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"Jumal paneb suurelistele vastu, aga alandlikele Ta annab armu."
1. Peetruse 5:5  

 
 

Koguduse Tegevus

 
 

 


We are closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and will be posting updates here.

With the heightened awareneess and public concerns regarding the spread of the coronavirus, we want to assure you that public health and safety concerns are our highest priority.

Due to continued recommendations from officials and medical professionals, our church will be closed and all events will be cancelled or postponed until further notice.


Praegu ei toimu jumalateenistusi meie kirikus.

 

 

Piiskopi karjase kiri 2020

Armsad lugejad, koguduste esimehed, juhatuste ja nõukogu liikmed, kallid kaasmaalased!

Armu teile ja rahu meie Issandalt Jeesuselt Kristuselt!

Suurem osa meist oskab palvetada Meie Isa palvet, või tunnevad sellesse kogutud seitsme palve sõnu. Mõned palved on tuntud paljudele, nagu “meie igapäevast leiba anna meile tänapäev” ja “ära saada meid (mi,e) kiusatusse”.

Koroonaviiruse maailmalaiuse nakatushaiguse levimise pärast on üks palvetest saanud meile eriti palavaks südame sooviks. See on “päästa meid ära kurjast.” See palve küsib abi Jumalalt, palume päästmist ja pääsemist kurjuse mõjuvõimu käest. Kristlased on palvetanud seda palvet üle kahekümne sajandi. Nad on saanud abi ja pääsu Jumalalt veriste tagakiusamiste, taudide, nagu musta surma ehk katku, sõdade ja looduse katastroofide keskel. Issanda Kristuse suur apostel Paulus loetles mitmeid kurjuse tegusid ja Jumala antud võitu nende üle: “Kui Jumal on meie poolt, kes võib olla meie vastu? Kes võib meid lahutada Kristuse armastusest? Kas viletsus, või ahastus, või tagakiusamine, või nälg, või alastiolek, või häda, või mõõk?” (Pauluse kiri roomlastele 8. peatükk, salmid 31 ja 35) Paulus loetleb kogu ristiusu kiriku ja kristlaste ning kogu inimkonna ajaloos valitsenud kurjuse tegusid. Paulus julgustab kristlasi olema kindlad palves Jumalale. Jumal kuuleb Tema poole usus pöörajate palveid: “Sest ma olen veendunud selles, et ei surm ega elu, ei inglid, ei vürstid, ei käesolev ega tulev, ei vägevad, ei kõrgus ega sügavus ega mingi muu loodu või meid lahutada Jumala armastusest, mis on Kristuses Jeesuses, meie Issandas.” (Pauluse kiri roomlastele 8. peatükk, salmid 38 ja 39)

Kristlastena oleme võimelised usus ja lootuses Jumalasse seisma murede, raskuste, haiguste, taudide ja muu kurja vastu. Paulus kinnitab meid Pühakirja sõnas: “ Kes võib meid lahutada Kristuse armastusest? Kas viletsus, või ahastus?” (Roomlastele 8:35).

Praegune koroonaviiruse taudi levimine üle kogu maailma tuletab meile uuesti meelde, et siin ilmas me elame kurjuse poolt tehtud kannatuste sees. Jeesus õpetab meile seda Meie Isa palves, milles me korduvalt palume, et Jumal, kui meie Taevane Isa, päästaks meid kõigest kurjast. Me palume seda iga kord, kui me palume Meie Isa palvet. Me palume päästmist kurjast sama tihti kui me palume igapäevast leiba. Jeesus, kes õpetas Meie Isa palve oma jüngritele ja ka meile jüngrite poolt kirja pandud Pühakirja Uue testamendi kaudu, teadis, et maailmas on neil ja meil ahastus (Vaata Johannese 16. peatükk , 33. salm), aga võit on Jeesusel: “Olge julged, mina olen maailma ära võitnud!”

Kannatused ja kurjuse tegevus pole vähenenud, nagu praegune kroonaviiruse taudi levimine käib ka kõrgtehnoloogia saavutuste üle. Aga Jeesus Kristus on koos meiega ka tänapäeva pandeemia keskel. Kurjus kaob alles siis, kui praegune maailm lõpeb ja Jumal loob uue taeva ja uue maa. Kristus Jeesus aga teeb meie kannatused talutavaks, sest Tema ise on nüüd meiega kannatuste keskel. Tema jagab meile välja kannatamise ja vastu pidamise võime. Kõige selgemalt ja valusamalt on see nähtav ja tuntav, kui pöördme Tema poole Kolgata ristipuul. Pühakirjas on öeldud: “Sest selles, milles ta on kannatanud kiusatud olles võib ta aidata neid, keda kiusatakse.” (Kiri heebrealastele 2. peatükk, 18. salm). Vana testamendi prohvet Jesaja raamatus on kirjeldatud Jeesuse Kristuse kannatusi kurjuse käes kuid Ta kannatas neid meie vabastamiseks: “Tõepoolest võttis ta enese peale meie haigused ja kandis meie valusid! Ent teda haavati meie üleastumiste pärast, löödi meie süütegude tõttu! Karistus oli tema peal, et meil oleks rahu, ja tema vermete läbi on meile tervis tulnud!” (Jesaja 53. peatükk, 4. ja 5. salm). “Heitke kõik oma mured tema peale, sest tema peab hoolt teie eest!” (Peetruse esimene kiri, 5. peatükk, 7. salm) Kristus Jeesus kannatab ka koroonaviiruse taudi käes, et meil oleks kergem. Me usume, et Tema päästab meid ära kurjast.

