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200 Columbus Avenue
Valhalla, NY 10595
MOTTO 2015:

" Be very careful, then, how you live-not as unwise not as unwise but as wise
Ephesians 5:15

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.

The very foundation of Christianity stands on the truthfulness of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Easter is not just a religious ceremony or ritual but a historical event. It commemorates God's intervention into the history and save the world from the darkness of sin. Easter is the day of victory over sin and death.

Three events occurred in the dramatic succession of Easter event; the trial of Jesus, the death of Jesus on the cross and finally the resurrection of Jesus from the death. Jesus actually went through six trials before His crucifixion. Three trials went in a religious court and three trials before Roman court. The leaders found no guilty in all six trials. But they want to kill Him. Finally they brought Him before the court and made one charge against Him. He claims Himself to be the Son of God. John 12:47 "If any one hears My words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world."

After beating and mocking one night, after being crowned with painful thorns, Jesus crucified. Crucifixion one of the terrible death penalty ever formulated by men. They nailed Him between two criminals. Prophesies about Jesus were fulfilled by His crucifixion. Isaiah 53:12 say 'he was numberedwith the transgressors.' Why Jesus have to die? Because, He was the only man who able to pay our sins. We deserved punishments, but Jesus paid His life as the penalty for us. He was obedient till the death on the cross. He had given priority to His Father's will. At the garden of Gethsemane, He prayed to God to take up this cup, but finally He gave the priority to His Father's will than His priority.

After the death of Jesus, His body put in to a tomb. They put a big stone to close the tomb's opening and kept soldiers outside the tomb. They did not want to Him coming out. But on the third day, He rose from death. Easter reminds all believers in their calling and of the open door for relationship with God through Jesus. So, 'Easter is a time to admit ourselves as sinner and need forgiveness because He is the only way to God.' Basil C. Hume said, "The great gift of Easter is hope which makes us have that confidence in God, in His ultimate triumph, and in His goodness and love which nothing can shake." Easter bring you renewed hope, faith, love and joy.

Happy Easter !!

May God bless us all.

Thanking you 

Robin  Achen


(Rev. Robin K. Paul)