The brethren from Hamura Locale gathered in celebration of 27 years of God’s marvelous deeds last September 2, 2018 at Hamura Community Center. “Declaring God’s Glory among all the People” was the central theme of the event taken from 1 Chronicles 16:23-28.
The service began with selected brethren dancing to the inspirational song “You Raise Me Up”. Sis. Maricel Pagsambungan was the Master of Ceremonies for the Worship Service while Sis. Grace Noguchi guided the congregation into singing heartfelt praises unto God. Sis. Nora Pedraza led the Opening Prayer, followed by the Reading of the Scriptures led by Bro. Dennis Maningas. Sis. Madilyn Salazar then offered a Song of Praise before Bro. Reynante Pedraza delivered the Offertory Message. Afterwards, a Solo Song Number by Sis. Ayleen Matsumoto was followed with another empowering Song of Praise by the Trio of Sis. Juvy Tamura, Sis. Maricel Pagsambungan , and Sis. Ayleen Matsumoto. These songs prepared the hearts of the brethren in receiving the Words of God.
Event Speaker and Hamura Locale’s Head Minister Pastor Jojo Cruz conveyed the Message of God. He pressed on the importance of receiving salvation through God’s overwhelming grace and having faith in what the Lord Jesus Christ has done for our redemption. Pastor Jojo also emphasized the worthlessness of momentary beauty, intelligence, and wealth without God’s lasting gift of eternal life. The message of salvation touched the hearts of both the brethren and the guests, reminding the former of the blessedness of their calling and stirring the latter to accept the free gift of a truly fulfilled and meaningful life in Christ.
Over 136 attendees of the event went home with their souls filled with the Holy Spirit and their hearts full of encouragement in remaining true and fruitful to their service to God while they faithfully wait for the Lord’s coming. (I. Dimaano)