Presbyter's Message

Motto for the Year 2018 

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


May 2018

From the Presbyter's Desk:

Beloved ones in Christ,

Greetings in the name of our savior and risen Lord Jesus Christ.

One more month has gone by. Let us thank and praise God for all the gifts and graces given to us in the previous month. The month of May is the time of transfer of our clergies.

By this time you all have come to know about my transfer. By the grace of God Almighty, I have been appointed as the vicar of this parish from May, 2017 and this parish is really a precious gift of God. I got a transfer to this parish unexpectedly. I am proud of this congregation for the wholehearted support and active participation in the ministry of the Kingdom of God. This will be the last address in the parish messenger as the vicar of this parish.

I believe that thanksgiving is an important duty of the human heart and therefore, I would like to take this opportunity to thank God Almighty for giving me the privilege to serve this parish for the last one year. In these months as your vicar I have experienced your support, love, care, patience in many ways and I would like to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to each one of you. The prayers and encouragement I received from you all as a parish family was immense and it helped me in fulfilling my personal duties. It made my journey of faith more meaningful and fruitful.

Now we are passing through the weeks after resurrection. Jesus came to earth with a message of hope. His love and compassion reached out to everyone, even the outcasts of society. He healed the sick, comforted the distressed, and preached salvation. As Christians continue in faithful obedience Jesus gives power to live victoriously over sin.

God who has created the whole universe, has given us a wonderful promise. The Old Testament was full of promises of the coming of the savior. The New Testament was fulfilment of those promises, often in bewildering and surprising ways.

May God give you faith to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and particularly in the fact that God raised him from the dead. May you come to know that Jesus Christ is the only savior and there is no other. May we all remember that Jesus is the judge whom we will all face, because it is appointed to man once to die and then comes judgment? May God have mercy and pardon from him and be served.

Christ the head of the church may bless each one of us. I thank God for all the blessings given to us and also thank the congregation for their encouragement and support. I express my heartfelt thanks to the Church Committee Members, Secretary, Treasurer, Committees of all Organizations, and all church members. I don’t know if I can say that enough. I assure you my continued prayers for the growth of this parish. You a blessed community with valued talents, resources and capabilities and grow spiritually and be a blessing to the wider community you live in.

Actually I am not prepared for this transfer. I like to be here for one more year for my pastoral service. One year even I did not go for my leave as well. I have my own limitations. Only by the grace of God and your love and support can I do the ministry effectively and hence I request your love and prayers. Annamma Mathews, Kochamma is working as a Teacher in CMS School, Kodukulanji, Surya Anna Mathews studying in M.Sc. Physics at Bishop Moore College, Mavelikara, Subin John Mathews completed B.Com. Sweety. K. Mathews studying in 10th standard at Bishop Moore Vidyapith, Mavelikara. Whenever they are getting time, they used to come here. I request you valuable prayers for my family.

Let us glorify and praise God who strengthens us in faith, worship, prayer, love and fellowship in previous year. Let us grow together in His love and grace.

May the God bless us abundantly.

Yours in His Service,

J mathews achen.

Kanjirickal John Villa
Kodukulanji p.o.
Chengannur, Kerala