MCGI Closes First Prayer Meet by PNoy, Proposes Nat’l Prayer Day

In the Malacañang Prayer Meeting on March 9, 2015 at the Malacañan Palace grounds, the Members Church of God International (MCGI) lead the closing prayer of the special gathering.

During the open forum with President Benigno Aquino III in the same event, MCGI also proposed a National Prayer Day for the country and its leaders.

Regional Servant Bro. Danilo Navales represented MCGI Overall Servants Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon in the said meeting. Members of the Coalition of Christian Movements and the cabinet of the President attended the event.

Luzon Regional Servant Bro. Danilo Navales shakes the hand of Pres. Aquino after his opening remarks in the  Prayer Meet on March 9, 2015 at the Malacañan Palace grounds. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
Luzon Regional Servant Bro. Danilo Navales shakes the hand of Pres. Aquino after his opening remarks in the Prayer Meet on March 9, 2015 at the Malacañan Palace grounds. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

“Despite feeling humbled, we are happy to be part of this undertaking,” said Bro. Danny in his remarks before the prayer. Bro. Navales also said that it is an honor to be part of a coalition that believes in the true spirit of Christianity and doctrines of the Lord Jesus Christ.

President Aquino stressed his intention of strengthening unity among different sectors amidst trials and threats of political and economic instability in his opening remarks. Quoting Martin Luther King, he said:

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

During the open forum, the president also gave an overview of what factually transpired in the Mamasapano incident on January 25, 2015. It will be remembered that despite criticisms and calls for resignation from both the political and religious realms, PNoy accepted responsibility of the unfortunate event:

“As President and Commander-in-Chief, the responsibility for any result, triumph, grief, or tragedy that we may experience in the attainment of security and peace lies on my shoulders,” stressed Aquino in Filipino.

National Day of Prayer Proposed

During the open forum, MCGI representative Bro. Diosdado Cobin asked the president about the possibility of a National Prayer Day.

“I think it’s possible,” said the president. However, the legalities of the proposition would have to be worked out considering the separation of church and state that the constitution states.

Pres. Aquino, affectionately called as PNoy by his constituents, gave an opening remarks as well as started an open forum on the January 25, 2015 Mamasapano incident. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
Pres. Aquino, affectionately called as PNoy by his constituents, gave an opening remarks as well as started an open forum on the January 25, 2015 Mamasapano incident. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

“The Executive Secretary is present, who is a lawyer, who is presently now [stet] drafting in his mind exactly how it will adhere to all the constitutional provisions,” PNoy added.

In the United States, an annual observance of the National Day of Prayer is held on the first Thursday of May designated by the United States Congress.

Understanding the value of prayer in people’s lives, MCGI launched community prayer schedules on media partner UNTV four times a day. In 2011, the Church opened a 24/7 online portal with an hourly prayer and songs of praise in between.

The Prayer Meet’s closing prayer led by the MCGI representative was dubbed by netizens as the “Prayer for Unity”, and included giving the father of the nation strength to lead the nation, and for all Filipinos to place the needs of others before one’s self.

“And we do believe that this undertaking can be the beginning of a mass effort for change, not only here in Metro Manila, but in the whole Philippines,” added Bro. Danny.

“We believe that peace is the key to progress. And this will bring justice for every Filipino.” — Pres. Aquino

(Written by Rigor Arellano)

Community Prayer on Philippine TV Launched

Children sit by the entrance of the Hagnaya Elementary School in San Remegio, Cebu after Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) devastates their town.
Filipino children sit by the entrance of the Hagnaya Elementary School in San Remegio, Cebu looking at devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). (Photo by Romaldo Mico Solon, Photoville International)

Manila, Philippines — In a country devastated by a 7.2 magnitude quake and Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), prayers came to be seen as a timely refuge as Members Church of God International (MCGI) introduced a community prayer service through UNTV-37. 

Dubbed as UNTV Community Prayer, the latest project is aimed at bringing the prayerful lifestyle using mass media and technology. The service was piloted on November 9, at 12 noon.

With five time slots a day, people can tune in to UNTV-37 to pray. The scheduled community prayer will be timed during the ceremonial sign on of the station at 4 a.m. in Filipino. Then, this will be followed by the 12 p.m, and 8:10 p.m. schedules, which are also offered in Filipino. The 10 p.m. and 12 m.n. services, on the other hand, are done in English.

MCGI Overall Servants Bro. Eliseo F. Soriano and Bro. Daniel S. Razon said that people can also join the UNTV Community Prayer via UNTVweb.com and UNTVradio.com or tune in to Radyo La Verdad 1350 on the AM band. For live participation, people may visit at more than 1,000 MCGI satellite centers in the country.

Vice Presiding Minister to MCGI Bro. Daniel Razon announced the Community Prayer program on UNTV in a Thanksgiving service to members.
MCGI Vice Presiding Minister and UNTV CEO Bro. Daniel Razon announced the Community Prayer program on UNTV in a Thanksgiving service to members. (Photo by Rovic Balunsay, Photoville International)

The Community Prayer is in line with the anniversary theme of Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path): “Building a Prayerful Nation Through Broadcast Evangelization”. The longest-running religious program in the country celebrated its 33rd year of broadcast last October.

