31 May 2020 – Ellinwood Worship Guide

Pentecost Sunday

Numbers 11:24-30
Acts 2:1-12

Today is Pentecost Sunday and I think it is fair to ask the question. Do we really understand what happened on the day of Pentecost?

Let us refresh ourselves with what happened that day from the first four verses from Acts Chapter 2… “When the day of Pentecost came, all the believers were gathered together in one place. Suddenly, there was a noise from the sky which sounded like a strong wind blowing, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then they saw what looked like tongues of fire which spread out and touched each person there. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to talk in other languages, as the Holy Spirit enabled them to speak.”

COVID19 EMC Updates

27 May 2020 – Circular Letter from the Ministerial Team

Dear Brothers and Sisters,


Our country continues to struggle with cases of COVID-19. Regardless of the mode of Community Quarantine, either Enhanced, Modified or General, the EMC Ministerial Team would like to stress that your RIGHT to worship freely is not being challenged.

It is the church’s response to Jesus’ great commandment to “love one another” that is being challenged.

We read in John 13:34-35:

“And now I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have love you, so you must love one another. vIf you have love for one another, then everyone will know that you are My disciples.”

John 13:34-35:

The sanctuary of our church has been closed since the community quarantine began. The CHURCH, the community of faith, has NEVER been closed.

We believe that worship is ESSENTIAL. We however also recognize the potential harm that gathering in the sanctuary will cause to parishioners and the communities that our parishioners return to.

It is in this regard that we recommend for ALL to stay at home. Worship WILL CONTINUE as you gather your household and as we strive to ‘gather’ virtually.

The Ministerial Team will monitor the advice of our government agencies and inform Ellinwooders when we may gather again in our sanctuary. One thing the MinTeam will NOT do is to rush back and satisfy our eagerness to congregate.

Let “love and compassion” for one another be our testimony so that everyone will know that we are Jesus’ disciples.

God bless,

Ministerial Team

Ellinwood-Malate Church


May 24, 2020 – Ellinwood Worship Guide

Ascension Sunday ; UCCP Sunday – 72nd Founding Anniversary

“All One”
Psalm 68:1-10; 32-35, John 17:1-11

There was a booklet published way back in late 1970’s entitled “Why English Is So Hard.” This booklet speaks about the English words which when pronounced in a different tone will result in a different meaning. There are also words which is pronounced with the same intonation but have different meanings. For example, the word “wake.” One meaning says “not asleep.” “Awaken” in other words. But the other meaning is quite the opposite. “Wake” is when somebody “lie in state.” In other words, “no life” or a body gathered for vigil services.


Online Worship Service (May 24, 2020)

We would like to inform everyone that Ellinwood Malate Church will be having online worship services for May 24, 2020 (Ascension Sunday ; UCCP Sunday – 72nd Founding Anniversary) via ZOOM.

For security purposes, we will not be posting the ZOOM links publicly. Those who wish to participate may contact the coordinators / zoom hosts listed above, through their Facebook accounts.


May 17, 2020 – Ellinwood Worship Guide

5th Sunday After Resurrection

Psalm 66:8-20, John 14:15-21

COVID-19 has resulted in a pandemic that has devastated the entire world. Many people are hurting, confused and frustrated. Tragically some have even died. And it’s still not over. And if that was not enough, other tragedies are occurring. And here comes the typhoon and minor quakes. Thankfully the Lord God Almighty has the solution for this as well as every other problems in life. What is happening to us in this present times will enable us to see things clearly, evaluate things accurately and handle things effectively. Our situation today has little less to do in terms of human perspective but more about seeing things from God’s perspective. Which means that we must see God in all things, trust God with all things, and experience God through all things! Yet hard facts are here in front of us. Hard times are real for everyone regardless of who we are or where we are. And difficult situations are not new to any generation. Hard times can come as a result of our own doings, natural catastrophe, economic disorder or an environmental syndrome. But there is no sure connection between our suffering and God’s displeasure with us.


May 10, 2020 – Ellinwood Worship Guide

4th Sunday After Resurrection
Mother’s Day


On the final night of Jesus’ life, there was the Passover meal in the Upper Room. The next day would be an eventful one as Jesus will be executed on the cross and His body will be laid in His tomb. Then two miserable revelations were brought to light: Judas was identified as the betrayer and sent out in the night to do his treachery, and Peter denied Jesus.


May 3, 2020 – Ellinwood Worship Guide

3rd Sunday After Resurrection


I believe everyone has heard of or even memorized the 23rd Psalm. It’s a poem and has been called the sweetest psalm ever written. Everyone is quoting Psalm 23 to be comforted.

