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News letter – April 2022 ………………

Dear Faithfull of St. Paul’s

We have already passed the third week of Lent, in wilderness. In our reflections and in our prayers we were able to question our self and our God given tasks, in order to place us, in a position where we can be accountable to God the Almighty. When we think about the month of March, it is the month of Our Lady. We remember her husband, her own birthday and also we give special emphasis to the Mother, by celebrating mothering Sunday. The month of March we recognize as the month of nurture of our church by praying and giving our contributions to the mission of the church, by doing so, we celebrate the feminist side of God, and his creation. Mary as the mother of our Lord and the patron saint of the church, we remember her qualities such as Silence, prayerfully obeying for God’s calling, with such humility, with much respect and genuineness.

In Friends the base of our reflection, must always highlight the Christian values, qualities and with our utmost commitment to follow Christ himself in the wilderness. It is not only praying, fasting and almsgiving which make us Mature, but with testing by all sorts of temptations, that we must be able to open our self honestly to the spirit so that we become a new creation.

As St. Paul insisted in his letter, we believe and follow the Lord who was tested in every aspects and every way and he was able to overcome his temptations because of his trust in the word. So our Lord Jesus Christ knows our weakness and difficulty of facing temptations.

Friends, Brothers and sisters as we all are aware amidst all our own conflicts and political instability in our own country, there is also a war between Russia and Ukraine. With all the political repercussions and different ideologies we too condemn the countries at war and deaths of humans on both sides. Let us pray very earnestly for both countries for a peaceful solution. As the same way let us extend our support to the ordinary Ukrainians who are looking for our support.

When preparing for our spiritual journey let us take our prayer life seriously, by attending Bible Studies, Prayer meetings, practicing all spiritual exercises, recommended by the church .Let us open our hearts to the spirit of God, to ponder into our hearts and renew our commitments by giving our fullest attention to God, let us re-make our strong bonds with God.

As matured Christians, let us pray for our mother land and try to raise our voice against unruly and people who are in power

When we move forward God may strengthen our faith in him and he may help us to be more practical and a realistic group of faithfuls in his Vineyard.

Yours in Christ

Fr. George Melder
Vicar- St. Paul’s Church, Kandy

Message for the Environment Day
Bishops of the Church of Ceylon

Environment Sunday 2021

(05th June, 2021 | 06.00 )
This year’s theme for World Environment Day is Reimagine, Recreate and Restore and given the crisis that the world faces with respect to climate change, 2021 also marks the launch of the United Nations Decade on ecosystem restoration (2021-2030). The Church of Ceylon calls upon all Sri Lankans to join with the peoples of the world to focus the attention of governments, leaders of all faith communities, business communities and civil society, on the urgent need to heal and restore the earth’s ecosystems.

Sacrificing the care of the environment in the pursuit of human development is depleting and stretching the earth’s natural resources to the maximum. As a result, dramatic changes in climate, pollution, poverty, deprivation and sickness are on the rise; nature cannot endure the abuse and over-exploitation. As Christians, we believe that God gave us shared dominion of the earth with the task of not only using it for sustenance but also to nurture it and manage it responsibly for the benefit of all, including future generations. It is important to note that the creation story in the Bible teaches us that even God rested after six days of work; the principles of the sabbath and the jubilee remind us that the earth and the soil need rest, restoration and rejuvenation. Many religious traditions and the wisdom of first peoples contain similar insights.

We salute youth leaders in various parts of the world who are leading the campaign through education, advocacy and even litigation in courts, to ensure that the world recognizes its responsibility of stewardship and management of the planet.

Major environmental problems in the world, deforestation, the lack of clean water and air, the loss of biodiversity, droughts and floods, increased sicknesses are the result of human beings abusing nature. In most of these situations, it is the poor and the vulnerable that suffer the most. This is unjust and unacceptable to us as Christians as Jesus Christ always was particularly concerned about the poor, the marginalized and the excluded.

In our own country, we have witnessed in recent years a failure in these responsibilities of stewardship. The pollution of the soil, waterways, and the sea, unsustainable soil and mineral mining and denudation of the natural tropical forest cover are a few examples. Policies for development must take cognizance of their impact on the environment. We need to review our economic and development policies and models, our modes of living and consumption and personal lifestyles so as to ensure that we shift to 'greener' methods of economic activity and living. Let us live in harmony with Mother Nature rather than destroying her; let us think not only about ourselves but also those yet to be born. We can start by cutting down on consumption and ‘wants’ and reducing, reusing and recycling waste and conserving water and energy. We can start with ourselves, our homes, churches, and work places.

The Rt Revd Keerthisiri Fernando, Bishop of Kurunagala & The Presiding Bishop of the Church of Ceylon

The Rt Revd Dushantha Rodrigo, Bishop of Colombo

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