From the Vicar’s desk………………
Dear friends in Christ,
In the beginning God created the world through the Word and used the same to reveal himself. The Word was expressed through the prophets and finally the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.
To be a man or a woman of God involves being a man or a woman of the Word of God. The discipline of daily Bible reading is therefore an obvious and God – owned means of spiritual growth. One of the three pillars of the Anglican Communion is the scripture – the word of God; further it is one of the main elements that create church unity; furthermore our worship also emphasises the importance of the written word.
This month invites us to focus on the importance of the bible, and to pray for the ministries of the Ceylon Bible Society which was started in 1812, and has been carrying out its ministries for over 200 years in different forms such as publications, translations, counselling, ecumenism, etc. Also this month urges us to work and pray for the displaced and migrant communities and people of the world; therefore we are called to share the word of God with the aforementioned people and communities. As such people and communities expect comfort, healing, identity, etc., our calling is to heal the wounds of the people through the word of God. Therefore, while thanking God for the life giving word of God, let us pray for the work and various ministries of the Bible Society in reaching the lives of the displaced and migrant people in order to bring hope and healing to their lives.
May the word of God strengthen us to comfort others to witness for Christ.
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