I am glad that the Mar Thoma Church in Abu Dhabi is reaching out to the members of the Church through the Parish Newsletter. I wish God’s blessings upon the endeavour. A common platform is the need of the hour to be connected to each other through the medium for the strengthening of the relations between each other.
St. Paul in writing to the Church in Ephesus is speaking of various talents given to the members. This is true about the Mar Thoma Church in Abu Dhabi. The different talents are to be acknowledged and respected. In other words, diversity of talents is to be celebrated. This is not for division. It is for the unity of the Church and the talents are to be used for the edification of the members and for the common good. Through the unity, the Parish is able to live in Christ and for Christ. The Parish, as the body of Christ, functions and grows. It means the enrichment of the community through the sacraments, the Word of God and the Fellowship. At the same time, the capabilities and the enrichment of it are for reaching out to the people outside, particularly the needy and the underprivileged. Breaking the Bread in the Holy Communion symbolizes the breaking of the Body of Christ for giving out. Thus the fellowship of the Parish becomes meaningful through serving others (diakonia). May this be a reality in the Mar Thoma Parish in Abu Dhabi.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to greet all the members through this Newsletter. May God help the faith community to march forward with greater vision and enthusiasm to glorify God, carry out the ministry given to the Church and also for building up the Kingdom of God on earth.
The grace of God be with everyone.
Your’s in Christ Ministry,
Rev. Dr. Geevarghese Mar Theodosius Episocopa