Dearly beloved in Christ, Warm greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Praise the Lord for His mercy and the love He showered on us in the past. As we have entered in to the last quarter of the year 2018 let us say as the psalmist says; “You are my hiding place You will preserve me from trouble. You surround me with glad cries of deliverance” (Psalms 32:7)
As a part of UK Europe Mar Thoma zone, our parish could host the 2018 family conference successfully. The love, unity, and dedicated hard work of Hermon family members, the team spirit of subcommittee members is appreciable and was a witness to all other churches in the UK. In this occasion, I would like to thank each member of our church who participated and supported this conference through their prayer, advice, hard work and finance. Let us pray to God that He may help us to continue in this spirit of unity and love to work for the growth of our parish.
Presently, our mother land was affected by great flood. Many people lost their dear ones. Many of them were homeless, most of them lost their property, and most of them were facing huge financial problems till now. These days have proved that all the manmade safety measures and all the safe centres which stands as a symbol of self-sufficiency are not helpful to protect human life and property. The nature taught and raised our mind in to a new vision that the existence of human beings is based on the essential human values such as love, caring, sharing and fellowship. This incident challenges us to create a wider humanity beyond the boundaries of caste, creed and religious discrimination. It is our responsibility to care the needy through expressing our compassion and concern as a Mar Thoma parish in UK and Europe zone. We need to share our resources at this situation which will be a relief for the flood affected people. So, I request all our parish members to contribute generously to our flood relief fund collection. (Gala 6:9-10, So let us not become tired of doing good: so then as often as we have the chance, we should do good to everyone, and especially to those who belong to our family in faith).
We are celebrating our harvest festival on October 7th, please come in your festive best, contribute by donating more items towards auction and participate in bidding. Youth Sunday will be on 21stas well as Family Sunday and retreat is scheduled to be held on October 28th. Therefore, all our members are requested to participate prayerfully in the Holy Communion and programmes.
In Nov we are entering in to the advent season. The annunciation of Mary and Joseph lead them to deep faith and commitment to be a part of God’s salvific function. Let us pray to God for deepen faith to be the witness of the incarnate word. We are celebrating World Sunday School Day on Nov 3rd at All Saints Mar Thoma Church, Peterborough. Participation of all the Sunday school students and parents are desirable. Our youths and Sunday school are arranging a talent day programme to encourage our members to those who are blessed with different talents. Please encourage others to perform/ present at least one programme from one family.
Jesus Christ is the beginning of the gospel. He gives life and salvation to all. The celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ is the celebration divine love and salvation. It started with the lent observation of 25 days. I request all our members to observe the lent to receive the power of God to welcome the New Year with hope and joy.
As we are going to enter in to a New Year, let us thank God for all the blessings and the divine care we received from God. Let’s dedicate our life for the edification of the kingdom of God.
Wish you all a happy Christmas and blessed New Year. God be with you all.
Jacob Mathew Achen