Sunday Bulletin

Third Sunday in Lent (Year A)
Sunday, February 27, 2005

In this Bulletin ...

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

My Dear Friends,

The journey of Lent which we began on Ash Wednesday, is about being born again by participating in the death and resurrection of Jesus, about that journey from Galilee to Jerusalem. The journey of Lent with its climax in Good Friday and Easter, is about embarking on the way of Jesus, on that path of transformation and growth into maturity, that is at the very center of the Christian life. When you think of it, which one of us does not yearn for this? Which one of us does not yearn for a fuller connection to life? To be born again, it seems to me, corresponds to our deepest yearning. One very important way of accessing this rebirth is through the Sacrament of Reconciliation (BCP. P.326). The Gospels attest to the fact that Christ committed a ministry of forgiveness and reconciliation to his disciples (John 20. 23). Many Anglicans, I being one of them, have come to accept the Sacrament of Reconciliation as a valued part of our spiritual discipline. To hear the words "your sins are forgiven" and to have a trusted priest share in our struggle for a fuller life, offers new possibilities for growth. In typical Anglican respect for individual conscience, no pressure is put on people in these matters. There is a well-known saying about confessions: "None must; all may; and some should".

Perhaps you are yearning for something more out of life but have been shy in speaking about it to someone. There is no need to feel alone in this. Many of us are reluctant to talk with anyone about our inner struggles. One of the great values of confession is that for once, if done with sincerity, it makes us stop pretending and tell the truth about ourselves. A great burden is lifted from our lives when we realize we don't have to pretend anymore. Lent is precisely the time to stop pretending and begin to experience that internal transformation that we have been putting off for a long time. If you believe you need help in making that journey, please call one of the clergy staff at our respective homes or at the church office. Any one of us will be happy to meet with you, so that together we may journey towards our objective - spiritual rebirth.

The United Theological College of the West Indies invites us to their "Religion and Culture Tour of Cuba 2005", March 28 to April 4 - Cost: U.S.$750 per person, students with ID U.S.$650. Interested persons may contact the church office.

Next Sunday at 9:45 a.m. you are invited to share in another session of TOTAL SUNDAY SCHOOL. I do encourage your participation in this programme.

Also, next Sunday we will launch our annual BUN SALE in support of the St. Andrew Settlement and expect increased support and co-operation from our members. During the month of March we will focus on our outreach at the St. Andrew Settlement and we commend this to your prayers.

Today members of the Mothers' Union are traveling to Montego Bay for their Annual General Meeting. We pray for journeying mercies and God's blessing on their deliberations .......... On Tuesday of this week the Pre Synod Conference for the Kingston Region will be held at St. Luke's Church, beginning with the Holy Eucharist at 9:00 a.m. .......... On Saturday, members of the Fellowship Groups will meet at the United Theological College, Mona, for their annual Retreat. Theme: Our Loving Father, Presenters: Canon Peter Mullings, Fr. Robert McLean, Fr. Edward Jennings and myself.

The Education and Youth Department of the Diocese invites members to a Marriage Enrichment Seminar at the Robin's Bay Villa and Beach Resort, St. Mary - March 11 to 13, 2005. Cost $9,000 per couple. Please contact the office for further details.

Today we welcome all those visiting with us. Special welcome to members of the Lions Club of Kingston who are worshipping with us at 9:45 .m. as they commemorate 40 years of Lionism in Jamaica.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Robert

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Discernment

In the sphere of action, a right thought is one ruled by the will of God, and intentions are holy when directed single - mindedly toward God. True discernment is a combination of right thinking and good intention. Therefore, we must do all our actions in the light of discernment as if in God and in his presence.

Baldwin of Canterbury (D. 1190)

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Parish News

The United Theological College of the West Indies invites us to their "Religion and Culture Tour of Cuba 2005", March 28 to April 4 - Cost: U.S.$750 per person, students with ID U.S.$650. Interested persons may contact the church office.

Next Sunday at 9:45 a.m. you are invited to share in another session of TOTAL SUNDAY SCHOOL. We enourage all our members to participate in this programme.

Also, next Sunday we will launch our annual BUN SALE in support of the St. Andrew Settlement and expect increased support and co-operation from our members.

During the month of March we will focus on our outreach at the St. Andrew Settlement.

Today members of the Mothers' Union are traveling to Montego Bay for their Annual General Meeting.

On Tuesday of this week the Pre Synod Conference for the Kingston Region will be held at St. Luke's Church, beginning with the Holy Eucharist at 9:00 a.m.

On Saturday, members of the Fellowship Groups will meet at the United Theological College, Mona, for their annual Retreat. Theme: Our Loving Father, Presenters: Canon Peter Mullings, Fr. Robert McLean, Fr. Edward Jennings and Canon Robert Thompson.

The Education and Youth Department of the Diocese invites members to a Marriage Enrichment Seminar at the Robin's Bay Villa and Beach Resort, St. Mary - March 11 to 13, 2005. Cost $9,000 per couple. Please contact the office for further details.

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Today's Services

Third Sunday in Lent

Corporate for the Altar Guild

6:30 a.m. HOLY EUCHARIST
7:30 a.m. SUNG EUCHARIST & SERMON
Introit 245
Old Testament Exodus 17: 1-7 [Mr. Dwayne McKenzie]
Psalm 95: 6-11 [New BCP page 593]
Epistle Romans 5: 1-11 [Mrs. Pauline Boggis]
Gradual 192
Gospel John 4:5-26, 39-42
Sermon [Mrs. Nicola Elliott]
Intercession G [New BCP page 118]
Offertory 405
Communion 202, 413, 106
Recessional 290
9:45 a.m. HOLY BAPTISM, FAMILY EUCHARIST & SERMON
Introit 318
Old Testament Exodus 17: 1-7 [Maj. Desmond Brown]
Psalm 95: 6-11 [New BCP page 593]
Epistle Romans 5: 1-11 [Mr. Blaine Reynolds]
Gradual 351
Gospel John 4:5-26, 39-42
Sermon [Mrs. Nicola Elliott]
Intercession G [New BCP page 118]
Offertory 435
Communion 314, 398
Recessional 331
6:00 p.m. HOLY EUCHARIST & SERMON
Introit 318
Epistle Romans 5: 1-11
Psalm 95: 6-11 [New BCP page 593]
Gradual 184
Gospel John 4:5-26, 39-42
Sermon [Rev. Canon Robert Thompson]
Offertory 397
Communion 419
Recessional 23

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This Week at St. Andrew's

Monday
February 28

5:30 p.m.

Bible Study

Tuesday
March 1

9:00 a.m.
5:30 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
Moreton Park Committee
Wednesday
March 2
6:30 a.m.
12:00 noon


5:00 p.m.
5:15 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m.

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

Property & Building Committee
Women's Auxiliary
Grief Support Group
Senior Confirmation Class

Thursday
March 3
5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
Lenten Devotions
Senior Choir Rehearsal
Friday
March 4
9:00 a.m.
5:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
Young Adults Group
Confirmation Class for Juniors
Saturday
March 5
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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