From the Pastor’s Desk
Spire usually announces: the church needs volunteers
for the medical mission. A call for financial support
to uphold the NOW (Nurture, Outreach, Witness) Ministries
also requests our attention, as well as announcements
to attend lay speakers’ seminars, counsellors
training for our evangelistic crusades or one activity
or ministry of the church.
Indeed there is no escape. You hear the familiar message
resounding: “The church needs you!” How
does this truth make you feel? Do you feel... ...Beaten
down? “I have so much to do in the office, in
school, at home and here’s another one!”
...Proud? “I guess I’m the only who can
do it. They can’t do without me.”
...Nothing? “So what’s new? It is just
another church responsibility. I suppose I should
attend because I have to anyway.”
Can you relate to one of the said feelings? At times
a valuable truth is forgotten--God does not really
need you! We must take note that He created the earth
and the heavens all by Himself. Only, the Good Lord,
out of His love and grace decided to let you share
the joy of doing His work.
He wants your joy to be complete (John 15:11). He
is showing you that you have worth in His eyes (Matthew
6:25-26), that He values you and He trusts you. He
wants you to discover the marvelous things He can
do. Thus, He seeks to accomplish these works through
you. The Almighty God chose to need you.
Do not think God had to choose you, that you deserve
the call. Have you even realized that He chose you
from among many not because you are good, not because
you are smart and not because you are able? It is
not due to any of your merits. Our abilities do not
matter much when compared to what God can do. His
choosing us to serve Him is simply an expression of
May these truths compel us to say, “Lord, I
am not much. You can even do without me but since
you have called me, I am giving my humble YES.”
Do consider another choice to the previous list of
feelings we have noted regarding God’s call...
...Grateful. “Cause I am blessed enough to be
REV. NORBERTO RAMOS
also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that
you should follow His steps.
-- I Peter 2:21
the late 1940’s, a young mother
was stricken with polio and be-
came an invalid. She astounded people by the way she
accepted her affliction and ran her household from
her bed. Her brother-in-law said to me, “I have
heard a lot of talk about ‘supernatural grace’,
but I never knew what it was until I saw it shining
We often do not know the full meaning of a virtue
until we see it lived out in a person’s life.
Think of how Jesus responded when the soldiers mistreated
Him. They pressed a crown of thorns into His head,
struck him repeatedly, and mocked Him by clothing
Him in a purple robe and bowing before Him in jest
(Mark 15:16-20). They were unaware that He had the
power to kill everyone one of them by speaking a single
About 35 years later, Peter vividly remembered that
scene. He told his readers that Christ had set an
example for them as they faced persecution (I Peter
2:18-25). In Jesus, God became a flesh-and-blood human
being to show what He is like. Because Jesus lives
in us by His Spirit, He expects us to exemplify His
goodness and grace.
Whether we suffer like that invalid mother or endure
persecution like the Master, we can demonstrate the
same virtue He modeled on the cross.
--Our Daily Bread
If you take away...the pointing of the finger, and speaking
wickedness...(then) your darkness shall be as the noonday.
man who enjoys creating new words to describe old problems
calls a person who finds fault with every thing an againstovist.
“Whatever you suggest,” he says, “that
person is against it, and will find something wrong with
everything you do.” I have pondered his words and
too often find myself guilty of being the kind of person
he describes. What I would like to call being a “realist”
is, in truth, more like being an “against--ovist.”
And that is not pleasing to God.
In the 58th chapter of Isaiah, the prophet said that the
sacrificial life-style God desires includes: “to undo
the heavy burdens, to let the oppressed go free” (verse
6), to “take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing
of the finger, and speaking wickedness” (verse 9).
If I’m oppressing someone by my critical spirit and
stinging words, then God says it’s time for me to
change. He doesn’t want me to find fault; He wants
me to give freedom and release. Instead of pointing an accusing
finger, I am to lend a helping hand.
I can’t think of a new word to describe the person
who lifts burdens and gives freedom, but I’m sure
my friend can. And I hope that word describes me.
