Sunday Bulletin

First Sunday after the Epiphany (Year A)
Sunday, January 9, 2005

In this Bulletin ...

Prayer for Tsunami Victims
Parish News
Today's Services
This Week at St. Andrew's

My Dear Friends,

I have included the following reflection as well as the prayer on the cover of our Bulletin from the website. I share this especially for our two Sri Lankan families who are members here and whose grief over the tsunami tragedy is deeply personal. They, like many of us, find it most difficult to reconcile such a monumental loss with a loving and compassionate God. I therefore share with you the following quotation which probably best expresses our feelings at this time and also provides some measure of comfort in the face of tremendous loss. Rev. Mark Beckwith writes:

"Where do I look to find God in this world of tragedy and pain?
Tragedy and pain are disorienting. We don't want to experience either, yet life keeps bringing them on. Our egos try to keep our lives tragedy and pain-free. In his recently published book, Credo, preacher and writer William Sloane Coffin suggests that we have a God who provides us with minimum protection and maximum support. I agree with him - but I don't like it. In the face of tragedy and pain, minimum protection from God just doesn't feel good enough for me. My instinct is to seek - and expect - a spiritual firewall from God. And when I don't get it, I get indignant, and like millions of others, I shake my fist at the heavens and demand to know why this is happening. I end up looking for a God who will provide protection - and miss out on the God who offers support."

As I ended the preliminary preparation of this message on Thursday the telephone rang and I was told the disturbing news about the fire at Moreton Park Cottages. It is therefore with deep regret that I must inform you of the fire at 22 Moreton Park Terrace - the location of the Moreton Park Cottages owned and operated by this Church. Four cottages were badly damaged. It is most tragic that one resident - Miss Lily Jackman was burnt to death. Two others - both members of this Church, Miss Victoria Kirkland and Miss Geraldine Rose - have experienced total loss of their possessions. The fourth unit was unoccupied.

We extend heartfelt sympathy to the residents of the Cottages and in particular to the family of Miss Jackman. As a Church family we are called to respond to the rebuilding process not only of the physical structure but more so the shattered lives and emotional psyche of those so deeply affected. We therefore turn to the God who offers support and draw from Him the strength and willingness to restore and transform broken lives which are within our grasp.

At our Eucharist this evening we shall welcome Rev. Masud Ibn Syedulla, Minister Provincial for the 3rd Order of St. Francis, who will preach the sermon.

St. Andrew Care Centre will be hosting a benefit performance entitled "No disrespect" at the Little Little Theatre on Thursday, January 13, 2005 at 8:30 p.m. Cost $700 per person. You are encouraged to support this fundraising event.

The Church of the Good Shepherd will host a Cabaret - Musical Adventure #2 - at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on January 30, 2005. Showtime 6:00 p.m. Contribution $2,000/person - tickets are available from the Church office.

Our Annual Congregational Meeting will be held on Sunday, January 30 at 9:30 a.m. Please submit your group or outreach report for 2004 if you have not already done so. Please also plan to be present as this is your opportunity to participate in the election of the Church Committee for 2005 and to present your ideas about the Church and its programmes.

We welcome all those who are worshipping with us today.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

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A Prayer for the Victims of the Asian Tsunami

O God of grace, we come before you with hurting hearts to plead for those who are victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Asia. We grieve for those who have lost their lives. May angels surround them and welcome them in peace. We grieve for those who have lost their loved ones and feel as if the ground has disappeared not only from under their feet, but from their innermost hearts. Surround them with your love and tenderness that their pain may not lead to despair. Above all good God, when nothing but the question "Why?" screams through our souls, descend with your loving presence and unfaltering assurance that even in our darkest moments, you will not forsake us. Even our pain and questioning is held in the eternity of your embrace. In the time of fear remind us that, in You, nothing is ever lost. We ask this for the sake of your love. Amen.

Renée Miller

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Parish News


Flowers at the pulpit are given by Bernice Stephens in thanksgiving for her 97th birthday celebrated yesterday.

CONDOLENCES to Mr. Stanley Gordon on the death of his brother-in-law Robert French.

CONDOLENCES to the family of Miss Lily Jackman who perished in the recent fire at the Moreton Park Cottages.

The annual MARIAN SERVICE will be held here at the Parish Church on Wednesday, January 19, 2005 commencing at 7:00 p.m.

Parents of candidates in the Junior Confirmation Class are asked to meet with the Rector on Friday, January 14 at 5:00 p.m.

Videotapes of the 340th Anniversary Service are available from Mr. Tony Patel (telephone 946-9430) at $1,000 each.

We still have three (3) copies of the book HISTORICAL FOUNDATIONS OF JAMAICAN LAW written by Mr. Raphael Codlin and offered for sale at $1,500 per copy to help finance the upgrading of our public address system.

Have you collected your copy of NEW DAYLIGHT, January - April, 2005? If not, please call the church office.

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Today's Services

First Sunday after the Epiphany

Introit 79
Old Testament Isaiah 42: 1-9 [Miss Dorothy Britton]
Psalm 89: 20-29 [New BCP page 584]
Epistle Acts 10: 34-38 [Mrs. Ena Dallen]
Gradual 76 (Children leave for Sunday School)
Gospel Matthew 3: 13-17
Sermon [Rev. Canon Robert Thompson]
Hymn for Baptism 427
Intercession G [New BCP page 118]
Offertory 81
Communion 414, 316, 231, 419
Recessional 268
Processional 77
Venite [New BCP page 36]
Psalm 89: 20-29 [New BCP page 584]
First Lesson Isaiah 42: 1-9
Jubilate [New BCP page 37]
Second Lesson Matthew 3: 13-17
Hymn 219, 78
Sermon [Rev. Canon Robert Thompson]
Hymns 79
Introit 77
Epistle Acts 10: 34-38
Psalm 89: 20-29 [New BCP page 584]
Gradual 260
Gospel Matthew 3: 13-17
Sermon [Rev. Masud Ibn Syedulla]
Offertory 76
Communion 414
Recessional 220

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This Week at St. Andrew's

January 10

5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.

Finance Committee
Bible Study

January 11

9:00 a.m.
5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
Home for Girls Committee
St. Andrew Settlement Committee
January 12
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
Confirmation Class for Adults

January 13
5:30 p.m.
Senior Choir Rehearsal
January 14
9:00 a.m.
6:00 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
Confirmation Class for Juniors
January 15
11:00 a.m.
2:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m.
Little Brothers of St. Andrew's
Youth Choir Rehearsal
Youth Fellowship

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