A day before Typhoon Haiyan began roughing seas and coastal areas in the country’s Eastern Visayas region, Bro. Daniel called upon members to pray and prepare. The MCGI Vice-Presiding Minister spoke via satellite on the 24/7 Community Prayer broadcast of the Church. 

While MCGI Emergency Response Teams have been alerted and Church Workers advised to gather brethren in Coordinating Centers, Bro. Daniel reminded members of the strong tower that is the name of the Lord recorded in Proverbs 18:10. “God is merciful,” he added.

In 2011, Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel launched the 24/7 Community Prayer online portal with an hourly prayer and songs of praise playing in between.

People can now tune in to the MCGI-hosted UNTV Community Prayer, five times a day to pray. (Photo by Prince Medina Marquez, Photoville International)
A video about the UNTV Community Prayer plays at the ADD Convention Center and at remote points across the globe during an MCGI Thanksgiving service.

The Importance of Prayer

Ang Dating Daan or The Old Path host Bro. Eli Soriano urged members to “pray for all the nations of the earth,” citing 1 Timothy 2:1-3 in a recent Thanksgiving service.

In his blog, Bro. Eli stresses the importance of prayer by laying down logical and biblical reasons why people need to pray. “The impossibility of a human doing things greater than his entire being necessitates the need to pray!”

To join the UNTV Community Prayer via mobile device, download the UNTV App available on Google Play and the iTunes store for free. 

(Words by Rigor Arellano)

Community Prayer Broadcast Aimed at Edifying Faith Launched

MCGI's Community Prayer Broadcast is hosted by Church elders. It is a 24/7 service to members that offer help with their spiritual, legal, and medical concerns.
Bro. Rudy Alamares, a Tagapangasiwang Pampook TP, hosts a time slot in the 24/7 broadcast comprised of services to MCGI brethren from spiritual to legal to medical.

A 24-hour interactive satellite broadcast service was introduced recently by Members Church of God International (MCGI) in an effort to keep congregants abreast with the latest Church news, events, advisories and a whole lot more.

“The basic principle is to edify our brethren’s faith,” said Bro. Daniel Razon, Vice-Presiding Minister to MCGI of the new service called Community Prayer Broadcast or CPB. which was piloted on July 24 this year.

CPB is also aimed at widening MCGI’s outreach efforts through interactive programming that is relevant to the spiritual needs of Church members anytime and anywhere they may be. Katulong ng Pangangasiwa and Tagapangasiwang Pampook serve as regular hosts.

Major segments of CPB beside the hourly community prayer include songs of praise request, features and interviews with Church members, brethren greetings, and many of the likes. Timely and general information are also provided such as weather reports, health tips, current events.

At MCGI or TOP Coordinating Centers across the world, Church of God International members can participate in the 24/7 Community Prayer Broadcast.
Members of the Church of God International from across the world can participate in the 24/7Community Prayer Broadcast in MCGI or TOP Coordinating Centers.

In keeping Church members updated with the Church calendar of activities, reminders are provided related to schedules of International Quarterly Thanksgiving, Bible Expositions, Mass Indoctrination, A Song of Praise Music Festival, and more.

CPB also airs television and radio shows as they happen, such as Good Morning Kuya of UNTV, as well as Dear Kuya of UNTV Radyo La Verdad.

Since the service is exclusive for Church members, Community Prayer Broadcast is only available for viewing in all major coordinating centers. Individually members only need to login their MCGI One accounts and visit http://link.mcgi.org.

(Words by Jojie-Ann Alabarca)

(Photos by Kenji Hasegawa)

MCGI Launches 24/7 Prayer Service Site

MCGI.org gives access to all across the globe to an hourly prayer and singing of praises to God via its Community Prayer portal.
The Community Prayer portal at MCGI.org gives access to all across the globe to an hourly prayer and singing of praises to God.

The Members Church of God International (MCGI) has launched its 24/7 prayer service site Monday, June 27, 2011, enabling global people to have easy access to its hourly community prayer and singing of praises to God.

The 24/7 Community Prayer website, which can be accessed at http://www.mcgi.org/en/cp/, is roofed under MCGI’s official website.

Vice-Presiding Minister to MCGI Bro. Daniel Razon announced during the International Thanksgiving over the weekend that aside from the Philippines, other remote points across the globe will host the hourly prayer. The former schedule of MCGI’s worldwide synchronized prayer that started on March 6, 2011 was at 10 o’clock each evening.

The new Philippine schedules are from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. where live feed emanates from Apalit, Pampanga. Church locales from other points of the world will lead the prayer service for all other hours.

According to Bro. Daniel, the varied schedules were prompted by Bro. Eli Soriano’s intent that more brethren can take part in this endeavor at a time of their choosing.

MCGI’s nonstop community singing and prayer started three years ago. In one of the Church’s worship services, Bro. Eli explained that it is God’s commandment to His people to be prayerful. He cited I Thessalonians 5:17.

(Written by: Hazel Chavez-David)


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