Sunday Bulletin

Third Sunday of Advent (Year A)
Sunday, December 12, 2004

In this Bulletin ...

Resolution - Regional Boundaries
Parish News
Today's Services
This Week at St. Andrew's

My Dear Friends,

Today instead of my usual message, I have decided to share the resolution on the configuration of Regional Boundaries which the Synod approved last Tuesday. But first some words regarding Fr. Everton and Kaydean who begin a new Ministry in the Greater Portmore area later this week. God has called them to a new context with different kinds of challenges. We will miss their open and hospitable personalities which have endeared them to us all. That, coupled with their vibrant and bright spirits as well as their commitment to Christ, led to their successful ministry at this Parish Church and for this we are all deeply grateful. They go with our prayers and support, as well as the confidence we have in their ability to meet whatever challenges the "new frontier" will bring.

This week we can look back on the 340th Commemorative Service which was so fulfilling in its liturgy and beauty. Indeed the message of Archbishop Drexel Gomez was one which will live with us and should become part of our active lives given our promises for renewal and commitment. I wish to express appreciation to the Anniversary Committee and all who worked to ensure the preparation of the Church and the programme for the morning. Commemorative brochures are still available at the back of the Church.

Nomination forms are available from the ushers and you are invited to make nominations for the Church Committee for 2005.

We join with the neigbouring community of Tarrant Baptist Church in mourning the tragic death of their caretaker Mr. Audley Bicknell, who was killed while delivering the weekly collection at the bank.

I am appealing to every member to make GIFT DAY - December 21 a special day. I ask this for two reasons:

  1. As a way of giving thanks for 340 years of ministry and mission in this community and beyond, and
  2. Because we urgently need $5·6 million to meet our end of year budget.

Next Sunday we will have the Service of Lessons and Carols at 6:00 p.m. Our Mission Churches are invited to share in this festival of Christmas music and lessons.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

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Resolution on Regional Boundaries and Administration

WHEREAS the Commission on Regional Boundaries has found that the main issues facing the Diocese are:
  1. The effectiveness of the Church is carrying out its mission based on deep concern that the Church is in crisis
  2. The Diocesan organisational system has not kept pace with changing conditions, and,
  3. The need for authority linked to responsibility at the regional and local levels as well as the need for a related system of accountability, assessment, appraisal and evaluation of performance and the results achieved;
BE IT RESOLVED that the Diocese be divided into four rather than the existing three Regions by dividing the Kingston Region into two as follows:
  1. The continuing Kingston Region to consist of the Deaneries of Kingston, St. Thomas and St. Catherine, including the Municipality of Portmore which is to be constituted a separate Deanery.
  2. The Deaneries of St. Andrew, St. Mary and Portland be constituted as a new Region, known as the Eastern Jamaica Region, under the Episcopal supervision of the Diocesan Bishop, who shall be assisted in non- Episcopal functions by appropriate personnel.
BE IT ALSO RESOLVED that in practice, the designation "Suffragan Bishop" be replaced by the term "Regional Bishop" and that the Diocesan Bishop in Council be mandated to develop the concepts of decentralized authority and clearly defined areas of responsibility and accountability at all levels in the Church but commencing with that for Suffragan Bishops. Such concepts and definitions should take fully into account, and be based on the recommendations of the Commission on Regional Boundaries; AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Diocesan Bishop petitions the Province through the Archbishop and House of Bishops to re-instate the See of Kingston in its revised form and to approve the creation of the new See of Eastern Jamaica.

MOVED BY: The Rt. Rev. Alfred C. Reid

SECONDED BY: The Rt. Rev. Harold B. Daniel

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Parish News


CONGRATULATIONS to William and Shirley Reeson who celebrated their 23rd Wedding Anniversary last Sunday, and to Mr. John Isaacs who celebrates his 80th birthday today.

Miss Sonya Hamilton on the death of her uncle Hartnel Hamilton.
Mrs. Pauline Green on the death of her father Onis Batchelor.

The Friends of the Sunday School will meet in the Old Court House immediately following the 7:30 Eucharist this morning.

Mr. Hugh Gayle is offering his publication of The Christian Diary 2005 for sale at $400.00 each.

The Jamaica College Chapel Choir presents Giovanni Pergolesi's "MAGNIFICAT" with Anthems and Carols at 5 o'clock this evening here at the Parish Church. Contributions: Adults $300 and children $100.

Tarrant Baptist Church invites us to their presentation of "The Father's Gift of Love" at Tarrant Baptist Church on Saturday and Sunday, December 18/19, 2004.
Contribution: Adults - $400, Children under 12 years - $200.


Copies of the special edition of THE PARISHIONER are still available. Remember to collect your copy from the table by the west door.

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Today's Services

Third Sunday of Advent


You bring me news of a door that opens at the end of a corridor, sunlight and singing; when I had felt sure that every corridor only led to another, or to a blank wall.

Quoted in : Be our Freedom, Lord
Advent by T.S. Eliot, page 199

Introit 49
Old Testament Isaiah 35: 1-10
Psalm 146: 4-9 [New BCP page 662]
Epistle James 5: 7-10
Gradual 52 [Children leave for Sunday School]
Gospel Matthew 11: 2-11
Sermon [Rev. Everton Cunningham]
Intercession C [New BCP page 108]
Offertory God is Here
Communion 414, 412, 419
Recessional 262
Processional 47
Venite [New BCP page 36]
Psalm 146: 4-9 [New BCP page 662]
First Lesson Isaiah 35: 1-10
Jubilate [New BCP page 37]
Second Lesson Matthew 11: 2-11
Hymn 50
Sermon [Rev. Everton Cunningham]
Hymns 54, 262
5:00 p.m. Giovanni Pergolesi's "Magnificat", Anthems & Carols by the Jamaica College Chapel Choir

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This Week at St. Andrew's

December 13

5:30 p.m.

Bible Study

December 14

9:00 a.m.
5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
Home for Girls
St. Andrew Settlement
December 15
6:30 a.m.
4:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m.

Holy Eucharist
St. Andrew Care Centre
Grief Support Group
Adult Confirmation Class

December 16
5:30 p.m.
Senior Choir Rehearsal
December 17
9:00 a.m.
6:00 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
Junior Confirmation Class
December 18
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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