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.

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Greetings to you in the precious name of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

The month of August begins with Laity Sunday. The Laity Fellowship is one of the youngest organizations in the Diocese. The main motive of the organization is to inspire and equip the laity in God’s work. So I pray that the observation of Laity Sunday may bring us meaningful insights in the mission of the Church.

‘Joy and Peace’ are the two words which are always relevant in the midst of violence, terrorist activities, war, sickness and sufferings. Jesus says, “These things I have spoken to you that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” Jn.15:11. The joy of Jesus was joy in doing the Father’s will. This is the joy He commends to us, and He says it is a joy which is “full”. The history of the Church over the past two thousand years is full of examples of men and women of God who have found the joy of doing His will greater than their many sufferings. Joy is one of the fruits of the Spirit.

Joy wants to do the will of God. Peace is the confidence that, in doing His will God’s sovereign hand us there working out His purposes. Our Lord bequeathed both His joy and His Peace to His disciples. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.” Jn. 14:27. Our Lord said these words as He faced the cross. He not only rejoiced to do what the Father wanted Him to do, He also had the confidence or peace that all would work out right. The same was to be true of His disciples. When He left, the Holy Spirit would come (Jn. 14:26) to guard God’s purposes in His people, and to be enabling them in whatever circumstances they might be called to pass through. God’s people would never have any reason to worry. The way ahead might not be easy, but the glorious end would always be sure.

This is the difference between the peace of God and the peace that the world offers. In the world, peace is merely absence of trouble. The peace of God is peace in the midst of trouble, a peace unshakable which the world cannot take away.

Let us thank God for His peace and joy.

Yours in His service

C Y Thomas Achen

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Verse of the Day

King James Version



August 2016

Worship Time

Sundays 6.15 a.m.

Tamil 7.15 a.m.

English 9.45 a.m.

Malayalam 7.30 a.m.

Zion Hall - 2nd & 4th Sundays