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


News letter – May 2024 ………………

From the Vicar’s desk…..

Dear Friends,

Greetings in the name of our Triune God …It is our sincere hope that you all are spiritually uplifted as we are passing through the most joyous Easter season.

The importance of family has never become more emphasized than in the modern day. We hear of such atrocities as family members themselves turning on each other. We hear of families in disarray and in situations where seeing the day through is a challenge.

While we all realize the importance of family and do our very best as members, the modern world leaves us plenty of cracks where we can drift off. The unfortunate aspect is that many Christian families themselves are not immune to the changing scenes of the modern day.

In the vows to Christian marriage, we find the first condition that was ordered into families was that ‘the love of God’ maybe visible to themselves and to others through that union. This is a tall order where even the most ideal amongst us might fail. The fact that we who are members of the basic unit of a family are then in turn members of larger families such as extended families, work families, parish families etc, enhance the need of us sharing God’s love with all other members who in turn will become my family member.(Eph 4)

Therefore let us uphold ourselves in prayer as we pass another family day, where we become renewed and recommitted in our family dynamics. Then let us also uphold those families who undergo testing times beginning with those who are near to those who we may not know fully but we are aware that there are always hindrances that disturb this small unit.

May God journey with us in this endeavor.

Rev. Rasika Abeysinghe
Acting Vicar

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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