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The Mar Thoma Syrian Church of Malabar

St. Johns Mar Thoma Church - Kuwait

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Metropolitan's Kalpana Visit of Rt. Rev. Joseph Mar Barnabas Episcopa 3 New Episcopas Sunday School Conference New Worship Place Passion Week Service Schedule Website Inauguration Pasqua Sinfonia (Easter Worship and Songs)

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Rev. Genil Abraham, Vicar Tel. & Fax: 24881749 Mob. 65563486 [email protected] P.O. Box 20130 Safat, Kuwait

Parish Bulletin - April 2011 - Issue III

MESSAGE

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Greetings of the Lenten season The Mar Thoma Sabha Pradhinidhi Mandalam of the Mar Thoma Syrian Church of Malabar, held on March 8th and 9th elected three more priests, for elevation to the Episcopal post. The Mar Thoma Church has a unique identity among the myriads of Churches around the world. It is "Apostolic in origin, Catholic in nature, Biblical in faith, Evangelical in principle, Ecumenical in outlook, Oriental in worship, Democratic in function and Episcopal in character. We are proud of the Episcopal polity. It is quite different from Presbyterian and congregational polities. Democratic privileges are subjected to the Episcopal character. In the season of Lent we must realize the real meaning of life. Now life is measured with its success. Richness is considered a blessing and poverty a bane. Our minds are attached with the wealth of the world. But poverty is a great blight upon our world. How we deal with wealth determines not only how we respond to the poor, but our own spiritual health. After all, it is the rich who will find it hard to enter the Kingdom of God, not the poor. This is because the possession of wealth binds us to the world, while giving it away sets us free. The purpose of the Church is not to wipe out poverty, but to bring healing to the whole person - body, soul and spirit ­ poor and rich alike. According to St. John we should rather consider that it is the poor who are blessed and living a Godly life, and not the rich. After all, it is the poor of this world that God has chosen to be rich in faith and heirs of the Kingdom, and not the rich (James 2:5). "Blessed are you poor," Jesus said, "for yours is the Kingdom of God." "But," he also said, "woe to you rich, for you have already received your consolation." (Luke 6:20-24). And, if we are friends with the world there is no doubt, we are the enemy of God (James 4:4). It is the poor and suffering, who are blessed of God. It is in fact the rich for whom we should weep. In their love of position, power, wealth and possessions they sow the seeds of their own destruction (James 5:1). We enjoy God's Grace abundantly in setting up our parish for a good run. People with unassuming participation, strive to build a noble, inclusive and disciplined congregation with all Kingdom values. All organizations began to function well. Choir gives a special beauty to our services. Enough services are arranged for the Passion Week. This year we are going to receive Easter with "Pasqua sinfonia" a melodious eve of worship and songs. Parish retreat is also set up early in the next month. We are here to build a good society for God, an act of obedience, humility and commitment. Be merciful to us, O God, be merciful... (Psalms 57:1). God Bless you all.

Genil Achen.

We are happy to announce that our new worship place at "PRAVASI AUDITORIUM" (Near Indian Learner's Own Academy) for our Friday Worship at 7:30 am, Edavaka Mission Fellowship Prayer on every Thursday 7:15 pm, Sevika Sanghom Meetings on every Saturday at 5:30 pm and Choir Practice at 7:30 pm.

NEW WORSHIP PLACE

FROM THE PARISH SECRETARY

Greetings to dear all parishioners, Though the beginning is not as pleasant as you would like, yet in the end you will have sufficient opportunity to please yourself. On Hosannah Sunday people declare Jesus as the King of their life, to rule and control in all areas of life. The four days after that, we found the betrayal, pain, persecution and the crucification of Jesus Christ. The Easter will bring you the happiness & celebrate His resurrection. Let's us purify from all evil thoughts, jealousy and self-esteem on these days. It's my privilege to greet you all through this parish news letter as a Parish Secretary of St. Johns Marthoma Church in Kuwait, after it's formation in January 1st 2011. Now in Kuwait , we have 5 Mar Thoma parishes including ours and I personally believe that there are lot of opportunities & possibilities for a meaningful spiritual fellowship by knowing each other. During these days, all our official organizations have started functioning well. Our worships are well organized and the participation of our members are increasing day by day. Please pray for the successful growth of our Church and proclaiming our faith to our Mar Thoma Sabha. Please attend our worships once in a week, with your family. Also, request each and everyone to attend all other regular programs of our Church and Organizations. May God bless us all Johncy C. Samuel (Secretary) Contact : 66546705 / 24341805 Email : [email protected]

SUNDAY SCHOOL CONFERENCE

Students conference will be organized on April 9th Saturday from 9.30 am ­ 4 pm at NECK Church & Parish Hall. The main theme of this meeting will be " My Church my Spiritual Home".

INAUGURATION OF WEBSITE

St. Johns Marthoma Parish details will be available soon in internet. Please note our web site as www.stjohnsmarthomachurchkuwait.org and the website will be officially inaugurated by Rt. Rev. Joseph Mar Bernabas Episcopa on 9th April after the Holy Communion service at NECK.

PASQUA SINFONIA (EASTER WORSHIP & SONGS)

On April 24th, 2011 Sunday 7.30 pm in PRAVASAI AUDITORIUM. The Lord is risen, He is risen indeed " Alleluia". An Evening with Worship & Songs of our Parish Choir.

Rt. Rev. Joseph Mar Barnabas Episcopa

With heart felt gratitude herewith announcing the visit of Rt. Rev. Joseph Mar Bernabas Episcopa in our Parish and will celebrate the Holy Communion Service on 9th April Saturday 2011, 7.30 am (NECK Church & Parish Hall). Also, our website will be inagurated by the Thirumeni after the worship.

