Sunday Bulletin

Third Sunday after the Epiphany (Year A)
Sunday, January 23, 2005

In this Bulletin ...

Purpose of the Church
Parish News
Today's Services
This Week at St. Andrew's

My Dear Friends,

In anticipation of our Annual Congregational meeting next week I wish to share with you two issues that will dominate my focus during the year:

  • The Sunday Liturgy and what it is we expect it to do.
  • Our outreach programs and the extent to which they are fulfilling the mandate of the gospel.

Our close attention, as well as our collective understanding on these two issues will be indispensable in fulfilling our 340th anniversary commitment: To reclaim our mission, to restore all people to unity with God and with each other.

There is a great danger today in believing that worship and liturgy must always function in a particular way to make us feel better or prepare us to meet the challenges of the coming week. Our Sunday liturgy may very well do these things but only as a by product not as a primary aim. Let me make it quite clear - there is absolutely nothing wrong with enjoying worship, feeling better because of it, or learning something from the experience. It should not be something to be endured. It is rather something we each contribute to and benefit from. Notwithstanding this fact, worship cannot be reduced to simply a functional role. Instead, worship must be pursued for its own sake, i.e. to give glory and honour to God through the gift of ourselves. The surprising thing is, only when we pursue it for its own sake can we experience the personal transformation that comes from the offering of ourselves and our encounter with God. "In corporate worship the Christian community, united by the Spirit, acknowledges the holiness of God, hears his word, offers prayers and celebrates the sacraments as one body." (Catechism- Book of Common Prayer, pg. 407) We learn from our encounter of God in worship to see with different eyes and then go out into a transformed reality to continue God's creative work.

In a few weeks, I intend to put together a small ad hoc worship group which will meet periodically with me and the clergy staff to reflect on the theology that shapes our worship. The objective is to see what better use, if any, can be made of our music, hymns/songs, prayers of the people, rituals and sermons so that our worship might better enable everyone to bask in God's presence, thereby bringing with it the desired transformation.

In relation to our mission and outreach we will have to examine very seriously whether our program of activities as presently structured are fulfilling the objective of restoring all people to unity with God and each other in Christ? If we are presently not achieving this then we will have to find out why and what kind of resources we will require in order to reclaim that core objective. Next week I will share something of my own vision with you. In the mean time I look forward to your full participation at our Congregational Meeting next Sunday.

The following members will be nominated for election to the Church Committee:

Rector's Nominees:

Mr. Tony Patel - Broadcaster
Mr. Neville Baker - Banker (retired) / People's Warden
Mr. Douglas Folkes - Banker (retired)
Mr. George Briggs - Consultant, Office of the Prime Minister
Mr. George Bullock - Engineer / Company Director
Mr. Stanley Gordon - Consultant, Office of the Prime Minister
Mr. Brian Goldson - Chartered Quantity Surveyor
Miss Pearl Pottinger - Company Director

Those nominated by the Congregation are:

Dr. Nigel Elliott - Veterinary Surgeon/Youth Director
Miss Sonya Hamilton - Chairman, Girls' Home Committee
Dr. Lucien Jones - Medical Practitioner
Mr. Lloyd Gooden - Accountant / Church's Treasurer
Miss Yolande Whitely - Attorney at Law / Youth Choir / Synod Rep.
Mr. Frank James - Accountant / Synod Rep. / St. Clements Mission
Mr. Owen Streete - Accountant / Girls' Home Committee
Mrs. Jacqueline Mighty - Financial Controller / Company Director / Sunday School Teacher

We extend a warm welcome to all our visitors and pray for God's continued blessings during this week.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Robert

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The Purpose of the Church

The purpose of the church is to be a vessel of transformation. It is the role of church leaders to help maintain the flow. But before they can do so, they must discern the current system.
Is it a cycle of dependency and control or a cycle of transformation and incarnation? Resetting the system and restoring the flow is difficult. Usually it requires a series of shocks - provocations. Only then can the community begin the task of learning the new language of faith and practice being what they are becoming. And it will never "settle down." Accepting the normalcy of dissonance and change is part of the process.

Behold I do a New Thing:
Transforming Communities of Faith
By C. Kirk Hadaway

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Parish News

The Annual Congregation Meeting convenes at approximately 10:00 a.m. next Sunday morning and you are reminded of your obligation to attend and to participate fully, as we discuss matters relating to our congregational life and review our outreach and mission activities.

THE 2004 ANNUAL REPORT IS AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE

The annual retreats are scheduled as follows:

  • ADULT RETREAT - February 18-20 at Hillcrest Retreat Centre. Contribution $4,000.
  • YOUTH RETREAT - February 11-12 at the Church Hall. Details will be circulated through the youth groups.

The Friends of the Sunday Schools invite all music lovers to enjoy a delightful evening of Jazz, Classical and more at the Church Hall on Saturday, February 5, 2005 commencing at 5:00 p.m. Artistes include the Fab Five Band, Cecil Cooper, Velia Espeut, Jeff Cobham and Mark Pritchett. Tickets are available at $800 each from the Friends, Sunday School teachers and the church office. Proceeds for the maintenance and development of the Sunday Schools at St. Clement's, St. Thomas Mission and the Parish Church.

ALL MEMBERS OF THE FRIENDS OF THE SUNDAY SCHOOL ARE ASKED TO ATTEND A BRIEF MEETING IN THE OLD COURT HOUSE IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE 7:30 EUCHARIST THIS MORNING.

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Today's Services

The Third Sunday after the Epiphany

6:30 a.m. HOLY EUCHARIST
7:30 a.m. SUNG EUCHARIST & SERMON
Introit 3
Old Testament Amos 3: 1-8 [Mr. Andre Gooden]
Psalm 139: 1-11 [New BCP page 654]
Epistle 1 Corinthians 1: 10-17 [Mrs. Daphne Graham]
Gradual 82
Gospel Matthew 4:12-23
Sermon [Rev. Canon Robert Thompson]
Intercession B [New BCP page 107]
Offertory 175
Communion 184, 396, 411, 419
Recessional 330
9:45 a.m. FAMILY EUCHARIST & SERMON
Introit 220
Old Testament Amos 3: 1-8 [Liam Scott]
Psalm 139: 1-11 [New BCP page 654]
Epistle 1 Corinthians 1: 10-17 [Loviena Edwards]
Gradual 260
Gospel Matthew 4:12-23
Sermon [Rev. Canon Robert Thompson]
Intercession B [New BCP page 107]
Offertory 443
Communion 387, 413
Recessional 267
6:00 p.m. HOLY EUCHARIST & SERMON
Introit 307
Epistle 1 Corinthians 1: 10-17
Psalm 139: 1-11 [New BCP page 654]
Gradual 300
Gospel Matthew 4:12-23
Sermon [Rev. Fr. Robert McLean]
Offertory 400
Communion 330
Recessional 22

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This Week at St. Andrew's

Monday
January 24

5:30 p.m.

Bible Study

Tuesday
January 25

9:00 a.m.

4:00 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul
Mothers' Union
Wednesday
January 26
6:30 a.m.
5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m.

Holy Eucharist
Grief Support Group
Reception Committee
Adult Confirmation Class

Thursday
January 27
5:30 p.m.
Senior Choir Rehearsal
Friday
January 28
9:00 a.m.
6:00 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
Confirmation Class for Juniors
Saturday
January 29
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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