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CFC Opens the Year with First Fruit Offering
Friday, January 13, 2017

" ... you shall take some first fruits of the various products of t he soil which you harvest from the land which the Lord, your God, gives you, and putting t hem in a basket, you shall go to the place which the Lord, your God, chooses for the dwelling place of His name. There you shall go to the priest in office at t hat time and say to him, 'Today I acknowledge to the Lord my God t hat I have indeed come into the land which He swore to our fat hers He would give us.'


The priest shall then receive the basket from you and shall set it in front of the altar of t he Lord, your God.


Then you shall declare before the Lord, your God, 'He gave this land flowing with milk and honey. Therefore, I have now brought you the first fruits of the products of the soil which you, O Lord, have given me. ' And having set them before the Lord, your God, you shall bow down in His presence. Then you and your family... shall make merry over all these good things which the Lord, your God, has given you."


This passage from Deuteronomy 26: 2-11 has been the community’s anchor verse and center of the exhortation for the annual First Fruit Offering, a Couples for Christ tradition that members of the Mission Core have been faithfully practicing.


The  Metro  Manila  Mission  Core  held the  First  Fruit  Offering  for  2017  last January 8, at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City. Several areas in the Philippine Missions held their First Fruits Offering simultaneously with Metro Manila.


In  his  exhortation,  Rouquel  Ponte, Director  for  Pastoral  Formation,  shared three important points: 


  1. offering of the first fruits is God’s call to CFC to express gratitude for His abundant blessings;
  2. the envelope containing the first fruit offering is a symbol of giving oneself, an expression of profound worship and an act of consecration; and lastly,
  3. the  faith  in  the  divine  principle  that God  will  truly  take  care  of  all  of  the needs of those who believe in Him. 

 

Ponte  encouraged  the  Mission  Core to utter a sincere prayer of thanksgiving before  offering  their  first  fruit.  

 

As  the music ministry played an offertory song, the Mission Core members, led by the International Council and their spouses, proceeded to offer their First Fruits envelopes.


At the start of every year, the very first Mission  Core  Gathering, and  the  subsequent gatherings of every group down the line in every area, province and country, are  consecrated  to  the  Lord through this tradition. It is a most solemn and sacred  occasion, worthy  of  the  Lord's Holiness. (Alma Alvarez)




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