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Second Sunday after the Epiphany (Year A)
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My Dear Friends,
On Tuesday of this week, the Feast of the Confession of St. Peter the Apostle, churches throughout the world will begin the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. On Wednesday the 19th we will host the annual Ecumenical Marian Service, which was inaugurated some twenty-four years ago by my predecessor, the late Bishop Herman Spence and Sister Christiana of the Roman Catholic community. The hosting of this Ecumenical Service alternates between Holy Cross Church and ourselves. The preacher this year will be the Roman Catholic Archbishop, the Most Reverend Lawrence A. Burke S.J.
Over the years our collective lives and witness have been enriched by a deliberate focus on the ministry of Mary. The question you may well ask is, why Mary? Why not simply come together for a common witness in worship? In the first place, Anglicans and Roman Catholics celebrate, though perhaps not to the same extent, a common interest in Mary and her very important vocation in the redemptive work of God.
Most of what we know about Mary comes from St. Luke's Gospel and the writer is very clear that Mary comes from the underclass, the humble people of Israel. Mary then is the voice of the voiceless, which God has heard. Think for a moment about the song she sings when the angel tells her she is to give birth to the Saviour. That song, called the Magnificat, is said and sung over and over again in cathedrals and churches, and people hardly ever stop to think how revolutionary the words are .."God will scatter the proud and arrogant in their conceit," Mary sings. " He will put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalt the humble and meek. He will fill the starving with good things and send the rich away empty." (Luke1:46-55) Mary is the symbol of God's care for the poor, and his promise of justice. At the Service on Wednesday, which begins at 7:00 p.m. our Youth Choir will be in attendance and I anticipate your full support in being present.
Please be reminded of your obligation to attend the Annual Congregational Meeting on the last Sunday in January. The meeting will follow the 7:30 Service and I expect lively participation from everyone, as we discuss matters relating to our congregational life, and review our outreach and mission activities.
The Friends of the Sunday School invite us to their Evening of Elegance to be held on Saturday, February 5 at the Church Hall commencing at 5:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale at $800 each.
The Church of the Good Shepherd will host a Cabaret - Musical Adventure 2 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on January 30, 2005. Tickets are on sale at $2,000 each, proceeds in aid of their Building Fund.
The Annual Youth Retreat is scheduled for February 11-12 at the Church Hall and the Adult Retreat will be at the Hillcrest Retreat Centre, February 18-20. Contribution for the Adult Retreat is $4,000 per person.
We extend a warm welcome to all our visitors. Do come again and share
in our worship.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
2005 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Pray, brothers and sisters For the Church
God speaks in the silence of our heart, and we listen.
The Blessing of Love
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