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Message from the Vicar
Rev. C. K. Kochumon
Dearly beloved in Christ,
Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
I was appointed here from 1st May 2013. By the grace of God we reached here safely. I am extremely thankful to you all for the cordial reception arranged here and love and care of the parish members towards us. I extend words of thanks to the former Vicar, Rev. Abraham Thomas and the Executive committee for all the arrangements made in connection with my transfer. I praise God the Almighty to have such a fine, loveable community. May God bless this worship community. Please, always remember church and our parish is the blessings of God. May God help us to be loyal and responsible to our Creator.
We are almost at the end of this year and already observed special days constituted by our Church, Diocese and Parish. Let’s remember our Diocese which is celebrating its Silver Jubilee, the Diocesan Episcopa, Rt. Rev. Dr. Geevarghese Mar Theodosius and all of the functions and programs arranged. I also take this opportunity to express my gratitude to all for making our Diocesan Thanksgiving day on July 7th a success. May God bless all of you. The 50th Ordination anniversary of our Rev. Philip Varghese can proudly be credited in our account. We also remember with immense thanks Rev. P. Chacko and Youth Chaplin Rev. George Cherian. Praise God for their selfless work. Let me extend my sincere thanks to those who participated in the Spring Cleaning, Parish Picnic, VBS, Mar Thoma Fest and Parish Retreat. I also invite all of you to the Parish Convention scheduled to be on 25 - 27 of October. I am sure that the diocese/region based camps/conferences are a blessing to the participants. Many of our parish members enjoyed their summer vacation at different places. Let’s thank God for their safe return. Some of our senior citizens are bed-ridden – remember to visit and pray for them.
The Church is the body of Christ and the instrument of his purpose in the world. St. Paul urged the Corinthian community that “now you are the body of Christ and individual members of it”(1 Cor.12:27). The members of the believing community are incorporated into the body of Christ through baptism and are identified with him in his sacrifice by participating in the Holy Communion. The church is Holy and not of the world but is set apart for God’s purposes and is moved by the Holy Spirit. The world is motivated by self-interest and the church is not to conform to the world and its ways of life. Instead it should be the transforming force to remold the world to the values of the Kingdom.
Christians are called out to live in this world as a transformed community; transformed and motivated by the love of Christ manifested on the cross. The church lives in dispersion. As a diaspora community, Christians go out in the world to work in offices, hospitals, schools, factories and so on. Let’s remember the last blessing of holy communion service, “go now in peace and serve the Lord”, i.e. go to the world, your life realities and the people who are in need. The world is the arena of work, where Christian values should be transmitted. The church is entrusted with the responsibility to work with God for the transformation of the world. May God the Almighty help this blessed pilgrim community go ahead with this vision.
Date: December 21
Time: 5 PM
VENUE: Detroit Mar Thoma Church
The Detroit Mar Thoma Church is the only Mar Thoma Parish in the State of Michigan which is famous for its five great lakes and the three major motor companies of the United States of America.