SALEM MAR THOMA CHURCH
EASTERN LONG ISLAND NEW YORK

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

11/1/2020 6:48:32 PM

Dear Salem Family,

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

BY the grace of God, we were able to make this year's convention a success. All the meetings held in four sections over three days paved the way for experiencing and transforming the infinite grace of God. The Lord helped us to beautify the convention with the possibilities available in the context of Covid. The world watching US presidential election is set for Nov 3rd. All parishioners with the right to vote must vote. It is our God given responsibility to choose the rulers who will guide us. We have an obligation to fulfill that responsibility. May the Almighty God help us to exercise caution without fear as the world moves forward in fear of Covid.

We celebrate the first Sunday in November as World Sunday School day. In Matthew Chapter 13, "A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, but when the sun rose, they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty."

It is our responsibility, as a body of believers, to have a positive environment for children to grow. The church is a place where we can take those seeds, those babies, and plant them in rich, good soil. A place where they are loved, accepted, and understood. A place where they can begin to understand who the person of Jesus Christ is. Children today need tender love and care. They need a solid foundation surrounded by adults who love them. Each Sunday, we are blessed with the opportunity to make a difference in a child's life. We cannot take that gift for granted. We are seed sowers, planting seeds for God's kingdom; we are impacting the next generation. A child is the reference point in the kingdom (Matthew 18:2) Normally models of heroes were suggested for their wards to imitate to be greatest in their lifetime. But Jesus points them to a child. Children were powerless, without status and utterly dependent on their parents. Jesus exhort disciples to imitate such people of no status and dependance. It makes the disciples vulnerable in a society that considers powerlessness as mark of defeat and subordination. Our responsibility is to learn from a child. Let us make ourselves vulnerable by imitating them. Let us welcome them to our life. It is our challenge and task to follow Jesus meaningfully thereby leading children to Jesus.

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)
Email vicar@salemmtc.org


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