Mõtleme Jeesusele eesoleva kannatusnädala kestel. Mõtleme Jeesuse päästmisele ja patust vabastamisele suurel reedel ja rõõmule Tema ülestõusmise pühal.

Soovin kõikidele meie kiriku ja koguduste liikmetele rahulikku ja õnnistatud Issanda Jeesuse ülestõusmispüha.

Teie Issanda teenistuses E.E.L.K. Piiskop Thomas Vaga - 2020 märtsil

Karjase kiri pdf

 

I am Lazarus

John 11:1-4

Grace to you and peace, from God our Father and our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Today’s Gospel lesson reveals a lot about Jesus, both as the Son of God, and also as the human being. His divine power is revealed in raising Lazarus from the dead, and His humanity in the sadness he shows at the death of His friend. Today’s Gospel lesson includes the shortest passage in the whole Bible; the 35th verse, where the Apostle John simply writes that “Jesus wept.” That is an emotion that we can all identify with, and we are comforted at knowing we can identify with Jesus during this sad time.

In fact, we can identify with everyone who we encounter in the reading. We most readily see ourselves in Mary and Martha – the sisters who had to see their severely sick brother die.

 

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“Lord, if you had only been here...” How often have we thought this, not just at the loss of a loved one, but whenever we’ve faced a difficult situation? It’s natural for us to ask this question – to wonder what would have happened if God had only stepped in and changed the course of things. Whether this worldwide pandemic that is affecting billions of people from all corners of life, or a personal hardship that a single individual must face, people often turn to God and wonder whether He could have gotten involved earlier to steer the situation in a different direction. We’re all like Mary and Martha, thinking “if only…”

It’s important to note that this doesn’t come from a lack of faith. I don’t think anyone can question the faith that Mary and Martha had. They were rock solid in the faith they had in God, and in the faith they had in Jesus.

Martha says, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” She was sure of it. The women didn’t lack the faith to understand why their brother died.

But this feeling of second guessing – of asking “if only” – comes from something else: it often come from not understanding the plans that God has for our lives.  “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” Jesus teaches us. God will reveal His glory, even when we are having a difficult time seeing it right now.

And often it comes down to a matter of perspective. We can look at our current worldwide situation with the corona virus and think to ourselves: “how hopeless this is. More and more people are getting sick, and people are dying. And far too many people are suffering economically and losing their jobs…”

But we can also look at how God’s grace and love has become visible. It’s in the countless hours that healthcare workers are putting in to help those who are affected, working on the front lines and risking their own health just to be there for others. It’s in the numerous restaurants who, despite most likely losing business due to having to close their dining rooms, are happily donating meals to food-pantries and to health workers. It’s visible in the volunteers at churches around the world who continue to make sandwiches and meals for soup kitchens. The list of opportunities for us to carry on the ministry of Jesus is endless, even in this time of social distancing and seeming separation. And even if we can’t feel like we can head out into the world to help, we can show God’s love in our life by even simply picking up the phone and reaching out to someone and reminding them that God is with us. When we rise to action as a family of faith, even in our darkest hour, the Glory of God shines in this world!

And in that action, we are like His disciples, who followed Jesus no matter where He went. They were even ready to go back to a place where the people wanted to kill Jesus – where they had tried to stone Him. Yet the disciples put the work of the Gospel ahead of everything else and followed Him. When we live like them and put the Gospel of Christ first, we too can learn that there is nothing that we can’t do for the sake of the One who gave Himself for us.

Yet sometimes sadness still finds us, and we see find ourselves in Lazarus. We might be ill, whether physically, mentally or even spiritually. We may not feel like there is any hope. We feel like we are failing, and it doesn’t feel like Jesus is nearby. We don’t know where to turn. But we can take comfort in the words of St. Paul, who reminds us that even though we are here on earth, the Spirit of God lives in us if we only believe in Him. And if the Spirit of God lives in us, then He who raised Christ from the dead will also raise us up.

And Christ doesn’t just give us victory over death. He gives us victory over life! Even when we are troubled and are feeling overwhelmed, we take comfort in knowing that Jesus lived a life just like ours. He, too, faced the troubles and hardships of everyday life, the fear and sadness at the loss of a dear friend, and even more so He faced persecution and death at the hands of those who hated Him. Yet He overcame the hardships with a loving heart, he comforted the sad with his words of peace, and He even forgave those who nailed Him to the cross. Even in that hour, Jesus saw the Glory of God in action, as the Gift of Easter was given to us through His death and resurrection.

