Sunday Bulletin

Last Sunday after the Epiphany (Year A)
Sunday, February 6, 2005

In this Bulletin ...

Our Gift To God
Parish News
Today's Services
This Week at St. Andrew's

My Dear Friends,

On Ash Wednesday we intend to spend some time reflecting on three Disciplines of the Christian life - Prayer, Fasting and Alms Giving. Richard Foster in his book "Celebration of Disciple" reminds us that these Disciplines, and in particular prayer and fasting, are not only for the so-called spiritual giants and hence beyond our reach, but are to be cultivated by every baptized Christian. "The purpose of the Disciplines is liberation from the stifling slavery to self-interest and fear. When the inner spirit is liberated from all that weighs it down, it can hardly be described as dull drudgery." That summarizes the reason for our focus on Ash Wednesday. The forty day period of Lent is given to us for the purpose of making a spiritual inventory of our lives. I do hope then, that you will make a gift to yourself and so plan to attend at 8:00 a.m. and then remain for the Quiet Morning of Reflection which follows.

Today is observed throughout the eight Dioceses of the Province as Provincial Sunday, and in this connection a second Collection will be received for the work of the Church in the Province of the West Indies.

I wish to express my gratitude to those who remained for our Annual Congregational Meeting. Much time was spent discussing our financial obligations as a congregation. With a Budget of just over $28,000,000 for the Church's operations and ministry, and an additional $15,000,000 to take care of our Outreach Programme, including the Care Centre, the St. Andrew Settlement, the Girls' Home and Moreton Park, the challenge for an even greater level of Stewardship this year, is enormous. However, I believe that by God's grace we will be given the strength, as well as the resources to meet our obligations.

The members of the Church Committee for 2005 are as follows:

Dr. Vincent Lawrence Rector's Warden & Member of the Incorporated Lay Body

Mr. Alvaro Casserly

Member, Incorporated Lay Body

Mr. Michael Fennell Chairman, Diocesan Financial Board
Mr. George Briggs
Peoples' Warden
Mr. Lloyd Gooden Church Treasurer
Miss Yolande Whitely Church Secretary
Mr. George Bullock Representative to Synod
Mr. Frank James Representative to Synod
Dr. Nigel Elliott
Mr. Brian Goldson
Mr. Stanley Gordon
Mr. Douglas Folkes Representative to Deanery Council
Miss Sonya Hamilton
Dr. Lucien Jones
Mrs. Jacqueline Mighty
Mr. Tony Patel
Mr. Owen Streete

The congregation acknowledges with gratitude the important contributions made by Mr. Neville Baker, Mr. Rex James, Mr. Trevor Blake and Mrs. Marva Greig, former members of the Church Committee. In regard to Mr. Baker, who has served the Church Committee for nearly a quarter of a century and was People's Warden for 22 years, special tribute was paid by way of a Resolution acknowledging the tremendous contribution he has made through his wise counsel and his years of faithful service We pray for his speedy recovery and return to the full fellowship of the Church.

We express our condolences to Rhonda Crawford on the death of her husband Paul, and to Mary Sorum on the death of her mother Hyacinth Walcott.

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

Sincerely yours in Christ,

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Our Gift To God

What we are,
is God's gift to us.
What we become,
is our gift to God.

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Parish News


CONDOLENCES to Rhonda Crawford on the death of her husband Paul, and to Mary Sorum on the death of her mother Hyacinth Walcott.

Flowers at the pulpit and lectern are given to the glory of God and in memory of Mrs. Lauri Constance Robertson.

We welcome to our 9.45 a.m. Service the Management and Staff of the Jamaica Producers Group Limited as they commemorate their 75th Anniversary in a Service of Thanksgiving.

ADULT RETREAT. We have reserved February 18 to 20, 2005 at the Hillcrest Retreat Centre for our Adult Retreat. The cost is $4,500 per person for the weekend. Please call the church office by Tuesday, February 8 if you wish to participate in what promises to be a spiritually refreshing weekend.

The YOUTH RETREAT takes place at the Church Hall this weekend, February 11 to 12.

HEALING CONFERENCE 2005 is scheduled for the weekend of May 27 to 29 at the Starfish, Trelawny. Registration forms are available from the church office.

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Today's Services

Last Sunday after the Epiphany

Introit 172
Old Testament Exodus 24: 12, 15-18
[Mr. George Bullock]
Psalm 99 [New BCP page 597]
Epistle Philippians 3: 7-14
[Mrs. Enid Lawrence]
Gradual 235 [Children leave for Sunday School]
Gospel Matthew 17: 1-9
Sermon [Rev. Canon Robert Thompson]
Intercession D [New BCP page 111]
Offertory 279
Communion 413, 411, 419
Recessional 336
Introit 311
Psalm 99 [New BCP page 597]
First Lesson Exodus 24: 12, 15-18
Magnificat [New BCP page 67]
Second Lesson [Matthew 17: 1-9]
Nunc Dimittis [New BCP page 55]
Hymn 328
Sermon [Rev. Fr. Edward Jennings]
Hymns 331, 361

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This Week at St. Andrew's

February 7

4:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.

Blood Pressure Clinic
Bible Study

February 8

9:00 a.m.
5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
Girls' Home Committee
St. Andrew Settlement Committee

February 9
8:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

Holy Eucharist and
Imposition of Ashes

Quiet Morning and Spiritual Reflection

February 10
5:30 p.m.
Senior Choir Rehearsal
February 11
9:00 a.m.
6:00 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
Confirmation Class for Juniors
February 12
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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