From the Pastor

A Blessed, healthy and joyous New Year to one and all!

The year 2020 has not been the best in our city, state, nation and the whole world. We lived life cautiously. We continue our distancing isolating ourselves from kith and kin; from Church. We wear our masks; we keep our distance from one another. We have given up going to our usual visit with relatives and friends. We continue our vigil protecting ourselves and are happy to know that there are vaccines which will keep us safe: at least that is our prayer.

We may have lost a loved one or know of some who have succumbed to the Coronavirus. Others of our family and friends may have entered eternity: we lived with stress that made us want to pull our hair out. Through 2020, we made our house a “Home Church” where we offered our prayers daily. We celebrated Christmas knowing the newborn child was a prophecy of Isaiah (7:14): Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel.”  This was verified by Matthew (1:23): Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emman′u-el  (which means, God with us).” And we lived with this hope and trust that God is here, in our home, in our Church: present in our lives. For his holiness is found within each and every one of us!

Let us live this year 2021 and take the joy of Christmas with us throughout the year, knowing Emmanuel, God is with us! Let us recapture the essence of the joy of these festive days with the glorious reality that the coming of Christ cannot cease in our hearts, never.

As each day passes, let our house be a “Home Church” filled with the presence of God, for God is with us.

On January 5-6th we remember the Baptism of our Lord as Theophany, the presence of God in our lives. Both Christmas and Theophany, bring us the joy of one striking truth: God is with us. He stands in the midst of his creation. He is not some omnipotent being not associated or connected with the world. He is here in the joys of our life and in our sorrows. His wraps his love around us granting grace and mercy in the darkness of despair.

This message of “God is with us,” from both of these festal events is what we should carry with us throughout this new year. Thus, we can say, “This year, was much better than last, for God is with us!”

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