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Vicar Message - July 2018

Dear Brothers and sisters in Christ

Greet you all in the name of our lord and savior Jesus Christ.
         In U.S.A on July 4th, we celebrate the Independence Day. In 1776, the 13 British colonies in North America protested the limitations placed on them by the King of England and engaged in a struggle that gave birth to a new Republic. The infant nation soon adopted the now famous document known as the Declaration of Independence. We celebrate this day with colorful fireworks and patriotic celebrations.
        About 2000 years ago, our Lord Jesus made a declaration of independence on the cross. All of humanity was under the bondage of sin and death. But Christ, the sinless one, took our place on Calvary and died for our sins. Paul in his letter to Galatians writes “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us” (Gala: 3:13). Paul urges all who have been redeemed to stand firm therefore and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery” (Gala:5:1) .Therefore, when we celebrate and thank God for the freedom we enjoy in our country, we must also praise God for the freedom that is found in Christ.
         This freedom is not for our selfish purposes. This freedom is not to impose our will and interest on others. But this is a spiritual freedom to reveal God and the glory of His will to others. Paul says” For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another”(Gala: 5:13) . Therefore, we are called to serve one another in love. In every action we do, every word we speak, everywhere we go and everything in our life should be with love. Because Christ so loved and blessed us even though we are not worthy of his love. Let us celebrate freedom in Christ through love.
         I congratulate all students who have graduated this academic year. I wish God’s grace as you continue your journey in search of knowledge.
         By the grace of God we entered into the third quarter of the year. Let us thank God for His countless blessings and guidance that we have experienced for the last six months and in the past. Let me acknowledge God’s presence and providence in our faith journey so far, which are beyond our measure. I request your whole hearted prayer and support for the continued spiritual growth of the Church.
         “Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew:28:20) . As a parish, let us work together as a team for better fellowship and mutual blessing, and above all, pray to God to mold us all as a united living entity to work for His glory.


May the Almighty Lord be with us and bless our path and our ministry in this faith journey.


Yours in Christ service
Rev. Santhosh Joseph...

 
Mathew Babyachen

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