Mar Thoma Congregation, Germany

Yet even now, says the Lord,return to me with all your heart,with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;rend your hearts and not your clothing.
Return to the Lord, your God,
for he is gracious and merciful,slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love,and relents from punishing. Joel 2: 12-13

Dearly beloved in Christ

Greetings in the name of our Lord of the Lent!

I express my joy at the privilege of greeting you all through this monthly note. At the same time, let us uphold the war-torn areas of Europe in our fervent prayers, and extend our hands and hearts to the people affected with violence around the world.

The church universal has entered a season of repentance and renewal. We call it the Great Lent or Fifty Days Fasting. It reminds us of the model exemplified in the earthly life of our Blessed Lord as he fasted forty days before his public ministry. Together with this, the church laments and commemorate the expiating passion that our Lord has suffered for the redemption of humanity and the whole creation. The Great Lent calls us for a renewed life propagating the fragrance of Christ in our daily lives. The word ´Lent’ has got Germanic roots which refers to Springtime, which points not just to the changing weather in March, but to the soul. It must be a springtime for the soul, to flourish, to bloom and to cheer up the dull dusk. Through sacrifice, charity, prayers and bible studies we attempt to blossom in Christ. In Latin, the word signifies ´to prolong’ or ´to slow down’ which warrants the daytime getting extended in Spring. In our lives, let us slow down and appreciate the modest and the smaller things in life, and be reminded that haste makes waste. As a time to reconnect, reflect and reimagine, slowing down in our busy phases adds meaning to what we have been doing. In English, it is the past tense of lend or loan, prompting us to affirm that God has invested so much in us and we are accountable for everything.

The Lenten services are held on all weekdays from 8:30 to 8:45 PM.

In February 2022, Holy Communion services were held in Köln, Zürich, Nürnberg, München and Bern. We as a congregation thank God for the arrangements done for the services done in different cities. Prayer meetings are also being regularly conducted. I request everyone to be part of these fellowships. Our Sunday schools have commenced yet another activity year. Youth Fellowships, Sevika Sanghom Intercessory Prayers, and Choir are helping our congregations to spiritually flourish and be bound in the love of Christ.

As we enter into a new year, I keep you all in my prayers.

God be with you!

Yours in Christ

Johnson Achen

02/03/2022

Hermannsburg

10: 00 PM