More than 1,000 Christians from various denominations attended the Association of Churches in Sarawak (ACS) Joint National Day Prayer Service 2016 at the Christian Ecumenical Worship Centre here on Thursday.
The annual event was hosted by the Anglican Church, under the chairmanship of the Very Revd Michael Buma Galami, Dean of Kuching.
ACS chairman Revd Dr Justin Wan, who is Borneo Evangelical Mission (SIB) president, gave the welcoming speech and led the opening prayer.
The raising of the Jalur Gemilang was performed by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, while the state flag was raised by Deputy State Secretary Datu Jaul Samion.
Bishop of the Anglican Church of Sarawak and Brunei, the Rt Revd Datuk Bolly Lapok, delivered the sermon and reflection based on the theme ‘Seek the Welfare of the City’ from Jeremiah 29:7.
Leaders of the various churches led the prayers and read from the Bible in English, Bahasa Malaysia, Mandarin, Iban and Bidayuh Biatah.
A choir of some 70 members from the different denominations led the singing of hymns in English, Iban, Mandarin and Bahasa Malaysia, which were selected based around the theme including, ‘Shine Jesus, Shine’, ‘To God Be The Glory’, ‘All People That On Earth Do Dwell’ and ‘Here I Am Lord’.
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kuching Archbishop Datuk John Ha led the benediction.
Among those present were Indonesia’s Consul-General in Kuching Jahar Gultom and Batu Kitang assemblyman Lo Khere Chiang.
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