Praise the LORD O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits. (Psalms 103:1, 2)
Psalm 103 is one of the most familiar and beloved of all the psalms for us. It is a song of praise celebrating the deliverance of God in all aspect of life. This psalm contains three steps of praising God, a personal level, a national level and in a universal level. The psalmist begins with an invitation to praise God. The word ‘praise’ is used 7 times in this psalm. The psalmist sings of personal mercies that he had himself received and lists many marvelous blessings from God to us – God forgives our sins, heals our diseases, redeems our lives from the pit, crowns our lives with love and compassion, satisfies us with good things (v.3-5).
David cautions that we should forget not all His benefits. Human beings are forgetful creatures and it is an unjust and unkind state of living. In today’s busy life it is easy to forget our God and many keenly consider God’s benefits as their own achievement. In a speech made in 1863, Abraham Lincoln said,
“We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nations has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to fell the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us”.
This is a prophetic word which is relevant even today. Every day we are blessed by God with all benefits and we must gratefully remember all the mercies from heaven.
The Sunday school Fall Fest is on November 2 Saturday and our Parish Family Night is scheduled on November 9 Saturday. Kindly pray and participate. The Diocesan Silver Jubilee Finale is taking place on Saturday November 23 at 10:30 am in Benjamin Cordoza High School Auditorium, NY.
Please pray and participate for the blessings of the Jubilee Celebrations. Let us praise our God for all His ways and guidance. Amen.
Sunday school starts at 9:00AM. Latecomers are advised to proceed directly to the sanctuary with their parents and remain there for worship.
Fall Festival will be held on Saturday, November 2, at the Church from 10AM – 1PM
World Sunday School Day celebration will be held on Saturday, November 9, at St. Johns MTC, Queens Village @ 9:30AM. Parents are requested to bring their children to St. Johns to attend the program.
Teachers' general body meeting will be held on Sunday, November 17th immediately after worship service. Office bearers for the year 2014 will be elected at the meeting. All teachers are required to attend.
Edavaka Mission meets every Thursday at 7:30 PM at the Church.
Edavaka Mission Activities
Thoma Voluntary Evangelist's Association was found by our late
Metropolitan Most Rev. Abraham Mar Thoma out of his strong conviction
that each Mar Thomite is an Evangelist. Evangelism
is the utmost mission of this Organization. The Parish level unit is
known as the Edavaka Mission and at the Long Island Mar Thoma Church,
New York, we give stress to the seven fold activities such as
Intercessory Prayer, Bible Study, Sharing of Experience, House Visit,
Visiting the Sick, Group Activities etc
Edavaka Mission regular
meetings are conducted every Thursday at 7.30 PM at the Church as well
as Members' houses with prior announcement at the Parish on Sundays.
Fasting Prayer meetings are conducted once every month at the members' houses either the last Saturdays or Thursdays depending upon members and Achen's
convenience with prior announcement at the Parish on Sundays.
Edavaka Mission also support various Mission projects such as sponsorship of students at St. Thomas School,
Visakhapatanam, India. Sponsoraship of an Evangelist in India. Medical
and financial aid to different individuals and families based on
requests received by Achen time to time. Edavaka Mission welcomes
donations from members for the above mentioned activities and
sponsorship. For details, please contact our Achen Rev. A. B. Binu, Mr.
Mammen Samuel or Achamma Jacob.