Sunday Bulletin

First Sunday of Advent (Year A)
Sunday, November 28, 2004

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Today's Services
This Week at St. Andrew's

My Dear Friends,

Advent, the Church's Liturgical Season which we begin today, is described by one writer as an "abrupt disruption of events and time". For many persons it gets in the way of our busy schedule, and all the fun things we enjoy doing during this pre-Christmas time. And yet I must confess that although I feel something of that disruption, it is the kind of disruption we all need. You see, Advent is not only a new season in the Church year, when we begin a new Lectionary Cycle of readings. It is an utterly new year, new time, where everything begins again. This makes Advent one of, if not, my favorite seasons in the Church's year. What the Liturgy anticipates is that we will stop and listen to the new things God is doing in our world. In this regard Advent is the season of anticipation. In fact, that is literally what the word means. It comes from the Latin word advenire which when translated means, to come. Advent then is that time when we wait for that which is to come. Over the next few weeks we will be challenged to move beyond our numbed endurance and our domesticated expectation, to consider our life afresh in the light of the new gifts that God is about to give.

Next Sunday, in the presence of the Archbishop of the West Indies and the Bishop of Jamaica, we will be invited to join in a solemn act or Renewal and Re-commitment. I ask that everyone of us begin reflecting on what this will mean for our life together as a church family and as individual Christians who are daily being challenged by one moral and social crisis after another. It is a happy coincidence that we are being invited to do this in the Advent season when the Church calls each one of us to shift our narrow perspectives and to consider our life afresh in light of God's gift. The gift of his incarnate son, Jesus Christ.

I was told by Charmaine and others that the supper last Friday was a great success. I wish to thank Mr. Franklin Williams and his committee for work well done and hope that their good efforts will be translated into earning some badly needed funds for the Church.

This afternoon at 4:00 Rev. Robert McLean along with the Revs. Peter Clarke, Barrington Jones and James Munroe will be ordained to the office of Priest at the Kingston Parish Church. Plan to be in attendance, and if you are not able, please remember them in your prayers. During the Service the Rev. Edward Jennings will renew his ordination vows. Rev. Fr. Robert Anthony McLean will preside at his first mass on Wednesday the 1st December at 6:30a.m.

This Tuesday is St. Andrew's Day and the Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 6:00 p.m. I know how harassed we can feel trying to make it through the Half Way Tree traffic in the afternoon, but I am hoping that as many of you as possible will make the effort and attend.

On Sunday, December 12 you will be invited to nominate members for election to the Church Committee for 2005. Please give this some thought and come prepared to make a meaningful contribution.

We extend a warm welcome to all our visitors and especially to those participating in the Service of Holy Baptism at 9:45 a.m. The peace of God be with you all.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

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Parish News


Flowers at the foot of the altar are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Alice Sterrett by her daughter Yvonne.

Funeral Service for Mrs. Phyllis Terrelonge will be on Saturday, 4th December at 9:30 a.m.

A special issue of the PARISHIONER is now available. This contains information on the 340th Anniversary celebration as well as the schedule of Services for Christmas.

The Jamaica College Choir will be presenting a concert here at the Parish Church on Sunday, December 12 at 4:30 p.m. The contribution is $300 per person and part of the proceeds will be donated to the Church.

Following the Anniversary Service next Sunday morning, we are invited to join the Christian Faith Formation Committee in the Old Court House for fellowship and light refreshment, displays and a Video presentation on the Parish Church. There will be a Book Sale (Christian Books and Music) where you can stock up on devotional material and CD's. Come prepared and plan to remain behind after the Service.

You are reminded of Canon Thompson's presentation on the topic of his doctoral thesis: "REDEMPTION SONG - A Theological Hermeneutic for Social Transformation". This takes place in the Church Hall on Thursday, December 2 at 6:00 p.m.

Holy Cross Church has invited us to attend their 75th Anniversary Advent Crusade scheduled for Sunday, November 28 to Thursday, December 2. Services are held nightly as follows:

November 28
Youth and Family Night Starting at
5:00 p.m.
November 29
Stewardship Starting at
6:00 p.m.
November 30
December 1
December 2
Anniversary Mass  

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Today's Services

First Sunday of Advent
(Corporate for the Altar Guild)

Introit 51
Old Testament Isaiah 2: 1-5 [Mrs. Phyll Williams]
Psalm 122 [New BCP page 641]
Epistle Romans 13: 8-14 [Mrs. Norma Allen]
Gradual 54
Gospel Matthew 24: 37-44
Sermon [Rev. Canon Robert Thompson]
Intercession (B) [New BCP page 107]
Offertory The Church of Christ
Communion 415, 412, 419
Recessional 52
Blessing of the Sunday School's Advent Wreath
Lighting of the first Advent Candle by: [Jason Ewer]
[Vashane Pitter]
[Anton Tinker]
Introit 262
Old Testament Isaiah 2: 1-5 [Matthew Tomlinson]
Psalm 122 [New BCP page 641]
Epistle Romans 13: 8-14 [Danielle Tomlinson]
Gradual 54
Gospel Matthew 24: 37-44
Sermon [Rev. Canon Robert Thompson]
Intercession (B) [New BCP page 107]
Offertory 443
Communion 420, 416
Recessional 51

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As Sarah waited - 90 years for a son to fulfil God's promise
We wait in hope for what we thought had been spoken to us.
As Moses waited - 40 years in the deserts
We wait for emptiness and humility
As the Prophets waited - 1000 years for the salvation promises
We wait for signs of presence
As Mary waited - 9 months of her 14 years for the child of God
We feel the birth-pains, yet fear for the child
As John the Baptist waited - scanning the crowds for knowing eyes
We long for an experience of the Divine
As Christ waited - 30 years of creeping time,
40 days in the throes of temptation
3 years in the midst of misunderstanding
3 days in the depths of hell…
So now, we wait.
Our turn to toil on levelling mountains and straightening paths.
Our turn to watch time's horizon
Our turn to hope that he who promised is faithful, and will return.

Quoted in - The Complex Christ:
Signs of emergence in the Urban Church.
by Kester Brewin p 26

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This Week at St. Andrew's

November 29

5:30 p.m.

Bible Study

November 30

5:30 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
St.Andrew's Day
December 1
6:30 a.m.
12:00 noon

5:15 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m.

Holy Eucharist
Mid-day Devotions
(Webster Memorial United Church)

Women's Auxiliary
Grief Support Group
Adult Confirmation Class

December 2
5:30 p.m.
Senior Choir Rehearsal
December 3
9:00 a.m.
6:00 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
Junior Confirmation Class
December 4
11:00 a.m.
2:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m.

Little Brothers of St. Andrew
Youth Choir Rehearsal
Youth Fellowship

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