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Third Sunday after the Epiphany (Year A)
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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:
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:
Those nominated by the Congregation are:
We extend a warm welcome to all our visitors and pray for God's continued blessings during this week.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
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.
Behold I do a New Thing:
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:
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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