Two congregations combine for UB evening

SAN ANTONIO, Texas--Brethren of the Church of God San Antonio and the South Texas Church of God met together for the Night to Be Much Observed, April 19, and the First Day of Unleavened Bread services, April 20.

About 50 people from both groups attended the two celebrations, said Church of God San Antonio pastor Julian Cruz. "For the Night to Be Much Remembered we rejoiced before God with congregational singing, special music by Billy Stefek [of Killeen, Texas] and Mike Cruz [of San Antonio] and special music by our children," said Mr. Cruz.

For the first day of Unleavened Bread Pete Huizar from the South Texas Church of God gave the sermonette in which he emphasized the importance of "eating unleavened bread for seven days," not just abstaining from eating leavened bread.

"The eating of the unleavened bread symbolizes our need to have Jesus Christ living in us," said Mr. Cruz. "He is the one who provides the strength for us to grow in the character of Jesus Christ--to grow in His mercy, compassion, love, etc. We do not have the ability to put sin out of our lives, but, through Jesus Christ living in us, we are given the strength to grow spiritually and grow towards being sinless."

Terry Post, also from the South Texas Church of God, delivered the main message.

"What a wonderful time we had fellowshipping together in an atmosphere of harmony in which love for one another was so willingly expressed," said Mr. Cruz.

"God is so right when He tells us in Psalm 33:1: 'Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.' "

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