WELCOME TO CHRIST CHURCH
Christ Church, Trivandrum, which was consecrated in 1859, is the oldest church in the city. Set in sylvan surroundings, it is centrally located in the Palayam area, between the Chandrasekharan Nair Stadium and the University Stadium, and with the Kerala Legislative Complex on one side and the arterial Mahatma Gandhi Road on the other.
The Church itself is an elegant building, built in the Gothic style, with beautiful stained glass windows portraying The Good Shepherd. The windows on the walls depict the twelve disciples (and their symbols) and others associated with the life of Jesus.
Beloved in Christ
Greetings to you all in the precious name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
We begin this month with Choir Sunday. In our worship services songs have an indispensible part. Songs are full of praise and glory given to Creator God, for His guidance and help, especially in time of difficulties. Worship is a heart overflowing with praise to God.
Willie Myric was kidnapped from his car porch when he was nine years old. For hours, he travelled in a car with his kidnapper, not knowing what would happen to him. During that time, Willie decided to sing a song called “Every Praise”. As he repeatedly sang the words, his abductor was restless and told him to shut up. Finally, the man stopped the car and let Willie out unharmed. Songs of praise can deliver us from the troubles and pains of life.
The Kings of the Ammonites, Moabites and Meunites came together against the Israelites. As they prepared for battle, King Jehoshaphat organised a choir to march out in advance of their enemies’ army. The choir sang, “Give thanks to the Lord, for his steadfast love endures forever.” (2 Chro.20:21). When the music started, Israel’s enemies became confused and destroyed each other. As the prophet Jahaziel had predicted, Israel did not need to fight at all. Whether we are facing a battle, or feeling trapped, we can glorify God in our hearts. Truly, “for great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised.” (Ps.96:4). While Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God in jail, suddenly there was an earthquake, the foundations of the prison were shaken, all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were unfastened. (Acts 16:25). Songs are powerful. Somebody said, “A song is equal to two prayers.”
Music has the power to life our spirits by reminding us of God’s faithfulness in the past. When we are discouraged, we can sing songs and hymns that raise our eyes from the challenging circumstances we face to see the power and presence of the Lord. We are reminded that He is our strength, our song and our salvation. Surely, music has the power to motivate, encourage and inspire people.
As we are celebrating a Choir Sunday, may God Bless our Choir to be renewed and with a sense of responsibility to continue in God’s ministry of singing praises and glorifying Lord in Spirit and truth.
May God bless us
Yours in His service,
C Y Thomas Achen