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WSC Reflection – September 3, 2017

Word Sharing Circle (WSC) Reflection Guide
22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle A, Year I)
September 3, 2017

Community Word
Jesus enlightens the hearts of those who trust in God’s ways.

Theme:
Our hearts are enlightened when we trust in God’s plan for our life.

Promise:
“Whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” (Mt 16:25b)

Reflection:
In the gospel of Matthew Jesus says: “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me,” (Mt 16:24). He teaches us that to deny oneself is to make a choice between our desires and God’s will for us. It means to give up our preferences and to do what God plans for our life, to take up the cross of doing what is right and be willing to bear it. Carrying our cross is also accepting and unavoidably living the inconveniences, bearing the sufferings and sorrows of life that we have to endure. Jesus points out that the way to become His disciples involves dying to self, bearing our crosses and readily committing to follow Him. Our community word this month – Jesus enlightens the hearts of those who trust in God’s ways – encourages us to stand firm in faith as we seek first God’s kingdom.

Peter was just favored as the “Rock” and upon him Jesus will build His church. Suddenly this rock turns sandy and unreliable. “God forbid, Lord!” Peter rebukes Jesus. It is a rejection of the cross. In one instant, Peter is walking in the Spirit, then in the next he is thinking about himself. Peter calls Jesus “Lord”, but tells Him what to do. But Jesus calls him abruptly out of his comfort zone into reality where suffering must be faced. He reminds Peter that he only sees things from human perspective and does not understand God’s plan.

Sometimes, we too fail right after having a great spiritual victory because pride and self-reliance creep in on us. We cannot have it both ways. We cannot claim Jesus as Lord but do not believe in what He says and disobey His commands. In like manner, we cannot ask Him for good things and blessings if we do not accept His answers along the way. The cost of discipleship is high because many times we have to give up our tendency to be self-sufficient and our attachment to our earthly desires. And this requires us to discern what God want us to do.

To be called disciples and followers of Jesus we have to embrace our own cross to attain eternal glory. Our daily cross involves constant courage that we need to face all demands of our Christian faith even if we have to bear hardships through it. In living up to this, Jesus offers us the opportunity to “lose our life” with the assurance and hope of gaining eternal life. As followers of Jesus we should let Him show us the way. Instead of seeking our own personal gain, we should allow every experience – even in moments of distress, struggles and difficulties, to draw us into a closer relationship with our Lord who continues to invite us to place our burdens upon His shoulders.

We may have been used to so much comfort and indifference, bringing us to avoid confronting life’s trials. We tend to withdraw rather than deal with the possibilities laid before us. This is the reason why we live an unfulfilled life, filled with regrets and disappointments. A life of constantly running from our responsibilities exhausts our strength. It moves us away from the destiny planned by God for us. The theme for this week – Our hearts are enlightened when we trust in God’s plan for our lives, will enable us to look to the Cross not as a sign of pain, but as a symbol of hope. Our faith has brought us to the living God and urges us to bear our crosses daily to the end.

The Cross shows how our rebellion can distance us from the Lord and can cause pain to the very heart of God. If we ignore the cross of life, we will never grow out of or mature beyond our comfort zones. Be it emotional, financial or personal, the Lord says that carrying the cross is how our discipleship becomes real. It is inevitable if we need to find our way to full discipleship. Jesus teaches us not be afraid to take risks knowing that this is the only way to discover our life. Let us then stand firm and hold on to His promise – “…whoever loses his life for my sake will find it,” (Mt 16:25b).

Prayer:
Almighty God, Your will is our salvation and You desire only what is best for us. Grant us the grace to participate in Your saving works by following Your ways and cooperating in Your holy will. Lead and direct us that we will not be a stumbling block to Your divine plan for Your name sake. Amen.

Reflection Guides:
1. What are the things and circumstances in my life that I have to give up so that I can follow Jesus and fulfill His plans for me?

2. How can I show that Jesus is truly my Lord and my Savior?

This Week’s Daily Mass Reading Guide:
September 3, 2017 (Sun) – Jer 20:7-9/Ps 63:2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9/Rom 12:1-2/Mt 16:21-27
September 4, 2017(Mon) – 1Thes 4:13-18/Ps 96:1, 3, 4, 5, 11, and 12, 13/Lk 4:16-30
September 5, 2017(Tues) – 1Thes 5:1-6, 9-11/Ps 27:1-4, 13, 14/Lk 4:31-37
September 6, 2017(Wed) – Col 1:1-8/Ps 52:10-11/Lk 4:38-44
September 7, 2017 (Thur) – Col 1:9-14/Ps 98:2-6/Lk 5:1-11
September 8, 2017 (Fri) – Mi 5:1-47/Ps 13:6, 6/My 1:1-16
September 9, 2017(Sat) – Col 1:21-33/Ps 54:3, 4, 6, 8/Lk 6:1-5

“Ignorance of the Bible is ignorance of Christ. Read your Bible daily!”

