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Monthly message…… - St. Paul's Church, Kandy


News letter – December 2022 ………………

Dear Friends in Christ,

"The kingdom of God is close at hand, repent and believe" - St. Mark 1;15

We have begun our last liturgical year with the Advent of our Lord’s coming into this world and now we are completing the same year by celebrating the feast of Christ the king of the universe. The whole liturgical cycle reminds us that we are part of the mission of Christ from the beginning to the end. As Jesus said I am the Alpha and Omega first and the last, it means we are part of his whole sacrificial process and we are witness to the whole process of salvation, through our Lord Jesus Christ.

"The virgin is with child and will soon give birth to a son and she will call him Emmanuel, God is with us" Isaiah 7;14. As we remember the season of Advent, and Advent means to help us believe that God's continuous mission towards the salvation of humanity has no end and for us, God will never let us down in the future too. Advent also reminds us a new dawn for us to re-start our broken lives. Advent helps us to illuminate the candle of hope with Christ in our heads and hearts.

As Let us move step by step personally and publicly reading and reflecting on the good news, praying and sharing our love, forgiveness and material goods. The Holy Spirit intervenes in our hearts so that we may concentrate our vision towards Christ reducing our lavish expenses on food, entertainment & partying. Instead let us prepare ourselves to feel for the poor, the needy & the less fortunate around us as it is our responsibility to respond to their needs.

So Let us believe and pray that the time of Christmas may bring Joy, happiness and fullness to all of us even though we are going through much difficulties. May God may bring true "PEACE" through his only son, therefore,, let us use this coming month to share our love, Joy, happiness and forgiveness.

May the Christmas season bring you abundant blessings!

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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