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Third Sunday of Advent (Year A)
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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:
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,
Resolution on Regional Boundaries and AdministrationWHEREAS the Commission on Regional Boundaries has found that the main issues facing the Diocese are:
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:
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. DanielBack to Top
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.
REMEMBER TO COMPLETE THE LIST OF NOMINEES FOR ELECTION TO THE CHURCH COMMITTEE FOR 2005.
Copies of the special edition of THE PARISHIONER are still available. Remember to collect your copy from the table by the west door.Back to Top
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
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