From the Vicar's Desk...
10212 Fountaingate Drive
Stafford, TX 77477
Dearly beloved in Christ,
Greetings to you all in the matchless name of our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ.
“I can’t breathe” the voice of George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American man, still resonate in our ears. Injustice and violence are increasing day by day. People who have power, are putting new boundaries and others are breaking all boundaries. May God give wisdom to the leaders to bring an end to all forms of racism and racial discrimination. We condemn all forms of racism and pray for those who are mourning. June 21 Sunday, the entire nation is celebrating fathers’ day. What Makes a Dad? I came across an excellent poem written by an unknown author. It goes like this,
God took the strength of a mountain, The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun, The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature, The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages, The power of the eagle’s flight,
The joy of a morning in spring, The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity, The depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities, When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete, And so, He called it ... Dad.
Happy Fathers day to all the fathers of Immanuel.
The church is commemorating the Feast of the Apostles from June 16. The disciples traveled with Jesus and witnessed His numerous wonders and teachings. On the Ascension day, they got a new commandment to go and preach the Word throughout the world (Matthew 28:16-20, Acts of the Apostles 1:6-11). After anointed by the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, they continued Jesus’s work of redeeming mankind from sin. These apostles lived and died for Jesus Christ. Fast of the Apostles is an occasion to reflect upon the lives and example of the Holy Apostles. July 03 is commemorated as the St. Thomas Day.
Last three months we couldn’t gather together for worship in the Church because of the Pandemic. But we tried to be connected through various digital platforms. Most of our families are attending the prayer meetings on Wednesdays and Saturdays and organization meetings on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays via zoom. Some of our members are regular in the Morning prayers which begins at 5.45 AM. I appreciate the enthusiasm and zeal of those who are attending these fellowships. I urge everyone to be mentally and spiritually connected to each other and to God. By the Grace of God, the dark clouds of the pandemic are slowly softening and the ray of hope is slightly visible. Let us continue to pray for all healthcare and frontline workers.
Special Congratulations dear graduates! Forever people will remember the Class of 2020 as a special group of students who faced a great challenge. May these unique circumstances give you resilience and inspire you to make the world a better place. The future may have additional mountains to climb. Keep fighting, stay hopeful and most importantly cling on to God. May God be with you in all your future endeavors.
Fourth of July is one of America’s most cherished holidays. We celebrate the freedom in this great land. Let’s not forget that we live in this land of freedom and the home of the brave provided to us as a gift of God. This Land needs to return to its patriotism, its morality, and its spiritual heritage in order to rise again.
Wishing you all a safe and Happy Independence Day.
God almighty helped me to complete 17 years in ordained ministry. Saji Achen completed 14 years in ordained ministry. Throughout our ministry, we experienced God’s mercy and the love of the faithful members of the Church. Please continue to pray for us. We are missing all your smiling faces. We miss hearing the church ring with the music of your voices. Let us pray for a full stop for this Pandemic. Let us hope to worship together in the Church very soon.
My mother met with an accident and is undergoing treatment. I humbly urge your valuable prayers. God helped us to complete three years in Immanuel.
We are weak and we need your prayerful support. Let us together confess our trespasses and receive God’s pardon. Let us walk together with Godly love.
May God almighty bless us all.
Servant in Christ,
Rev. Abraham Varghese (Anu Achen)
Vicar, Immanuel Mar Thoma Church, Houston