It was indeed a celebration of “Glorious 9” years of God’s abundant grace as the Pentecostal Missionary Church of Christ 4th Watch - Dubai Locale joyfully commemorated its 9th Church Anniversary in Crowne Plaza Hotel Deira, Dubai, UAE last July 29, 2016. With the theme “Grateful for God’s Saving Grace” from Titus 2:11-12, this remarkable Worship and Thanksgiving Service to God was led by the Middle-East District Coordinator, beloved Bishop Aldrin Palanca.
The heavens was stormed with astounding voices of adoration coming from nearly 1,500 brethren and visitors who were present during this holy event. All were filled with awe as the congregation witnessed the opening salvo of the Selah Performing Arts Group of Dubai entitled “The Forerunners of Christ.” This special presentation highlighted the works of John the Baptist in biblical time as well as the works of the sent-one of God in present time in preparing the way for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. It was wonderfully portrayed through the colorful and artistic props and costumes paralleled by the realistic approach on the sound effects and acting by selected brethren of Dubai.
After the presentation, the Dubai Praise and Worship Team invited everyone to a lively, spirit-filled and exuberant singing unto the Lord. Pastor Lito Correos of Fujeirah Locale led the church in a solemn opening prayer, while Bro. Rey Changco, one of the workers of Al Ain Locale, ministered the reading of the Holy Scripture. A short video clip of God’s advancements to His church was also shown to all worshippers as the Dubai Media Team presented the locale’s activities, achievements and new ministries this 2016.
With warmth and overwhelming gladness, Dubai Locale-Head Pastor Elleza Palanca was beholden to see and welcome the overflowing number of guests and brethren in the venue. Likewise, beloved Apostle Arsenio Tan Ferriol relayed his greetings through a video message congratulating and encouraging the brethren to continue their excellent works for the glory of God.
On his offertory message, Pastor Andy Pabelico of the local church of Bahrain cited the laws to be followed in giving our tithes and offerings to God. He quoted that giving should be done with love, abundance, and should be offered at the right place. Combining an aura of elegance, dazzling wardrobes, angelic voices and a powerful renditions, the Dubai Music Ministry which includes the Final Watch Band, Dubai SOS, Dubai Strings Harmony and Dubai Praise Chorale, left the brethren and visitors mesmerized with their songs of praise. Truly God has been glorified and the spirit of worship was uplifted throughout the hall.
As for the event’s highlight, Beloved Bishop Aldrin Palanca ministered the Word of God through his message entitled The Three Great Blessings of the Grace of God, which are salvation (Ephesians 2:8), change (2 Corinthians 2:17), and service (Hebrews 12: 20). He stressed out that the grace of God is His act of kindness to undeserving people. Truly God has empowered and inspired this gathering through His message. The front space of the hall proved to be insufficient for the great number of visitors who were called for the Apostolic Benediction. It was an overwhelming sight proving how God works His wonders regardless of race and culture.
As an expression of gratitude to the bountiful blessings of the Lord, the brethren faithfully offered their thanksgiving offerings prior to the Holy Communion.
The anniversary and thanksgiving service was concluded with the 5th Mass Baptism held at the sanctuary in Al Reef Tower in Sharjah. On the first leg of the week-long mass baptism, by God’s saving grace, 41 souls were baptized that day.
With the huge success of the anniversary, it was truly evident that God has blessed the Dubai Locale from a humble beginning to a Glorious 9 years. To God be all the glory!