Make Peace With Our Planet: Bhagwan

  Methodist Church Secre­tary for Communication Reverend James Bhagwan said people needed to make peace not only with God and one another but there also a need to be at
17 Apr 2017 11:00
Make Peace With Our Planet: Bhagwan
Members of the Salvation Youth Band lead the youth members of different Christian denominations in a march through Suva to commemorate Resurrection day on April 16th, 2017. Photo:Jone Luvenitoga


Methodist Church Secre­tary for Communication Reverend James Bhagwan said people needed to make peace not only with God and one another but there also a need to be at peace for our planet, common home and environment.

Reverend Bhagwan yesterday spoke on climate change in line with the theme of the combined service ‘Resurrection: Rising hop­ing during rising tides’ where churches from different denomina­tions in Suva joined hands to mark Resurrection Sunday at Ratu Suku­na Park.

This was the fourth year that Ecu­menical Centre for Research, Edu­cation and Advocacy (ECREA) and Fiji Council of Churches organised the Ecumenical Easter Concert.

The celebration began with a march from the Flea Market led by the Salvation Army Band.

Reverend Bhagwan said the gath­ering was aimed to celebrate the different faiths and encouraging young people to come together and share and display unity under the body of Christ.

Reverend Bhagwan said despite believing in different denomina­tions and theologies everyone be­lieved in one Lord and Saviour.

He said over the years church leaders had become more and more involved and this had grown to be­come something as a symbol of the unity of the body of Christ in Fiji.

He said the gathering yesterday for many churches people began their day with the Sunrise Service in the morning followed by church gathering/ service in their individ­ual centres in the day.

The celebration saw various church groups such as the Dudley Church, Presbyterian Church, An­glican Youth, Nasinu Ecumenical Youth, Fiji Evangelical Youth, Our Lady Fatima Youth, Tamavua Ecu­menical Youth, and LDS, Methodist and Savuto and group.

Guest speakers included Tarusila Bradburg and Rev. Lanieta Nasedra who spoke on many of the issues that young people in Fiji face.

In Labasa, the Christian Hymn “We have overcome” filled the As­sembly of God’s Evangel Temple in Labasa as they marked Easter Sun­day in a moving service yesterday.

Both young and old stood, and some knelt, as they commemorated Jesus’ resurrection from the dead and a foundation of the Christian faith.

And while making his address, Pastor Kilioni Mainamena urged Christians not to keep the good news within themselves but to reach out into the communities and share the love.

“Rise up, get up and spread out – we should not be complacent but instead, should reach out to people who need it. We need to share the love and the good news of Jesus’ resurrection,” Pastor Mainamena said.

“Today is a very important day for us because it is a day of victory, where Jesus defeated death. He did not die on the cross for himself but for the entire human race.

“Do not be afraid, do not be dis­heartened – we need to spread the love.”

Some churches took their cel­ebration and marched through the streets yesterday morning.

The Methodist Church of Fiji La­basa Circuit marched from town to Nasekula Methodist Church where their service was held.

This day is commemorated by Christians world-wide as it is a foundation of their faith.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika


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