Youth Chaplin's

Dear Families of the Mar Thoma Church of New Jersey, Randolph, 

We have approached the final quarter of the year 2017. When looking back, we can remember the experiences we have had this year. Experiences of joy, sadness, confusion, anxiety. Some experiences were expected or unexpected. But we can take refuge and comfort that our Lord is the Lord of our lives and experiences. The Psalmist says: “The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” (Psalm 18:2)

Dear Families of the Mar Thoma Church of New Jersey, Randolph,

In current events, we are aware of the happenings in Asia/Middle East, Africa, Europe, and here in the homeland. Various terrorists’ attacks and acts of violence are a violation to God’s creation and are against the sanctity of human life. Taking the life of human beings is an act against God, our Creator. These harmful acts against humanity have gripped us with fear. The complications of the political arena on all sides have resulted in a polarized environment, fear-tinged rhetoric, and an indignant milieu. This fear has translated into mistrust and anger towards the ‘other.’ The ‘human face’ of humanity has been disrupted.

Dear Families of The Mar Thoma Church of New Jersey

We are soon approaching passion week, where we remember & meditate on the suffering on our Lord, and His journey to the cross. For the past month, the church has exhorted the faithful to spend time in fasting, almsgiving, prayer, and service, in the struggle for spiritual renewal. The theologian Walter Brueggemann opines lent as “a way other than our own.” 

Dear Families of the Mar Thoma Church of NJ, Randolph,

Welcome to 2017. By the grace of God, we have entered a new year. When considering the experiences and events during the past year, things have been eventful. Our lives and our surrounding have progressed, but have also transformed in ways unexpected. The Apostle Paul says, “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth…” (Col. 3:2). We have been created in the image and likeness of God, to reflect His glory. But as we have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory, we have diverted from His plan and purpose for us in our lives. As we are in 2017, I propose the following 3 R’s for our spiritual growth.

To the Families of the Mar Thoma Church of New Jersey, Randolph,

 

          Greetings. We have now reached the final quarter of the year. Time after time, we make resolutions and commitments (for example, New Year’s resolutions, or commitments we make to the Lord, and to others in our life). Do we maintain the integrity of that commitment? (Ecclesiastes 5:4-5).

Jesus said “You are the Light of the World”. Every believer and member of the Mar Thoma Church should take up the responsibility to lighten others and hence our motto – Lighted to Lighten.

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