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Our motto for the year 2017 is to glorify God. How do we glorify Him? There are many ways, and one of them is through our gratitude. Our Heavenly Father is the giver of all good gifts. We owe everything to Him. Offering is a result of our thankfulness and love for God and His work. Special Offering of Thankfulness This year, Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on 1 October 2017. It is the time when we bring a special offering in addition to our regular offerings. Let us use the opportunity to bring our special offering of thanks to God on this day. Let us be thankful and glorify God through our gratitude! Letter from our District Apostle in Seven Languages With less than a month to go, let us prepare our hearts and minds, and every congregation for this special season. The annual Thanksgiving Letter by our dear District Apostle Mark Woll is meant to be shared with every member and congregation. The letter has been translated into seven languages and can be downloaded below.
Our friend and Bishop, the recently retired Bishop Sanjay Arvind Gorde passed away on Monday, 18 September 2017. After having health issues for quite some time, he stepped into eternity at the early age of 53. The Funeral service and burial took place on Tuesday, 19 September at his hometown Kolhapur, Maharashtra, and was conducted by the Apostles Sanjay Shastri and Pravin Gajbhiv. Born on 25 April 1964, Bishop Sanjay Gorde was ordained as Bishop on 23 March 2002 by Chief Apostle Richard Fehr. He served for more than 15 years as a Bishop during which he worked mainly in the state of Maharashtra in the districts of Kolhapur, Solhapur, and Pune. Before getting into full-time ministry he was involved in the construction of our church buildings, and for many years he was also a zealous teaching faculty. Due to serious health issues, Bishop Gorde was relieved from active ministry on 2 September 2017. Many Apostles, Bishops, and brothers with whom he worked were also present at his funeral to bid their friend and Bishop a tearful goodbye. He leaves behind his wife Neha Sanjay Gorde and his four children (three girls and one boy). Bishop Gorde during the All India Apostles and Bishops Meeting (AIABM) in […]
September 2017: Without Words What a shame—yet another minister is retiring. And this one really had something to say! No one would ever sleep when he was preaching—not even on a hot and sticky Wednesday evening after a long and stressful day at work. His words really carried weight, not only in the divine service, but also in pastoral visits, and even in the brief statements he would often make while saying good-bye to people at church. And it was quite clear to everyone: behind these words there was a great deal of experience, both in life and in faith. And now this fellow is going to find himself sitting in the pew! Many would have loved to see him carry on a little longer in active service. But who has ever said that a retired minister is no longer capable of preaching? Although it may no longer be in words, he can often preach just as effectively as he did before! A sermon without words is at times even more effective than one delivered from the altar. The way he accepts the young ministers (who are at times something of an acquired taste), the way he deals with the changes that […]
Vasant Kunj is a place near the airport which is known for its farm houses and bungalows. One of our priests from Cape Town, South Africa, resides there with his wife, and they invited the Delhi youth to their place for a refreshing afternoon. Despite the distance from our Lajpat Nagar Church, around 35 members followed the invitation with enthusiasm and excitement. Praise, Worship and Practice for November A fellowship breakfast was followed by spiritual part which even moved the security guard who works at Kallie and Roseline’s place. The bible text was taken from Colossians 2:6-7 which says “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.” During a praise and worship session, the youth expressed their joys and talents by playing instruments, singing, dancing, etc. The meeting was also used to discuss ideas and practice for an activity that the Delhi youth would present in Raipur on November 11 during the Cultural Evening with our Chief Apostle. After a scrumptious lunch with a variety of foods, the youth indulged in fun activities like swimming and playing water games – and of course, taking […]
My dear brothers, sisters and dear friends, Greetings once again. It is now certainly time for another update. A few days ago, as we went past the “3 months to go” milestone for the special Divine Service with our Chief Apostle, I was really excited that we were able to stick close to our timeline and open registrations for the event around this date. Online Registrations and Donations Although I was not able to write and alert you of this, many came to know, and the word has begun to spread rapidly. Within the past week, 150 seats were blocked by registering members, and about Rs.31,000/= was received as donations. Great going indeed. I noticed that most wanted to sit in front, but please be aware that while everybody cannot be in front, we will also have 2 big 10 feet x 10 feet screens at a place where everyone can view the whole service clearly. Even if you are in the balcony. In fact, that may be a better view. I do trust that apart from our registration amounts we will be honest with our tithing and liberal beyond that. Please do not hesitate to approach well-wishers and non-New-Apostolic […]
With 80 Days left till the Divine Service with our dear Chief Apostle, here is all you need to know about his visit. Divine Service on 12 November 2017 Click the picture to see additional information on Facebook! The Divine Service with our Chief Apostle is scheduled to start at 11 am. All attendees are requested to be seated by 9.30 am. Seating Plan and Online Registration The map below shows the seating layout of the hall at Gujarati School. The red block is the stage where the altar will be. The green and blue blocks are open for online registrations, please see information below. Please note that the choir will sit in C block. During registration, it is not possible to pick an exact seat. However, it is possible to register in a particular section or block of the hall. Click on the map to download a pdf for printout! Click here to register for Ground Floor! Click here to register for Balcony! Cultural Evening on 11 November 2017 Click the picture to see additional information on Facebook!
