Bearing the theme “Pursuing Our Mission in Hope”, Ang Ligaya ng Panginoon (LNP) Community celebrated its 39th Anniversary last July 20 held at the Aliw Theater, CCP Complex Pasay City.
Below is the welcome address of Lamberto Meer, LNP’s Senior Head Coordinator:
HAPPY 39th ANNIVERSARY, LIGAYA!
My brief message to all of us this afternoon consists of 2 parts, a series of basic but important reminders:
First, My brothers/sisters, always be filled with JOY & GRATITUDE! Why? We have at least 3 immediate reasons today:
• Holy Eucharist (we all just received Jesus)
• Ali (God Himself is expanding the bulwark- new 4th Sector)
• 39th Anniversary (God has been faithful to us all these 39 years & will remain so till our 40th, 50th even our 100th anniversary & counting)
My brothers/sisters, always, always remember/drill it into your consciousness/ even your subconscious = best antidote to sin & evil is a grateful heart!! Remembering this will serve us well as I move to the 2nd part of my message!
Second, The Parade of Banners follows in a few minutes As we prayerfully recall and reflect on the gist of God’s message to us as a community over the years, please allow me to zoom in on the last 2 years.
Last year (2013) – 8 words, 3 lines:
– “More Grace”
– “New Power”
– “Fight this Present Darkness”
(Bruce Yocum used a term to graphically describe this present darkness, its magnitude & intensity: a “tsunami of evil.”)
This year (2014) – 9 words, 3 lines
-“The Battle Rages.”
– “Be My Light!
– “Be My Glory!”
How are we to be God’s light? How do we push back the darkness, this tsunami of evil?
By being COMMUNITY! By being the best LNP member we can be, by God’s grace! (Excellence, not mediocrity, is what God desires!)
How are we to be God’s glory?
By bringing God’s love, His Word, the good news of the Gospel in all of its grandeur & glory, to the “Marketplace”, to all parts of the Philippines & Asian Region, to proclaim it/share it with great joy and excitement, in whatever mission field we may be in or be sent to, in our offices, neighborhood, in the bus or jeepney, MRT, LRT everywhere & anywhere!
LNP, we are a transgenerational community. All have a role to play:
• Grandparents (97 y.o. Tita Carol = inspiration)
• Children/youth (Kairos 2015-the stage is set on May 2015 for a gathering of 400-500 youth from Malaysia, India, Singapore & different parts of the PH to gather in Tagaytay)
LNP, God has made us for such a time as this!
Let us continue to be community of radical Disciples, on a mission of love, joyful, grateful, courageous, disciplined as an army, victorious because God the Father, Son & Holy Spirit live and reign in and thru us, now & forever!
Please stand so we can all pray together our 39th Anniversary Prayer.
Pursuing Our Mission In Hope
(Prayer on the Ligaya’s 39th Anniversary)
Abba, Father, God of our ancestors and Lord of the covenant.
From generation to generation, You desire a people of praise, a nation devoted to You,
disciples on-the-move in pursuit of the mission.
For almost 40 years You have sustained us, calling us further up and further in,
to a life of holiness and service.
On this our 39th anniversary day, we wish to commit ourselves once again
To pursue our mission in hope. We thank You for entrusting to us
such a call and commission. Like Your Son Jesus, we say:
“Our food is to do Your will and to accomplish Your work” (Jn 4:34).
We also recall His words: “We must work the works of Him who sent Me,
while it is day; night comes, when no one can work” (Jn 9:4).
And so we pledge anew to labor with unflagging zeal,
unweary in love and well-doing. For our hope is in You,
great and loving Father, who loves without limits and whose power is without end.
Blessed are You, Lord our God, who has blessed us in Christ
with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places (Eph 1:3).
May we, Your joy, live always for the praise of Your glory!
We pray this through Christ, our Lord.