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Twenty-Fourth Sunday After Pentecost (Year C)
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My Dear Friends,
Based on discussions with the 340th Anniversary Committee a theme has been selected which we feel will be most appropriate for the Commemoration which will be our focus for the coming year.
The commemoration of the 340th Anniversary of the St. Andrew Parish Church is an occasion for great thanksgiving and joy. We are the beneficiaries of a great legacy and rich tradition which, thanks be to God we have been given the privilege to nurture. But in addition to our thanksgiving we need also to reflect on what this legacy and rich tradition mean for us living amidst all the social and cultural challenges of present day Jamaica. And so beginning with our Commemorative Service on the 5th of December we will seek through prayer and study to learn afresh what is God's mission for us today.
Our theme for the year is taken from the Catechism in answer to the question; what is the mission of the Church? It is a mission to bring all people into unity with God and each other in Christ (Book of Common Prayer, p. 401). God's mission, manifested in Jesus and empowered by the Holy Spirit, is not static, but is always moving outwards engaging the world. Jesus demonstrated this by sending the disciples to bear his mission, that is, God's mission in the world. Being part of God's mission today involves, as it did in Apostolic times, not only the ordained and the other "leaders within the church" but every baptized person.
How do the baptized participate in Jesus' mission? What are the various ministries to which the faithful are called? The baptized pursues the mission of Jesus as he/she prays and worships, proclaims the gospel, and promotes justice, peace and Christ's reconciling love (BCP, 401). The first affirmation in the baptismal covenant is the promise to continue in the apostles' teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread and the prayers. Worship then is fundamental to a life of mission. Central to our life of mission must be our willingness to stand in opposition to the powers and systems of this world that undermine the full humanity of individuals.
Worship, the proclamation of the gospel, service and the striving for justice, peace and reconciling love, are all central to God's mission. And it is precisely for this reason why we have chosen the theme, reclaiming our mission so that we may return to the church's ministries. Every baptized Christian is called to pursue these ministries, but not every baptized Christian knows what is expected and that I can understand since we have many voices today defining for us what the church should be about. This task of reclaiming our mission today can be an exciting one if we choose to pursue that task with an open mind. I look forward to our journey together with hope and prayer that God's mission for his church and our beloved Jamaica will be revealed with even clearer vision.
On Sunday, December 5, 2004 at 8:00 a.m. we will have a Service of Commemoration of our 340th Anniversary. The Celebrant and Preacher will be the Most Rev. Drexel Gomez, Archbishop of the West Indies. We are asking you to prepare for an Act of Renewal and Recommitment on this special occasion.
By the time you read this I will be attending the Provincial Synod in Belize. I invite your prayers for Rev. Robert, our assistant Curate as he prepares for Ordination to the Priesthood. The Ordination will take place at Kingston Parish Church on Sunday, November 28, 2004 at 4:00 p.m. Please also remember Fr. Everton and Kaydean as they anticipate their new ministry.
We welcome all visitors and friends who are worshipping with us
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Our Website address has changed to www.StAndrewParishChurch.com
Today - November 14 - is WORLD DIABETES DAY. You are invited to visit the Baptistery after the 7:30 a.m. service when a representative of the Diabetic Association (our own Lola Neckles) will administer blood sugar tests free of cost! Come and find out if you are diabetic or if your diabetes is under control.
The Christian Faith Formation Committee invites you to one of the Living Issues series. As you all know, Rev. Canon Robert Thompson has returned following two years of doctoral studies at the Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts. On Thursday, December 2 at 6:00 p.m. he will make a presentation on the topic of his doctoral thesis: "REDEMPTION SONG - a Theological Hermeneutics for Social Transformation" This will take place in the Church Hall.
OUR ANNUAL SUPPER TAKES PLACE THIS FRIDAY AT THE CHURCH HALL AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO AN EVENING OF FUN AND FELLOWSHIP.
The CHURCH COMMITTEE MEETING has been rescheduled to Thursday, November 25, 2004.
Members of the BROTHERHOOD OF ST. ANDREW and all interested men are invited to attend the next meeting on Saturday, November 27, 10:00 a.m. at the Church Hall.
All FELLOWSHIP GROUP MEMBERS will join in corporate worship next Sunday, November 21 at 6:00 p.m.
The Kingston & St. Andrew (Deaneries) Sunday School Area Council will be holding its Annual PRE-CHRISTMAS BAZAAR on Saturday, November 27, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at St. Boniface Church, Harbour View. Entrance to the grounds - $50. Various attractions for children - Lots of items and refreshments on sale.
November 30 is ST. ANDREW'S DAY and the Holy Eucharist will
be celebrated at 6:00 p.m.
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