sacrifice Jesus made on the cross where he shed his innocent blood for the sins of all.

Therefore let us celebrate Christmas by thanking God for his indescribable gift—the gift of God’s Son Jesus!

Remember my dear friends; he came just for you and for me!
Thank you.

The Tree of Life
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1 Minute Speech for Children on Healthy Habits

Respected teachers and my dear friends,

A warm good morning to one and all.

It is said that you sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny.”
Yes friends, our habits form our future. So let us cultivate healthy habits.

There are four kinds of habits. They are:
Spiritual
Physical
Educational
and
Social
All of them are important for children.

Spiritual habits
include praying to God when we get up in the morning and thanking him for the gift of a new day. We should also pray when we start to study to ask God to give us wisdom to learn.

Physical habits
include brushing our teeth in the morning, taking bath properly and wearing clean dress. We should also spend some time playing in the outdoors so that our bodies stay healthy and strong.

Educational habits
include reading and studying well, listening to teachers, doing homework and going to school regularly. We should try to take part in all the activities of the school as it will help to improve our personality.

Social habits
include obeying our parents, respecting elders, smiling when we greet people and being happy. These help to develop leadership qualities too.

To conclude, healthy habits will help us to excel in life. Only children with excellence and character can build a strong nation.

Like good friends, healthy habits will stay with us always.

Thank you.

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The Greatest Love Story of Hope!

Have you ever wondered what the story that is told every Christmas is?
It is the story of someone who came searching for you and me.

This story is one of hope.

It is so because the story tells us that we belong. It tells us that we are not forgotten or forsaken. Though there is something that is broken about us, though there are many patches showing in our hearts, there is someone who deeply cares for us.

This story is one of hope, I repeat again, because a Saviour came searching for you and me.

It is so because Christmas is the true story of God’s Son Jesus coming down to earth to become man. He came not because any one of us is perfect but instead all of us are sinners in need of a Saviour. Since it was not possible for man to save himself, God came down to be one like us to save us.

This story is one of hope because in Jesus, God came near to us.

For all those who deeply longed to know God, Jesus came declaring that anyone who has seen him has seen God as well. As Jesus freely mingled with all sorts of people in the marketplace and touched them with love and compassion, so also God longs to touch you with his love and forgiveness.

Finally, this story is one of hope because Jesus came to give us life.

This became possible because Jesus shed his blood on the cross and died for us. His precious blood that flowed cleanses and purifies man from all sin. Above all, he came back to life from the dead. He lives for ever.

Therefore there is hope for all men and women.

Because he lives, those who believe in him will also live for ever. This is the good news of great joy declared for all people at Christmas. It includes you and me.

Yes friends, Jesus came to give you a clean break from your past and give you a brand new beginning in life. Like the Star of Bethlehem that rose the first Christmas night when the child Jesus was born in a manger, may the light of this hope shine in your heart bright and clear.

Wish you all a blessed Christmas!

Jesus Christ of Nazareth!

7 Tips to Compere Excellence!

Here are 7 basic tips to excel as Compere. They are simple yet challenging. Follow them and you can compere to your heart’s content and your audience’s delight.

#1. Believe You Can!
Think of the opportunity to compere as joy. Never believe the lie that you can’t do it. Of course, there will always be people who might be able to do better than you; but you still can leave a mark. The confidence that you can definitely do it is going to make a huge impact in your performance on stage as far as compering is concerned. So believe the best about yourself and step confidently on stage.

#2. Write a Compere-Script
As no one will attempt to construct a building without having a plan or blue print with them; no one should attempt to do compering without preparing a script. Whether you read from the script or not is a question of lesser importance. Write down everything. The actual introduction, the lines inviting the speakers, the thank you notes in between, and so on you plan to use during compering. Leave nothing to chance. Also remember to leave blank spaces in between as well as in the margins to jot down last minute changes in the programme. A person who attempts to do compering without a script is yet again like a soldier going to war without weapons!

#3. Be Enthusiastic
The joy of fielding was once made known to the world by a former cricket player from South Africa, Jonty Rhodes. He made what was a routine part of the game into a highly developed art. Similarly, you can raise the level of compering to great heights by your great enthusiasm as Jonty Rhodes did with fielding. The way you walk on stage, your gestures, your voice; and in short everything you do should pulsate with enthusiasm. Then the crowd will surely catch the fire of your enthusiasm when you compere.

#4. Maintain Good Eye Contact
The eyes can communicate a whole range of emotions and can reflect the inner state of a person quite sharply too. That is why Jesus Christ said, “Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are good, your whole body also is full of light.” So use your eyes to communicate an exuberant mood while compering. Let your eyes scan the entire audience. Do not get stuck up looking at the imagined balcony or looking at blank walls. Instead make everybody feel included with your eyes with a wide sweep across the audience.

#5. Vary Your Voice
Some people tell. Others shout. Some others are full of big-sounding words. Some others whisper on stage. The point is not whether one method is correct or not; the point is that there should be a rich variety in your voice. When inviting the chief guest to inaugurate the Seminar your voice should communicate that seriousness; while announcing a popular rocking song or dance in a Reality Show your voice should communicate excitement and the upbeat mood to create anticipation. Whatever be the situation, clarity of words is a must.

