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Second Sunday of Advent (Year A)
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My Dear Friends,
Today's historic celebration at 8:00 a.m. invites us to do a number of things. In the first place it provides a wonderful opportunity to give thanks for the rich heritage of 340 years of Christian witness and mission. Secondly, it makes it possible for us to stand in the long line of believers who over the years kept the flame of the gospel burning within the community and nation. Thirdly, it is an occasion for renewal and recommitment to the task of bringing all people into unity with God and each other in Christ.
It is therefore our delight and pleasure to have His Grace the Archbishop of the West Indies, The Most Rev. Drexel Gomez as our celebrant and preacher at our commemoration Eucharist. We thank God for his ministry during this time of severe tension in the Anglican Communion. Also present at this service are the Bishop of Jamaica and Mrs. Reid, His Excellency the Governor General and other specially invited guests. We welcome them and all those visiting with us today.
On Tuesday of this week Synod 2004 will re-convene at St. Gabriel's Church, May Pen, to consider a resolution by the Bishop of Jamaica, calling for the re-configuration of the regional structure of the Diocese. The general consensus is that the Kingston Region is too large and should be divided into two, thus resulting in four instead of the present three Regions. A commission appointed by Diocesan Council, and chaired by Dr. Vin Lawrence, carried out a study on the proposal and after consultation with a wide cross section of interests has submitted its report which will be considered by the Synod. There is a new wind blowing in our church and if it is discerned and acted upon, we will begin to see a new day in the life of our Diocese.
Our new message posted on the bell tower is a gift from two of our members. A young artist Sanja Williams-Hill designed the board, and Mr. Robert McCook and his company Caledonia Enterprises Ltd., erected it at no cost to the church. The message - Mercy and truth have met together; justice and peace have kissed each other - is not the reality presently lived by us as a community, but it articulates a vision which can inspire a greater level of civility and compassion among those who will take the time to read it. If that were achieved, then we would have given a wonderful anniversary gift to the community of Half Way Tree.
The Second Annual Ralston Smith Lecture takes place on Saturday, December 11, 2004. The programme begins with the Eucharist at 9:00 a.m. followed by the lecture in the Old Court House (upstairs) at 11:00 a.m. The lecture will be presented by Fr. Garth Minott - Anglican Warden at the United Theological College - on the topic "The Bible and the worship of the Church". Everyone is welcome to attend.
We extend sympathy to Miss Ingrid Pusey who lost her sister, to
Simone and Bradley Foot on the death of Bradley's father - Wesley
Foot, and to the family of Edward Fraser who died earlier this
Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.
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Prayer for Synod
Almighty and everlasting Father, you have given the Holy Spirit to abide with us for ever: Bless, we pray, with His grace and presence, the bishops and other clergy and the laity soon to be assembled in your Name, that your Church, being preserved in true faith and godly discipline, may fulfil all the mind of Him who loved it and gave Himself for it, your Son Jesus Christ our Saviour; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
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