A Service of Praise & Thanksgiving for the 12th year celebration of the consecration of the Rt. Rev. Dr Daniel Selvaratnam Thiagarajah, Bishop of the Church of South India in the Jaffna Diocese, and a Service of Ordination was held at 10.30 a.m. in JDCSI Cathedral, Vaddukoddai, on21 August 2018.
The service was a joyful celebration; the Cathedral’s bells rang before the service as a mark of welcome and the Vaddukoddai Cathedral choir sang hymns and regional songs in Tamil & Sinhala. The Cathedral Nave was full for the Thanksgiving Service.
The Old Testament Reading was Psalm 37: 1-7, read by The Reverend A. Daisy Aseervatham in Tamil;The Epistle Reading, 2 Corinthians 4: 7-18, was read by The Reverend Sanjeewa Weerarthne in Sinhala;and the Gospel Reading, Luke 17. 7-10, was read by Mrs. Jennifer Rochelle Jebasingh Samuvel in English.
The Sermon was delivered by Professor R.W. Alexander Jesudasan, DSc PhD, Principal & Secretary of Madras Christian College. He greeted the bishop for his good Episcopal leadership and thanked him for being an ambassador for the Jaffna Diocese of Church of South India to nurture the church.
Further he preached from the book of Psalm chapter 37, whereas he pointed out Psalm 37:5
“COMMIT YOUR WAY TO THE LORD;
TRUST IN HIM AND HE WILL DO THIS”
As the mantra for a successful leadership; He focused on three important elements which we have to remember in our life: “Commit ourselves to the Lord, Trust the Lord, finally Act according to God’s will”.
“Commit your way to the Lord” in the sense that when we are in the leadership we may face difficulties, we may face melancholy strain, and we may face accusations: this happens to everyone in leadership. “Even the Bishop would have faced accusations in this past twelve years, but the Lord was with him all these years.”
But what we have to do is commit our way to the Lord. Once we commit our problems, difficulties and accusations to the Lord, all the problems and difficulties become the Lord’s problem so he will take care of everything.
“Trust the Lord.” Dr. Alexander explained this concept with a short narration about hill curves, “We are all allergic to hill curves.A group of people were travelling in the hill which has many bends and curves.Everyone was shattered and afraid but one small girl was there; she was very calm and cool, people exclaimed how come she is cool’ then they asked her “Girl, how come you are not afraid of these scary bends and curves? She replied that ‘The driver is my dad and I strongly believe he will safely take me to the destination.’ Yes, friends: we are called to trust the Lord in our path of difficulties and problems.”
“He will act. “ “Twelve is a number of completions; Bishop, the diocese and the people of the Jaffna diocese are going to begin a new era, to write a new chapter; God will take care of everything!” Dr. Alexander concluded the sermon with a message of hope.
The service of ordination for Rev. W. Jebasingh Samuvel took place after the sermon. Rev. Jebasingh currently serves in the island of Delft, and was ordained as a Presbyter in the presence of clerics and office bearers of the Jaffna Diocese of the Church of South India.
During the Felicitation time, Hon. C. Sundraraj, Bursar cum Treasurer of Madras Christian College, greeted the Bishop and his 12th year of successful bishopric leadership.
After the service, the general felicitation was arranged by the congregation to Bishop Daniel Thiagarajah’s marvellous ministry; people from various churches honoured Bishop and his wife Dr. Thayalini Thiagarajah.
The Bishop during the vote of thanks remembered those who have travelled in the bishopric journey with him and thanked everyone for the support and love.
A fellowship lunch was also served to the congregations and the visitors.