Dearly Beloved in Christ,
July 4th is an important date in the history of the United States of America. On July 4th 1776, United States was declared independent from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Independence Day is the National day of United States. It’s a public holiday. It is associated with fireworks, parades, picnic, family reunions, carnivals etc. In Gospel according to St. John 8, Jesus is talking about another freedom. In verse 34, Jesus tells everyone who sins is a slave to sin. In Gospel according to St. Luke 4:18, Jesus says about freedom for the prisoners. In order to get freedom we should believe in Jesus Christ and accept Him as the Savior. True freedom is given to us by Jesus Christ who sets us free. Jesus gives us freedom and we maintain freedom by the presence of Holy Spirit. It is the grace given by God to men. Thou we are believers but we do sin every day. Thus our faith in Jesus needs to be restored every day.
Last quarter went on well by God’s grace. We are entering into a new quarter. It’s Summer time. Schools and colleges have closed. It’s the time when children enjoy their summer vacation with family and friends. I wish the children a safe and meaningful summer. Many have graduated and are looking out for new courses and some others for good jobs. I wish them all the very best in their life.
V.B.S. is fast approaching. Parents should encourage their children to attend the V.B.S. in true spirit. Also our senior Sunday school students should come out with a helping hand to support the V.B.S.
Our church convention is also planned to be held in this summer. I request all of our members’ active participation. Keep our V.B.S. and convention in your prayers.
God has blessed us with a beautiful church and parsonage. Parking-lot is our dream that needs to be accomplished. In order to achieve it I request our members’ participation to meet the funds. Also continue to pray for all its arrangements.
I remember our previous Youth chaplain Rev. Joe Joseph Kuruvilla’s ministry. I express my sincere thanks to Achen for rendering all help and services to our parish and its members, especially to the youths. I also hereby take this time to welcome our new Youth chaplain Rev. Dennis Abraham. I wish Achen all the very best and success in his ministry. God continue to bless both the Achens in their journey with Christ.
May the Almighty God bless us.
Rev. Antony T. Varughese