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Vicar Message - March 2019

Greetings to you all in the name of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ

“Repent therefore, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presents of the Lord” (Acts:3:19,20a)

This year’s Great Lent will start on March 3rd (First Sunday of March). It’s a time for more prayer and spiritual discipline, a time for self examination and reflection and a time to return to our Lord. Repentance is a Key in Great Lent. The word repent or repentance is derived from the Greek word, Metanoia which means ‘change of mind’ or ‘change of heart’. One of Jesus’ primary emphasis in the public ministry was for the people of God to repent. In the speech at Solomon’s Portico, the Apostle Peter said repent therefore, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presents of the Lord” (Acts:3:19,20a). We all know how caught we are with our own lives, priorities, goals education, careers, family, wealth, future etc. Sin is not only doing what we were not supposed to. Sin is also about not doing what we were supposed to. We have followed our own ways, devices and desires. The Church is exporting the faithful to eexamine their lives priorities and put their lives in line with the divine plan and purpose of God Almighty. Heartfelt repentance will result in a positive and creative transformation through the power of the Holy Trinity. Let us truly repent and transform during this Lenten season.

On March 9th a retreat for office bearers of the Church and other organizations, Church executive committee members and other organizations committee members shall be held in our Church. Deacon. Benny John Chirayil, New Jersey will be the leader for the retreat. The dedication service of the new executive committee will be held on March 10th (second Sunday).

Exodus:18:18 says “For the task is too heavy for you; you cannot do it alone”.
Jethro seeing Moses doing all things on his own he is directing Moses to decentralize his power. Effective leaders know their limitations. They will stand before God for the people. They schedule regular time with God and pray continually for wisdom and direction. We should realize that we need a source of strength beyond ourselves. They raise more leaders, create teams and delegate and also create a system of accountability. Jesus demanded an account from His disciples what they had done and what they had taught Mark:6:30. Effective
leaders encourage their team. Encouraging commitment and dedication help the team to be organized in their family life and personal life.

May God Help us to rely on His love and grace and built people to live for the kingdom values.

Yours in Christ service


Rev. Santhosh Joseph

(845) 362-8158

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