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699 Albany Post Rd

Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510

MOTTO 2017:

" For your work shall be rewarded , says the Lord..."   
Jeremiah 31: 16


WELCOME!!


Established in 1994 as a Church of South India (CSI) congregation, we are located in Briarcliff Manor, New York, a small village in lovely Westchester County.
You are warmly invited to come worship with us!


 THE PARISH LETTER


Dear Brothers and Sisters:

Greetings in the name of our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ.

You must be ready all the time. For the Son of Man will come when least expected" (Mt. 24: 44). In His discourses on the end time Jesus emphasized watchfulness in prayer over anything else. "Take heed, watch and pray: for you do not know when the time is" (Mk 13:33; Mt 25:13). Jesus might have known that in these days there would be slump in prayer time.

The word is busier than ever. In spite of so many modern gadgets to do things faster, we don't have so much spare time as our forebears. Everyday it's hectic. The causality is always the prayer time. In the Bible, watching and praying are often mentioned together (Lk 21:36; Eph 6:18; Col 4z;2).

The saying goes, "He who prays sins not; He who sins prays not!" In these days when sin abounds, prayer is the only way of escape. Martin Luther (1483-1546) testified, "If I fail to spend two hours in prayer each morning, the devil gets the victory through the day." As our work increases so should our prayer time. Because, more prayer means more power, more strength and more wisdom. It is unwise to sacrifice prayer for work, secular or sacred. Until we set aside definite times for prayer we will never make it. Who was busier than King David in his time? Yet he had definite prayer times daily (Ps 55:17).

Daniel never missed his three-times-a-day prayer, whatever the situation might be (Dan 6:10). Let us also cultivate such prayer habits. The devil shudders not so much at a preacher as at a prayer warrior! Because it is usually quite difficult to find an unhurried hour for prayer during the daytime in these busy days, it is advisable to set aside early hours of the day for the same. This was the practice of Jesus since folks were flocking Him from dawn to dusk (Mk 1:35).

The enemy keeps devising new strategies to draw us from faith and drown us in filth. Prayer is antidote. Failure on knees makes us succumb to his every assault. Jesus taught us to pray, "Deliver us from evil." A willing spirit is not enough to overcome temptation unless the weak body is strengthened by watchful prayer (Mt 26:41). According to Pastor Paul Yangi Cho of South Korea,"One who does not pray for at least an hour each day is not a believer; one who does not pray for at least two hours is not a Servant of God!"

Sweet hour of Prayer, Sweet hour of Prayer,

That calls me from a world of care

And oft escaped the tempter's snare

By thy return, Sweet hour of prayer !

 (William W Walford, 1772-1850)

 

Hope everyone had a fruitful and meaningful Lenten Season. This month we are celebrating Christ's Ascension and World Mother's day. May our Lord strengthen and help all of us to lead prayerful life and prepare us for His second coming.  

May God bless us all.

With Love and Prayers,

Rev. Pretheesh Babu Kurian