Methodists pray ‘for healing of our land’ at PCU

Bishop Ciriaco Q. Francisco of the United Methodist Church (UMC) last Friday, January 25, 2019, urged members of Manila Episcopal Area’s (MEA) local churches for a holy conferencing to “recognize the power of prayer” and “declare God’s blessing to our land.”

“Remember that the prophets in the Bible confronted even the kings to correct the evils of the society,” Bishop Francisco said, adding that church people, especially the clergy, must do likewise.

PCU PREXY JOINS PRAYER WARRIORS. PCU President Junifen Gauuan (second from left) sings along hundreds of United Methodists during the worship service held inside the Philippine Christian University (PCU) Auditorium last Friday, January 25, 2019. At the beginning of his message, Bishop Ciriaco Q. Francisco of the Manila Episcopal Area (MEA) expressed gratitude to President Gauuan for “generously allowing us to use the PCU facilities” for a worship service before proceeding to the prayer-rally at the Rajah Sulayman Plaza in Malate, Manila, where Christians from different denominations to converged. (Photo and text by Fort Nicolas)

He spoke before a flock of several hundred members from the local church in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija and Cavite who heeded his earlier call to gather at the Auditorium of the Philippine Christian University (PCU) at 1 p.m. liturgy last Friday.

A week before, Bishop Francisco issued a letter of instruction urging MEA district superintendents, pastors and lay members to congregate at the PCU Auditorium for a rally “to pray for our country and manifest our prophetic witness proclaiming Truth, Justice and Peace in this challenging time.”

During the worship service held at the PCU Auditorium, the Rev. Genesis I. Antonio, chairperson of the Board of Church and Society of the Philippine Central Conference (PCC), explained the purpose of the gathering. He said it served “to push our mission forward and manifest our faith.”

CHURCH AND SOCIETY. The Rev. Genesis I. Antonio, chairperson of the Board of Church and Society of the Philippine Central Conference (PCC): ‘Push our mission forward and manifest our faith’. (Photo by Fort Nicolas)

In his message, MEA Resident Bishop Francisco emphasized that the church’s clergy, aside from its priestly duties, has a prophetic function to perform. He added that all members of the church must do its part of praying together for God’s intervention.

He cited the Old Testament verse from the 2 Chronicles 7:14, which says, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sins and will heal their land.” He explained that God required His people to humble themselves before Him and to pray for His intervention.

“In our joint prayer, God will listen to our pleas and he will heal our land,” Bishop Francisco said.

GOD’S REQUIREMENTS. Manila Episcopal Area (MEA) Resident Bishop Ciriaco Q. Francisco: “Humble yourselves, see God’s face and pray, then God will heal our land’. (Photo by Fort Nicolas)

The bishop said that one can readily distinguish if a land is already healed. He said peace, justice and prosperity must reign in a healthy society. He said these are the things that the people must pray for.

The service finished at 3:30 p.m., after which the UMC-MEA delegation stepped out to the PCU Ground where they got ready to march to Rajah Sulayman in Malate, Manila, where a larger contingent of Catholic brothers and sisters led by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) and members of Protestant denominations belonging to the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP), including the UMC, converged for a prayer-rally. (Fort Nicolas)

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PCU-UTS Dasma’s New Access Road to Benefit Motorists, Businesses

The construction of a new access road is underway. Very soon, Cavite’s Aguinaldo Highway will be linked to the Governor’s Drive, thanks to the P139-million road project that cuts across the more than 90-hectare property of the Philippine Christian University (PCU) and the Union Theological Seminary (UTS). The project includes the construction of bridges.

Definitely, its completion will be a joyous moment for commuters and motorists who have been complaining about the worsening traffic jams in the area. The new access road, the construction of which started in February 2018 and is expected to be finished in 2020, will cut short their travel time considerably.

Engr. Robert Regala a member of PCU Board of Trustees, and Prof. Jordan Ramos, PCU
Dasmariñas Administrative Officer, inspect the dirt road that will soon become the new access road linking Aguinaldo Hi-way to Governor’s Drive .

The access road is just one of the several infrastructure projects the PCU is undergoing in consonance with the vision of the University president, Dr. Junifen Gauuan, of a progressive and academically excellent learning institution. The access road will not only benefit travelers but also the larger communities in the area since it will boost further the Information Technology-Business Process Management (IT-BPM) industry, a prospect that will transform the area into a bustling commercial and business hub.

Photos by JF Perona

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