“This is special for us because choir members from all local congregations get to worship God together,” said Lucerna Sarmiento, choir directress from the Local Congregation of Houston. “With God’s help, we had overcome hindrances, like the inclement weather, and we received spiritual blessings from our Lord God, thanks be to Him.”
Arctic blast, a weather phenomenon that brought freezing temperatures and violent winds, affected Texas that day.
The attendees listened to the Bible-based homily delivered by Brother Virginio Ramilo II, district supervising minister. He reiterated to them God’s promises to His servants who faithfully fulfill their duties.
Asked about their zeal in fulfilling their duty as a choir member, Camille Rillera, choir member from the Local Congregation of Humble, said it “is important to me because this edifies my faith and helps keep me going despite the many trials and hardships in this life.”
“I consider my Church duty important because we lead the brethren in singing hymns of praises, which pleases our Lord God,” added Bronx Domingo, CWS choir member from Houston Local Congregation.
After the special gathering, the ‘Choir Day’ was held at the function hall of the Universal Congregation’s house of worship. Choir members, from adult to those in the CWS, socialized with one another through fun games and conversations. Selected members performed musical numbers.
“Learning each other’s interests, such as what gives them joy, has created a stronger bond of brotherhood among brethren,” observed Brother Neil Alexander Trinidad, district secretary.
“We in the choir firmly believe that fulfilling our duty will bring us to salvation,” said Lieyette Alvarez, choir directress from the Local Congregation of San Antonio. “We will remain in our duty until we reach the heavenly kingdom for the glory of God.” — With reports from Arjeilyn Sim of INC News Section