Sunday Bulletin

Fourth Sunday of Advent (Year A)
Sunday, December 19, 2004

In this Bulletin ...

When God wants important things done ...
Parish News
Today's Services
This Week at St. Andrew's
Christmas Services, 2004

My Dear Friends,

During this season of Advent our liturgy reminds us of the basic posture of humanity before God: helplessness and need. Not only are we vulnerable to the many forces which threaten to destroy our happiness and joy, indeed our very existence, but there is little or nothing that we, when left to ourselves, are capable of doing about our precarious state. From Jacks Hill to Trench Town, from the once safe place of a rectory to the vulnerable inner-city dwelling, the desperate cry for help goes out, and to that cry God provides one answer - the Child of Bethlehem. God makes it possible for Mary to conceive and bear a son whose name should be called Emmanuel - God with us. We are assured that wherever Jesus is God is there present with the people of faith to dispel darkness and energize life with hope. Like Mary, you and I must take on the vocation of giving birth to that same
life and hope. Whenever and wherever we choose to do so, the power of darkness and evil is undermined.

Today we formally welcome Fr. Edward Jennings and his wife Karlene to the Parish Church family. I am particularly delighted that Fr. Jennings has joined our ministry team as his many years of experience as a priest and teacher of the Faith will no doubt enrich our life together.

GIFT DAY

I have been sharing with you for the past few weeks our desperate need to make GIFT DAY - DECEMBER 21 - a special in-giving and recommitment of ourselves to God. I fully realize the difficulty many of us are experiencing in meeting our own family obligations this Christmas. Many homes are still undergoing repairs resulting from Hurricane Ivan. However, I have no other source of funding for our ministry and end of year commitments.

We express CONDOLENCES to the families of FAY BLAKE, MIRIAM ALSTON, CLEVE SMITH, and GLORIA MILLER. Funeral services have been scheduled as follows:

  • Fay Blake -Thursday, December 23 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Miriam Alston - Wednesday, December 29 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Cleve Smith - Tuesday, December 28

I look forward to seeing you all at the Carol Service this evening. The other services for Christmas are published in the Parishioner and in last week's newsletter.

Ms Carole Reid is offering her CD "A GIFT OF CAROLS" for sale at $800 each. Copies are available from the church office.

We extend a warm welcome to all our visitors and pray that the blessings for hope, peace and joy be in our hearts and home this Christmas Season and always.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Robert

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When God wants important things done ...

When God wants an important thing done in this world or a wrong righted, he goes about it in a very singular way. He doesn't release thunderbolts and stir up earthquakes. God simply has a tiny baby born, perhaps of a very humble home, perhaps of a very humble mother. And God puts the idea of purpose into the mother's heart. And she puts it in the baby's mind, and then God waits. The great events of this world are not battles and elections and earthquakes and thunderbolts. The great events are babies, for each child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged with humanity, but is still expecting goodwill to become incarnate in each human life.

Edmond McDonald, quoted in Guide my Feet
by Marian Wright Edelman, Beacon Press

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Parish News

MEMORIALS and MILESTONES

We express CONDOLENCES to the families of FAY BLAKE, MIRIAM ALSTON, CLEVE SMITH, and GLORIA MILLER. Funeral services have been scheduled as follows:

  • Fay Blake -Thursday, December 23 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Miriam Alston - Wednesday, December 29 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Cleve Smith - Tuesday, December 28

The Service of Lessons and Carols takes place this evening, December 19 at 6:00 p.m.

Ms Carole Reid is offering her CD "A GIFT OF CAROLS" for sale at $800 each. Copies are available from the church office.

Please remember Gift Day - December 21. The Church and our Missions need your financial support.

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Today's Services

Fourth Sunday of Advent

6:30 a.m. HOLY EUCHARIST
7:30 a.m. SUNG EUCHARIST & SERMON
Introit 49
Old Testament Isaiah 7: 10-17 [Mr. Brian Goldson]
Psalm 24: 1-7 [New BCP page 496]
Epistle Romans 1: 1-7 [Miss Emma-June Bell]
Gradual 53 [Children leave for Sunday School]
Gospel Matthew 1: 18-25
Sermon [Rev. Fr. Edward Jennings]
Intercession D [New BCP page 111]
Offertory 363
Communion 390, 205, 432, 419
Recessional 262
9:45 a.m. MORNING PRAYER & SERMON
Processional 51
Venite [New BCP page 36]
Psalm 24: 1-7 [New BCP page 496]
First Lesson Isaiah 7: 10-17
Jubilate [New BCP page 37]
Second Lesson Matthew 1: 18-25
Hymn 58
Sermon [Rev. Fr. Robert McLean]
Hymns 52, 50
6:00 p.m. CAROL SERVICE

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This Week at St. Andrew's

Monday
December 20

5:30 p.m.

Bible Study

Tuesday
December 21

9:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist
Feast of St.Thomas the Apostle
Wednesday
December 22
6:30 a.m.
5:30 p.m.

Holy Eucharist
Grief Support Group

Thursday
December 23
5:30 p.m.
Senior Choir Rehearsal

Friday
December 24
Christmas Eve

11:00 p.m.
11:30 p.m.

11:45 p.m.
Carols
Blessing of
the Christmas Manger
First Mass of Christmas
Saturday
December 25
Christmas Day
7:00 a.m.
9:00 a.m.
Sung Eucharist & Sermon
Holy Eucharist & Sermon

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