Since this psalm is so familiar, we’re in danger of missing the depth of its meaning. Because its setting is in the world of sheep and shepherds, many of us today can slide right past its richness. Are you aware the Bible refers to us as sheep nearly two hundred times? This is not usually a compliment because sheep are smelly, stubborn, short-sighted and prone to wander.

COVID19 EMC Updates

To All Ellinwooders: A Circular Letter from the Office of the Senior Pastor

It is with much prayer and concern that I take this time to address everyone of my intention to provide an awareness of what has been with all of us in the EMC Community Family in the weeks since the declaration of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), sharing my thoughts on our course heading into the “New Normal” after this COVID- 19 ECQ lifting. Every intention shall also be made to send this message out through various channels of social media in addition to our official church website through the help and courtesy of Pastor Bobby Alguso and IT experienced church members.

Given the rapid speed of change in the guidelines issued by the Local Government Units (LGUs), the National Government, the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Covid-19 and other related entities, information may at times be outdated sooner rather than later. Please know that We, your Ministerial Team, are doing our very best to provide a meaningful means of keeping our faith celebration standard in a very timely way – not shying from contemporary means – while staying true to the call to witness and serve our community and the people we minister to. I encourage everyone to be patient with us as well as with each other, exercising the discipline of reminding each of us to stay safe, stay healthy and keep the faith as we journey in times like these..


April 6 – 12, 2020 – Ellinwood Worship Guide

Holy Monday – Resurrection Sunday

“Selah” – a sigh, a pause, a word of praise, whatever this Hebrew word means which is said to appear 74 times in the Bible, 71 times in Psalms and 3 times in Habakkuk, we are called to take time to reflect, to watch, to feel the stirrings of God’s Spirit that we may be renewed and come out as fresh as the morning dew. The daily reflections from the book of Psalms this Holy Week woven with certain events in the last days of Jesus’ earthly life leading to Calvary provide us a moment to also cry out like the psalmist and make meaning out of our current global situation. The psalms are laments in poetical form which may begin with a complaint or an existential question but mostly ends with praise and honor to God who is at the inner core of every human being.

This Holy Week 2020 Daily Devotionals was adapted from the United Methodist Church Discipleship Ministries Selah Holy Week Devotional with Derek Weber as author ( devotional-holy-week-2020). The EMC Ministerial Team just added a section for reflection and a suited hymn to lead everyone to a meaningful interaction. During days with special services, the Selah Daily Devotional is integrated in it.

Have a spiritually nourishing time with God this Holy Week!


April 5, 2020 – Ellinwood Worship Guide

Palm Sunday

Matthew 21:8-11

Have you ever encountered a very famous person? What was your feeling? Excited or nervous? Maybe you may have felt somewhat intimidated especially if that person seemed arrogant. People of status and image can easily make us feel inferior, as if we have nothing to offer by comparison. No wonder, we long for the traits of compassion and humility in society’s leaders. But sadly, in these critical times the people we elected in positions as servant community leaders are hardly to be found. As some people say, “Nuong panahon ng eleksyon ang kasuluk-sulukan na lugar ay napupuntahan upang mangampanya, ngayong may pangangailangan ang mamamayan hindi mo na mahagilap o makita”.

COVID19 EMC Updates

COVID-19 Advisory

Dear Ellinwooders,

Given the recent announcements on March 12, 2020 by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte regarding the country’s response to the COVID-19 issue, your Ministerial Team has deemed it necessary to suspend public Worship Services beginning March 15, 2020 until further notice. The call for a “Community Quarantine” is for the church to help in minimizing the spread of the virus.

ALL other church activities are also CANCELLED until further notice.

On Sundays, the main sanctuary will be open from 7AM to 11AM and from 2PM to 4PM should worshippers/ parishioners come for prayer and meditation. The Pastors will be available during this time for spiritual guidance.

Meanwhile, Sunday Liturgies will be converted as Sunday Worship Guides for family worship time at home.

Meditation guide will be made available at the foyer and will be made available in the internet and the most available social media services beginning March 15.

Social distancing will be strictly observed.

Brothers and sisters, we also implore you to pray for one another. Let us pray first for those who are sick that in Jesus’ name, God’s healing hand be upon them. Let us pray for the Medical Practitioners who are on the front lines of this crisis that God’s divine protection be upon them as they become instruments of God’s healing. Let us also pray for calm and common sense to be upon us and that this crisis will teach us to grow deeper in faith.

Let us include in our daily prayers the present situation and that we may come to understand God’s leading and direction of how we are to respond in faith in this most trying of times.

Let us be assured of the words of the apostle Paul in Philippians 4:6:

“Don’t worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking Him with a thankful heart. And God’s peace, which is far beyond human understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with Christ Jesus.”

God’s blessings and protection be upon us all. Amen.


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