 
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Mission Newsletter – Jesus Smiles and Laughs

JESUS SMILES & LAUGHS

As both God and man, with flesh and blood,  Christ manifested a full range of human emotions.  He wept three times: At the garden of Gethsamane,  on the death of Lazarus and over the city of Jerusalem. He showed impatience if not exasperation to his disciples when coming down from the Mt. of Transfiguration, he found them out battling and unable to cast out  a demon over an epileptic boy. “….how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.’ (Matt. 17: 17).He appeared to be  extremely annoyed with Peter who gallantly but mistakenly (as usual!) remarked  that he  will not allow Him to suffer from the chief priests and the scribes: “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.” (Matt. 16:23).  And He  could exhibit passionate displeasure:  “He made a scourge of cords, and drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen; and He poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables; and to those who were selling the doves He said, “Take these things away; stop making My Father’s house a place of business.”John 2: 15-17

 

However, nowhere, in the Scriptures  can we see a verse or passage  explicitly noting or alluding that Christ smiled or laughed.  Even with this absence,  we can say  though that He is not a stoic or “all business” person with no sense of humor. Smiles and laughter definitely go with our Lord’s  wit and charisma.  Let us remember that He is also perfect as a human being. And no one can be so pitiful in this world than a person who does not know  how to smile or laugh! (stated jocularly).

 

Thus,  we are sharing to everyone some humorous and hilarious   stories and one liners.Laughter  is not only the best medicine but a way of celebrating the beauty of life amidst its challenges and maelstroms. It is a very precious gift that is usually taken for granted.

At the cocktail party, one woman said to another, ‘Aren’t you wearing your wedding ring on the wrong finger?’ The other replied, ‘Yes, I am, I married the wrong man.’ (She placed it on the right finger after attending an ME..)

I bought my wife a new car. She called and said, ‘There’s water in the carburetor’. I said, ‘Where’s the car?’  She said, ‘In the lake.’  (She should have attended a driving lesson first )

I haven’t spoken to my wife in 18 months – I don’t like to interrupt her. (A rare breed of husband)

The most effective way to remember your wife’s birthday is to forget it once. (That is right! It is a date I will  nevernever forget after  the riotous incident when I forgot it)

1st Grader Answers(Wise Guys! Hah!)

A first grade teacher had twenty-five students in her  MI class. She presented each child in her class the first half of a well-known proverb and asked them to come up with the remainder of the proverb. It’s hard to believe these were actually done by 6-year old first graders.

  1. Don’t change horses……………………… until they stop.
    2. It’s always darkest before………………. Daylight Saving Time.
    3. Never underestimate the power of….. termites.
    4. Don’t bite the hand that………………… looks dirty.
    5. No news is…………………………………… impossible.
    6. A miss is as good as a……………………. Mister.
    7. You can’t teach an old dog new………. math.
    8. If you lie down with dogs, you’ll…….. stink in the morning.
    9. Love all, trust……………………………… me.
    10. An idle mind is……………………………. the best way to relax.
    11. Where there’s smoke there’s………… pollution.

“Oldtimers”(Dedicated to members  who always forget the Community activities  they are  supposed to attend . You may write them down next time )

 

A couple in their eighties are both having problems remembering things.

They decide to go to the doctor for a checkup. The doctor tells them that they’re physically okay, but they might want to start writing things down to help them remember.

Later that night while watching TV, the old man gets up from his chair.

His wife asks, “Where are you going?””To the kitchen,” he replies.

“Will you get me a bowl of ice cream?” “Sure.”

“Don’t you think you should write it down so you can remember it?” she asks.

“No, I can remember it.””Well, I’d like some strawberries on top, too.

 You’d better write it down, because you know you’ll forget it.”He says, “I can remember that!

You want a bowl of ice cream with strawberries.””I’d also like whipped cream.

 I’m certain you’ll forget that, so you’d better write it down!” she retorts.  Irritated, he says,

 “I don’t need to write it down, I can remember it! Leave me alone! Ice cream with strawberries and whipped cream — I got it, for goodness sake!” Then he grumbles into the kitchen.After about 20 minutes the old man returns from the kitchen and hands his wife a plate of bacon and eggs.

She stares at the plate for a moment and says… “Where’s my toast?

 

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Bulletin – August 23, 2017

 

EVANGELIZATION

Aug. 30 CW SDSA Healing Night
Sept. 6 EC SDSA Eucharistic Celebration
Sept. 13 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
Sept. 20 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
Sept. 27 CW SDSA Healing Night
       

 

PASTORAL

 

Youth Ministry: It’s time to come home. Everyone is invited to BLD Youth Manila’s Homecoming 2017. Lets all unite and worship as one Community on September 2, Saturday, 6pm at Sunshine Place, Jupiter St., MakatiCity. Hope to see you all there! 

