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Theme for the Month: 'Stewardship'


Dear Members of St. Andrew's Family,

Greetings to you in the precious name of our God, the source of all blessing and resources!

'My God is so big, so strong and so mighty, there's nothing my God cannot do, The mountains are His, the Rivers are His, and the stars are His handiwork too. He made the trees; He made the seas, He made the Elephants too, My God is so big, so strong and so mighty, there's nothing my God cannot do!'

This is a familiar Sunday School Song, which we all love to sing. As we grow older and see the wonderful things that God has created, we stand in awe and say how wonderful our God is! But we never realise that God, while giving all these beautiful things to us, He has also given us the responsibility of Stewardship of all the resources. So much can be done with our careful living. When each individual realises the responsibility, the achievement in this regard will also be more. As a community, we need to be thankful to God for all that we have within our own context. The heritage buildings, and the beautiful and spacious space in the compound to enjoy the beauty of nature, are the things that call us to look at our Stewardship Responsibility in a more practical way, and go forward in responding to our calling. I thank God for the wonderful 'Family of St. Andrew's Church', which gives us a sense of responsibility and fulfilment. When I say this, I have to admit that God helped us with all your prayers and contributions to renovate the distressed building and dedicate it after Rev. Stewart Wright, whose dedicated service we remember. Next, the repair and strengthening of the Stain Glass Window which needed immediate attention was taken up, and the work is almost over without any hindrance. Again, we praise God who helped through His people in preserving this beautiful ornament of the church.

The trees in the compound are a real blessing, but they have also become old. We are taking the advice from the Forest Department to assess the strength of these trees, so that we will be able to take safety measures. Knowing the need of the garden, and the dry leaves going waste, we have installed Compost Drums that help us to produce manure for our garden.

As you all know, we have gone back to our old practice of using the Porcelain Cups, and done away with Paper Cups! Health hazards are more with the use of plastic and paper cups, and this small beginning will surely help us not only in our church but also in our homes, so that we respond to God's calling of Stewardship.

We belong to the priesthood of all believers; we believe in the Ordained Ministry, who need transformation in order to transform others. Transforming experience should make us see God's Family in relationship, particularly in marriage, because it is a covenantal and sacred institution in Christian life. We need to understand the stewardship responsibility in every aspect of life, because we act on behalf of the One who created us. The themes for this month as per the CSI Almanac has to be understood with the vision of Stewardship, and therefore I urge that we, when as a family come together to worship God, commit ourselves to that responsibility God has given us, and reflect Him in all that we do.

May God bless us.

Rev. Jessie Ranjan
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