Greetings to the members and well-wishers of CSI Divya Shanthi Church in the name of our name lord and savior Jesus Christ!
Grace and peace be with you all.
As your pastor and fellow journeyer, I am filled with gratitude for the privilege of walking alongside each one of you. It is my sincere hope that through our gatherings, our conversations, and our shared moments of worship, we can embody the very essence of the scripture—encouraging, inspiring, and uplifting one another. For it is in our togetherness that we find strength, and it is through our unity that we draw closer to the divine purpose that guides us.
As we embark on this journey of faith together on the 45th year of our Church anniversary. We come together as a congregation not merely as individuals, but as a family bound by a common purpose. The church is not just a physical structure; it is a living, breathing community that holds immeasurable value for each one of us. It is important to reflect on the profound significance of the church in our lives. I want to share three key points that illuminate the power of the church in our journey of faith.
"And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together... encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching." Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV):
The church is a place where diverse individuals come together as one family under the guidance of our Creator. It serves as a reminder that our faith transcends boundaries and unites us despite our differences. In a world often marked by division, the church stands as a sanctuary of unity. As we gather in worship, we recognize that we are all equal in the eyes of God, bound by our shared belief and purpose. Through unity, we find strength, support, and the capacity to impact the world around us.
Just as plants flourish in fertile soil, our spirits find nourishment and growth within the church. It is a place where we are encouraged to learn, question, and deepen our understanding of our faith. Through prayer, scripture, and fellowship, we experience spiritual maturation. The church provides us with a safe space to wrestle with our doubts, seek guidance, and emerge with a stronger, more resilient faith. It challenges us to become better versions of ourselves and to continuously strive for personal and collective growth.
Central to the church's essence is the message of grace. It's a gift that reminds us of God's boundless love and forgiveness, which we can extend to ourselves and others. Within the church's embrace, we find solace in times of struggle, forgiveness for our mistakes, and the strength to forgive those who have wronged us. Through the embodiment of grace, we learn the transformative power of compassion and mercy. The church's role is to be a conduit for grace, both receiving and extending it, creating a ripple effect of kindness and healing in our lives and the world.
In conclusion, the church is a beacon of unity, growth, and grace. It's a place where our souls are rejuvenated, our faith deepened, and our love for humanity expanded. may we carry with us the understanding that the church is not confined to walls—it resides within us and guides us in all aspects of life.
Let us embrace the unity that unites us, seek continuous growth, and extend grace to all. Through these three pillars, we can harness the power of the church to create a more compassionate, harmonious, and enlightened world.
In His Service,
REV. D. MARY SHALINI