|Back to ...|
First Sunday in Lent (Year A)
In this Bulletin ...
My Dear Friends,
On Ash Wednesday, the day Christians the world over recognize as
the door to Lent, some one hundred and fifty of us remained after
the 8.00 a.m. service for our quiet morning reflection. Many shared
their delight in the opportunity to learn more about the church's
practices of Prayer, Almsgiving and Fasting. We were reminded
that in following these disciplines, we witness to others, not
so as to show ourselves, but for the sake of God's righteousness.
Our theme for our Lenten devotions this year is: "Reading the Bible as if for the first time". I will start us off this Thursday at 5.30 p.m., with some introductory words on reading the Bible in context. The next two weeks will be led by Fr. Garth Minott, Anglican warden at UTC, who will invite us to read the Bible from the perspectives of Tradition and Reason. Fr. Edward Jennings will be our fourth presenter and he will look at reading the Bible within the context of Anglican worship. I will conclude with the final presentation.
Why this topic at this time? For one thing, I have spent the last two years thinking about the way we read the Bible. Secondly, there is an increasing interest today in the study of the Bible. Because the Bible plays such an important role in our life as Christians, one must exercise great care in the way we approach the reading of it. As one writer puts it: "The Bible is the most controversial book in print. It has done an immense amount of good. At the same time, it probably has caused more damage than any other book in human history." (Richard Rohr). These words are so shocking, some of you might even be wondering why repeat them. I do so because I want you to approach these Lenten studies with the kind of seriousness that Bible reading deserves today. You don't have to look far into our history to see how Christians have acted in oppressive and rigid ways in the name of Jesus and the Gospel. That is because they did not understand what Jesus was up to. Understanding what Jesus is up to in our world today is the duty of every Christian. If you allow others to read and interpret the scripture for you out of their own self interest, then you have no one to blame if in the end you feel manipulated by their interpretation. I believe if we make the effort and approach the task of reading scripture with seriousness, by digging into the work of understanding the context, and the issues that the Bible deals with, we will find the scriptures to be a far richer source of spiritual life than we could ever imagine.
David Aarons, son of John and Elsie Aarons, leaves on Tuesday for
Trinidad to pursue training in the making and tuning of steel
pans. He will be the first Jamaican to be embarking upon this
programme. We are therefore excited about the possibility of David
returning to share his skills with us after his two years in Port
of Spain. We wish him well as he goes with our blessing and prayers.
You are reminded of the Retreat for adults which takes place this weekend, February 18 to 20, at the Hillcrest Retreat Centre. The cost is $4,500 per person and you may contact the church office for registration and for further details.
We extend a warm welcome to all our visitors and invite you to
join in our Lenten Devotions on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. God bless
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Man will never make a success of himself or his world unless he encounters Christ. Religion will be little more than empty formalism or a vague sentimentality or the quest for security or mere habit unless man learns to welcome Jesus Christ into his life. It is in the gospels that we meet him and it is there that we come to know him. He awaits us there so that he may establish a mysterious dialogue with us through the medium of these pages.
The Christian Response by Michael Quoist
Worship through the Creative Arts. Persons interested in the use of music, drama and dance in worship are invited to attend training sessions in the Old Court House February 24 to 27. Cost: $2,000 per person. Please contact the church office or a member of the Youth Choir.
Healing Conference. The Annual Healing Conference
is scheduled for the weekend of May 27 to 29, 2005 at the Starfish
Trelawny Hotel. Those interested in attending are asked to contact
the church office for rates and other relevant information.
First Sunday in Lent
Corporate for the Fellowship Groups
Back to Top
This Week at St. Andrew's
Back to Top
Page last updated: February 12, 2005
For all questions and issues related to this site, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Copyright © 2004 - 2006, St. Andrew Parish Church