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Worshiping At

699 Albany Post Rd

Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510

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 Briarcliff Manor, New York, a small village in lovely Westchester County.
You are warmly invited to come worship with us!


Dear Brothers and Sisters:

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

Most of the Christians are unfamiliar with the liturgical year of the church.  A Christian liturgical year is connected with birth, life, death, resurrection, ascension and the second coming of Jesus. Advent season is one of the important seasons in the church's calendar year. People may have known that advent season focus on the expectation and anticipation of Christ birth in the season leading up to Christmas. The word 'advent' is derived from the Latin word 'Adventus', meaning 'coming', which is the translation of the Greek word 'Parousia'. "During the fourth and fifth century, some countries practiced that the advent was the time of  preparation for the baptism of new Christians at the January feast of Epiphany, the visit of magi to the baby Jesus (Matthew 2:1). " In these days people have to separate the time for meditation and prepared themselves for close relationship with our Lord Savior Jesus Christ. So advent is a time of self-denial and self-discipline. But in the 6th century, the Roman Catholic tied advent to the coming of Christ. It is not only for remembering for the first coming but for the second coming of the Jesus too. "In the middle ages, it was explicitly linked to Christ's first coming at Christmas."  Even though advent is coming and arrival of Jesus Christ, but it is celebrating a truth about God, the manifestation of God in Christ where by all of creation might be reconciled to God. We are the believers who are taking part of this process (reconciliation) and the consummation of which we will anticipate. That means Jesus will come and take judgement over sin and fulfill the hope of eternal life. So advent has a double focus on connecting the past and future. We, the believers are called to be faithful stewards of what God entrusted to us. We have to prepare our lives for expecting His second coming. Advent is a time of hope not disappointment because it is founded on the word of God. We are the sons and daughters of the word of God. So we affirm and keep our faith stronger in our Lord Savior Jesus Christ.  We are celebrating World Sunday School Day on the second Sunday of this month in our church. Robert Rakes, an English man who started Sunday school at England in 1780. Now it is widespread all over the world. This is a great ministry among the children and through this ministry, lot of children accepted Jesus as their Savior and Lord in their childhood. We have had a beautiful Sunday school, and have dedicated teachers and loving kids. Please pray for our Sunday school. We are observing the last Sunday of this month as Thanksgiving Sunday. Lord has given and giving many blessings in our life. Psalm 103:2 "Bless the Lord O my soul and forget not all His benefits." We have to put our blessings before God for receiving His grace. Paul said to Corinthians "Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."  Remember, let only God can give all sufficiency in all things at all times.  

May God bless us all.

Thanking you 

Robin  Achen


(Rev. Robin K. Paul)