It was only a sunny smile
And little it cost in the giving,
But it scattered the night like morning light
And made the day worth living.
-Our Daily Bread
What's distinctive about being a United
no exclusively United Methodist doctrines. Although we have
distinctive emphases, we have no affirmations that are not
also believed by other Christian groups. United Methodists
have traditionally proclaimed the following:
availability of God's grace for all;
"The essential unity of faith and works;
"Salvation as personal and social;
"The church as a community of Christ's disciples who
seek to share in God's mission;
"The inseparability of knowledge (intellect) and vital
piety (devotion to religious duties and practices) as components
"seeking holiness of heart and life both as individuals
and in our society;
"A cooperative ministry and mission in the world, often
referred to as "connectionalism",
"The link between Christian doctrine and Christian
--from the bishop's office
reflect God in their lives.
They think His thoughts, speak His words and love
church is not a company on a summer hotel porch; it is a
life saving crew.
Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my
Father hath sent me, even so i send you.
THE regular Church Council meet-
ing is set today, after the English Service. All members please
be advised. The host for today is Atty. Eladia Reyes.
THE last session of the Lay Speak-
ing Seminar series is set on November 15, 8 am at
the Garcia Hall. The session’s topic is Sermon preparation
and delivery. Do come and be blessed.
CONGRATULATIONS to Allan
Decena for passing the licensure examination for teachers.
Allan is one of our FH kids.
females 40 and above and males 50 and above on November
9, 10 am-2pm. See you at the Garcia Hall.
LET us pray for God’s healing for
our sister, Fredelina Baybayan who suffered a hip bone fracture.
May God intercede for her fast and full recovery.
DO you have old newspapers
at home? Are you willing to part with them to help a cause?
The CMEC has an ongoing newspaper drive to raise funds for
books for their library. If you want to lend a helping hand,
please visit our church office and give them old newspapers
to our church workers.
THE much-awaited Philippine
UMC-Centennial Book is now available at the church office
for P1,500 per copy. This 272-page hardbound coffee table
book in full color is a treasure for all United Methodists.
THE Southwest Metro Manila Dis-
trict holds its last session of the annual Integrated Church
Leaders’ Seminar on November 8 at 8 am. The seminar
is a must for officers of local church councils and lay
organizations. Registration is at P150 per person and the
handbook is P75 per church.
THE kids have a good cause to celebrate
today as it’s their day... it’s Children’s
Sunday! And as a treat, the Sunday School PTF in cooperation
with the Family Ministry and Christian Education will hold
a Children’s Party-Fellowship later at the CMEC Room.
So kids bring your parents--or rather, parents bring your
kids to the venue at 10:30 am (until 12 noon) and let’s
have one rockin’ time. Fun, games and surprises await
the little ones. And yes, the adults, too!
at the altar are from Edilberto Garcia, Jr.
and family in commemoration of the fifth death anniversary
of Espedita Garcia on
DO you have old newspapers at
home? Are you willing to part with them to help a cause?
has an ongoing newspaper drive to raise funds for books
for their library. If you want to lend a helping hand, please
visit our church office and give them old newspapers to
our church workers.
JUST off the press!
The much awaited Philippine UMC-Centennial
Book is now available at the church office for P1,500 per
copy. This 272-page hardbound coffee table book in full
color is a treasure for all United Methodists.
THE regular Church Council meeting,
initially scheduled for today, is reset to October 26. Please
THE Southwest Metro Manila District holds its annual Integrated
Church Leaders’ Seminar on October 18 (yesterday)
and 25 and November 8. The sessions starts at 8 am. The
seminar is a must for officers of local church councils
and lay organizations. Registration is at P150 per person
and the handbook is P75 per church.
to the Dugay family for the death of their mother, Veronica
Dugay last October 14, 2003.
THE Communications Group is currently compiling stuff (articles,
poems, inspirational stories) for the Central Spire’s
special pre-Christmas issue. We want to hear your ideas.
We want your input. Please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And thank you to those who regularly write. Your letters
are deeply appreciated