 

Healing Ministry:BLD Members who need counseling and who want to be prayed over (hospital or home), may get in touch with Bro. Bobby (0933 279 0342) and Sis. Nene Hernandez (0916 6399023) or BLD Manila Secretariat at 478 9782.

 

MANAGEMENT

 

Reminders: All Ministry Coordinators are requested to submit WSC/CW attendance of Covenant Disciples for the period  January–July  2017 on or before Aug. 31. Thank you.

 

Due to pronounced security concerns, all BLD members are encouraged to wear their official BLD ID during our CW/EC at SDSA.

 

BLD ID: Bro. Fred Estioko will be taking ID pictures at the entrance of the SDSA church for BLD members who have no IDs yet, especially LSS No. 53 graduates. Also, ID applicants are requested to accomplish a personal information sheet form (PIS) at the registration. Fee is P150. Please claim IDs at the BLD Manila Secretariat or from Bro.Fred during Corporate Worship.

 

HOUSE OF WORSHIP FUND

 

As of August 22, 2017 7,168,505.94

 

    Date TITHES & LOVE OFFERING
(EC/CW) (Secretariat) TOTAL
Aug. 2 58,520.00 12,000.00 70,520.00
Aug. 9  71,220.00 71,220.00
Aug. 16  114,500.00  114,500.00
TOTAL 244,240.00 12,000.00 256,240.00

 

Thank you very much for your generosity!

 

Please make all check donations payable to: BLD MANILA

FORMATION

 

Discipling Teaching:

  • Catholic Lay Evangelization (CLAYE) Seminar Part 2– Aug. 26-27 (Sat–Sun) from 8am to 5pm at the Secretariat.

 

MISSION

 

Scholarship of Hope: Poverty Alleviation Ministry still needs 39 sponsors for ELP/regular SOH scholars. Please approach or contact any PAM member or its coordinators, Bro. Bobbie and Sis. Enda Villar at 09195957777 and 09204759780. Donation is only P500/month or P6,000/year per scholar. May the Spirit move you to help our scholars.

 

Mission Outreach: we are inviting everyone, including BLD non members, to join our missions:

 

 

SCHEDULE OUTREACH
Aug. 26 (Saturday)

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Naujan, Mindoro – San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish (Please get in touch with Eran  &Dorlie

Carandan)

Aug. 26 (Sat.)

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

GK Villa Paraiso
Aug. 27 (Sunday)

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Target Range, Paranaque
Aug. 27 (Sunday)

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Risen Christ Parish (Smokey

Mountain)

Aug. 27 (Sunday)

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Bagumbayan, Lower Bicutan

 

 

 

 

 

“The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed free.”(Lk 4:18)

 

 

Schedule of Greeters for Corporate Worship
Assigned Greeters Date
Institution Services Ministry Aug. 30, 2017
Intercessory Ministry – Group 1 Sept. 6, 2017
Intercessory Ministry – Group 2 Sept. 13, 2017
Management Core & Treasury Sept. 20, 2017
Service Ministry Sept. 27, 2017

 

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WSC Reflection for August 20, 2017

Word Sharing Circle (WSC) Reflection Guide
20th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle A, Year I)
August 20, 2017

Community Word:
The glory of God transforms our lives.

Theme: We are transformed as we put our trust in the love and mercy of God.

Promise: “All who… hold to my covenant…I will bring to my holy mountains.” (Is 56:6b, 7a)

Reflection:
Perhaps, many of us would still find it difficult to comprehend the height, depth, length and width of God’s love and mercy. Some may think that God will love us only when we are good and He will accept us only when we are perfect in His eyes. Many are still fearful of God’s justice, that there is only one or a few chance for one to receive His forgiveness. But these are limited understanding of God’s unconditional love and infinite mercy. The truth is that He sent His only Son Jesus who gave His life for us and cleared our path to be His co-heirs of God’s inheritance.

Paul tells us – “So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus,” (Rm 8:1). Jesus knows our fears, our pains and our weaknesses. He knows us more than we even know ourselves. That is why He is gentle and patient with us. He is a friend who feels compassion for all, who lifts us up and carries our burdens. His grand plan and desire is for us to be truly and endlessly happy. In the gospel of John, He says: “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly,” (Jn 10:10b).

Our Lord’s faithful love and generous mercy may still be a mystery to some whose perception of love is limited by our understanding of a finite, conditional kind of human love. But it is not mere emotion or passion that encourages us to trust in the Lord. It is the spiritual yearning that consumes our soul and leaves us feeling assured and secured in His promise, comforted by His word and consoled by just being in His presence day after day. The experience of our unity with God is a fulfillment of everything we long for in our lives.

