The heavens are telling of the glory of God;
And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.
Welcome to Ebenezer
Mar Thoma Church
Service every Sunday at 10 AM
Sunday School at 9:15 AM
Mr. Samuel Mathai, brother of Thomas K Mathai, left for our heavenly abode on Wednesday 2:45 PM. Funeral arrangements are being made for Monday February 19th in Kerala at Vazhuthakkadu MTC. Please keep the family in your prayers.
Our Watch Night Service will start at 10:30 PM on Saturday December 31st. English Holy Communion service will follow after. Rev Shiby Abraham will lead both services. All are requested to join us!
What is our identity ? The identity makes one different and unique in the society. Our life is given but identity is our own creation. A Christian is challenged to construct identity by seeking a model from the Qurbana. We cannot properly receive the Bread of life without sharing the Bread for life of others. The Eucharistic Sacrament is Prophetic symbol which demands to us as a Qurbana community we should do dream of God for Just centered community , receive Body of Christ needs personal conversion and structural reforms. The purpose of Eucharist is to create a hope for an alternative community .
The focus of Qurbana is a new humanity in Christ and loving community based on God’s justice. Every Qurbana celebration is a Prophetic call to transform ourself and or society in the view of Kingdom of God. Lord’s Table remembers us we are the keepers of the brother. Eucharist is a nourishment in our faith journey especially for those who seek Kingdom justice and peace. Is our Eucharist experience is a questionable one? Is it a passive acceptance with injustice ,hostility and divisions
Table fellowship needs an actualization of community feeling and togetherness , building a community means building relationship in a world of divisions and alienation . So let us heal all our wounded relationship. Sharing table means sharing life for egalitarian society. Eating is symbol of fellowship . Jesus uses the meal as a sign and table as expression of solidarity. So we set Lord’s Table without race, culture, ethnicity and social status Qurbana is a mighty movement or dynamic force in the history for personal societal liberation. This movement demands freedom from all kinds of sinful bondages . Eucharist is a great school of peace forming men and women.
As believer of this Church we should express a Qurbana centered identity or lifestyle for the extension of Kingdom of God. As we have entered into Great Lent season let us practice lifestyle of Qurbana for a meaningful Christian witness. All our Lent prayers ,Namaskasra prarthanas, fasting and all other practices be a fruitful one to become new creation in Christ . May Almighty God Bless each one of us to be blessing for others.
With love and prayers,
Many Americans are going away from its roots. Bible centered spiritual roots of our nation are neglected by secularization . In the early stage do you know what Americans had done ? The first public building they erected was a Church building. The first public exercise was the worship of Almighty God. When sorrow comes they gathered at the Church to appeal to God for help. When the bountiful harvest fill their barns they gathered at the Church for thanksgiving to God.
Our Fathers had a strong desires to please God and do His will. `Around 150 years passed by from the time of the early settlers , we are not very proud of some of the things that happened during these years. The spiritual atmosphere are different, youths are going away from Church, some Churches are in a dying stage. In World lot of people have dream and temptation to enjoy American life ie; to enjoy the fruits of citizenship of America without any sacrifice to this nation. As poet says > “We eat from orchards > we didn’t plant. > We drink from the wells > we didn’t dig > We reap from the field > we didn’t sow”
When we experience more facilities of this nation we should have more commitment and sacrifice for good tradition of America.
PARADOX OF OUR TIME > “ We have taller buildings but shorter tempers wider freeways but narrow viewpoints . We spent more but we have less. We buy more but we enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families . We have more convenience but less time. We have more degrees but less sense. We have more medicine but less wellness. We have multiplied our possessions but reduced our values . We talk too much do little. We have learned how to make a living not a life. We have been all the way to the moon and back but the trouble in crossing the street to meet the neighbor.”
For the blessing of America we must pray unceasingly for America . We must live righteously , we must be the Gospel to evangelize this country. It is our privilege to be here in this nation, and to use its facilities as stewards of God . May God Almighty bless all of us to be faithful witness in America.
With love and prayers,
Our time on this earth is limited. First of all we must be very careful how we live on this earth because we have only limited time in our life. The Psalmist says “Show me O Lord my life’s end and the number of my days. Let me know how fleeting is my life”(Psalm :- 39:4) So that we have to develop a spiritual wisdom to face the realities of life. Paul tells we must make the most of every opportunity. In every year we are getting lot of opportunity to be fruitful but how many of us are using it in right way.
Don’t live in worries of tomorrows, we have to live in hope of today’s moment. Many of us are living either in the sinful past or anxiety of future but the main important thing is how do we face life in present stage. Don’t waste our time for shallow affairs. Many people are wasting their time for wrong things. Main thing in our life is to understand the will of God. What do you think God’s will for you in this new year? We have to set our priorities according to God’s will. We should have definite time for prayer in our home and spend quality time with our family.