Part 5 of 5 The sacrifice of Jesus Christ—that is to say, the death of Jesus—is the essential foundation of Christian faith, life, and proclamation. This series explores various aspects that highlight the importance of Christ’s sacrifice for believers. Forgiveness of Sins: Not the only Aspect of Christ’s Sacrifice Since the state of being a Christian—that is to say, of having acquired a completely new status before God—is itself rooted in the sacrificial death of Jesus, it is not appropriate to identify the sacrifice of Christ with the proclamation of the forgiveness of sins in the divine service. The sacrifice of Christ is indeed the basis upon which the forgiveness of sins can be pronounced and effected, however, the forgiveness of sins is only one product of this sacrifice—albeit an extremely important one. Jesus conquered both Sin and Death The Catechism makes it clear that the forgiveness of sins in general is closely related to the sacrifice of Christ: “The perfect sacrifice of Christ replaced the sacrificial service of the Old Testament. Jesus Christ led a life without sin. Through His sacrifice, the willing surrender of His life (John 10: 17–18), He broke the power of Satan and conquered the Devil and all […]
The choristers from various regions of the country gathered together in Raipur, where the Chief Apostle is going to conduct the Divine Service on the 12th November 2017. Whenever this group of choristers comes together they make for a joyful atmosphere, and this time was no different. A Hearty Welcome to All As the choristers, the coordinator Priest Samson and the director Deacon Moses arrived, day one brought a certain buzz and special energy to the place at St. Josephs Cathedral in Raipur. It was as auspicious gathering for everyone, accompanied and covered by many prayers. Soon, the whole place was filled with energetic youth who were eager to learn, practice and enjoy a special four-day fellowship. Towards the evening, the youth was busy praising and singing hymns, and their beautiful voices echoed throughout the premises. Choir practices started at 8 in the mornings and went on till 6 in the evening. The schedule started with praying in the morning the breakfast, lunch and dinner were provided for all. New Members and a Voice Test for Everyone It is well known to all the choristers that Priest Samson and Deacon Moses have been appointed as the coordinator and director respectively. During these four days, the efforts […]
Sometimes all the sowing, watering and nourishing in the field can fail to produce any harvest in God’s Kingdom. Missionaries and church planters get so discouraged, at their failed efforts that many return back home. Elamarru in Gudivada, Andhra Pradesh, was one such area where ministry work dried up. Elamarru is known for its coconut plantations, rice mills and acres of farmland. Once upon a time NAC India was active in Elamarru but over the years members started dropping out and soon the congregations disbanded. Elamarru’s Revival Even though many years passed, District Apostle Helper David Devaraj did not forget the congregations scattered across Gudivada. Discussions were held and serious efforts were made to revive the congregations. A seminar was organized by Bishop Vijay Kumar and a few other brothers. The seminar was attended by 10 people. The 10 participants were taken through the 10 articles of faith. After learning about God’s work and more about the NAC India vision, they participated in discussions on Sunday school, youth meetings, choir practice and the Chief Apostle’s November visit to Raipur to conduct a Divine Service. Excited and Thankful The seminar was a huge success. The people who worked behind the scenes […]
Part 4 of 5 The sacrifice of Jesus Christ—that is to say, the death of Jesus—is the essential foundation of Christian faith, life, and proclamation. This series explores various aspects that highlight the importance of Christ’s sacrifice for believers. A Meal of Remembrance The connection between Holy Communion and the sacrificial death of Jesus is also mentioned in the Catechism: “Holy Communion is a meal of remembrance because it first of all commemorates the death of Jesus Christ as a unique event which is valid for all times. The remembrance of this event is important because it emphasizes that Jesus Christ is true Man who had to suffer real death” (Catechism 8.2.8). Proclaiming the Lord’s Death That Holy Communion is also a remembrance of the death of Jesus and His continuing message is stated in first Corinthians: “For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes” (1 Corinthians 11: 26). Remembrance and proclamation of the sacrifice of Jesus occur wherever the Lord’s Supper is celebrated and wherever its character as a meal of remembrance is preserved. Text source: Divine Service Guide 2017 (India), pages 280-283
How to promote the Chief Apostle’s visit to Raipur among the youth in Hyderabad? After a thinking and brainstorming, the striking answer was to organize a cricket tournament. The news spread quickly as many of the youth are interested in the game. A WhattsApp group was created for easy coordination, and everyone worked hard throughout the previous week: they prepared the cricket ground, designed and printed special T-Shirts, and organized lunch for all the participants. Let the Games Begin! On the 5th of August, the big day had come and all the teams reached the cricket ground. After a short prayer, the first match started at 7 in the morning. Eight teams from different congregations of Hyderabad competed in the tournament, but in the end it came down to a fascinating final between Shadnagar and Hafeezpet, which was won by the latter team. Trophies and a Twist The winning prize was not only a trophy and medals: All the members of the winning team would receive a free entry pass to the Divine Service with the Chief Apostle in Raipur! It was a day of excitement and joy for the youth of Hyderabad as this was the first ever cricket tournament organized by NAC India. All the teams played with […]
Part 3 of 5 The sacrifice of Jesus Christ—that is to say, the death of Jesus—is the essential foundation of Christian faith, life, and proclamation. This series explores various aspects that highlight the importance of Christ’s sacrifice for believers. Free from Sin The relationship between the crucifixion of Jesus and baptism is addressed in Romans 6: 3–7. Apostle Paul states that the baptized is integrated into the death of Jesus. The Christian is directly united with the death of Jesus through the sacrament of Holy Baptism with water. Here Paul writes, “Do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? … knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been freed from sin” (verses 3, 6, and 7). Life in Christ Begins The Catechism likewise elaborates on the relationship between Holy Baptism with water and the sacrificial death of Jesus in the context of Romans 6: 3–8: “The baptized shares in the death of Jesus Christ and in His new life. Seen in a […]