From our Superintendent

Dear Friends

This new plan covers Christmas and the New Year, both of which will soon be upon us.

During Janet’s and my time in Sri Lanka, our senior missionary colleagues were Lewis and Mary Julian. Lewis served the whole of his ministry in Sri Lanka and, while we were there, he was a tutor and later principal of the theological college at Pilimatalawa. While at the college he used to attend the annual carol service at Trinity College, the Anglican boys’ school in Kandy. As this happened in Advent (like most of our carol services) it included, quite properly, a number of Advent hymns. One year he noticed what looked like a misprint in ‘Hark the glad sound, the Saviour comes’. Instead of

                        He comes the prisoner to release
                        In Satan’s bondage held…

it read

                        In Santa’s bondage held.

Lewis pointed this out afterwards and it turned out that the secretary who typed the sheets was a Buddhist. She had never heard Christians talk about Satan (interesting!) but she had heard them talk about Santa, so she assumed that this was what it was supposed to be.

I hope you won’t be in Satan’s or in Santa’s bondage held this Advent and Christmas season, but will be able to celebrate with real joy the coming of our Lord and Saviour.