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News letter – March 2021 ………………


Jesus said, “I am telling you the truth: No one can see the Kingdom of God unless he is born again” (John 3: 3)


Dearly Beloved in Christ,


Greetings in the Name of Jesus!


In John 3: 1 – 21: St. John’s community wanted the people to know who Jesus was and have an intimate relationship with Him so that Jesus as the mediator will direct us to see God the Father through Him. But like today, there were misunderstandings due to many misinterpretations of the truth. In Jesus’ early ministry people were confused and questioned in relation to His identity, personality, divinity and humanness according to their context and understandings.

Jesus clarifies about His actions, teachings and the way of life, on the basis of Scripture and also on the foundations given by the Prophets and the forefathers of Israel about God, the Father, and himself.

Jesus spoke to Nicodemus about the need to be 'Born Again'. Jesus answered "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God, unless he is born of water and the Spirit" (John 3: 5). Primarily Jesus invited Nicodemus, the teacher, to return to his roots of faith, have a relationship with God and worship through baptism. Secondly He meant that every individual must inwardly experience the spiritual transformation. This is not only related to spiritual life but also a secular change too. A wealthy person can be a Marxist due to his own experience of poverty. A militant atheist can experience the love of God and change him/herself to be more human. In order to experience the fullest renewal of our life, we must allow the Holy Spirit to guide us. "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.." (Galatians 2: 20). Born again experience is a spiritual experience that is the nature of God, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit we renounce our own human desires and embrace God’s nature by faith, which qualifies us to enter into God’s Kingdom. We cannot return to our roots without the guidance of the Holy Spirit who is our counsellor and teach us our true nature

According to the letter to Galatians, St. Paul has insisted that it is only through the born again experience and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we become new. As we journey with God during this time of lent, remembering the sacrificial love of Jesus, let us surrender ourselves for a spiritual revival to be born again and for the Lord to lead us to enjoy the qualities of His Kingdom.

Blessings!

Fr. George Melder
Vicar – St Paul’s Church Kandy


BISHOP’S CHARGE
TO THE 64TH ANNUAL SESSION
OF THE DIOCESE OF KURUNAGALA,
CHURCH OF CEYLON, 2019/29



A. Pastoral Message
"I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every-way with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you. Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord" (1 Corinthians 1:4-9)

Dear members of the council welcome to the 64th Annual session of the Diocese of Kurunagala. It is the time of the year we recall and recollect this past year and we look forward to the New Year. What we endured in the past few months, we would never have imagined at the end of the last annual session held roughly around this time. We were recovering from the deadly attacks that have rocked our nation and then this year we were confronted with a crisis which we have not expected. It is the covid-l9 pandemic still affecting the world as we speak and the many nations including us that were hit hardly in all aspects of life.

It is with great joy that we welcome into our midst Rev. N. Arulnathan the Principal of the Theological College of Lanka Pilimatalawa as the chief guest for this year’s conference. Rev. Arul is a senior minister of the Methodist Church in Sri Lanka and has served in many regions of the country. He has also completed his higher studies abroad and finally in South Africa. His specialization is Diaconal Ministry and Administration related topics. Rev. Arul we are happy to have you at this prestigious event and we look forward to hear from you. We remember your ministry and the TCL in our prayers.

St Paul uses his epistles always in the task of encouragement. These beautiful words resonate his genuine compassion towards all those whom he knew well. During this crisis we came together and we realized how much out community, family, the church and the society needed each other’s comfort and care. We also thanked God every time we knew that God’s grace was sufficient for all of us and all those whom we cared for. We ourselves observed how we were enriched with the gifts of the Spirit as we took care of our budget and embraced a simple life style. We managed to help each other in crisis. We looked unto God with the new medium of communication. We kept in close contact with each and everyone who we knew need our prayers. This was not only Christian wish but which blanketed the whole of the country and even the world.

We were encouraged by how well we started treating our environment and how much we took responsibility with the awareness campaigns. We came together to help he most vulnerable and the weak. It is no secret that God enriched us during this time. While at times we felt powerless God ‘keeps us firm to the end’ making us reach for the best in humanity. The stories of courage and inspiration from all over the world are such as we have never heard before. We as individuals and as members of a fellowship must thank God that ‘God is faithful’ and even in calamity God’s goodness shone through.

The crisis is by no means over. Even in the most sophisticated health care systems, it is taxing the people and especially the most vulnerable. The world economy almost came to a standstill with travel, international trade and poverty taking its toll on countries. Still the mandatory regulations of awareness are still on at our workplaces, public places and in general. It is our concern that we must continue to follow the necessary instructions as Sri Lanka battles out this pandemic. Yet with the situation sustained around the world, our constant prayers are needed as people, marginalized communities, governments all seek answers in this time of conflict.


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