Presbyter's Message


Motto for the Year 2018 

"Look to Him, and be radiant; so your faces shall never be ashamed" 
(Psalm 34:5 )

 



August 2018

From the Presbyter's Desk:



Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

May the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ be praised forever and ever.

I greet you all in the mighty name of Jesus, who is the head of the Church. The name 'Christians' was first coined in Antioch (Ac 11:26), when the disciples or those who followed Christ were given this name by others in the Community. In another reference, the Christians were also referred to as 'People of the Way'. These men and women came from various backgrounds, there were Jews, Greeks, Romans, and from various other communities - but they were all united under the name of Jesus. Today, as we are members of this community, let us remember that this Name must serve to unite us rather than divide us.

As India is going to celebrate its 72nd Independence day this month, let us remember that 71 years ago, the land of India stood united for a singular cause - to be free of the British imperial rule. Unfortunately, Christianity in India even today is seen as an extension of that imperial rule by outsiders. We are simply the followers of Jesus and let us show the world around us that we stand united in love and solidarity together with the rest of India. This translates into identifying ourselves with those who are not Christians around us. Christ himself came to set people free from various kinds of bondage's (Lk 4:18,19) and so let us also take up this cause for liberation today. In this month, we would be meditating on the Transfiguration of Christ, and the two Sacraments of our Church. When we partake at Christ's table, let us remember that it is He and it is His Way that we are trying to follow and emulate today.

The incessant rains have been the cause of flooding in many parts of South India. We have been kept safe by God's infinite mercy and kindness, let us therefore not forget to intercede for those who are still suffereing.

The Union Youth Movement Retreat and Kalamela would be held in UBS, Pune on the 15th. May God bless our youth members who would be attending this competition. There are few seats still left on the vehicle, if any member would like to cheer  our friends to lift the Union Trophy. 

May the grace and peace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, rest and be with you all.

In Christ,
Jess Mathew Achen
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