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VICAR’S MESSAGE

THE BLESSINGS OF A WORSHIPPING COMMUNITY

” Better is one day in Your Courts, than a thousand elsewhere” -(Psalms:84:10)

Curtain

Dear believers in Christ, 

             As God’s children , it is our natural desire to praise, honor and worship God for everything that He does for us in our lives. This is highlighted in Psalm 84,as the Psalmist ‘yearns’ and even ‘faints’ for the courts of the Lord. We want to praise and worship the Lord God for being our creator , our sustainer and our provider. He is giving us comfort, guidance and strength in all the situations we experience in our lives. Psalms 84 reminds us what a true blessing it is to worship our Lord and to be in His presence, especially in a worshipping community. Why we wouldn’t want to experience this blessing?

“Blessed are those who dwell in Your house; they are ever praising You”(Psalms -84:4)Through our words ,songs and prayers we are focusing on God and submitting to Him the praise and honor. The plurality of this verse highlights the importance of the community aspect of worship. The blessings of worship are experienced when His children come together and collectively submit prayers and praise not only for what he has done in our lives as individuals , but what He has done through us a worshipping community. ” Better is one day in Your Courts, than a thousand elsewhere”(Psalms-84:10) Out of seven days in the week, we have opportunity to come together at least one day into the house of The Lord and experience the blessings being part of a worshipping community. As the Psalmist highlighted, it is better to have the opportunity to have one day in The Lord’s house than being elsewhere. How many of us really take this opportunity to be with God and worshipping community? Let us examine ourselves. This month we are celebrating our national festival Onam . This month we are also observing Sevika Sangam day and Senior Fellowship day. So let us stand for empowerment of women and concern for aged people. May God Almighty bless each one of us.

With love and Prayer

Sonyachen

September 2017