We, like Lazarus, Mary, Martha, and the disciples can put our faith in Him, knowing that whatever we face in this world, Jesus is nearby. He’s ready and willing to help, and is calling us by name to see His glory.  Amen

Pastor Markus Vaga - March 29th, 2020

 




Watch Markus Vaga deliver his sermon
at the Faith Lutheran online service on March 29th, 2020.

 

 


KOGUDUSE LIIKMEMAKS ON $70.00 AASTAS
PALUN SAATKE LAEKURI AADRESSILE

Tsekk kirjutada: “Estonian Ev. Luth. Church of St. Paul” ja saata meie uuele laekurile: Rein Uibopuule. Palun mitte kirjutada tsekke Bogota koguduse nimele, kuna selle koguduse kassa on tühi ja sellepärast aitab New Yorgi Pauluse kogudus jumalateenistuste pidamist Bogotas ja liikmemaksud ja annetused lähevad NY Pauluse koguduse pangaarvele. Sellepärast on tähtis, et tsekid on kirjutatud “Estonian Ev. Luth. Church of St. Paul” -nimele.

 

YOUR DONATIONS ARE NEEDED AND APPRECIATED

From years back there is a tradition that the congregation has a “membership fee”.  Our’s is only $70.00 a year but our congregation appreciates any donations as well.  PLEASE write your checks to: Estonian Ev. Luth. Church of St. Paul. Thank you for your love towards your congregation. God bless you all!


 

Kontakt / Contact

Pastor: Thomas Vaga
Telefon:  732-581-2951
Kodus:  732-363-0532

607 East 7th Street
Lakewood, NJ  06701

 

Esinaine: Malle Väärsi

165 Walnut Ave.
Bogota NJ 07603
201-489-0485

 

Laekur/Treasurer:

Eha McDonnell
18 Styvesant Oval
Apt. 10A
New York, NY 10009

 

Teenistused

Teenistused toimuvad:

Services are held:


Manhattan - 

Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church

155 East 22nd Street
New York NY 10010
(3rd Avenue & Lexington Avenue vahel)

ja/and

Bogota -

Trinity Lutheran Church

167 Palisade Avenue
Bogota, NJ  07603-1633
(Palisade & Linwood Avenue)

 

Pidage kogudust ja kirikut meeles ka oma testamendis.

Koguduse on vaja luua küllat suur tagavarafond, mille protsentide sissetulekust saame katta puudujääke, mis on tulemas.  10% suurune andmine kogu pärandusest on tänuväärt annetus kogudusele ja kirikule.

 


Huvitavat Lugemist


2019

Usupuhastuse algusest 501 aastat. Teenistus Bogotas 2019

 

2018

2018 Jõulu sõnum

2018 Sinod  

 

2017

2017 Kristuse ülestõusmisaja kontsert jumalateenistus

2017 Sinod

2017 E.E.L.K. Tegevusest

2016 Leeripüha

 

Teated / Newsletters

2020

2019 dec. - April 2020

 

2019

2019 - Jaan-Juuni

2018 Nov. - Jaan 2019

 

2018

2018 Juuli - Okt.

2018 Veeb- Juuni

 

Historical

2017 - Okt.- Jaan 2018  

2017 - Veeb-Juuni.pdf

2016 - Veeb. - Juuni pdf

2015 - Oct-2015 - Jan-2016 pdf  

2015 - Jan - Sept. pdf

 

E.E.L.K. Kogudused

E.E.L.K. BergenCounty Kogudus, NJ / Estonian Evan. Luth. Church of Bergen County,NJ

E.E.L.K. Cleveland-Ohio Kogudus / Estonian Evan. Luth. Church of Cleveland, Ohio

E.E.L.K. Connecticuti Kogudus / Estonian Evan. Luth. Church of Connecticut

E.E.L.K. Lakewoodi Pühavaimu Kogudus / Holy Ghost Estonian Evan. Luth. Church  

E.E.L.K. Los Angelese kogudus / Estonian Evan. Luth. Church of Los Angeles

E.E.L.K. New Yorgi Pauluse Kogudus / Estonian Evan. Lutheran Church of St. Paul in New York  

E.E.L.K. New Yorgi Pauluse Koguduse Schenectady-Albany Pihtkond

E.E.L.K. Seabrooki Kogudus

E.E.L.K. Toronto Vana-Andrese Kogudus
(Ei ole veebilehte.)

 


 

Martin Luther:

Kui keegi soovib leida Kristust, peab ta kõigepealt leidma koguduse.  Kuidas me võime teada, kus on Kristus ja Tema usk, kui me ei tea, kus on tema usklikud?  Ja see, kes soovib Kristusest midagi teada, ei või uskuda iseenesesse ega ehitada silda taevasse oma mõistusega, vaid ta peab minema kogudusse, otsima ja küsima sealt.

 

 

 

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