Clear skies and ambient temperature had welcomed the occasion of the 16th Church Anniversary of the London Locale after almost a week of dreary and very rainy forecast. This was a foretaste of God’s benevolence to His children as they worship and celebrate His goodness and profound mercies!! Praise the Lord! The Hammersmith Town Hall was almost filled with the brethren as 230 of them came together bringing hosts of guests and visitors. As everyone settled, the worship service began. Sis Anna Magnaye, the associate pastor of London Locale, opened the service praising God as she called the exuberant praise and worship singers and instrumentalists led by Sis Christiana Sta Maria. They songs of praise filled the venue and ushered the people in expressing their gratitude to God. Ptr May Reyes, leading the pioneering work in Liverpool ministered the invocation. Bro Rhandy Dancel, the local minister of Berkshire locale administered the Scripture Reading whilst Sis Kareen Carbonel, the worker in Wales Extension reminded everyone of the church’s announcements and updates. The Words of God admonishing everyone to render thanksgiving unto God by offering was ministered by Ptr Roman Reyes, the minister leading the pioneering work in Liverpool. A very special feature of this year’s anniversary was a choreography of the song “Threshold of God” by Selah. This invoked a moving declaration of God’s magnificence! The Voice of Grace Choir of London also sang a medley of Psalms 24 and “Let the Redeemed”. The extension from the Heart of England, also offered a medley of “The Battle Belongs to the Lord”and “Awesome God” whilst the Berkshire local sang “Destined for Greatness” by Faith First. In this anniversary, God has sent in a very special keynote Speaker in the person of Bishop Aldrin Palanca. As one of the pillars of the Church, his ministry involves being the Coordinator of Gilead Area (Middle East, UAE and India), and he also heads Dubai, a very prominent locale in the PMCC 4th Watch. The message of God he ministered was biblically crystal-clear, truthful and powerful touching the heart and consciences of the present congregation. All the guests came forward to accept the invitation of God and the call of salvation. Praise the Lord! Two souls were added on that moment and several others gave an appropriate time for this. One of the many reasons this gathering has been victorious was the presence of one indomitable minister whose support and love for the District is second to none, Presbyter Violy Concepcion. The Coordinator of Europe (Philippi) District and the Head Pastor of London Locale. She was on hand in the preparations and as she welcomed every one to this holy gathering, one can not help but glorify God for His outpouring of love that is very palpable. Glory to God!! As the holy gathering ended with the doxology song, the assembly once again gave the Lord arousing praises! As they left the venue, one can not help but to look back and compare how faithful God is, for not everyone knew of the beginning of this locale, but as humble and small, but as years were added to its establishment, God is proving to be strong and faithful, that as we entrust everything to Him alone, our latter days will be glorious!! To God be the utmost glory!!
Sis Cherry Sotero