Beloved in Christ,
Greetings in the name of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ! For the last 4 months we are not having our community worship. In one dimension, Worship shall be at a place where we can meet and converse with our Lord. It need not be within the framework of the four walls of a building. It can be anywhere we can spend some time concentrating, free of other distractions. If we can come to His presence on a one-to one basis in our loneliness, in our moments of despair and freely talk to him and listen to him that is true worship. Many times we may think that God has forgotten us since we have drifted far from him due to increased worldly attachments resulting from our inability to worship him in truth. But the truth of the matter is that we have a God who sees us as we are and where we are and is ready to listen to our supplications and answer. No matter how deep the stains of our sins are, our loving God assures us that He can make it clean as a freshly fallen snow. Restoration is always possible with our God only on one condition that we have to be in His presence with a contrite heart and tearful eyes. When we are able to meet God in the worst of our situations and establish a contact with Him, we have succeeded in our act of worship and there is room for celebration.
The world is going through a rough period now due to Covid-19. We don’t have lot of reasons to be happy but we have every reason to worship the omnipotent God with joy. Paul is exhorting us to be rejoicing always in Him. He is compassionate, merciful and faithful. His love towards us never runs out even if our situations are bad and look bleak. Jeremiah 20:13 says, "Sing to the Lord! Give Praise The Lord! He rescues the life of the needy from the hands of the wicked." Everyone in life is faced with failures and mistakes. But the resilience that comes out of faith gives us the ability to see God and praise Him at all times. Worship shall be our choice irrespective of the circumstances. Paul was able to sing and praise in chains in the prison cell. Habakkuk says even though the fig trees do not bud, olive crops fail, no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will praise the Lord.
We are in the summer season and many of us were planning to go to our respective homes but due to the present situation we couldn’t make it. This situation has affected our children’s education also especially higher studies. Many of our children went to India for entrance exams for professional courses. May God be with them and help them in this crisis situation. Last month also many dear ones of our parish members were called to the heavenly abode. Our deepest condolences to the bereaved families.
Combined and area prayer groups Zoom meetings were conducted last month also. Our organisations also met through various new media. Rt. Rev. Dr. Abraham Mar Paulos, Rev. Sunny Thomas, Rev. Boby Mathew (our former vicars) Rev. Sam Thomas (Ahammadi Parish), Mrs. Alice Koshy (our former parish member) gave messages in those meetings. Our Edavaka Mission conducts chain prayers daily.
We are all very proud of our Metropolitan Dr.Joseph Mar Thoma. His Grace celebrated the 90th (Navathi) birth day on June 27th. May God give him sufficient health and wisdom to serve His Church. On behalf of our Parish I extend birth day greetings to dear Thirumeni.
We hope to start worship service this month at NECK. Kindly pray for this. May God keep us all safe.