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200 Columbus Avenue
Valhalla, NY 10595
MOTTO 2014:

" Your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard
"...
Isaiah 58:8


Welcome
Established in 1994 as a Church of South India (CSI) congregation and also a member of the
United Church of Christ, we are located in Valhalla, New York, a small village in lovely Westchester County.
You are warmly invited to come worship with us!

 The Vicar's letter

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

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

We are remembering in these days Jesus' triumphal entry, passion, crucifixion and resurrection. The churches called these days as Holy week or Passion Week. Passion Week is the time from Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday. Why did we call the Holy Week as Passion Week? The reason is that the passion with which Jesus willingly went to the cross in order to pay for the sins of the whole universe and human beings. 

In John 11, Jesus said "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep". We can see it on the cross. We can see the Passion Week narration in all four gospels. Passion Week contains several memorable events. It started on Palm Sunday, at the time of Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem temple, people worshipped Him and several people strongly believed that He is the Messiah and He will save them from the bondage of Romans. They lay down palm leaves before him. While He entered into the temple He drove out  all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves . He declared that God's temple has been the house of prayer. Keep it as Holy. In a Christian life we have needed a good life, that life should be holy. Through this triumphal entry, Jesus was fulfilling the prophesy of Zechariah 9:9.

Jesus Himself declared that He will do the will of His Father. In a Christian life we have needed a good life, that life should be holy. Through this triumphal entry, Jesus was fulfilling the prophesy of Zechariah 9:9.

Jesus Himself declared that He will do the will of His FatherBut in the garden of Gethsemane He was disturbed  and worried, but He prayed to God, 'not my will, but thine, is done'. In every situation He interacted with His father. At any situation we can have interaction with God. When He was nailed on the cross, in that act He has fulfilled God's will.  Jesus fully obeyed His Father's will in all His life. As  Christians we have to pray to our dear God to show and fulfill His will in our whole life, otherwise our life should be worthless.

Jesus' mission was not ended up on the cross. He was risen. He promised to us that He will come again. We are called by God as a community of Hope not for despair. Charles M Crowe says 'Easter is the demonstration of God that life is essentially spiritual and timeless'. Pope John Paul II says 'we are the Easter people Hallelujah is our song'. Let us submit ourselves in God's hands and  be prepared for His second coming. 


May God bless to all.

Thanking you 

Robin  Achen

(Rev. Robin K. Paul)