Saturday, November 5, 2016

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Festival of Unity of Communion of Churches


Jibu Abraham
Long Island MTC, NY

1. How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!

For the last 15 years our youth fellowship has held an annual event that truly signifies unity and communion, and we call that event praise night. Praise night brings individuals from different churches together under one accord and one mind for worship. This event is not used to bring new recruits to our church but to ground us with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. This type of unity and communion brings a true anointing in our lives.
In Psalm 133:2 David paints a picture of the blessing of unity like precious oil running down the beard of Aaron, down on the collar of his robe.  This precious oil is an anointing from the Holy Spirit.  I believe David yearned for this anointing for his family and amongst his tribal community. He believed a lot of issues in his life would have been prevented if there was  a sense of unity and communion among his family and his people.  When we gather together and put aside our differences, we allow the blessing of the Holy Spirit to be poured down on us like that precious oil. We pray for unity in every aspect of our lives in our family , work , and in our relationship with God.  In verse 3, the commentary of the reformation study Bible states  that Hebron was a majestic mountain on the northern boundaries of Israel, known for heavy precipitation of refreshing dew. This heavy dew signified the abundant blessing of unity through the Holy Spirit. The best example of abundant  blessing of unity is the day of Pentecost. The Holy Spirit not only blessed the disciples in that room but extended that blessing in abundance to the people that were able to hear and understand the disciples prayer. Unity and Communion brings forth revival which can bring us to a better relationship with God.     
The  Nalloor library posted an article   “November 2, 2015 stating that on 8 November, 2015, Sunday: the CSI, CNI and Mar Thoma Churches will celebrate this Sunday as the ‘”Festival of Unity of Communion of Churches in India (CCI) CSI- CNI-MTC”‘.  Though there is diversity among these churches they gather together in communion and worship God as one.

PRAYER

Lord we pray for unity and communion among all believers, so Your blessings will pour on us like precious oil. Amen.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Unity and Communion brings forth revival which can bring us to a better relationship with God