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21
Jun 2020
Syriac Orthodox Church Sermon

Every single time we come to church, it is an opportunity to open our heart and repent and receive the body and blood of Jesus Christ so we can continue in our life. Matthew 10:34 offers us one of the most complicated questions in the Bible. When Jesus was talking with His disciples and the people around him, he said “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” And yet in Matthew 5:44, we are taught: “Love......

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14
Jun 2020
Phase 2 of Church Re-Opening Begins June 14, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, We wish and pray that you are all in good health and safety under the shelter of our Almighty God.    We were so thankful to see some of you last Sunday coming in for Holy Communion and we are pleased to announce that we just received new guidelines from the state of NJ allowing up to 50 people inside the church.   We are blessed to have Sayidna celebrate Holy Liturgy with us this Sunday. The following are Phase 2 procedures:  We will continue to stream the Holy......

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07
Jun 2020
From Father Andrew Bahhi - The Feast of the Pentecost

The Pentecost feast is where the Father sent the Holy Spirit keeping the promise that Jesus said to his disciples when He was about to be sent to Heaven. He said: “Remain in Jerusalem until you will receive a power from above.” And this promise Jesus told His disciples was fulfilled after the ten days which is the day of the Pentecost, and this tells us a very important message. That every single thing Jesus Christ has said, he will keep it and fulfill it. It’s been 12 weeks since we had......

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13
May 2020
Syriac Orthodox Church

As Jesus passed, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office. He said to him, “Follow me.” So, he arose and followed Him. Maybe one of the most beautiful words that we always hear in the Bible from the very beginning, in the book of Genesis is also “Follow me.” And follow me means, walk after me, come behind me. And if we want to go deeper, if somebody tells you follow me, that means they want to show you something. And it does not mean, “come and I......

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03
May 2020
From Father Andrew Bahhi: How to Always Be with Jesus

A lot of us after the spiritual and holy season forget about God. I don’t mean we don’t believe in God, but we try to give ourselves a break or rest from our relationship with Jesus after times like the Holy Lent and Easter. But we should all read or Bible daily. We should all keep the fast during the whole year. And we should do more prayers, spiritual meetings, or hear sermons more often all during the year. Not only during the special seasons. In other words, we give us an......

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25
Apr 2020
COVID-19 Relief act

A Webinar will be held this Sunday at 4 pm to provide the necessary information for business owners and individuals financially impacted by COVID-19 on the process of applying for loans or grants through the COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Act. A presentation will be provided by our own John Barka, CPA, and other professionals.  You will be given the opportunity to ask questions after the presentation.  We highly recommend you join us via the link below to view the information being presented. Meeting link: Click this link to join with your computer......

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18
Apr 2020
From Father Andrew Bahhi - Saturday of Light before Easter

On, the Holy Saturday, we celebrate the day before Easter. We thank the Lord who brought us to this blessed hour and this very special time. While I was preparing the sermon the other day, I asked this day “What’s your story?” “I feel less important than the other days,” Saturday said to me. “Good Friday is about Jesus’s death and Sunday celebrates Jesus’s resurrection. Nobody remembers this day, and nobody cares about me.” But this day is very important. We are one day away from the biggest feast ever, the resurrection......

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05
Apr 2020
Jesus and the Blind Man Luk 18

Sunday sermon from His Eminence Mor Dionysius John Kawak: On the 6th Sunday of our Journey for Easter, a person in great need tried to attract the attention of the people around Jesus. It was a special request. As we read in Luke 18:35-45: Life was passing the blind man. He had been sitting on the sideline of life, begging because he had no way to make a living for himself. He could not go on a trip like the people of Jesus were doing. People were passing him by and looking......

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Mar 2020
The Parable of the Good Samaritan, Luke 10:25-37

We thank always our heavenly father for all his blessings to give us this opportunity to be in His home to be with us in this liturgy. I know most of you at home wish to be with us, but believe me you are with us in the spirit, because our savior said “every 2 or three people who gather in my name, I’ll be in their midst of them.” So, we believe He is with you, as He is with us. Today is the 5th Sunday of the Holy Great Lent.......

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15
Mar 2020
Paralytic Man Lent Assyrian Orthodox Church

We thank our heavenly father for all the blessings he gives us every day. We believe in the almighty. And He said, “I will never forsake you or forget you for all the days of your life until I come again.” We need to hear these verses, especially in these days. For when God is with us, nobody can be against us. Today’s the third Sunday of the great Lent, and we commemorate the healing of the paralytic man. It reminds us there is nothing that can help us except our savior......

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