Dearly beloved in Christ, Greetings to you in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ
At this moment, I praise Lord almighty for enabling the parish to complete the parsonage construction and to conduct the dedication service. I thank the Metropolitan Tirumeni and the Diocesan Tirumeni in sharing the joy of the parish at the blessed occasion. Let us look to the Lord with thankful heart and to work for his glory.
The first Sunday is set apart as mission Sunday. Most often we define mission as something which is happening in remote area for the upliftment of the downtrodden. In one word – charity. But mission is different from this concept. In the Bible the thrust of mission can be seen from Genesis to Revelations. The church exists because of mission. Mission gives meaning to the functionality of the church. Each person who is saved by the cross is a missionary and works for the extension of the Kingdom of God. Do participate in mission wherever we are. In Luke 10 Jesus was sending 72 and said to them “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few”. It shows the urgency of our participation in mission of God. The church doesn’t have a mission as its own but participates in the total mission of God. Let us be missionaries or mission field. God always extends his call to participate in the mission of God, mission of peace giving, and proclaim that the kingdom of God at hand. Without the conviction of the truth we cannot fulfill the mission responsibilities entrusted in us by God. Always remember Mar Thoma church is a missionary church.
This month, we have the Parish trip, the Parish Youth Fellow-ship retreat and the Yuvajana Sakhyam picnic. I urge all of the members to participate. I commend the coordinators and the parish picnic committee for organizing the picnic in a blessed manner. May the God almighty bless each one of us.
Your Issac Achen