REV. REJI YOHANNAN
FROM THE DESK OF THE VICAR
Dearly beloved in Christ,
Greetings to you all in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We had a tough time in 2021 because of the COVID- 19 pandemic outbreak. Our God almighty gave us peace, grace, healing and hope in the midst of pain and turmoil.
By the grace and miracle of almighty God we are all entering a new year of 2022. Let us praise and thank God almighty for the abundant blessings and support in all through our life and especially thank God for the blessings that we experienced in the last year. Let us trust and depend in omnipotent God as we travel together as a community in 2022.
We had a great time in 2021, as a church we did various activities for the glory of God and the establishment of the kingdom of God. Let us thank Almighty for the great spiritual fellowship that we experienced as a church community. This past year has been an exciting one for us. While at the same time being trying and difficult at times. While we can’t know what is coming in the New year, we can find hope in God’s word, and maintain a positive outlook that things will be better than ever in this coming year.
Welcome to the New year with Faith, Hope and Love. Faith makes everything possible; Hope makes everything work; Love makes everything beautiful. May you have all three and more every moment of everyday of every month in 2022. Humble yourselves under the mighty hands of God (1 peter 5: 6-11) – The foremost factor of Christian gathering is to be humble before God and be human. Therefore, God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name. The greatness of human being is to be humble in front of God.
Humility in itself has a very deep meaning both in thought and deeds. Humility shows our identity and being. Humility in simple words is mutual acceptance and submission. This is God’s gracious second chance. God knows that we fail. At threshold of the New year let us be deeply aware that it is given to as an extension of his grace. Let’s hope for a better year than last, a better commitment than last and a better witness than last. We do not know what the future holds for us. But we are sure who holds the future; Lord Jesus Christ.This conviction is our hope for a New Year.
The General body elected a new executive for the year 2022. I am confident that they will perform their duty to the utmost of their abilities and pray God for His guidance as they embark upon their respectful duties. Wish you all a blessed New Year 2022.
Yours in Christ,
Rev. Reji Yohannan
CHRISTOS MAR THOMA CHURCH
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