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Vicar's Message - COGSLK - Church of the Good Shepherd, Thimbirigasyaya, Colombo 5, Sri Lanka

Vicar's Message! - July 2018

FROM THE DESK OF VEN JAYANTH JEYAVEERASINGAN

My dear people of God,

Before we could bat an eyelid, the eighth month of 2018 is upon us. Can we ask an honest question of ourselves — what has been our stewardship towards the Lord who has called us? And, what has been our accountability towards our fellow human-beings?


There is always a tendency to blame others for what is happening around us but we simply have to ask the question ‘What is the role of the Church?’


In the recent past, almost every day, we invariably hear or read news items of shootings, accidents, kidnappings, etc. For me, as an Anglican Christian, the question is ‘To what extent has one been a leader of Christ in a given situation?’. There is always a tendency to blame others for what is happening around us but we simply have to ask the question ‘What is the role of the Church?’.

At this juncture, I would like to remind you of a few points, which I mentioned to you through a Scripture passage at the Annual General Meeting of the English congregation: ‘Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am gentle and lowly in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light’ (Mathew 11:29).

The qualities of Christian leadership, as I mentioned at the AGM, are:-

  • Always have a vision, mission, and goal.
  • The Christian leader shares leadership, and does not monopolise the leadership.
  • A group should never be crushed by its leader, but should be allowed to bloom through participation and consultation.
  • A leader should be humble — to the extent of not only teaching his/her group but also learning from and maturing along with his/her group.
  • He/she should be a very flexible character.
  • The leader is a shepherd to his/her group.
  • He/she is also a person who is ready to take risks, and is able to accept victory and failure in the same manner as in the poem of Rudyard Kipling.
  • The Christian leader’s speech should be meticulous.
  • A Christian leader never ridicules his team mates in front of others. IF he/she has to rebuke or correct them, he/she would to do it in private.

  • I end with John 15:13 – ‘Greater love hath no man than this: that he lay down his life for his friends’.

    Please also note, as I mentioned a few weeks ago, attendance in church is very important. It is not only having our names in the electoral roll that matters, but coming to church and getting involved is very important. As your shepherd, I feel burdened about you and your families, and that is why I am reiterating this. I have come here for a period of two years, and then I will be gone but our church has to grow in all aspects, and then one day you and I will be answerable to God. I say this with deep concern and love for you all.


    With best wishes
    Fr Jayanth


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