In the gospel of the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, the Canaanite woman has her faith experience when she meets Jesus. She approaches the good Teacher with her full trust, believing that He can heal her daughter. Her faith transforms her to be humble in pleading with Jesus, and she is persistent in her prayer as she implored the Lord. The story is very appropriate for this week’s community theme – We are transformed as we put our trust in the love and mercy of God. When Jesus sees the mother’s heart full of trust, she is rewarded with what she earnestly pleaded for when Jesus tells her – “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted,” (Mt 15:28b).

Jesus declared to St. Faustina – “I am Love and Mercy itself. When a soul approaches Me with trust, I will fill it with such an abundance of graces, that it cannot contain them within itself, but radiates them to others”… (Diary 1074). He is inviting doubters, skeptics, and sinners like us to draw near Him, waiting for us to repent of our sins and experience His rich mercy. His great love embraces and kisses us, whispering to us – “Neither do I condemn you; go, and sin no more,” (John 8:11).

As the Lord’s mercy and grace pours upon us, we are also transformed to be loving and merciful to others, especially those who are unloved, weak, marginalized and despised, deprived of any favors and justice. We begin to experience transformation that softens our hearts to care for the least, the last and the lost with compassion and empathy. There is no more barrier or discrimination when we act as one people of God. We become instruments in His work of bringing others closer to the love and mercy of Jesus Christ.

Needless to say, to be loving, merciful and compassionate entails sacrifices on our part. There are obstacles and difficulties doing the mission that Jesus entrusted to us and we will encounter testing, trials and temptation. But there remains one thing – to hold on to our faith in the Lord. As our transformed hearts continue to respond to God’s love, we will surely receive His assurance in this promise – “All who… hold to my covenant…I will bring to my holy mountains,” (Is 56:6b, 7a). Eternity awaits those who have great faith in God’s eternal love.

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, consume me with Your boundless mercy that my heart may become completely one with Yours and You may be my dwelling place forever. By your great love and saving power, deepen my faith that my whole being may be truly transformed and I may be an instrument of mercy towards others. Today and always, I give my heart to You for Your perfect purpose and will. Amen.

Reflection Guides:
1. How does putting your trust in the love and mercy of God help you face and overcome your struggles and challenges in life? Share your experiences.

2. If you believe that your heart has been transformed by God’s love, how do you handle people who are difficult to deal with? What virtues will you continue to practice?

This Week’s Daily Mass Reading Guide:
August 20, 2017 (Sun) – Is 56:6-7/Ps 67:2, 3, 5, 6, 8/ Rom11:13-15, 29-32/Mt 15:21-28
August 21, 2017(Mon) – Jgs 2:11-19/Ps 106:34, 37, 39, and 40, 43/Mt 19:16-22
August 22, 2017(Tues) – Jgs 6:11-24/Ps 85:9, 11-14/Mt 19:23-30
August 23, 2017(Wed) – Jgs 9:6-15/Ps 21:2-7/Mt 20:1-16
August 24, 2017 (Thur) – Rv 21:9-14/Ps 145:10-13, 17, 18/Jn 1:45-51
August 25, 2017 (Fri) – Ru 1:2, 3-6, 14-16, 22/Ps 146:5-10/Mt 22:34-40
August 26, 2017(Sat) – Ru 2:1-3, 8, 11; 14:13-17/Ps 128:1-5/Mt 23:1-12

“Ignorance of the Bible is ignorance of Christ. Read your Bible daily!”

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MARIAN DEVOTION & TUNASAN PRAYER GROUP

Following the consecration of the members of Tunasan Prayer Group to the Blessed Virgin Mary  last July 16 through the imposition of the scapular by Fr. Ike of St. Peregrine Parish,  rosaries were distributed to the members last Sunday,  August 13, together with the guide on praying the rosary. This fulfills for the members the pronouncement of Sis. Lucia (one of the three children who witnessed  the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin at Fatima and  of whom it was said by Our Lady that she would live in order to spread devotion to Her Immaculate Heart) that the Scapular and the Holy Rosary are inseparable.

 

As imparted to St. Dominic, one of the promises of the Blessed Virgin Mary for those who consecrate themselves to her and regularly recite the rosary is  SPECIAL PROTECTION. In this regard, we quote below the well documented miracle when a nuclear bomb was dropped in Hiroshima during WWII.

“The Hiroshima attack killed around 80,000 people instantly and may have caused about 130,000 deaths, mostly civilians. Four Jesuits were nearby the hypocenter of the attack on Hiroshima, but they survived the catastrophe, and the radiation that killed thousands in the months following had no effect on them.

The four religious never doubted that they had been blessed with protection by God and the Blessed Virgin Mary. “We were living the message of Fatima and we prayed the Rosary every day,” they explained.

In the book titled “101 Inspirational Stories of the Rosary written by Sis. Patricia Proctor, OSC , the following is one of the extraordinary stories:

 

 

“A bombing mission during World War II ended suddenly when the nine 500 pound explosives the bomber was carrying suddenly exploded in mid air.  Ten of the airmen were killed instantly – with only one survivor –a young man named Don Ruff, who had been sitting next to the bombs praying his rosary.”

