From Vicar's Desk

“For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery”- Galatians 5:1

Dearly beloved in Christ,

Greetings to you all in the name of the Triune God,

USA celebrates Fourth of July as its Independence Day. The country commemorates the passage of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. Most of the people equated freedom with political liberty and absolute sovereignty. Freedom is the most sacred good, however the real intention of freedom is not only political sovereignty but also freedom is actual power to live life with dignity, to be the artisan of one’s own destiny. The father of Latin American Liberation Theology, Gustavo Gutiérrez, rightly insists that love, not freedom is ultimate. For him, the “deepest root of all servitude, is the breaking of friendship with God and with other human beings, and therefore cannot be eradicated except by the unmerited redemptive love of the Lord whom we receive by faith and in communion with one another.” Freedom without love may not assure real independence. Hence, the kingdom of freedom is a process toward the kingdom of God, which is ultimately the kingdom of love. God of the Bible is a God who initiates a social transformation and effects the power of a new social possibility in the world through liberation and freedom.

The Exodus story affirms God as the one who intervenes, transforms the oppressive structures, and gives freedom to the people. Freedom brings responsibility also. We must work hard to bring freedom and opportunity to all the people, irrespective of caste, class, gender, and ethnicity, to create social, economic and political institutions, which will ensure justice and fullness of life to every man and woman. In addition, we should ask ourselves that, do we really lead a life of freedom? Or are we in the clutches of new forms of yoke? Let us together pray with prayer of Tagore:

 Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high; Where knowledge is free;

Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls;

Where words come out from the depth of truth….

Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.

 

 

We are planning to conduct VBS this month. Let us pray that the VBS may be a blessed occasion to lead our children to a Christocentric life. Parents should encourage their children to participate in the VBS, also kindly extend your supporting hands to the Sunday school to conduct the VBS in a blessed way. Sevika Sanghom is planning to conduct a sale for a great cause. Let us participate in this endeavor to extend our hands to needy.

We, especially our children, are entering into another vacation. Use this time creatively. Some of our students graduated last month. Graduation is not an end but the beginning of a new phase of their life. As a faith community let us together pray - May the Almighty enable them to stay true to their dreams for greater glory, to discern what is right, good, and just, and to use their gifts wisely and in service to others and to the Kingdom values.

As we are entering into another month, let us thank and praise God for the care and guidance that he extended to us. Last month also we could not reach there because of the unprecedented situation. We hopefully look forward to meeting you all soon. Kindly continue to pray for us.

Yours in his Service,

Manu Achen

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