Newsletter (01/07/15)

Dear Church,
Greetings in Jesus’ name! We have come to the end of the year 2015 and moved across the threshold of the New Year. It is appropriate for us to stop and remember as we reflect on all that has happened to us as individuals, as families, as a local church community and in the world around us. It is an opportunity for us to repeat with the Psalmist “ Bless the Lord O my Soul and all that is within me, bless His holy Name”. We thank God for His faithfulness and recognize God’s amazing providence, protection and provision. I am learning to discover and sense the presence and faithfulness of God in the ups and downs of my life.

I was recently reading what the new Indian CEO of Microsoft  Satya Nadella had to say when he was visiting his home in the city of Hyderabad, India. He was speaking at a gathering of Information Technologists and Cyber Gurus convened by the Chief Minister of the state to seek ways to catapult the state as a leading IT hub in Asia. His brief message was the “Mantra for success is: Concept, Capability and Culture.” For any organization or community to progress it needs to have a clear vision of what it seeks to be and then develop the Capacity in terms of the Resources necessary to be able to deliver the vision. It is interesting that Satya Nadella recognized the vital place of creating a culture that facilitates the articulation of the vision and the process of developing the resources and the means to actually achieve or deliver the vision.

As a Christian I believe we should be engaging with these “Captains of Industry”, politicians and others who are vital opinion shapers in impacting the world around us. There is a proper place to engage in the science of appreciative inquiry where we are able to discover the impulses that motivate ideas, human discourse or conversations which lead to the formation of movements and later develop into organizations. I often reflect and pray-seeking God’s wisdom to critique and value these secular processes. How does my faith in Christ and our theological insights, Christian anthropology and biblical world view enable us to encourage, engage and add value to the human endeavor of seeking the common good? I believe the answer is found in the Gospel of Jesus and He is the Good News! This is my experience, faith and conviction. I am keen for us as a church to actively engage with confidence with our neighborhood, our places of work and become a blessing to those we come into contact with.

Let us begin 2016 by living a Christian life, learning from our Failures recognizing that Failure is never final. May we seek God and respond to the many opportunities that abound around us for Christ and His kingdom.

Be assured of my prayers, friendship and love. I look forward to seeing you this Sunday.

Take care and God bless you.

Your Pastor and Friend,

George Kovoor
Rector, St. John’s Episcopal Church