Worship Order
Sunday 07/01/2018
9:30 AM
PARISH DAY
Holy Communion in English 
Transparency and Faithfulness in Stewardship 


Sunday 07/08/2018
10:00 AM
Only Ordinary Worship Service in Malayalam
No Holy Communion 
Ordained Ministry:Identifying with the wounds of Christ


Sunday 07/15/2018
10:00 AM

   Holy Communion in English
People of God: Salt to the Earth - Light to the World


Sunday 07/22/2018
8:30 AM
Divine Service in English

10:00 AM
Holy Communion in Malayalam
Life that has to be sanctified
 

Sunday 07/29/2018
10:00 AM

  Holy Communion in English
Theological Education: Knowledge and Experience










Sunday 07/01/2018
9:30 AM
PARISH DAY
Holy Communion in English 
Transparency and Faithfulness in Stewardship 


Sunday 07/08/2018
10:00 AM
Only Ordinary Worship Service in Malayalam
No Holy Communion 
Ordained Ministry:Identifying with the wounds of Christ


Sunday 07/15/2018
10:00 AM

   Holy Communion in English
People of God: Salt to the Earth - Light to the World


Sunday 07/22/2018
8:30 AM
Divine Service in English

10:00 AM
Holy Communion in Malayalam
Life that has to be sanctified
 

Sunday 07/29/2018
10:00 AM

  Holy Communion in English
Theological Education: Knowledge and Experience
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2018 July NEWSLETTER
Message from our vicar
Called  to  Serve

Dearly Beloved,
 
“If I then your Lord and teacher have washed your feet you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example that you also should do, just I have done to you”.  (John 13: 13-14)  
 
The farewell message of our Lord to His disciples is described in the chapters 13-17 of St. John. Jesus included in it the object lesson of “Washing His disciples feet”. Jesus lived on this earth in ‘a heavenly time table’. 'Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world' (John 13:1). Jesus also knew that Judas would betray him and that the Father had given him all things into His hand (13:2,3). Even in His humiliation, our Lord had all things through His Father. He seemed poor though He was rich. Jesus Knew well who He was, where He came from and where He was going. As believers, we must also know that we had been born of God and we are going to God one day and we have all things through Christ. We ought to follow the Lord’s example and serve others with our short life. The disciples were shocked to see their master arose from supper and lay aside his outer garments, taking a towel and a basin of water and washed their feet. Even the Jewish servants did not wash their master’s feet. It was a menial task and yet Jesus did it. He knew that there was a competitive spirit in their minds. Within a few minutes they started arguing about who among them was the greatest (Luke 22: 24-30). Jesus had to explain to them that they were thinking like the unsaved gentiles and not like God’s children. The world leaders and authorities might do anything for recognition and prestige. But Jesus is our example and He has reversed the standard of true greatness. True Greatness means to be like Jesus and that means being a servant to others. 

Years later Paul wrote about Christ’s Humility (Philippians 2: 1-16).  As the proverb “The fuller the ear of the rice grain, the lower it bends”.  The death of Jesus on the cross is the ultimate expression of humility. Thinking meanly of ourselves is not the real humility. True humility grows out of relationship with Jesus. Our desire should be doing His will for the glory of God. Thus, we will be able to experience the joy of following Christ as and serving others. The church today is filled with a worldly spirit of competition and criticism. “The lack of humility is the sufficient explanation of every defeat and failure”. “Humility is the only soil in which the grace grows”.  True humility helps a believer to count others more significant than himself. It needs an attitude that of Christ and a submissive mind. In this chapter Paul gives four examples of a submissive mind.  First and foremost is Christ.  The other three persons are Paul himself, Timothy and Epaphroditus. The characteristics of a person with a submissive mind are: 
 
1. He thinks of others more than himself – 
 
Lord Jesus Christ had all the glory and grace of Heaven. He was the son of God. He did not consider his equality with God, a thing to be grasped but He took the form of a servant. This is the attitude of Christ, ”I can’t keep my privilege for myself, I must use them for others and to do this I will gladly lay them aside and pay whatever price is necessary”. Jesus gave His life on the cross as the price, to save sinners. Therefore, we are to prefer one another (Romans 12:10). “Bear each other’s burden”. “We should not judge one another”. Jesus is known as ‘the man for others’ and others must be the key word in the vocabulary of a person having a submissive mind as that of Christ.  

