From the Vicar’s desk………………
Comfort, comfort my people.... (Isaiah 40: 1)
Dear Friends in Christ,
Healing the sick was an important aspect of the ministry of Christ as well as his disciples. The church is called to be a healing community. This means every congregation is called to be a caring, sharing and serving community in the spirit of the true spirit of the early church. The theological foundation for this mandate is found in Matthew 25:40, "truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me".
In the mysteries of life and death, we encounter God. The incurable illnesses, disabilities challenge us to be the church in deed and in truth. As Disciples of Christ we are called to look in to the eyes and hearts of our brothers and sisters who are physically and mentally challenged. This month invites us to thank God for the people and the organizations which are committed to care the children, elders and the differently able persons. Therefore let us think and uphold them in our prayers, and rethink about our responsibility towards such people..
May the compassionate God be with us
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.
27th December 2014