We are in yet another advent season – a time to see child Jesus in close up and to reflect on the matchless love demonstration by God. In Christmas God comes to us and transform us from enemies of God into children of God. Being children of God is not just a futuristic, abstract concept or idea but a present reality expressed in and through the life style, understanding and action to reflect the glory of God. For the scripture says in 2 Cor. 3:18: “And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into His image with intensifying glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit”. Christmas in the pattern of market only makes us consuming animals and never children of God. I wish all a joyful and meaningful Christmas as children of God and the blessedness of the New Year.
Looking from this point of time we see the passing of another year that needs to be remembered for many reasons. On Nov. 12th we have celebrated the 44th year of existence as a parish in this great city and thanked God who prospered us from a humble beginning. 2017 is leaving a remarkable imprint in the history of our development with the construction of the new parsonage and the additional parking lot. What is more prominent to be noted is God’s grace, guidance and help. Though we started the work only in September, we made tremendous progress by now. God in His mercy gave us a favorable weather for construction. Our people raised a wall of prayer and contributed money with a joyful heart. Big thanks to Mr. Alex Johnson and his Level construction team for the enthusiasm and sacrificial commitment. It is our hope and prayer that we would be able to finish the project by January. We request your continued prayers and cooperation.
The General body met on the 19th of November elected the office-bearers for the year 2018. Let us uphold them in our prayers that they may use their energy, time and talents for the glory of God and be able to lead our parish into newer heights. May I request your prayerful presence in all the programs in connection with Christmas and New Year. Also, I would like to inform you in advance that the main service on Good Friday this year (March 30th) will be in the morning in discontinuity with our tradition. May the grace, mercy and blessings of God Almighty be with you all throughout the New Year.
In the Lord’s Ministry,
Rev. Abraham Scaria