2.  He serves  

Jesus emptied himself, laying aside His own attributes as God. He became a human in a sinless physical body. Jesus did not pretend to be a servant. He was not an actor playing the role of a servant. He came as a servant. He was the friend of all kinds of people - The fishermen, harlots, tax collectors, the sick and the sorrowing. He said, “Even the son of man came not to be ministered but to minister and to give His life as a ransom for many” (Mathew 20 :18).
 
3.   He sacrifices
 
"Jesus became obedient unto death, even the death on a cross”. We are willing to serve others if it does not cost us much. “Ministry that costs nothing accomplishes nothing”. This was the attitude of Paul, Timothy and Epaphroditus.
 
4: He Glorifies God
 
Jesus humbled Himself for others and God exalted him and the result of this exaltation is glory to God. Jesus arose from the dead and then returned in victory to Heaven and ascended in Father’s throne. One day we all bow before him and confess that He is Lord, to the Glory of God (Phil 2:11). The joy of submission comes from the knowledge that we are glorifying God. We are letting our light shine through our good works and thus Glorify the Father in Heaven (Mat 5:16)
 
It is important to note that a Christ like attitude is to be achieved in the midst of a” crooked and perverse generation” (Phil 2:15). Paul did not tell us o be separated from this world and go into a spiritually isolated place. But to have an attitude of Christ amid this. The Pharisees were so isolated from the realities of life and that they developed an attitude of self-righteousness and this attitude crucified Christ. It is not by leaving the world but by serving it, we see Gods purpose in our lives. Timothy had the Joy of helping others
 
(Phil 2:17). He had the joy of serving the great apostle Paul. Like Timothy, Epaphroditus was concerned about others. We also need today men and women who are burdened for missions and those in difficult to places of Christian serving. These two young men encourage us to submit ourselves to the Lord and to one another in the spirit of Christ. May the Holy Spirit create in us the mind of Christ.   Let us thank God for guiding our Parish wonderfully one more year. As we celebrate the Parish day, let us bow down before the Lord Almighty with a humbled heart.

May God bless you All.

Yours in Christ,


Rev Sajit Thomas John
Vicar

Sunday School
  • Little Blessing and Junior Blessing will be conducted on all Malayalam services.
  • Junior Senior Conference will held at St John’s University, 8000 Utopia Pkwy, Jamaica, NY 11439 from JULY 12th - 15th.
  • Theme of the Conference “ACT ON YOUR FAITH”.  “In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead." [James 2:17].
  • All students registered for Junior-Senior Conference shall make a Check for $175 to LIMTC Sunday School.
  • Vacation Bible School (VBS) will be from July 17th to 21 st. Registration fee -  $25 per student.
  • Talent Fest Bible Quiz – from the Gospel of Mark and the Book of Zephaniah will be on July 22  (use NIV 2011). The top three scoring students will represent the church at the region. 






www.limcsundayschool.org
Edavaka Mission
Edavaka Mission meetings will be held on 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
Weekly Meeting schedule will be either announced in the church or through email sent to Youth Fellowship Members.

YOUNG FAMILY FELLOWSHIP ™

Regular meeting will be held on Sunday July 15th, immediately after the service, in the upstairs classroom of the Church. 

CHOIR
Malayalam and English Choir practices will be held either before or after service on their respective weeks. 

Yuvajana Sakhyam
  • Meeting schedule will be announced at the Church.
  • Sincere Thanks to all those who participated in Sight & Sound show of “JESUS” at Lancaster, PA on Friday JUNE 29th.   
  • Yuvajana Sakhyam Prayer on Saturday JULY 14th at 6.30 PM.
Sevika Sanghom
  • Weekly Bible Study classes will be held every Tuesday at 10.00 AM at the Church.
  • Monthly meeting will be held on Saturday July 14th at 10.00 AM at the Church.  
  • Envelopes for your contributions to Sevika Sanghom for the year is distributed though Sanghom Representatives. Please donate generously towards each category.
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