From the Vicar’s desk………………
Dear friends in Christ,
As we begin our Lenten journey, let us commit ourselves to be faithful to the kind of penance that leads us to conversion of life..
The 40 days of Lent that lead to Easter are the most sacred and spiritually powerful in the Christian calendar. Lent is a time when many Christians choose to focus on some of the disciplines of life as followers of Jesus, from prayer and fasting to Bible study. It is a time when Christians are invited to examine their faith, and deepen their commitment to live a Christian life. It is the time for us to begin the process of forming a new, good habit that becomes so much a part of us that we are constantly oriented toward God and good works; therefore let us prepare ourselves as a community of faith to make use of this sacred period of lent to spend in prayer and reflection to renew our relationship with God and people.
Merciful God, you call us to penance and conversion of life. Be with us as we begin our Lenten journey help us to encounter you in new ways that lead to deeper relationship with you and each other. We ask this through Jesus our Lord. Amen
May God bless you
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