Marthoma VBS-2015

12-08-2015/7 AM

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Vicars Message

Dearly beloved in Christ,

Greetings to you in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

I am very happy to address you through the website of St. Thomas Mar Thoma Church, Auckland, New Zealand. By Grace of God and as per the order of our honourable Metropolitan and the Episcopal Synod of the Mar Thoma Church, I and my wife reached safely at Auckland airport at 10:30pm on July 1st, 2016 and we were warmly welcomed by the parish office bearers and representatives. From the time of our arrival onwards all have been with us. We are thankful to the parish members for your loving care towards us. We request your earnest prayers and cooperation, for us to do the ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ in the peaceful, beautiful country New Zealand.

Here I wish to present a message of leadership in Christian ministry.

In Ecclesiastes 9:10, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.” The emphasis here is on working whole heartedly with a hard-working mentality. We as Christian leaders must say whatever task we take up, “I will do my best.” There is a hymn:

“Give of your best to the master 

Give of the strength of your youth.”

This refers to advice to the young people to dedicate all their youthful resources with undivided attention in singleness of heart, to do the Lord (Eph 6:5)

We see it in Christ’s ministry:

Even Christ in his ministry thought he was weary, thirsty and hungry (St. John 4:5-7).

Yet in leading the Samaritan woman into the kingdom of God, we don’t find him either drinking water or taking food. In a sense, we can say Christ’s mind was completely filled with his ministry and that he had no interest in any other thing at that time.

To do beyond the call of duty:

Those who succeed in life are always those who go an extra mile, in the words of Christ (Mathew 5:41) i.e. to see the need and respond to it beyond the call on one’s duty. We have the best illustration in the Old Testament, in the selection of a bride for Isaac. We find Eliazer, the steward of Abraham - praying at the well at Nahor, 

“Let the maiden to whom I shall say, ‘Pray let down your jug that I may drink’ and she shall say, ‘Drink I will water your camels also,’ let her be the one whom thou hast appointed for thy servant Isaac.” Rebecca just did this though Eliazer asked for drink for himself, she offered a drink for his camels also. Those who have this attitude of mind only, will excel in any task they undertake. In the New Testament, we find in the parable of talents told by Christ (Mathew 25:14-30) the problem with the third servant. Though he did return the talent to the master, i.e. he did not use it for good, yet he misused the opportunity to trade with it.Sometime back I was in the waiting room as I was to board the train later and there was a placard hanging on the wall in the room with a quotation from Mahatma Gandhi, which reads like this, “You are our honoured customers. Do not think your need to be thankful for service, rather you gave us the opportunity to serve you.” This is the true quality of a leader. Church management should not be a one man show. In the Old Testament (e.g. Nehemiah) we find from the life of Nehemiah that he was sent as Governor to rebuild the broken walls and gates of Jerusalem. When he came to Jerusalem, he told the Jews at Jerusalem about his intentions and we find they responded gladly by saying “Let us rise and build.”Management is getting things done through other people. Our churches are to be Christ centred and also to be people centred and people oriented. A good church leader is one who does not do everything himself but sees that as many as possible in the fellowship of the community, participate in managing the affairs. The leadershould not say, “I do everything myself.” Jesus Christ intended it to be pluralistic and the gifts of the spirit are distributed among the members. 

We need maximum cooperation, encouragement and prayers from St. Thomas Mar Thoma Church Auckland, Hamilton Congregation, Wellington and Christchurch members especially office bearers. 

Let us do all things in an around this parish with implicit dedication. Let us surrender  all under the feet of our blessed saviour Jesus Christ. Let us sing together a dedication song titled “All to Jesus” with prayer and regards.

All to Jesus I surrender,

All to Him I freely give;

I will ever love and trust Him,

In His presence daily live.

I surrender all, I surrender all.

All to Thee, my blessed Savior,

I surrender all.

All to Jesus I surrender,

Make me, Savior, wholly Thine;

Let the Holy Spirit witness,

I am thine and thou art mine.

I surrender all, I surrender all.

All to Thee, my blessed Savior,

I surrender all. 

All to Jesus I surrender,

Lord, I give myself to Thee;

Fill me with Thy love and power,

Let Thy blessing fall on me.

I surrender all,I surrender all.

All to Thee, my blessed Savior,

I surrender all.

May the Almighty God strengthen us parish members with this Holy Spirit.

In his ministry,

Rev. V.T Kurian



18-07- 2016