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Theme for the Month: Re-forming Faith and Practice "Looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith..." (Hebrews 12:2)


The ideas of the Protestant Reformation even after 500 years seem to never go out of our imagination in helping us to re-form Faith and Practice. Generally, the formal date of the Protestant Reformation is dated back to October 31, 1517, when Martin Luther posted his "Ninety-five Theses" on the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. Faith is one of the essential issues that took centre stage in the growth and development of religious and social movements across Europe, which led to the mission movements across the world. The writer to the Hebrews talks of Jesus Christ as the Pioneer and Perfecter of our faith. Pioneer is the pathfinder who sets the course of faith. Perfecter is the finisher, the one who brings faith to our intended goal. In other words, Jesus perfects us as we draw closer to God.

There's a well-known prayer written by Thomas Merton that I have come to value. Thomas Merton (1915-1968) was an American Trappist Monk, Writer, Theologian, Mystic, Poet, Social Activist and Scholar of Comparative Religion. It goes like this:

My Lord God,
I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself,
and the fact that I think I am following your will
does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road,
though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore will I trust you always
though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for you are ever with me,
and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

The Prayer is an honest expression of our faith and the possibility of looking at paths that are beyond oneself and leads to God. We see a beautiful expression of faith in Hebrews 11:1, "Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen."

We are happy that we are celebrating important events this month - Youth Sunday, Sunday with the Differently Abled, and the Reformation Sunday. Our Special Sundays help us to focus on a particular concern and encourage many of us to participate in the Services. It is a joyous moment that many of us are participating in these Services and we are being blessed.

The Sub-committees and Teams are meeting regularly and have started planning for the next three years. We hope to share a Comprehensive Document on the objectives of each of the Ministries and will share it with you at the earliest.

Looking forward to the next batch of our classes in foreign languages as part of the St. Andrew's Centre for Learning (CFL) in the first week of November, and to St. Andrew's Day, and the beginning of the Advent Season.

Confirmation Classes have begun and we have started preparing for the Confirmation Service on the First Sunday of January, 2022.

Stay Blessed!

Your Presbyter
Rev. Dr. Dexter S. Maben

  Details of St. Andrew's Agape Emergency Fund for Covid-19
Sl. No Categories Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3 Phase 4 Total
1 St Andrew's School community 191 191 100 200 682
2 Workers at Hosur Road Cemetry 9 9 9 27
3 Brothers and Sisters at Tubugere 40 40 43 55 178
4 Members in need - St Andrew's Church 30 23 32 28 113
5 Sexton and Contract staff 11 7 7 25
6 Migrant Workers at Kothannur 10 10
7 BBMP Workers 11 11
8 Staff of Tunbridge School 15 15
9 Neighbourhood in need 10 9 61 80
10 Commercial Street Police 5 5
Total 332 270 184 360 1146
1 Rice (Kgs) 3320 2700 1840 2000 9860
2 Wheat (Kgs) 1660 1350 920 1800 5730
3 Oil (Ltrs) 332 270 184 360 1146
4 Salt (Kgs) 332 270 184 360 1146
5 Sugar (Kgs) 332 270 184 360 1146
6 Dal (Kgs) 332 270 184 360 1146
7 Tea (Packets) 332 270 184 360 1146
8 Soogi (Kgs) 332 270 184 360 1146
9 Chilli Powder (Packets) 332 270 184 360 1146
10 Dhanya Powder (Packets) 332 270 184 360 1146
7636 6210 4232 6680 24758
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