From the Vicar’s desk………………
The fruit of the Holy Spirit is Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Faithfulness, Goodness, Generosity, Gentleness, Kindness. (Gal :5:22)
Dear friends in Christ!
God chooses families to be the instruments to promote the values of the Kingdom of God and to fulfill God’s plans. This month we invite all Christian families to deepen their prayer lives and promote good Christian values in our homes. In our day to day lives, we as families like others go through numerous problems; but, the difference between the Christian family and another in facing the problems is, the degree of hope and strength we have in God. As promised in God’s word, the good Lord is always with us to face all such challenges. therefore, Christian families should build on solid Christian values in the form of the fruits of the Holy Spirit mentioned by St.Paul our patron in his letter to the Galatians. Even though, the external forces continue to challenge us, we will not be shaken. God created all of us in God’s own image, therefore our task is to renew the love of God to others, which is the first and foremost sign of Christian discipleship. Another important celebration, which falls in this month is the Harvest Festival, which is another annual event of the church that gives us an opportunity to come before the presence of God with thankful hearts. As God commanded Moses in the Old Testament, it is held to celebrate the hard work labored towards the harvest is over for another year. Traditionally and Biblically planting and reaping is one of the responses of the people to God; that was handed over to us by our ancestors. Although the modern trends and practices have turned the meaning of the Harvest Festival into a sale that focuses only on the income, it is worthy and a spiritual discipline for us to renew the way of our celebrations, that brings a real meaning into the festival. Let us not forget that the focal point of the Harvest Festival is to accept God as the one who is in control over us and over the entire creation; therefore let us celebrate the festival by acknowledging the important part of God in this year’s harvest.
May this month brings all good blessings to our Homes and lives
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