Assistant Vicar’s Message
“Greetings to you all in the name of our precious Lord and Savior Jesus Christ”
I write this message with mixed feeling. This would be my last message that I could pen down as the Assistant Vicar of Trinity Mar Thoma Church, Houston through this newsletter. As I reflect over the past years, I could affirm that these were the three memorable years of fulfilment. What a blessed time we had with the Trinity family! I thank God for your love and care that we have experienced during our life and tenure here.
I am grateful to the present as well as the previous office bearers and committee members for their never-ending support and dedicated work towards the various activities of our parish. All of this was accomplished through the skill and dedicated work of many volunteers giving their countless hours of time. “Whatsoever your hand intends to do, do with all your heart” . As the members of this parish, amidst your daily struggle raising kids, work, and other things, many of you have thrived physically and emotionally to put forth the effort to attend worship services or support parish activities. I believe God will reward these efforts. The Trinity Mar Thoma Church has the unique quality of helping the needy with no reciprocal expectations, knowing that “whatever you have done for the least of these, you have done for me” (Matthew 25:40). As a family, we remember the good time and fellowship we had with all the members, especially with the youngsters of this parish. I am grateful to you for your genuine love and whole-hearted support in my ministry.
A smile and kind word can change the day for someone. Thanks for sharing your smiles and words of encouragement. I have learned many things during my ministry here at Houston. I have learned that even though we may disagree on how to do things — we can still love each other and work together. Life is filled with give and take situations. God did not intend this Christian journey to be a solo trip. He placed us in community — to work together, struggle together, learn from one another, encourage each other, and serve one another. It is all about relationship —our relationship with God and our relationship with others. We can remain faithful—even when it hurts. Sometimes we need to “yield our right of way”. God is with us in every situation we face....
I am thankful to Rev. Mathews Philip and family and Rev. Jacob P Thomas and family for their love and affection, and encouragement in my ministry during these three years.
I would like to extent a warm welcome to our new Assistant Vicar Rev. Roshan Mathews and family. His service would definitely be a blessing for our parish.
I am most grateful to God and the Episcopal Synod for giving me the opportunity to be the Assistant Vicar of this great church, to shepherd this congregation during a unique and very special time. As all of you know, I am transferred to Vapi Mission in Gujarat, India, May onwards. I request your prayers for our ministry over there. Kindly accept our sincere thanks that we express from the bottom of our hearts. You will always be near and dear to us. Our hearts and home are open to you and we will uphold you in our prayers. It is my prayer that God will continue to bless and grow this Church.
May each of you have an abundant life overflowing in God’s love and deeds of service.
Ginsey, Prathyash & Prajod join me in wishing you all the very best. “Good bye”
In His will
Rev. Philip Philip
March 1st, 2019.