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Then the Glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together. ( Isaiah 40: 5)

Dear fellow followers of Christ,

We are nearing another season of Advent: a season that celebrates the incarnation of God in the history in the person of Jesus the Christ. Advent affirms that Christ is coming. Christ is always coming to our life situations. Advent is the hope that sustains us as we eagerly wait in the healing and empowering presence of God in our troubled world.

Advent is a great celebration of the greatest gift that we received from God: Jesus. But prophet Isaiah reminds us in his book that, Advent also involves a response from us to prepare the way of the Lord. So Advent is a season for enabling our brothers and sisters to experience Jesus in a special way in the midst of our disagreements, conflicts and confusions. Prophet Isaiah provides us a vision of the advent. It is the vision of a new dispensation where we experience equality, justice and peace. Preparing the way of the Lord is hence a call to witnessing the in breaking of the reign of God here and now

In our liturgical tradition, Advent is marked with the lighting of the Advent candles. Advent candles symbolize hope, peace, joy and love. As a faith community anticipating God’s coming into our midst, let us rededicate ourselves to radiate the kingdom values of hope, peace, joy and love through our lives.

May the Peace of Christ be always with you

Shelton Daniel


PASTORAL LETTER

by National Christian Council of Sri Lanka


Dearly beloved in Christ,

We have celebrated another Christmas, the incarnation of God in Christ, who took the human form, sacrificed himself to death on the cross and rose again, defeating the powers of death and destruction. He came so that all may have life, life in its fullness and life eternal. God in Christ throughout history has always displayed his unending concern for every human being, ensuring human dignity and affirming life for all.

The festivities of Christmas will soon fade away and the Presidential election is around the corner. The coming days could be characterized by violence, resulting in death, injury and destruction to property, campaigns and counter campaigns, arguments and counter arguments which could lead to unnecessary mudslinging, arrogance and display of brutal force.

We as Christians need to affirm that elections are an important mechanism in ensuring the participation of the people in the democratic arena, and is the duty and responsibility of every one to prayerfully exercise his franchise. It is the duty of every citizen to discern the signs of the time and cast his vote carefully, cautiously and with a sense of responsibility. No one should refrain from doing so. Hence we call upon everyone to vote on the election day.

Secondly, when making our choice, we need to be influenced by the values of our Gospel. Our choice has to be one that affirms the fullness of life to everyone, where every human being is respected, dignity ensured, and security assured. We should not be carried away by our individual interests, or groupish/clannish attitudes, but look to the welfare of every ordinary citizen in our country.

Thirdly, we need to always condemn all forms of violence and intimidation. Everyone must be free to make her/his choice. This is possible only if everyone has the views of all contenders. Therefore, the campaign must be fair and afford equal opportunity to all.

While urging to uphold the above, we would also like to remind our churches to be vigilant in your area of any violence or intimidation, which should be brought to the notice of the authorities concerned immediately. This is part of our Christian discipleship and obligation.

We urge all our congregations to pray for a peaceful election where democratic principles are upheld and pray for God’s guidance and blessing on whoever is elected so that our beloved country can experience justice, peace and fullness of life to all.

Signed by:

  • Rt. Rev. D.R. Canagasabey – Chairperson of the National Christian Council of Sri Lanka and Bishop of Colombo, Church of Ceylon. Diocese of Colombo.
  • Rt. Rev. Dr. Daniel S. Thiagarajah, Bishop of Jaffna Diocese, Church of South India
  • Rt. Rev. Shantha Francis, Bishop of Kurunegala, Church of Ceylon, Diocese of Kurunegala
  • Rev. Dr. A.W. Jebanesan, President, Methodist Church of Sri Lanka
  • Rev. Priyantha Wijegoonawardene, President, Sri Lanka Baptist Sangamaya
  • Rev. Stanley Nelson, President, Christian Reformed Church
  • Rev. K. Piyadasa, President, Presbytery of Lanka
  • Commissioner Malcolm Induruwage, Territorial Commander, The Salvation Army
  • Rev. G. Nadarajah, President, Lanka Lutheran Church
  • Rev. W.P. Ebenezer Joseph, General Secretary, National Christian Council of Sri Lanka


27th December 2014