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Rev. Dr. Varghese Mathai NEW MEMBERS

Name Mr. Santhosh Philips Mr. Santhosh Mathew Mr Joseph Abraham Mr. Oommen Samuel Mr. Benny Jose

Rev. K.V. Varkey

Rev. Oommen George

Prayer Group Patmos Hermon Bethanya Bethanya

Mother Parish Adyar St.Paul's Marthoma Church, Chennai St. Thomas Marthoma Church, Kozhenchery Kattikkallaruvi St. Pauls Salem MTC Thrikkannamangalam St. Paul's Chattengerry Marthoma Church

DEPENDENTS ADDED

Name Irene Ann Thomas D/o Mr. Thomas Mathew Prayer Group Bethanya

Office Bearers 2011-2012

Mr. John Thomas M.J. Vice President

Mr. Johncy C. Samuel Secretary

Mr. Sajan Chacko Philippose Trustee (Finance)

Mr. Shabu Mathews Trustee (Accounts)

Mr. Santhosh P Chacko Lay Ministrant

Mr. Sophi John Lay Ministrant

Mrs. Bindu Biju Mandalm Member

Mrs. Somy Alex Thomas Assembly Member

Mr. Joji Scariah Assembly Member

Mr. P.V Mathew Assembly Member

Mr. Sajan K. Thomas Auditor

Mr. Thomas Mathew Auditor

DEDICATION SERVICE

Dedication of Church & Prayer Group Office Bearers will be on 15th April 7:30 am at Pravasi Auditorium.

REGULAR PROGRAMMES

EDAVAKA MISSION

Edavaka Mission Fellowship Prayer will be held on every Thursdays at 7:15 pm at PRAVASI AUDITORIUM.

CHOIR

Senior and Junior Choir Practice will be held on every Saturday at 7.15 pm in PRAVASI AUDITORIUM.

YUVAJANA SAKHYAM

Yuvajana Sakhyam meeting will be held on every Friday after the worship in PRAVASI AUDITORIUM.

SEVIKA SANGAM

On every Saturdays 5.30 pm in PRAVASI AUDITORIUM.

SUNDAY SCHOOL

Friday 3:15 pm to 5:15 pm at NECK.

LECTIONARY - Reading & Assistance Schedule

Date 1&2 April 2011 8&9 April 2011 15 & 16 April 2011 24 - 30 April 2011 Theme Jesus who values the Human Person" (5th Sunday in Lent) "Faith Proclamation which transcends barriers" (36th Sunday) 40th Friday (40th Day in Lent) Jesus who overcomes Temptation Resurrection : Celebration of life ­ Easter Sunday 1st Lesson 2nd Lesson Isa. 51:1-6 Isa. 42:1-9 Num. 21:1-9 1 2 Kings 4:27- 37 Gal. 5:13-24 Acts. 11:19-26 Heb. 12:1-10 1 Cor. 15:12-20 Epistle Rom. 8:31-39 2 Cor. 4:1-12 Pet. 1:13-22 1 Cor: 15:42-58

HOLY COMMUNION

WORSHIP SCHEDULE FOR APRIL 2011

FRIDAY

1 8 15 22 29 7:30 AM 7:30 AM 7:30 AM 8:30 AM 7:30 AM Holy Communion Fellowship Prayer Holy Communion GOOD FRIDAY Fellowship Prayer Pravasi Auditorium Pravasi Auditorium Pravasi Auditorium Pravasi Auditorium Pravasi Auditorium

SATURDAY

2 9 16 30 7:30 AM 7:30 AM 7:30 AM 7:30 AM Holy Communion Holy Communion Holy Communion Holy Communion Church & Parish Hall Church & Parish Hall Church & Parish Hall Church & Parish Hall

Birthday and Wedding Anniversary Blessing during all the Holy Communion Services.

OBITUARY

Master Aaron T. Sam (5), Neduman, Adoor, St. Marks P.G., L.K G Student, Fahaheel Gulf Indian School, S/O Mr. Sam Kutty - Mrs Jessy.

CONDOLENCES

[1] Mr. V.A. Abraham (65) F/o Mr. Saji Abraham, Patmos Prayer Group, Kumbanad Koorthamala Marthoma Church, Vanchipathra Kallel House. [2] Mr. P.M. Mathai (Kunjootty-82) Pullampallil House, Ranny Nazreth Marthoma Church, F/O Rev. P.M Varghese, former Vicar.

Passion Week - Worship Schedule

Date

17-Apr 18-Apr 19-Apr 20-Apr 21-Apr 22-Apr

Day Worship

Sun Mon Tue Wed Holy Communion (Palm Sunday) Sandhya Namaskaram Sandhya Namaskaram Holy Communion (Maundy)

Venue

NECK - Church & PH Pravasi Auditorium Rhythm Hall Rhythm Hall Pravasi Auditorium NECK - Church & PH Rhythm Hall NECK - Church & PH Pravasi Auditorium

Time

6:00 - 8:30 am 7:30 - 9:00 pm 7:30 - 9:00 pm 7:30 - 9:00 pm 7:30 - 9:00 pm 6:00 - 8:30 am 7:30 - 9.00 pm 3:00 - 6:00 am 8:30 - 12:00 noon 4:00 - 7:00 am 7:30 - 9:00 pm

Remarks

Joint Worship* St.Johns MTC St.Johns MTC St.Johns MTC St.Johns MTC Joint Worship* St.Johns MTC Joint Worship* St.Johns MTC Joint Worship* St.Johns MTC

Holy Communion Thu (Maundy) Sandhya Namaskaram Fri Good Friday

24-Apr

Holy Communion (Easter) NECK - Church & PH Sun (Easter) Easter Worship & Songs Pravasi Auditorium

* Joint Worship: St. Peters, St. James, St. Johns Churches together

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