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Passover/Feast of Unleavened Bread 2017

ub 2017Brethren from Church of God Imus, and Manila (COGSV) held its combined Passover/Feast of Unleavened Bread celebration in a hotel located in Pasay City, Metro Manila on April 11, 2017.

Four elders/speakers were slotted to speak for the whole-day assembly. The morning service started with a prelude music followed by an opening prayer by Atty. Max Noble. Mr. Raul Hipe spoke on the importance of "bringing of offerings" both in its biblical-historical and future fulfillment as exemplified by the Lord Jesus Christ and magnified further in NT epistles. While Mr. Dave Garalde expounded on the importance of "unity in the body" as exhorted by Paul in 1 Corinthians 11.

Mr. Robert Torda and Mr. Cesar Lumbuan spoke in the afternoon, both expounding on the importance of our calling in relation to our "deleavening" and our future destiny, glorification in the kingdom of God. The messages were interspersed with hymns singing by the whole assembly led by Mr. Gilbert Deboma and Rey Coria.

The services were also graced with special music offerings by the children and teens entitled "Highly Exalted", a fitting Passover tribute to the selfless-sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ. In the afternoon, a choir of men and women accentuated the service by singing "The Servant's King". Both music offerings were directed by Ms. Gina Constantino.

Overall, the combined services were attended by 45 brethren and families coming from as far as Nueva Ecijah, Zambales, Indang Cavite, and one came from Melbourne, Australia. Lunch of steamed rice, soup, chicken, and vegetables, with fruit dessert were served promptly on the table, with unlimited supply of hot coffee and milk for the duration of the service. Brethren also shared home-made unleavened bread. Hotel accommodation and advance reservation was made possible through the assistance of Mrs. Brenda Coria and Mrs. Vivian Hipe.

Truly, this is one of those feast days where the psalmist King David described as "good and pleasant"!

"Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
For brethren to dwell together in unity!
It is like the precious oil upon the head,
Running down on the beard,
The beard of aaron,
Running down on the edge of his garments.
It is like the dew of Hermon,
Descending upon the mountains of Zion;
For there the Lord commanded the blessing—
Life forevermore."
- Psalm 133

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