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 in the precious name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
During the month of September we remember the formation of the Church of South India and its faith journey and ministerial witness in the Indian soil. The Church of South India came into existence as a result of the deep desire on the part of Indian Christians to come together. By the providence of God, the four ecclesiastical traditions namely Anglican, Methodist, Presbyterian and Congregationalist united into one body by offering their respective heritage unimpaired for the common good. Each member church brought its own distinctive contribution into the spiritual treasury of the Church of South India. Greater peace, closer fellowship and fuller life are the basic union characters of our vibrant and uniting Church of South India.
Church is a worshiping community. Worship the christian church affirms like the Hebrew people, as the highest form of service to God. Jesus participated in both temple and synagogue worship but taught that the true worship is to worship God in spirit and truth. Through the worship we could feel the sense of God’s greatness and also offering ourselves as sacrifice.
Preaching and worship are integrally related to each other in our church ministry of C.S.I. When we read in the Book of Acts about the pattern of worship in the early church, we find that there is a total integration of preaching and worship. “They devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers”. Acts. 2:42. When there is no proper relationship between life and liturgy, such liturgy fails to transform the life of the Christian community. Hence the worship gives inspiration or direction into our life through the preaching and reading the scripture in the corporate worship. As worshiping community, how much importance do we give for preaching and reflection in order to lead a meaningful Christian life?
Christian worship should bring the anxieties of the people before God, rather it seems to be irrelevant for daily life of believers. The content of worship should be liberative, it should bring wholeness and fullness to people. In this context worship can help people to face challenges in day today life. Being motivated by God’s love, worship is expected to bring an assurance of liberty, wholeness and right relationship.
Worship is the central act of the life and mission, witness and service of the church. It is the way in which man and woman, rich and poor, learned and unlearned, share in God’s grace and seek forgiveness. It is the liturgical, sacramental and public realization of the unique act of Jesus Christ for the life of the world. Hence the worship is a public act which aims at communicating the good news revealed to us in and through Jesus Christ.
As we celebrate the formation day of the Church of South India, let us re-dedicate ourselves for the growth of
our unity, worship and witness in our Indian context.
May God bless us all abundantly.
Yours in Christ
C Y Thomas Achen