Lighthouse – September


Monthly Newsletter of Horeb Mar Thoma Church


Message from Rev. Larry Varghese, Vicar


Dearly Beloved in Christ,


Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us… Matthew 6:12 (NLT)

Paul says, “Therefore be imitators of God.” – Eph 5:1. Peter says, “Instead, as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct.” – 1 Pt 1:15.

We usually think of being Christ-like as being the Biblical mandate. But it’s interesting to ask the question: Does God act like us? When we think of forgiveness we know we are to forgive other just like God has forgiven us. Here though, intriguingly enough, we are taught to reverse idea that God will forgive us in the same manner we forgive others. Is this a mistranslation? We should note that the Lukan version can be translated as “forgive us our sins for we have forgiven the sins of others”, but Luke also quotes Jesus as saying, “Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” – Lk 6:37.

So what do we make of this idea of God acting like us? Well we should realize this isn’t something completely unusual. When Jesus spoke about judgmental attitudes he said, “For with the judgment you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get.” – Mt 7:2. Should we expect that God wouldn’t act this way? Do we think that God will forgive us regardless of our forgiving others? What does our attitude of unforgiveness imply about our experience of forgiveness? It should cause us to stop and think. Every time we say the Lord’s Prayer we are asking God to be like us in terms of forgiveness.

It is a frightening request for us to be making year after year. But hopefully the one who understands their own sins before God will realize the irony if they refuse to forgive someone else. Understanding that forgiveness has been achieved once and for all on the cross, we must admit that the experience of forgiveness is somehow tied to our offering of forgiveness to others. Therefore forgive, and be forgiven – not as though to earn forgiveness, but to prove our understanding of God’s forgiveness of us.
Rev. Larry Varghese.

Worship Service

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Sunday School

All Sundays – 1:30 pm (First Day of Sunday School on September 14, 2014)

Praise & Worship

All Sundays – 2:30 pm

Service Times

All Sundays – 3:00 pm

First Sunday — Holy Communion Service (English(September 7th Service at Retreat location in Pine Summit)

Second Sunday — Holy Communion Service (Malayalam)  (September 14th, Service English)

Third Sunday — Holy Communion Service (English)  (September 21, Service in Malayalam)

Fourth Sunday — Holy Communion Service (English)

Fifth Sunday — Divine Service (When applicable)



Bible Lesson Readers & Deacons

News, Events & Monthly Meetings


Parish (Edavaka) Mission

Tuesday Evening Meeting @ 7:00pm

9/02: Mr. & Mrs. Mathew Koshy
9/09: Mr. & Mrs. Binoy Abraham
9/16: Mr. & Mrs. Isaac George
9/23: Mr. & Mrs. Juby Mathew

9/26: Mr. & Mrs. Saji Baby

Friday Fasting & Prayer Meeting
September, 26th – 7:30pm
At the residence of Mr Thampi Thomas, Orange
Church Retreat
Friday, September, 5 -7 
Location: Pine Summit, Big Bear
Theme: Missional Family
Main Speaker: Dr. Sam George
Retreat Coordinator: Mr. Philip Jacob
Horeb MTC Town Hall Meeting
Saturday, September 20: Town Hall Meeting @ 5 pm, Acker Hall
Building Project Proposals
Sevika Sangham

Sevika Sangham Day: To be held on 21st Sept 2014. There will be a Grand Auction Sale following the service. Proceeds of the auction to go toward the church building fund. This will be followed by a Kerala sadhya.

Area Prayer Meeting
West Area: Saturday, September 13 @ 5 pm — Mathew Thomas (Cypress)

The Areas are divided as follows:


  • West Area: Buena Park, Carson, Cerritos, Cypress, Gardena, La Palma, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Norwalk, Signal Hill
  • East Area: Anaheim Hills, Brea, Corona, Fullerton, Placentia, Rancho Cucamonga, Yorba Linda
  • South Area: Irvine, Orange, Portola Hills, San Diego, Tustin

Sunday School

Our 2014/2015 Sunday School year will start  on September 14th, 2014 at 1:30PM. September 14th will also be Dedication Sunday. We have 48 students from nursery to grade 10 and 14 teachers.
We have two new teachers: Mrs. Sheeba George and Mrs. SueAnn Zachariah. Riya Mary George will lead the assembly and serve as the new music director. 
2:00 PMClasses begin
2:45-2:55PMSnack Time
Nursery through 4th grade will use the the Faith Weaver curriculum. Classes from 5th through 10th will follow the Diocesan curriculum.
We kindly request your prayers and support so that our children may grow in Christ.
(From Sunday School Superintendent)
Young Family Fellowship
Bible Study
Saturday, September, 27  –  4:00PM
Location: Mr. & Mrs. Ajith Varghese

Youth Fellowship

Friday, September 13
Location: TBD

Bible Study
Sunday, September 28
Location: GGUMC after Service


Birthday and Wedding Anniversary