#6. Make Them Feel Good
A compere’s role is not to highlight how intelligent, knowledgeable or a wizard of words he or she is. Anyone who sets out to do so is inviting the wrath of the audience. The compere is someone who draws least attention to himself or herself . Instead his or her role is to turn the spotlight on someone else all the time. Your words, gestures, and other actions on stage should all help in magnifying the person or group you are talking about. It is then that the audience learns to better appreciate those people or the action that is happening on stage.

#7. Smile All the Way
It is not your fabulous dress or make-up or ornaments that is going to win the day for you. Neither are the words that you use going to help much; though words are needed. The greatest asset for a compere is his or her smile. These days people are fed up with cosmetic smiles that are artificial. Be genuine with the crowds. Then the smile from your heart will light up all the world for you while you compere!

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7 Mistakes to Avoid While Compering

Words serve as signposts while compering. They are to be used sparingly. As King Solomon wrote: “The more the words, the less the meaning, and how does that profit anyone?” Therefore, a simple, direct, dignified style with words that come from the heart yet stimulating thought would set the tone for the day.

Tips for Compering and You Too Can Compere! will get you started with compering, Tips for Compering 7 Great Songs of Christmas will give you real script and examples of compering, while this blog post will help you avoid some common as well as serious mistakes.

#1. Once at college, a friend of mine at the end of a debate competition announced that our Professor would share his valuable ideas on the topic. It was a tense moment. For my friend had not informed our Professor that he would be asked to speak. And the auditorium was packed to full capacity. Anyway, our Professor spoke well as he is a great speaker. But later he called my friend and advised him quite strongly never to do this to another person.

Insight: Never surprise eminent people with off hand announcements that they’ll speak on the topic, that too in front of a packed audience.

#2. At an Inter-University Debate competition a young college student was made the compere of the programme. She might not have had much previous experience. For when it was time for the Chief Guest, who was the Vice Chancellor of a University, to be invited to speak, she did so while she sat down at the rear of the stage. It was shocking to say the least.

Insight: Common sense and basic courtesy should not be forgotten while compering.

#3. I once learned a valuable lesson unexpectedly. I met a person known to me. So we talked for some time. Then he asked who the other person with me was. I introduced him saying he is a painter because that is what I thought he did. At that time he said nothing. But later he told me that he is not a painter but an artist who also paints for a living. I then understood that his esteem had suffered a blow when I said he is a painter. Therefore we should seek to understand how people like to be introduced. Here many who compere fail.

For example, “He is a Scientist working with xyz Organization” is poor compering compared to “He is a Senior Scientist, and Head of the Department of Research and Development in xyz Organization for the past 15 years,” which is excellent.

Insight: When introducing people, always ask how they want to be represented before the crowd.

#4. “Our Chief Guest of the day is so and so. He’ll be speaking on the topic xyz. We can expect some great insights from him today. But before I invite him to speak let me share some of my ideas about this topic.” This kind of compere is an insult to the Chief Guest. If this person could do the job, why call a Chief Guest and then destroy anticipation and also the interest of the audience in the topic he has prepared by giving a mediocre presentation just before the keynote address?

Insight: Do not overstep your functional role. You are asked to invite the speaker to share his thoughts; and not to speak on his/her topic.

#5. Much damage is done when those who compere misuse their freedom with the person being introduced. The compere might crack jokes from their shared past by saying that while studying together at college the Chief Guest was called, “Crazy Monkey.” That might be true, but a public function is not the occasion to share it. Such remarks definitely destroys the serious mood of the audience and will make them view the speaker in a light-hearted manner. That is disastrous as far as the speaker is concerned.

Insight: A compere should be able to understand what is the apt remark for the occasion. Generally, frivolous statements should be avoided. Remember what King Solomon said: “A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.”

#6. It is not good to indulge in what many have termed “verbal gymnastics” while compering. Recently I heard a compere, who, instead of simply inviting the choir for the welcome song, went on to present a thesis on the importance of music. What he said was mostly irrelevant even as many bombastic words were stringed together without ryhme or reason in his short speech. It was totally inappropriate. He should have simply said, “May I invite the choir for the welcome song.”

Insight: When a simple direct statement is apt and appropriate, do not spoil the moment by making a garland of words with all kinds of wild flowers tied together without sense or sensibility.

#7. Gestures with the hand can spell trouble if not used with caution. Many who compere spread out their hands in wild sweeping motions to their sides and towards the person who is being introduced or invited. Except perhaps in informal settings, this has to be avoided as it destroys the ceremonial propriety that has to be observed. Casual, lazy gestures that spell over-familiarity with the speaker has to be avoided at all costs.

Insight: Always strive to make the audience respect the speaker and hold him/her in high regard even with the way you gesture especially with your hands.

To conclude, let me do so in true compere style (examples of signing off):

“Ladies and gentlemen, the celebrations have begun and will continue long into the night. This World Cup just concluded has left behind some great memories like the brilliance of the fireworks now lighting up the night sky. New stars have risen, others have bid adieu. But for the moment, let us celebrate with the winners. Good night!”

“We have come to the end of a musical evening whose memories will linger long in our mind. It brought near to us the hope of Christmas as well as made us realize how precious to us the Gift of Christmas really is. It is now time to thank all the participating choirs once again for their enthusiastic rendering of traditional carols and other popular songs filling our hearts with joy. Wish you all a Jesus-centred Christmas and may all your dreams, desires and wishes come true at this blessed time of the year.”
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Quotes from Bible (NIV): Ecclesiastes 6:11, Proverbs 25:11.
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