Sunday Bulletin

First Sunday in Lent (Year A)
Sunday, February 13, 2005

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Encounter Christ
Parish News
Today's Services
This Week at St. Andrew's

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.

Ash Wednesday begins the church's long retreat in preparation for the celebration of the central Christian mysteries: the gathering at the Lord's table for Holy Communion, the washing of the feet on Maundy Thursday, the cross and passion of Good Friday, the silence of the tomb on Holy Saturday, and the great event of Easter - the Resurrection. This retreat is a gift for the sake of life, and I pray and hope that we will all make use of it in ways that will add value to the way we live today.

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.

I will be away from the Parish, leading the Clergy Retreat for the Mandeville Region, from this afternoon through to Wednesday.

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 you all.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Robert

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Encounter 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

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Parish News

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.

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Today's Services

First Sunday in Lent

Corporate for the Fellowship Groups

6:30 a.m. HOLY EUCHARIST
7:30 a.m. SUNG EUCHARIST & SERMON
Introit 92
Old Testament Genesis 2: 4b-9, 15-17,
25-3: 7 [Miss Verma Panton]
Psalm 51: 1-13 [New BCP page 533]
Epistle Romans 5: 12-19
[Mr. Hugh Williams]
Gradual 164 [Children leave for Sunday School]
Gospel John 3: 1-17
Sermon [Mr. George Briggs]
Intercession E [New BCP page 112]
Offertory 187
Communion 386, 411, 410
Recessional 289
9:45 a.m. MORNING PRAYER & SERMON
Processional 92
Venite [New BCP page 36]
Psalm 51: 1-13 [New BCP page 533]
First Lesson Genesis 2: 4b-9, 15-17,
25-3: 7
Jubilate [New BCP page 37]
Second Lesson John 3: 1-17
Hymn 89
Sermon [Mr. George Briggs]
Hymns 94, 333
6:00 p.m. HOLY EUCHARIST & SERMON
Introit 92
Epistle Romans 5: 12-19
Psalm 51: 1-13 [New BCP page 533]
Gradual 89
Gospel John 3: 1-17
Sermon [Rev. Fr. Robert McLean]
Offertory 390
Communion 414
Recessional 300

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This Week at St. Andrew's

Monday
February 14

5:30 p.m.

Bible Study

Tuesday
February 15

9:00 a.m.
5:30 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
CFFC Committee
Wednesday
February 16
6:30 a.m.
12:00 noon


5:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m.

Holy Eucharist
Mid-day Devotions
(Webster Memorial United Church)

Grief Support Group
Adult Confirmation Class

Thursday
February 17
5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
Lenten Devotions
Senior Choir Rehearsal
Church Committee Meeting
Friday
February 18
9:00 a.m.
6:00 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
Confirmation Class for Juniors
Saturday
February 19
11:00 a.m.
2:00 p.m.
Little Brothers of St. Andrew
Youth Choir Rehearsal

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