Our Vicar: Rev. Jose K. I.
Message from Rev Jose K I Vicar and President

1/1/2021 6:48:32 PM

Dear Salem Family, Happy New Year to you all.

I greet you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We have entered one another new year. This New Year brings new hope to the world that has lost expectations and life. We welcome 2020 with a lot of dreams. But the world has not been able to fulfill those dreams due to various circumstances. During fear and anxiety many blessings that we have received last year are because of His great mercy and kindness. We welcome 2021 with fresh expectations. Whatever the circumstances, let us be sure that we are safe in the hands of the almighty Lord. Christians take great comfort from the Lord's promise that he will return with glory. We must be worthy to be called well done good and faithful servant. In the famous parable of the talent, Jesus speaks of three people who were given something to invest each according to his ability. Please note that God will give us only according to the ability to handle. If we did not get the same talents as our neighbor, do not worry just use what He gave us. The first and second doubled the talents entrusted to them. But the third one feared to handle his talent. Fear is our enemy. It freezes our faith and cripples our creativity. Everything God gives us is meant to be multiplied. By failing to do so we eventually lose it. Christ's parable ends with these sobering words." Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents. The Bible says whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.

To succeed in life, we must seek God's direction, prepare ourselves, work hard and invest in the right things in the New Year. God's real objective is to take us a channel through which His blessings flow to others. Consistent sowings guarantee consistent reaping. Each seed planted schedules a harvest. So, the word for this year is use what God gave us. The differences in talent is needed to keep the diversity, which makes the world beautiful and colorful.

The vineyard owner expects to see fruit in his tree. He is disappointed and grieved when he finds little or even none. Since the tree received without returning, he has the right to cut it down. If we have a car that will not run or a stove that won't cook, we get rid of it. Instead of cutting us down the gardener who cares for tree is pleading for one more year. He tries one more. He is patient and waits and redeemed us from death. Hence, we are allowed another year, another period of repentance for renewal of heart and life. Lord thank you for giving one more year. Forgive us for neglecting your opportunities. Help us to make the coming year best forever. Amen.

Jose Achen.
Church: 45 N Service Road, Dix Hills, NY 11746
Parsonage: 147 New Highway, Commack, New York 11725
Tel. 631-343-7343 (Home) 516-234-2657 (Mobile)

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