The rosary, is  very timely and relevant in our time for divine protection in the light of  the disturbingly more frequent occurrence of earthquakes in various parts of the country including Metro Manila.

But the graces and protection provided by the rosary do not only come on extremely extraordinary circumstances. In the words of Sister Lucia, “There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot solve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary.” The said book of Sis. Patricia embraces such situations as a woman regularly taking Prozac due to depression getting over her condition and becoming active in their parish, a baby in the womb of the mother  showing to have hydrocephalus in an x-ray having normal size of head at birth,  a woman getting healed of a very painful  illness that no medical science can solve, a man critically injured in a motor vehicle accident was not expected to live but  got well,  the air brake of an 18 wheeler truck malfunctioned  while it was negotiating a steep slope but the truck stopped, and many more inspiring stories.

On that very day,  a teaching was conducted by Wing Aguila on ANG  KAPANGYARIHAN NG PANANAMPALATAYA.”  Without being pre-planned, the theme of the Gospel on that Sunday was exactly about “Faith,” a clear manifestation of the hand of God in the affairs of the Prayer Group.  The teaching  segued  fluidly to a workshop on  prayer,  which is one of the  crucial aspects of gaining the faith that could move a mountain – NAKAKAANTIG NA PAKIKIISA AT PAKIKIPAG UGNAYAN SA PANGINOONG HESUS. 

During the worshop,  themembers  were  divided into groups and were asked to prepare a group prayer.   The prayer of the singles drew special attention:  “because of  many problems we are going through,  these cause us to waver in our  faith”  The  central message of the teaching was about this. In his commentary, Wing asked the members, “Kapag may buhay ay… ano ang kasunod?” Everyone responded with one voice, “…may pag-asa.” In a dramatic tone, he replied, “The right answer is “Kapag may buhay ay may problema.” He then related it to the Gospel on Peter. That he was able to walk on water as his eyes were focused on the Lord  but when he was distracted by the strong winds,  that was the time he began to sink. In the same vein he said, “ HABANG MAY BUHAY MAY PROBLEMA, PERO LAHAT AY MAY PAG-ASA kung pananatilihin nating nakatuon ang ating paningin sa Panginoong Hesus at hindi sa unos or suliranin ng buhay. Dapat nating panatilihing malakas ang ating pananampalataya sa pamamagitan ng palagiang pagbabasa, pagninilay at pagsasabuhay sa Banal na Salita ng Diyos, pag-iwas sa paggawa ng kasalanan at pagbabalik-loob sa pamamagitan ng pagkukumpisal, at malalim na ugnayan sa Panginoon sa pamamagitan ng personal na panalangin at palagiang pagdalo sa misa, ang pinaka mataas na antas ng panalangin. Essentially, this is the blood and flesh of the teaching!

 

As all Ministries are now being encouraged to bring Christ to our brothers and sisters in the peripheries, with the imprimatur of the DCS, we enjoin everyone to join us and experience the unique  joy  that goes with the challenges of proclaiming the Good News to the less fortunate.

 

TO GOD BE THE HONOR & GLORY!!

 

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Bulletin – August 16, 2017

EVANGELIZATION:

Aug. 23 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
Aug. 30 CW SDSA Healing Night
Sept. 6 EC SDSA Eucharistic Celebration
Sept. 13 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
Sept. 20 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
       

 

PASTORAL:

 

Youth Ministry: It’s time to come home. Everyone is invited to BLD Youth Manila’s Homecoming 2017. Lets all unite and worship as one Community on September 2, Saturday, 6pm at Sunshine Place, Jupiter St., Makati City. Hope to see you all there.

 

Healing Ministry: Healing Workshop (Retooling) will be  on Aug. 19, Saturday from 1:30pm to 4:30pm at BLD Secretariat. This is also open to Intercessory Ministry and to all Covenant Disciples.

 

 

MANAGEMENT:

 

BLD ID: Bro. Fred Estioko will be taking ID pictures at the entrance of the SDSA church for BLD members who have no IDs yet, especially LSS No. 53 graduates. Also, ID applicants are requested to accomplish a personal information sheet form(PIS) at the registration. Fee is P150. Please claim IDs at the BLD Manila Secretariat or from Bro.Fred during Corporate Worship.

 

Reminder: Due to pronounced security concerns, all BLD members are encouraged to wear their official BLD ID during our CW/EC at SDSA.

 

 

HOUSE OF WORSHIP FUND

 

As of August 15, 2017 7,163,505.94

 

    Date TITHES & LOVE OFFERING
(EC/CW) (Secretariat) TOTAL
Aug. 2   58,520.00 12,000.00   70,520.00
Aug. 9   71,220.00     71,220.00
TOTAL  129,740.00 12,000.00 141,740.00

 

Thank you very much for your generosity!