How to form a happy and healthy new year? “You will have enough trials to keep you strong. You will have enough sorrows to keep you human. You will have enough hope to keep you happy You will have enough failure you keep you humble You will have enough friends to give you comfort You will have enough enthusiasm to make you look forward to tomorrow You will have enough determination to make each day better than the day before. Many of us may have enough wealth to meet the needs of others”.
What happened in the last twelve months? Was it a best year for us? We will get 8760 hours of this year. We have to use it wisely for the glory of God and to the extension of Kingdom of God. May Almighty give more strength more wisdom and more blessing in this Year
With love and prayers,
Christmas is season of dreams. Dream of assurance, dreams of hope, dreams of peace. Christmas is about miracles of transformation. Transformation in the life of Zachariah and Elizabeth, through the birth of John the Baptist, transformation of Joseph and Mary through the birth of Jesus Christ. The shepherds were outcast but they were recognized by God. In Christmas fear transformed into joy, bewilderment was transformed into wonderment.
a) Christmas informs the culture
The message is that God loves this world and He cares about us. Main message of Christmas are " Don't be afraid", "joy for all", "peace for all". Christmas announce that there are reason for hope, joy and peace. Jesus is wonderful counselor ,mighty God , everlasting Father , Prince of peace. This is the message about Jesus Christ with which Christmas informs the world. Christmas says God is Immanuel ie: He is with us
b) Christmas transforms the culture
Christmas is message about changing the world . it talks about transformation of individual and the world . We are transformed by the Gospel in order to transform the culture around us. We have a great culture ie: Christmas culture that will transform a wicked person to Holy saint. As a Christian are we a failure to influence world according to divine culture?. Our ultimate loyalty should be to the culture of Jesus Christ or His Kingdom values
C) Christmas forms a new culture
Birth of Jesus Christ was beginning of new things . His Kingdom would replace the kingdom of world . Christmas is announcement of new worldly order, through Christmas we got the opportunity to become new creation in Christ. In Christmas there are hope for hopeless , homeless, powerless, untouchable, convicted , uneducated, outcaste and cultureless . The culture of Christmas is self emptying love, give our life for the blessing of others. Let this Christmas season be a meaningful celebration for each one of us. All our Carol rounds , Carol service and Watch night service be a God experiencing fellowship.
With love and prayers,
- “As you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, giving thanks to god the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”” (Ephesians:-5;19,20)*
Dear believers in Christ,
November is the month of thanksgiving . It is a symbolic expression for all days. Thanksgiving day is a distinctive holiday for Americans. It doesn’t commemorate a battle or anyone’s birthday or anniversary, it is a day set aside to express our nation’s thanks to our God Almighty. There is a danger when we determine our thanksgiving on the basis of how much we have possessed . Material things will change but main thing is our relationship with God.
* "Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus" (1 Thessalonians:-5:16-18)*
Four things that keep us away from thankful mind a) Our pride or arrogant nature b) Constant complaining attitude c) Forgetting the history of God’s marvelous ways in the crisis our life situations d) There is not much awareness about Grace of God in our life
How to present thanksgiving to God Almighty? a)Thanksgiving to God should be expressed through language , music or other body gestures b)Thanksgiving to God Almighty should be an expensive matter eg: First fruit c)God Almighty expect thanksgiving from all His creatures
Creator God do expect thanksgiving from all the creatures of the world. In our worship service thanksgiving prayer has very important role to praise the Lord. True thankfulness should be the mark of God’s community. Thankless life is a big sin, we need a proper perspective about thanksgiving day. It is not mere an American holiday, it points out Godly way of life. Thanksgiving is an attitude not a day observation. Why we praise God, because He is our creator, provider, sustainer and redeemer. Let us celebrate thanksgiving day with thankful heart for the mercy and Grace of God. May the God Almighty empower us to do Thy will for the extension of the Kingdom of God. May the God Almighty bless each one of us.
With love and prayers,
Youth Chaplain's Corner
Meet the office bearers
Rev Sony Philip
President & Vicar
John C Mathai
English Lay Ministrant
Malayalam Lay Ministrant
Sunday School Superintendent
Edavaka Mission Representative
Sevika Sangham Representative
Yuvajana Sakhyam Representative
Thomas K Mathew
Youth Fellowship Representative
Diocesan Assembly Member
The spiritual renewal in the Church, which was the offspring of reformation has created a yearning in believers to present the Gospel to others. It was realized that this could not be fully achieved by the services of a few full time evangelists. On the other hand every member of the Church should be a missionary filled with such joy and assurance of salvation as to be Christ’s witness to those who come into contact with him, irrespective of one’s profession in secular life.Believers interested in evangelistic and intercessory activities used to assemble periodically for prayer and fellowship. It was in the annual meeting of such a gathering in 1924, the present Mar Thoma Voluntary Evangelists’ Association was formed. Bishop Abraham Mar Thoma was the ardent supporter of this movement.The objective of this association is that every member of the Church should be a witness to Jesus Christ, whatever his or her occupation may be. Those who volunteer to be members of the Association meet together in each parish at least once a week for fellowship, intercessory prayer, Bible study and sharing experiences.The branch of the Mar Thoma Voluntary Evangelists Association in the Parish is called "Edavaka Mission".
