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Dearly Beloved in Christ,
Greetings to you all in the matchless name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It gives me immense pleasure in addressing you all again through this newsletter as a vicar of the Church. Here I request your wholehearted prayer and support to us for a fruitful ministry in the Church. Once again, we express our love and thanks to all and submit ourselves in the mighty hands of God for an effective ministry that will be fruitful to all members of this parish.
In Luke 5: 1-11, we see Jesus calling His disciples. They pulled the boats on the beach, left everything, and followed Jesus (v.11). According to the Jewish custom, the Rabbis enroll educated disciples to teach them the Torah. However, the disciples chosen by Jesus were different from that of the Rabbis. The disciples of Jesus were illiterate, fishermen, tax collectors and so called sinners. The new community of disciples of Jesus reveals exemplary character of true discipleship. In this passage, it is clear that obedience and submission are the two main features of discipleship. God's word seems to be irrational to human intelligence.
But if we obey, we can witness and experience God's power. Those experiences will lead us to follow Him closely. At the large number of fish they caught, the fishermen were able to grasp the depth of divine providence. The incident led Peter to the revelation, that the person he confronted is the Messiah. This helped him introspect and plead, “Go away from me, Lord I am a sinful man”. We should pray, that the dear Lord makes us humble enough to see His mighty work in every minute of our life and help us in always following him sincerely.
We are called to live by the values of true discipleship, the greatest of which are 'be obedient' and 'be submissive'. Though Peter was initially a little hesitant to obey, he obeyed the command. The result was an amazing experience, 'the nets were about to break'. May the Almighty Lord be with us and bless our ways and our ministry in this faith journey.

With Prayerful Regards
Rev. Jogy Thomas

Our Parish History

The first approved congregation in North America started as the Mar Thoma-Church of South India prayer group. The congregation, the Mar Thoma Church of Greater New York, met for worship service at the All Saints Lutheran church in Jamaica in the borough of Queens in New York City. After conducting worship services briefly at a worship place in Manhattan, the congregation moved in 1974 to a Presbyterian Church near 174th Street in Fort Washington, at the north end of the Manhattan borough of NYC, and it was its abode until the congregation was divided into four parishes.

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