REV. ANISH THOMAS THOMAS
FROM THE DESK OF THE VICAR
“Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole. He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit”. (Galatians 3:13-14)
We have entered the second month after the first month of 2021. The world is moving forward in its new world order ( New Normal). This new world order has come into all worlds, both material and spiritual. We must be able to maintain our Christian witness as we move forward in new styles. During the year 2020 in the midst of pandemic, God protected us as a worshiping community. Praise God for the fact that we have been able to experience God’s presence despite the many losses that have befallen our lives. Last year the co- operation of the parishioners in all the financial needs of the parish was commendable. The hard work of office bearers and advices of executive committee members was appreciable. It is a happy experience that the leaders of all the organizations and other workers were able to work together. This month we are planning to have annual executive committee and annual general body meeting of or parish I request all of you for your prayerful participation.
These days we are losing our gatherings and fellowships. Church – worshiping community on Sundays, social hour after worship, organization meetings, prayer group gathering, we have somehow lost all of this. But all of this should be able to be utilized for our spiritual growth as it becomes available on the virtual platform in this New Normal era.
This month we are entering the days of a Great Lent. According to the church calendar, the Great Lent begins on Sunday, February 14th and ends on Easter Sunday, April 4th. These days we remember and meditate on his fast before the public ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ, the suffering of the Lord, the crucifixion and resurrection. This year, as we do every year, we will be arranging 50 days of lent prayer. Details will be announced later. The cross plays a dual role in Christian theology. Some theologians emphasize the significance of the historical crucifixion of Jesus Christ and what it accomplished for the believer. Others focus on the symbolism of the cross in each believer’s life. “The word of the cross” was central in the salvation proclamation of the early Church. Above all, the event of the cross was God’s principal saving act in history; hence the cross, though a past event, has present significance. Christ Crucified and risen is the core of the Church message.
God Bless you all
Rev. Anish Thomas Thomas
Rev. Anish Thomas Thomas
CHRISTOS MAR THOMA CHURCH
9999 Gantry Road, Philadelphia, PA 19115
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