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posted Dec 8, 2013, 11:39 AM by St. Peter CSI Church Los Angeles
Dear all,

The second Sunday in November is set apart as a Unity Sunday in CSI churches to visibly express Jesus’ prayer referred in John 17: 21; ‘that they may all be one’. This Sunday is also especially dedicated to the unique ecumenical relationship that exists within the three Churches; the Church of South India, the Church of North India and the Mar Thoma Syrian Church. Although all three Churches had their particular historical experience of formation and separate identity, their unity efforts culminated in the creation of the Communion of Churches in India (CCI) in 2000. This was in acknowledgement of the togetherness in Christ while each continuing their autonomous status with one’s own traditions and organizational forms. All three Churches exist in full communion with each other.

I am indeed happy that on November 10th we will be jointly worshipping with the Horeb Mar Thoma Church in Los Angeles as visible grass root level expression of the oneness in Christ.

I invite all of you to celebrate it with meaning in recognition of the great missionary mandate that Jesus gave his disciples. Transcending and rising above differences in identity, culture and customs while believing in certain fundamentals is not an easy task. But Christ invites us to exercise the human ability to revel in commonality on such occasions. For that we need to have that ‘love with which God has loved’ (John 17: 26) practiced and lived at all times and in all contexts.

For the last few weeks we have been concentrating on the organization of our annual Harvest Festival. It was indeed a true expression of enthusiastic togetherness and thanksgiving to God. I express my deep felt appreciation for your whole hearted support.

Now it is time for us to look forward in anticipation to the coming of the Christmas and all related celebrations. Let us prayerfully prepare for the advent of Christ.

With warm regards,

Yours in Christ

George Oommenachen
November 1st 2013