Worship Order
Sunday 2/05/2017
10:00 AM
Holy Communion Service – English
Compassionate Healing
(Medical Mission Sunday)




Sunday 2/12/2017
10:00 AM
Holy Communion Service – Malayalam
Sabbath: Leading to the Perfection of creation
Beginning of the 122th Maramon Convention



Sunday 2/19/2017
10:00 AM
Holy Communion Service – English
Fall as the violation of the purpose creation
End of 122th Maramon Convention




Sunday 2/26/2017
10:00 AM
Holy Communion Service – Malayalam
Beginning of Great Lent (Pethurtha)
Lent: Time of transformation













Sunday 2/05/2017
10:00 AM
Holy Communion Service – English
Compassionate Healing
(Medical Mission Sunday)




Sunday 2/12/2017
10:00 AM
Holy Communion Service – Malayalam
Sabbath: Leading to the Perfection of creation
Beginning of the 122th Maramon Convention



Sunday 2/19/2017
10:00 AM
Holy Communion Service – English
Fall as the violation of the purpose creation
End of 122th Maramon Convention




Sunday 2/26/2017
10:00 AM
Holy Communion Service – Malayalam
Beginning of Great Lent (Pethurtha)
Lent: Time of transformation













Sunday 2/05/2017
10:00 AM
Holy Communion Service – English
Compassionate Healing
(Medical Mission Sunday)




Sunday 2/12/2017
10:00 AM
Holy Communion Service – Malayalam
Sabbath: Leading to the Perfection of creation
Beginning of the 122th Maramon Convention



Sunday 2/19/2017
10:00 AM
Holy Communion Service – English
Fall as the violation of the purpose creation
End of 122th Maramon Convention
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2017 February NEWSLETTER
Message from our vicar
SIGNIFICANCE AND MEANING OF THE FOURTH BLESSINGS IN
THE HOLY QURBANA SERVICE


Dear beloved brothers and sisters in Christ, this month will be our 33rd and
final study of the Liturgy of the Holy Qurbana. No study of liturgy is
complete in true sense as Liturgy is mystical in nature, and there are lot be
explored and understood. A humble attempt was made to understand these
Liturgical prayers one after another by looking into the biblical references
and also understanding the meaning of liturgical actions. Only in
understanding the meaning of these prayers one can whole heartedly
participate in the Holy Qurbana. As worshipping God is our love towards
His faithfulness and mercy, one ought to remember that God has asked us to
love Him with all of our heart, all of our soul and all of our mind (Mt.22:37;
Lk.10:27; Mk.12:30).

This month we will be looking into the prayers which come under the Fourth
Blessing. The Celebrant turns towards the worshipping community and
blesses them by making the sign of the cross. The community is expected to
receive the blessing by making the sign of cross. These prayers have to be
seen as benediction or final blessing of the service. These prayers are
significant as with these prayers the Holy Communion concludes. Let us
look into each prayer separately.

P: My beloved brothers and sisters, I commend you to the grace and
blessings of the Holy and Glorious Trinity. Go now in peace and serve the
Lord with the gifts and blessings that you have received from the atoning
sacrifice of the Lord.

C: Amen

In the final blessing, emphasis is given to the Trinity as Holy Qurbana is
Trinitarian in nature. The Celebrant says, “I commend you to the grace and
blessings of the Holy and glorious Trinity...” Here the word “commend”
means “to entrust”, “to put in-charge.” Here Lordship of the Triune God is
emphasized in the life of the believers. Resurrected Jesus commissions his
disciples by saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on
earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in
the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit teaching them to
observe all that I commanded you and lo I am with you always, even to the
end of the age.(Mt.28:19,20).

The word “Go” is a command. “Go” is the command not by the celebrant
but Jesus. Whenever God calls anyone He asks him to ‘go’ to the world. The
Holy Qurbana being the remembrance and celebration of God’s love
towards the world, the redeemed community is reminded to dedicate
themselves to be Christ’s missionaries. A close study of post-resurrection
events that we see in the gospels, we read Jesus commanding his disciples to
be His missionaries in the world. Therefore Church is not just a ‘called out’
community but also ‘a send out’ (commissioned) community to bear Christ
and witness Him in this world. Jesus says, “Peace be with you, as the Father
has sent Me, I also send you (Jn.20:21). As the worship concludes, the
Celebrants reminds us that we are the commissioned community to ‘go’ into
the world as we have received God’s grace and peace in and through Jesus
Christ (Mk.16:15).

P: You both near and far, who are saved by the victorious cross of the
Lord and sealed with the seal of holy baptism, this Holy Trinity will forgive
you, your sins and comfort your souls.

C: Amen

The community of faith is sealed with the seal of Holy Baptism (Eph.1:13)
and is saved by the victorious cross of the Lord (1 Cor.1:18). God not only
created us in His own image and likeness (Gen.1:27; Lk.20:24; Mk.12:6) but
has also redeemed the fallen humanity by allowing His son to die as a
ransom for many (Mt.20:28; Mk.10:45; 1Tim.2:6). God is righteous and
repays everyone according to his/her deeds (Rom.2:6). St. Paul says, “For
the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus
our Lord (Rom.6:23). As all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
(Rom.3:21), without God’s grace one cannot experience redemption from
sin. St. Paul says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith and that
not of yourselves, it is the gift of God (Eph.2:8).” Grace is God’s unmerited
favor shown to those who do not deserve it. Jesus is God’s grace and peace
towards His world. This grace and peace come from God the Father, through
the Holy Spirit, in and through the Christ event. In the book of Numbers we
read that when Israelite community spoke against God and Moses, they
experienced God’s punishment. God sent fiery serpents among the people
and many died. But when they repented, God commanded Moses to raise a
bronze serpent and set it on the standard so that anyone who gets snake bite
may look towards the bronze serpent and live (Numbers 21:4-9). Similarly
God has raised his own Son Jesus Christ on the Cross (Jn.12:32; Gal.3:3); so
that the sinful community/people may look upto him and be saved. We
experience God’s grace and peace through Jesus Christ death on the cross.

May God keep us in His Warm and comforting Embrace.

Rev. Shinoi Joseph
Vicar

Sunday School
Sunday School starts every Sunday at 9:00AM

Little Blessings Ministry (ages 3-6) will be held on all Malayalam service Sunday’s at
9:00AM




Edavaka Mission
Weekly Bible Study classes will be held every Thursday at 7:30 PM at the Church







Edavaka Mission Activities

Mar 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.




Youth Fellowship
Youth Fellowship meeting will be held on Friday, February 3rd 2017 at 7:00 PM at the
Church. Future meetings will be announced at the Church.


Yuvajana Sakhyam
Monthly Cottage Prayer Meeting will be held on Sunday, February 19th, 2017 at 1:00
PM at the Parsonage.

Sevika Sanghom
Monthly meeting will be held on Sat., February 25th at 10:00AM at the Church



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