 

Please make all check donations payable to:

BLD MANILA

 

“Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2Cor 9:7

FORMATION:

 

Discipling Teaching:

  • Catholic Lay Evangelization (CLAYE) Seminar Part 2 – Aug. 26-27 (Sat–Sun) from 8am to 5pm at the Secretariat.

 

MISSION:

 

Poverty Alleviation Ministry still needs 52 sponsors for ELP and regular SOH scholars. Those who are moved by the Spirit to help indigent children, please approach or contact any PAM member or its coordinators, Bro. Bobbie and Sis. Enda Villar at 09195957777 and 09204759780. Donation is only P500/month or P6,000/year per scholar.

 

Mission Outreach: we are inviting Community members and non members to join our missions:

 

SCHEDULE OUTREACH
Aug. 19 (Saturday)

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Haven for  Women
Aug. 20 (Sunday)

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Euro Maralit
Aug. 26 (Saturday)

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Naujan, Mindoro – San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish (Pls. get in touch with Eran&Dorlie

Carandan)

Aug. 26 (Sat.)

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

GK Villa Paraiso
Aug. 27 (Sunday)

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Target Range, Paranaque
Aug. 27 (Sunday)

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Risen Christ Parish (Smokey

Mountain)

Aug. 27 (Sunday)

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Bagumbayan, Lower Bicutan

 

 

“The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed free.”(Lk 4:18)

Schedule of Greeters for Corporate Worship
Assigned Greeters Date
Poverty Alleviation Ministry Aug. 23, 2017
Institution Services Ministry Aug. 30, 2017
Intercessory Ministry – Group 1 Sept. 6, 2017
Intercessory Ministry – Group 2 Sept. 13, 2017
Management Core & Treasury Sept. 20, 2017
Service Ministry Sept. 27, 2017
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Bulletin – August 9, 2017

 

EVANGELIZATION:

Aug. 16 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
Aug. 23 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
Aug. 30 CW SDSA Healing Night
Sept. 6 EC SDSA Eucharistic Celebration
Sept. 13 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
Sept. 20 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
       

 

PASTORAL:

 

Healing Ministry:

  • Healing Workshop (Retooling) will be on Aug. 19, Saturday from 1:30pm to 4:30pm at BLD Secretariat. This is also open to Intercessory Ministry and to all Covenant Disciples.

 

  • BLD Members who need counseling and who want to be prayed over (hospital or home), may get in touch with Bro. Bobby (0933 279 0342) and Sis. Nene Hernandez (0916 6399023) or BLD Manila Secretariat at 478 9782.

 

MANAGEMENT:

 

BLD ID: Bro. Fred Estioko will be taking ID pictures at the entrance of the SDSA church for BLD members who have no IDs yet, especially LSS No. 53 graduates. Also, ID applicants are requested to accomplish a personal information sheet form(PIS) at the registration. Fee is P150. Please claim IDs at the BLD Manila Secretariat or from Bro.Fred during Corporate Worship.

 

Reminder: Due to pronounced security concerns, all BLD members are encouraged to wear their official BLD ID during our CW/EC at SDSA.

 

BLD House of Worship: We are looking for a 1,000-square meter property in Makati, Pasig, Taguig or Mandaluyong for our future place of worship and permanent office. For a referrals, please contact Bro. Gene and Sis. May Mercado at 09271271937.

 

HOUSE OF WORSHIP FUND

 

As of August 8, 2017 7,158,505.94

 

 

    Date TITHES & LOVE OFFERING
(EC/CW) (Secretariat) TOTAL
Aug. 2   58,520.00 12,000.00 70,520.00
TOTAL   58,520.00 12,000.00 70,520.00

Thank you very much for your generosity!

Please make all check donations payable to:

BLD MANILA

FORMATION:

 

Service Ministry Teaching:

  • Basic Bible Seminar – Aug. 12, Sat., 8am-5pm at Two E-Com Center, MOA Complex, Pasay City.

 

Intercessory Ministry Teaching:

  • Basic & Advanced Intercession – Aug. 19, Sat., 8am-12nn at BLD Secretariat, Bangkal, Makati City.

 

Discipling Teaching:

  • Catholic Lay Evangelization (CLAYE) Seminar Part 1 – Aug. 12-13(Sat–Sun) from 8am to 5pm at the Secretariat.
  • CLAYE Seminar Part 2 – Aug. 26-27 (Sat-Sun) from 8am to 5pm at the Secretariat.

MISSION:

Poverty Alleviation Ministry still needs 96 sponsors for ELP and regular SOH scholars. Those who are moved by the Spirit to help indigent children, please approach or contact any PAM member or its coordinators, Bro. Bobbie and Sis. Enda Villar at 09195957777 and 09204759780. Donation is only P500/month or P6,000/year per scholar.

