Assembly 2021 News #3, Mennonite World Conference

Published in January 2020

Mennonite World Conference. Assembly 2021.

Assembly 2021 News #3

"O prince of Peace, O Holy God and King" Those words, first penned in Indonesian by Saptojoadi, have rung out in Mennonite worship services around the world since 1978.
"I imagined a big conference with many people from around the world, from the west, from the east", says Saptojoadi.
His American teacher Lawrence Yoder invited the young Indonesian musician to write the song in Javanese to be included in the 1978 Mennonite World Conference (MWC) Assembly song book.
"it's very important to know that we are not alone," Saptojoadi says. "We have many brothers and sisters around the world. We are united in Christ."
At the 2015 Assembly in Pennsylvania, he was asked to share his song at a chapel session at the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Akron campus. “It was amazing,” he says. “I was so grateful.”
Saptojoadi is a pastor in one of the three Indonesian Mennonite member churches of MWC: Gereja Injili Tanah Jawa. He has included 10 of his 30 original songs in a printed songbook Kidung Rohani with hand-drawn Western and Indonesian musical notation.
Like his song that is sung in many languages around the world, he says people need to follow Jesus together across barriers. “In Indonesia, we have many cultures, many languages, but a lot of tolerance.”

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