CSI logo CSI Congregation of Hudson Valley New York

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

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.

At the end of His fasting and prayer in the wilderness, the devil slowly approached to Jesus, because he did knew Jesus was physically tired. He said to Jesus, if you are the Son of God, command the stone become bread. Jesus replied, man doesn't live by bread alone. And the devil took him up, and showed Him all the Kingdoms of the world in a moment of time, and said to Him, if Jesus would fall down and worshipped him, he will give all its authority and their glory. Jesus said, you shall worship your God only. And finally, the devil took Jesus to the highest point of Jerusalem temple and dared him to throw himself down. Jesus replied, you shall not tempt the Lord your God. Finally, the devil had ended every temptation and he departed from Jesus.

Jesus' three temptations correspond to temptations common to us today lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and lust of the power. Why Jesus faced these temptations, because He was fully human (He was fully God and fully human). Jesus is able to sympathize with our struggles and give us the exact help that we need to resist or control our temptation. In Eden, the first man (Adam) fell down by Satan's tricky net, thus the sin came into the world. Jesus, the Son of man, who overcame all the temptations through prayer and fasting, and teach anew lesson to the humankind.

Prayer can help us to resist temptation. The night, Jesus was betrayed while He prayed in Gethsemane, He told Peter, "Do not enter into temptation; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak". So pray continually to our God for giving us the power to resist all temptations which is surrounded to us. 1Thessalonians 5:17 "Pray without ceasing". Lent, it is the time of penitence and to fight against temptations. Let us submit ourselves in God's hands for restoration and rebuilding.

May God bless us all.

Thanking you 

Robin  Achen

(Rev. Robin K. Paul)