Worship Order
Sunday 4/2/2017
10:00 AM
Holy Communion Service - English
The Restoring Christ (36th Sunday)



Friday 4/7/2017
7:00 PM
Holy Communion Service - Malayalam
40th Friday - Spirituality that overcomes
the Temptation



Sunday 4/9/2017
10:00 AM
Holy Communion Service - Malayalam
Hosanna - Christ the Lord of Peace
(Theological Seminary Day)




Monday 4/10/2017
7:00 PM
Hasha - Passion Week
Worship Service - Malayalam



Tuesday 4/11/2017
7:00 PM
Hasha - Passion Week
Worship Service - Malayalam



Wednesday 4/12/2017
7:00 PM
Hasha - Passion Week
Worship Service - Malayalam
Foretaste of Eternal Life



Thursday 4/13/2017
7:00 PM
Passover Thursday
Christ the Brea of Life
Holy Communion Service - Malayalam



Friday 4/14/2017
9:00 AM
Good Friday
Cross Self-giving Love of Christ
Worship Service -
1st part - Malayalam
2nd part - Malayalam and
3rd part - English



Sunday 4/16/2017
9:30 AM
Keith - End of Great Lent
Resurrection: Celebration of New Life
in Christ
Holy Communion Service - English


Sunday 4/23/2017
9:30AM
New Sunday - Christ Lord and God to us
(1st Sunday after Easter)
Holy Communion Service - English



Sunday 4/30/2017
10:00 AM
Imitation to Christ’s Hospitality
2nd Sunday after Easter
Malayalam Divine Service















Sunday 4/2/2017
10:00 AM
Holy Communion Service - English
The Restoring Christ (36th Sunday)


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2017 April NEWSLETTER
Message from our vicar
“He is not here, for He has risen from the dead”. St.Mt.28:6

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

This year Easter falls on April 16th. The resurrection of Jesus from the dead is the foundation of our faith. All the four gospels speak about Jesus’ resurrection. It was the women (Mary Magdalene, Joanne and Mary the mother of James) who went to the tomb on the first day after Passover. As a mark of their respect to their teacher and Lord, they went to anoint Jesus’ dead body with spices and ointments. There was grief and fear in their hearts as their master was cruelly crucified and killed.They went to see the body of Jesus who was crucified, died and buried. But they saw that the tomb was empty. The Angel of God said, “He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said, come see the place where He was lying” (Mt.28:6). Jesus’ resurrection brings hope, joy and gladness to them, who until then were afraid and were in grief. They worshiped the risen Jesus and spread this good news to the apostles (Mt. 28:9). The Empty tomb symbolizes that Jesus is resurrected, and that gives us joy and hope, and instills in us the sense of discipleship.

Our worship is centered on the Resurrected Christ. The Holy Altar where the Qurbana is celebrated symbolizes the empty tomb. The Altar is also called as the “Table of life” because this reminds the believer about the redemption of sins through the cross by Jesus Christ. “Thabilitho” (wooden slab) is kept over the Altar and covered with a cloth. The Celebrant keeps the Paten and Chalice on the Thabilitho. A wooden empty cross is at the center of Altar, which symbolizes that Christ has risen from the dead. So, every Sunday the faith community comes together and worships the Resurrected Christ, who has promised to come again to the world to judge the world in righteousness.

As Holy Qurbana is the re-enactment of the Christ-event,we are called to fruitfully participate in that saving act of God. We are called to love our God with all of our heart, all of our mind, all our soul, and with all our strength. As God has gifted us with five senses, we are called to involve and participate in worship with these five senses. These five senses are: sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste. As we look into our Holy Qurbana we will understand that all these five senses are truly engaged during the worship. These senses not only enable us to compliment our understanding of the Divine mystery, but also help us engage in worshipping God truly and effectively. The gift of our senses also helps us to experience the divine presence.

Let us look briefly on these five senses:

a) Sight: Eyes being the lamp of the body, through our eyes and sight we are truly involved in the Holy Qurbana. As we see the Sanctuary and everything in it – Holy Altar, Cross, the Holy Vestments, candles, censor, liturgy, Holy elements, Celebrant, co-worshippers – this enable us to truly worship our God. When the risen Jesus appeared to His disciples, His disciples saw Jesus and his wounds.

b) Sound: Hearing is a very important aspect in our worship. Jesus says, “He who has ears, let him hear (Mt. 11:15, 13:9; 13:43; Mk.4:9). The sound of bells, the liturgical prayers, the four readings from the Bible, the sermon, the songs, etc.all enable us to be truly involved in worshipping God. Liturgical prayers are responsive in nature. The celebrant and the worshipping community join in worshipping God.

c) Smell: When Mary anointed Jesus’ feet with very costly perfume of pure nard, the house was filled with the perfume’s fragrance. We read in the
scriptures that incense was always associated with worship (Ex.37:25-29; Lk.1:9, 10; Rev.5:8; 8:3-4). Incense is understood as prayers of the faithful.
During the Holy Qurbana, the fragrance of incense enables us to feel the joy of worship. The psalmist says, “May my prayer be counted as incense
before you (Psa.141:2).

d) Touch: The Kiss of peace, the laying of the hands by the Celebrants, and making the sign of cross are things that enable us to understand the sense of touch in the worship. These things enable us to understand that we are called to worship, to witness the resurrected Lord, and to love one another as God loves us.

e) Taste: Psalms 34: 8 says, “O taste and see the Lord is good…” In receiving the Holy Bread and Holy Wine, which represent the Holy Body and Holy Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ broken and shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of sins, we experience God’s goodness in redeeming us. Jesus commanded us: “Take, eat...and…drink this all of you.” In partaking in the Holy Elements we remember Jesus’ death, we celebrate His Resurrection,
and we await His second coming.

As we participate in the Holy Qurbana let us dedicate us completely before God, and engage in true worship by worshipping Him in truth and spirit. May our senses enable us to love and worship our Lord God with all of our heart, with all our mind, with all of our soul, and with all our strength.

“Happy Easter”

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 3-7) will be held on all Malayalam

service Sunday’s at 9:00AM

Below is a list of events we have planned this year for our Sunday
School (the events underlined are NERSS events):

Please note that there will be no Sunday School on April 23rd.


Sunday, April 30th, 2017: Sunday School Final Examination
Sunday, May 7th, 2017: Diocesan Examination
Saturday, May 13th, 2017 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM): Spring Fest
Sunday, June 4th, 2017 (After the Holy Communion Service)
Senior Graduation Ceremony
Saturday, June 24th, 2017 (8:00 AM to 3:00 PM):
Local Talent Festival
Sunday, June 25th, 2017 (During Sunday School Hours):
SS End of the Year Ceremony
July 6th to 9th (Junior & Senior Conference)
July 11th to July 16th (6:00 PM to 9:00 PM):
Vacation Bible School
Saturday, September 16th, 2017 (8:00 AM to 4:00 PM):
NERSS Regional Talent Festival




Edavaka Mission
To be updated
Youth Fellowship
Youth Fellowship meetings will be held on Friday, April
21st and April 28th at 7:00 PM at the Church.

YOUNG FAMILY FELLOWSHIP

Monthly meeting will be held on Sunday, April 30th,
2017. Location to be determined.

CHOIR

Malayalam and English Choir practices will be held either
before or after service on their respective weeks.
Yuvajana Sakhyam
To be updated
Sevika Sanghom
To be updated
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