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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

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.

Art is a part of our human life. We can't avoid the influence of art in our life. "Art is the way human beings not only feel their deepest connection to one another, but it is the way we feel our deepest connection to our Source". It is the way we praise life, the way we celebrate love, that which moves us when we are most broken or fearful. Music is primary for human beings among the arts. Most of us love music. It is like a thread which binds up our hearts. In every religion music has a vital role in worshipping to a deity.

We praise God through songs. One scholar says "Love is the greatest service of God, and that, one of the main expressions of ardent love is the lover sings the songs of love". In Exodus 15:1-21, when the people of Israel escaped from the hands of Egyptians while they were crossing Red sea, they did praise God with dancing and singing songs. Singing praises is an act that unites our soul with the greater soul that is God. King David was a good singer. He made many Hebrew poems, all are praises to God. In Psalm 100:1-2 "Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the lands. Serve the Lord with gladness. Come into his presence with singing". King David urged that whenever we come before the throne of God with a spirit of singing and gladness.

In the book of Isaiah 6:2-3, in the year The King Uzziah died Isaiah saw the Lord was sitting upon a throne. Above Him stood Seraphim; each had six wings; with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet and with two he flew, and one called to other and said Holy, holy, holy and the Lord of Host. The Seraphim praises God with singing three times 'Holy'. They declared that He is the supreme Holy. So each choir member has to set apart for serving the Lord, God Almighty. So, being part of a church choir has to be a great position that Lord has given. We have had a well and a dedicated Choir. I thank God for their commitment and dedication for participating and leading the Sunday worship services and other services.

Church of South India will be celebrating her 68th birthday on September 27, 2014. Four different church traditions had been brought together in the CSI, Anglican, Congregational, Presbyterian and Methodist. The Church of South India inauguration ceremony took place at St. George Cathedral in Madras on September 27, 1947, immediately after the Indian Independence. Motto of the CSI comes from John 17:21 'that they all may be one'. Church of South India believes in Christ and also believes in Unity. People from different culture, background were united in the name of the Savior Lord Jesus Christ. Our church is a missionary church. In America, we have many congregations and fellowships. We don't have to step back from the zeal of faith and our mission commitment that our forefathers had transferred to us.

Our Sunday School Teachers Retreat will be held on September 6, Saturday 4.30 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. Rev. Paul Rajan will lead the retreat. Our Gospel Convention will be held on October 3-5. Rev. Binoy P Jacob, Vicar of the CSI Christ Church, Chicago will be the speaker. Please uphold these leaders in your prayers. Let us submit ourselves in God's hands. 

May God bless us all.

Thanking you 

Robin  Achen

(Rev. Robin K. Paul)