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Youth Chaplain’s Corner

The second Sunday of October has been set aside by our church as “The Day for People with Special Skills.” This is a special day where we remember that people that are differently abled are also children of God and are to be accepted as equals.
Leviticus 19:14 states: “You shall not revile the deaf or put a stumbling block before the blind; you shall fear your God: I am the Lord.”
Even though a deaf person cannot hear, and a blind person cannot see, God can hear and see. The Old Testament teaches us that all people are children of God and are loved by God. Further in this same chapter we have that familiar command to “love your neighbor as yourself (Leviticus 19:18). The justification for these commands is also given “I am the Lord (Leviticus 19:14 and 18).
These commands are to be followed because they are given to us by God. It is that simple. Job when trying to show that he is a righteous person states “I was eyes to the blind and feet to the lame (Job 29:15.)”
In our community and in society there are people who are differently abled. We not only need to uphold them in prayers, but we also need to love them and make them feel welcomed. We need to make them feel like God's children.

Yours in Christ's Service,
Rev. Shibi Abraham.
September 2018

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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