If you are a Christian and find yourself in Dubai, I highly recommend going to the United Christian Church of Dubai. One of the highlights of all my trips to Dubai was worshiping there.If you do make it to UCC Dubai, I have no doubt that you’ll feel just as welcome as we felt on our first visit there. People from many different nations around the globe congregate there and you truly get a sense of what heaven will be like as there will be “persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.” (Revelation 5:9)
I got this explanation of the church from one of the brochures available in their church. You can find out more information about this wonderful church at http://www.uccdubai.com.My friend Wes who was on break from his work in North Korea.As you can see here from the plaque on the front of the church, UCC Dubai was dedicated on Oct. 24th, 2003 on land generously given by the ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid al Maktoum! The people of the UAE are obviously very tolerant and generous. I pray that God will continue to bless the nation for their warmth and hospitality!
One of the deep and beautiful songs we sang on the morning we attended (Jan 3, 2014). Others included: Arise, My Soul, Arise, See What a Morning, The Power of the Cross, O for a Thousand Tongues and My Soul Finds Rest.The sermon we heard was delivered by Jonathan Lim (his first at UCC Dubai!) and it was from Psalm 146. He asked us to think about 2 ?s: Who did I trust in 2004? and Who will I trust in 2014? To download or listen to past sermons, visit: http://www.uccdubai.com/sermons The verses quoted in this blogpost were all found on different church brochures during my visit.I was impressed to hear that John Piper (of http://www.desiringgod.org – one of my favorite preachers of today) was a guest preacher here in November. Must be a very biblically-sound church to have him preach there.Love the stain-glassed window! We were very impressed with the welcome team who made us feel right at home as we had coffee and chatted in the back of the hall after the service. Everything about the church was so orderly in the most comfortable sense of the word. As a quick example, even in the printed “Order of Service”, they write: “After the benediction, we spend a few moments silently reflecting on the morning’s service. When the music resumes, please join us for conversation and refreshments, which are at the back of the hall.” They even had a book selling ministry to raise funds and I managed to pick up “Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God” (written by JI Packer) for 55 AED.If you do come to UCC Dubai and it’s your first time, keep your eye out for this landmark known as “Ibn Battuta Gate” which is not far from the church:Here are the directions from the “Visitor’s Information Brochure”:They even have buses to bring people to church! Here’s the schedule as of Jan 3rd (might want to call ahead to check if there have been any changes):United Christian Church of Dubai – another brilliant reason to visit Dubai! 🙂