Mission Outreach: we are inviting Community members and non members to join our missions:

 

SCHEDULE OUTREACH
Aug. 12 & 26 (Sat.)

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

GK Villa Paraiso
Aug.13 (Sunday)

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Tunasan, Muntilupa
Aug. 19 (Saturday)

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Haven for  Women
Aug. 20 (Sunday)

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Euro Maralit
Aug. 26 (Saturday)

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Naujan, Mindoro – San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish (Pls. get in touch with Eran&Dorlie

Carandan)

Aug. 27 (Sunday)

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Target Range, Paranaque
Aug. 27 (Sunday)

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Risen Christ Parish (Smokey

Mountain)

Aug. 27 (Sunday)

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Bagumbayan, Lower Bicutan

 

 

“The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed free.”(Lk 4:18)

 

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WSC Reflection for August 13, 2017

Word Sharing Circle (WSC) Reflection Guide
19th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle A, Year I)
August 13, 2017

Community Word:
The glory of God transforms our lives.

Theme: We are transformed as we set our eyes of faith on Jesus.

Promise: “The Lord himself will give his benefits; our land shall yield its increase.” (Ps 85:13)

Reflection:
The gospel for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time is an invitation of Jesus to put our trust in Him at all times with our whole being. In our daily trials, the Lord invites us to keep our hearts focused on Him because His loving presence is the reason why we can overcome fear, doubt and anxiety and be able walk in faith with Him. Jesus’ presence in our lives comforts us because He is there to walk with us through our suffering and pain. Jesus promises us with these words from Psalm 85:13: “The Lord himself will give his benefits; our land shall yields its increase,” when we set our eyes of faith on Him.

As we are comforted by the Lord when we go through our own experiences of pain, we also become comforters to others. We are able to empathize with our brothers and sisters who undergo emotional hurts and trauma, grief and many of life’s burdens because we know that our Lord does not fail those who also seek His help. We are enabled to be God’s helpers and to reach out to others in love and compassion. Comfort is received when we cry out to the Lord: “My soul languishes for your salvation; I hope in your word,” (Ps 119:82).

Jesus does not expect us to follow Him with blind faith. In putting our trust in the Lord, we have to walk by faith, not by sight. When we walk by sight, we rely on our own strength, and when trials come, either we don’t do anything or we live in fear and uncertainty. To walk by faith is to rely and trust in God’s guidance and discernment even if we are not sure what comes next. Nothing is impossible with God, so we can walk where we have never imagined we could be and we can do what is humanly impossible.

So, our theme for this week is: We are transformed as we set our eyes of faith on Jesus. Faith is the key. When we have faith, God is never out of sight. He is our stronghold and our security against any negative situations or forces that would render us helpless and hopeless. We saw this situation with Peter. As soon as his faith was shaken, he began to sink and Jesus pulled him up to safety. Addressing Peter’s apparent weakness, He told him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” (Mt. 14:31b). Peter faltered because he took his eyes off from Jesus. Same is true with us when we focus on our problems and feel we are alone to solve them, we lose sight of Jesus and we begin to sink into despair and hopelessness.

In the second reading, Paul is facing a storm of his own, a “great sorrow and constant anguish” in his heart over the spiritual condition of the Jews, despite enumerating to them the many blessings they have been receiving and they still refuse to recognize Jesus as the Messiah. But Paul, being a man of faith and prayer, does not let any trial turn his heart away from the presence of the Lord. He does not allow himself to be overcome by negative thoughts and emotions, instead he concludes with an act of faith and prayer of praise as he accepts the mysterious contradiction in the unfolding of God’s plan, “blessed forever be God who is over all,” (Rom 9:5b).

Christian life is not a vacation tour or a pleasure cruise, but a constant struggle against the forces of evil and darkness. There are moments when these struggles are a matter of life or death. But a Christian can always look forward to a joyful ending if he accepts that as he is often weak and helpless, he is humble enough to cry out to Jesus and reach out for His hands. In times when we are confronted with difficulties, when we seem to experience situations of hopelessness, when we are facing a storm of hurdles and trials, fix your hearts on Jesus and, like Peter, cry out in despair: “Lord save me!” (Mt. 14:30b). And Jesus certainly will.

Prayer:
“Lord, let my faith be full and unreserved, and let it penetrate my thought, my way of judging Divine things and human things.

Lord, let my faith be joyful and give peace and gladness to my spirit, and dispose it for prayer with God and conversation with men, so that the inner bliss of its fortunate possession may shine forth in sacred and secular conversation.

Lord, let my faith be humble and not presume to be based on the experience of my thought and of my feeling; but let it surrender to the testimony of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”

Reflection Guides:
1. Am I aware of the presence of the Lord each day? When confronted with problems, do I place my confidence in God?

2. What do I do when overwhelmed by negative thoughts and emotions? Do I turn to the Lord in prayer and ask for intercession?

