Contributed by Joshua Angelucci, Triangle Family Church Pastor
In the beginning of this year, Josh had an inspiration and he strongly felt that it’s really important to focus on Blessing people. So, he set a goal to have the Blessing at the church every month, because he felt it’s important to be consistent.
For the past 3 months, Triangle Family Church did not have any guests for the Blessing Ceremony. However, church members participated in the Blessing and filled up the spirit with their heart and love. So, for 3 times, members went through the whole process of the Blessing Ceremony together from setting up the church environment to drinking the holy wine, in the way of how they really wanted it to be.
In April, they were about to have the 4th Blessing Ceremony on Saturday at 4:00 PM. However, Josh was thinking to cancel the Blessing Ceremony because the church has not had any guests for the past three months. Instead, Josh suggested core members “how about we reach out to people, instead of waiting for people to come? I think this is a better use of our time to go out together.”
Surprisingly, one of the church members called Josh and told him that there are gusts coming for the Blessing Ceremony. On Saturday, Josh and church members prepared for the Blessing and they were ready to hold the Blessing Ceremony. Sadly, couple hours before, they found out that guests are no longer coming for the Blessing. So, they decided to take down everything that they have prepared and go out to the community to Bless people outside.
After taking down everything, they were just sitting around the table to have some conversation. Then, this African American couple walked into the church. Josh looked at the members wondering who they are, but everyone looked at each other, all confused, because they were not expecting any guests on that day. Despite the confusion, Josh stood up and approached to them and asked “what brings you here?” They said “Well, we heard about this Blessing Ceremony. We felt inspired to be here.” After having some conversation with them, Josh and church members found out that the couple had seen a flyer which one of the church members had put at a nearby Islam Mosque. They were right on time for the Blessing Ceremony. The couple was just so amazing. A group of church members escorted the couple to another room for a talk. While they were having some conversation, another group of church members prepared for the Blessing Ceremony.
For this 4th Blessing Ceremony of this year, Triangle Family Church had really smooth and beautiful Blessing Ceremony. The members were so inspired, as well as the guests who came. The church members stayed from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM and the guests stayed from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. This tells how they all really enjoyed the time. The couple even wanted to buy the world scriptures book. After the Blessing Ceremony, Josh asked the couple if they could come back sometime to receive the Blessing Certificate, and the husband came back on Sunday(May 6th) to receive the certificate. He actually entered the church right in the middle of True Mother’s speech at Vienna. Josh greeted him and handed the certificate to him, in the middle of True Mother’s Speech. He looked at Josh and Josh saw that he was very moved, filled with gratitude. He even sat down and watched the live streaming for awhile.
This experience was an amazing empowerment for Triangle Family Church. Josh clearly felt that God is telling Triangle Family Church that members are doing a great job and keep up with their work, that this is the Hyojeong that they are offering to Heavenly Parent and True Parents. This was their first guest and everybody was amazed by the work of Heaven.