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Vicar Message - September 2018

Dear Brothers and sisters in Christ
Greet you all in the name of our lord and savior Jesus Christ.
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth gives way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea. Though its waters roar and form and the mountains quake with their surging. The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress …… Psalm: 46:1,2,3,7”. The world can seem like a very dark place, especially when tragedy strikes. It can be incredibly difficult to find comfort in those times and instead of trying to offer answers, its right that we mourn with those who mourn, and cry out to God for His peace, restoration and light. The unfavorable weather, heavy floods and landslides happened recently in Kerala has totally paralyzed our state. Many people have lost their dear ones. Millions of people were placed to rescue and relief camps. Our Church wholeheartedly extended our hands in the rescue and relief activities. Our parish also extended financial help to the Mar thoma Yuvajana Sakhyam to give food to the various relief camps. Our Parishioners also wholeheartedly contributed money to the rehabilitation projects organized by our church. I would like to thank all the members who have generously contributed for this cause.
This year Marthoma Suvishesha Sevika Sangam is celebrating its centenary. As part of the celebration various programs are going on. Let us remember and thank God for all who have worked all throughout these years. This year on September 9th we observe as the Sevika Sangham day. The role of women in family, Church and society is very important. As we look to the scripture there are many women who played a vital role in different areas. One among such women is Esther. She plays an important role in the history of Israel. God in His wisdom used her as an instrument to deliver the Israel nation from extinction. It is amazing how Esther, a humble Jewess, rose to eminence as a queen of a mighty empire. It is also amazing to see the finger of God directing the minute details of events for bringing about His peoples deliverance. Esther clearly saw the purpose of her elevation. She discovered that she had been raised to the position of a queen for the sole purpose of saving her people.
It becomes very clear that Esther did not come to the throne by accident. It was the very place God meant for her. She is worthy of all honor because she delivered her people from supreme danger and dared to risk her own life. The sublime beauty of her character is that she did not succumb to the luxuries of a palace nor was she spoiled by her elevation as the queen of a mighty empire.
It does not matter who we are or what circumstances we are in, God has work for each of us to do. All around us, there are many opportunities open to serve a needy world. We have many things to do in our families, in our parish and in our society. God created us and placed us here at this point of time with a purpose. Only thing we need to do is humble ourselves before the will of God. May God bless you all.
Yours in Christ service
Rev. Santhosh Joseph...

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