This Week’s Daily Mass Reading Guide:
August 13, 2017 (Sun) – 1Kgs 19:9, 11-13/Ps 85:9-14/Rom 9:1-5/Mt 14:22-33
August 14, 2017(Mon) – Dt 10:12-22/Ps 147:23-15, 19, 20/Mt 17:22-27
August 15, 2017(Tues) – Rv 11:19; 12:1-6, 10/Ps 45:10-12, 16/1Cor 15:20-27/Lk 1:39-56
August 16, 2017(Wed) – Dt 34:1-12/Ps 66:1-3, 5, 8, 16-17/Mt 18:15-20
August 17, 2017 (Thur) – Jos 3:7-10, 11, 13-17/Ps 114:1-6/Mt 18:21-19:1
August 18, 2017 (Fri) – Jos 24:1-13/Ps 136:1-3, 16-18, 21, 22, 24/Mt 19:3-12
August 19, 2017(Sat) – Jos 24:14-29/Ps 16:1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 11/Mt 19:13-15

“Ignorance of the Bible is ignorance of Christ. Read your Bible daily!”

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Bulletin – August 2, 2017

 

EVANGELIZATION:

Aug. 9 EC SDSA Eucharistic Celebration
Aug. 16 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
Aug. 23 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
Aug. 30 CW SDSA Healing Night
Sept. 6 EC SDSA Eucharistic Celebration
Sept. 13 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
Sept. 20 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
       

 

PASTORAL:

 

Healing Ministry: Healing Workshop (Retooling) will be  on Aug. 19, Saturday from 1:30pm to 4:30pm at BLD Secretariat. This is also open to Intercessory Ministry and to all Covenant Disciples.

 

MANAGEMENT:

 

BLD ID: Bro. Fred Estioko will be taking ID pictures at the entrance of the SDSA church for BLD members who have no IDs yet,especially LSS No. 53 graduates. Also, ID applicants are requested toaccomplish a personal information sheet form(PIS) at the registration. Fee is P150. Please claim IDs at the BLD Manila Secretariat or from Bro.Fred during Corporate Worship.

 

Reminder: Due to pronounced security concerns, all BLD members are encouraged to wear their official BLD ID during our CW/EC at SDSA.

 

BLD House of Worship: We are looking for a 1,000-square meter property in Makati, Pasig, Taguig or Mandaluyong for our future place of worship and permanent office. For a referrals, please contact Bro. Gene and Sis. May Mercado at 09271271937.

 

HOUSE OF WORSHIP FUND

 

As of July 31, 2017 7,158,505.94

 

 

    Date TITHES & LOVE OFFERING
(EC/CW) (Secretariat) TOTAL
July5   61,150.00 14,000.00 75,150.00
July12   55,430.25   1,500.00 56,930.25
July19   59,240.00 59,240.00
July 26   41,750.00    41,750.00
TOTAL 217,570.25 15,500.00 233,070.25

Thank you very much for your generosity!

Please make all check donations payable to:

BLD MANILA

FORMATION:

 

Service Ministry Teaching:

  • Basic Bible Seminar – Aug. 12, Sat., 8am-5pm at Two E-Com Center, MOA Complex, Pasay City.

 

Intercessory Ministry Teaching:

  • Basic & Advanced Intercession – Aug. 19, Sat., 8am-12nn at BLD Secretariat, Bangkal, Makati City.

 

Discipling Teaching:

  • Catholic Lay Evangelization (CLAYE) Seminar Part 1 – Aug. 12-13(Sat–Sun) from 8am to 5pm at the Secretariat.
  • CLAYE Seminar Part 2 – Aug. 26-27 (Sat-Sun) from 8am to 5pm at the Secretariat.

 

MISSION:

 

Poverty Alleviation Ministry still needs 96 sponsors for ELP and regular SOH scholars. Those who are moved by the Spirit to help indigent children, please approach or contact any PAM member or its coordinators, Bro. Bobbie and Sis. Enda Villar at 09195957777 and 09204759780. Donation is only P500/month or P6,000/year per scholar.

 

Mission Outreach: we are inviting Community members and non members to join our missions:

 

SCHEDULE OUTREACH
Aug. 12 & 26 (Sat.)

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

GK Villa Paraiso
Aug.13 (Sunday)

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Tunasan, Muntilupa
Aug. 19 (Saturday)

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Haven for  Women
Aug. 20 (Sunday)

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Euro Maralit
Aug. 26 (Saturday)

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Naujan, Mindoro – San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish (Pls. get in touch with Eran&Dorlie

Carandan)

Aug. 27 (Sunday)

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Target Range, Paranaque
Aug. 27 (Sunday)

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Risen Christ Parish (Smokey

Mountain)

Aug. 27 (Sunday)

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Bagumbayan, Lower Bicutan

 

 

“The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed free.”(Lk 4:18)

 

 

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