Sunday, 19 February 2017

May God be Gracious to Us and Bless Us

Today is Sunday, the first day of the week, of all the days the best an emblem of eternal rest. This morning we made our way to the city of Imus , south of Manila and had opportunity to worship with the Zion Cornerstone Reformed Church of Imus. Before the service, there is Sunday School. The lesson today..."What is it to be blessed?"  Attention was drawn to the beatitudes and Psalm 67. If I can sum up the lesson with a few key words..."To be blessed is to be in Christ!"     Indeed to be found in Christ is all of God's grace and so may God be gracious to us. May His face shine on us. Psalm 67 happened to be our morning devotion and so it was interesting that Psalm 67 was part of the lesson.  What a comfort it is to know on trips such as these , away from our loved ones, that they too will sit under the blessing of the LORD, this day, in fellowship with the Church of Jesus Christ and that we have done the same.

I know I've  had these sentiments  before in previous posts but I find myself on the other side of the world and I find it an amazing thing to experience the Church universal  in such a real way.  "God's way is being known on the earth, His saving power among the nations." We can be sure our covenant God, Yaweh, is making a people for Himself throughout the world.

"Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you!
Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth."

In the afternoon we traveled to Pasig, to the Zion Cornerstone Reformed church of Pasig. Interestingly we met a young brother from  Neerlandia. He's been conducting business here in the Philippines. It's a wonderful thing for him to be able to attend the church here. To be able to share in their hospitality and care. A blessing that comes with a church universal. 

We want to thank the Imus and Pasig churches once again for their warm hospitality, their faithfulness, their love for God and His people and wish them many blessings  in Jesus Christ. 

This morning we fly to Cagayan de Oro and will spend some time there. More later.

"God shall bless us; let all the ends of the earth fear him!"

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