The women in the Mar Thoma church also shared the spiritual power generated by the Reformation. The Mar Thoma Suvisesha Sevika Sangham the women’s wing, was inaugurated during the Maramon Convention in the year 1919, under the leadership of Abraham Mar Thoma Suffragan Metropolitan, who gave the Sangham continued support and inspiration. Every women of the Mar Thoma Church above the age of 18 years is a member of the Sevika Sangham. The Sevika Sangham has branches in all parishes of the Mar Thoma Church both in India and abroad. The Sevika Sangham at Ebenezer Mar Thoma Church is an extremely active and spirited group who play an extremely active role in the development and growth of our church.
In the Mar Thoma Church, Sunday Schools play a very significant role in the spiritual renewal and growth of young generation. The formal inauguration of the Sunday School Samajam took place at Maramon Convention in 1905. 'Come to Jesus and bring every child to Jesus' is the motto of our Sunday school. Since then the Sunday School organization has grown and changed but our motto still remains the same.Ebenezer Mar Thoma Church Sunday School is held every Sunday (with some exception) between September and June at 11:00am. It is comprised of an extremely dedicated team of teachers and an eager group of students who have led to its continued success year after year. Our students actively participate in Diocesan-led initiatives such as the National Diocesan Exam and VBS. In addition to bible study, our students also learn about church history and the growth of the Mar Thoma Church.
Youth Fellowship and Yuvagena Sakhyam
The Mar Thoma Yuvajana Sakhyam was organized with a view that all the young people in the Church should accept Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord, and bear witness to His saving power. It was organized in 1933 by a resolution of the Sabha Prathinidhi Mandalam. Ebenezer Mar Thoma Church continues to honor this resolution with not only an active and thriving Yuvajana Sakhyam but also an extremely devoted Youth Fellowship group. Both groups work hand in hand to develop our youth as responsible young men and women who can face the challenges of life while upholding the faith and practices of the Mar Thoma Church and Christian values.
About Our Parish
Address: 406 King St Port Chester, NY 10573
Phone: (914) 413-9550
Sunday Worship: 10:00 AM
Sunday School: 09:15 AM
Ebenezer Mar Thoma Church, New York, established on 1987, Previously this parish was known as 'Congregation of Greater New York', one of the first Mar Thoma Congregation in USA , established on 1976.
His Grace, Late Rt. Rev .Dr. Alexander Mar Thoma Metropolitan renamed this Congregation as Ebenezer Mar Thoma Church and the worshipping location was Pelham Community Church, at Washington & High Brook Ave, Pelham, New York. There were seventy families regularly attended the worship service. Rev. George Varghese was our Vicar and Rt. Rev. Dr. Abraham Mar Paulose (Rev.Dr.K.U.Abraham) served as Asst.Vicar.
When we write the history of our church, we cannot ignore the period of 1996 – 2000, a new era of our North American Diocese and Ebenezer Mar Thoma church, the untold story of our sufferings and sacrifice. Even though we walked through the valley of the shadow of death, we were grateful to be the part of the history of Mar Thoma Sabha in North America. We were glad to have the historical judgment which enabled the Diocesan of North America to establish and expand their spiritual and social growth in North America.
We thank our late Metropolitan, His Grace Rt. Rev. Dr. Alexander Valiya Metropolitan, our first Diocesan Bishop, Rt. Rev. Dr. Zacharias Mar Theophilus Suffragan for their immense support and guidance
After 25 years, by the Grace of our Savior Jesus Christ, we have our own church and we have started service on our new parish on January 22nd 2012.
On March 31st 2012, His Grace Rt. Rev. Dr. Joseph Mar Thoma Metropolitan consecrated our church along with our Diocesan Bishop, Rt. Rev. Dr. Geevarghese Mar Theodosius Episcopa.
Rev. Abraham Oommen
Rev. Benjamin George
Rev. Johnson C Jacob
Rev. Johnson Varghese
Rev. George Mathew
Rev. Dr. V. S. Varghese (Associate Vicar)
Rev. Thomas Easow
Rev. Thomas C Alexander
Rev. Dr. T. P. Abraham
Rev. Johnson Varghese
Rev. Dr. K. U. Abraham (Associate Vicar) (Rt. Rev. Dr. Abraham Mar Paulose)
Rev. G. Varghese