Sermon of Hope during Unity Prayer

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In sermon delivered by H.G. Mar Sarhad Jammo during a prayer service of unity, the bishop repeated and emphasized, no more is it “you and I, or I and you”, but now it is us. We are now one. The clergy and laity of parishes and missions in Western US had united and come under the guidance and leadership of H.G. Mar Sarhad Jammo.

Indeed, there was no you and I on Saturday, May 10th. It was a wonderful day, when all our spirits ran high, and many were emotional, crying forth tears of joy. From the meeting that begun the day, with the gathered councils of the Church laity which help administer and run the parishes, until the end of the dinner fund-raiser for the newly consecrated Church of St. Matthew, this was a day of thanks giving and praising the Lord for bringing forth this wonderful day.

H.G. Mar Sarhad had a message of hope for our people, especially in this time when our people in the Mideast are facing great persecution. Bringing forth the prophet Jonah as an example when doom was prophesied to Nineveh, and the people repented, he called on us to also challenge the prophecies of doom that now abound about our people:

Challenge destiny, by the force of the Holy Spirit! … Are we doomed? Not if we unite. Not if we are with the Truth of the Lord. Not if we fulfill His will. Not if we are loving each other and loving the Truth. Where can we reach? Survive? I don’t think so, I think we can do better!

The bishop had a message of unity and hope for us, and exhorted us to work as one and in the Lord:

All of Nineveh is all of us, and all of Babylon is all of us. And all the name of Assyrians is for all of us. And all of the name of Chaldeans is for all of us… this is really the beginning of the chapter of Hope!

Unless the Lord builds the house,
those who build it labour in vain.
Unless the Lord guards the city,
the guard keeps watch in vain.

Both bishops, Mar Sarhad and Mar Bawai, emphasized the need to be tied to the successor to Peter, the Pope of Rome. Two banners were prominently displayed that day read “That they all be one”, and “On this rock I will build my Church”. H.G. Mar bawai emphasized that in reading the Holy Scriptures, our liturgy, our canon laws, the thoughts of our church fathers, it was clear that we needed to work honestly to coming into communion with the Church of Rome. This unity that we had achieved was in true faithfulness to the Apostolic tradition that had been handed down to us. Like H.G. Mar Sarhad, he too emphasized the need for our people to act as one, and to work according to the will of the Lord.

We are currently working on putting out videos of the events that took place that day and more about what had been said that day will be posted.

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