Sunday Bulletin

Fourth Sunday in Lent (Year A)
Sunday, March 6, 2005

In this Bulletin ...

A Letter Not Written With Ink
Parish News
Today's Services
This Week at St. Andrew's

My Dear Friends,

Mark Wignall's article on Criminal gangs and the business connection, in last Thursday's Observer newspaper deserves our attention. It invites us to seriously consider who benefits from crime and violence? Until we are prepared to address the matter of the beneficiaries of criminality, we are not likely to see any reduction in the murder rate. Don't get me wrong; every bit of initiative, including the recently launched, "Hands Across Jamaica for Righteousness," needs our support. We commend also the newly appointed crime chief as well as the Commissioner of Police in their battle against crime and violence. However let us be very clear about one thing: when extortion and the "culture of mendicancy" become the accepted way of life for a community, it tells us something about our lack of collective will to face head-on the real danger confronting us as a nation. Wignall states:

"Almost every business person operating in downtown Kingston pays protection money, otherwise called "tax" on the streets. This money is funneled into the hands of no more than three men who use it to provide the surrounding communities with school fees, lunch money, books, food for the elderly and repair to indigent housing. Sounds all very nice and noble, doesn't it? But what of the other side? Can we say that none of the millions per month is used to pay off corrupt cops, just so they can cast their eyes in a different direction? Can we say that not one cent of the money is used to buy a gun or make an investment in purchasing illicit drugs?"

The author of these words is not telling us what we do not already know. What he is highlighting is the network of beneficiaries to crime in Jamaica today. And implicit in his article is a call to dismantle that network, which by its own complicity contributes to the increase in the murder rate. Whether Jamaica has the collective will to intervene in ways that are bound to affect the livelihood of many, is left to be seen. What is abundantly clear is that such an intervention will not come from the beneficiaries themselves, nor can we expect it to come from the security forces alone. It must instead come from a national commitment to break our silence and our complicity with criminality. At the end of the Beatitudes in Matthew's Gospel, Jesus asks the disciples: "If salt becomes tasteless, how can we salt the world with it?" That question is relevant for every Christian living in Jamaica today. If we don't preserve the essentials by not allowing ourselves to be co-opted by illicit practices that eventually lead to the rise in murder rate, then who will? Since the seeds of criminality are watered and fertilized by those who benefit from it; then it becomes incumbent upon us never to remain silent whenever and wherever we see persons and institutions co-operating with criminality. Committing ourselves to doing that will go a long way in restoring the peace and well being of our blessed country. That my friends is the hope of everyone, and you and I who share in the life of the crucified and Risen Christ have a bounden duty to keep that hope alive.

We express our condolences to Mrs. Mabelle Neufville on the death of her sister Imogene Sexton. Funeral service for Mrs. Sexton will be on Tuesday, March 8 at 2:30 p.m. Also to Mrs. Blossom Williams on the death of her sister Marcia Dwyer in Florida.

During this month our special focus will be on the St. Andrew Settlement. This morning at our 7:30 Eucharist, members of the Management Committee, staff of the St. Andrew Settlement and members of the Majesty Gardens community will join in worship. Also, today the Settlement will launch its annual Bun Sale. Buns will be on sale in the Conference Room and order forms will be available. You may also place your order by e-mail to the church office or download forms from our web site

We extend warm greetings to all other visitors.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

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A Letter Not Written With Ink

Our Father, God,
as you confront us with your Word
and meet us in the world,
may we discover and keep rediscovering:

That 'true peace
is not merely the absence of tension,
but the presence of justice and brotherhood',

That 'the ultimate tragedy
is not the brutality of the bad people,
but the silence of the good people',

That 'with your help and the world's,
we can speak, share, and show forth
a substitute for selfishness and silence',

That, as your people, we are
an open letter about Jesus Christ:

'A letter written not with ink
but with the Spirit of the living God,

Written not on stone tablets
but on the pages of the human heart'.

Be our Freedom Lord
Ed. by Terry C. Falla

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Parish News


CONDOLENCES to Mrs. Mabelle Neufville on the death of her sister Imogene Sexton. Funeral service for Mrs. Sexton will be on Tuesday, March 8 at 2:30 p.m.

CONDOLENCES also to Mrs. Blossom Williams on the death of her sister Marcia Dwyer in Florida.

Immediately following the 7:30 Eucharist this morning, you are all invited to participate in TOTAL SUNDAY SCHOOL at its new location upstairs the Old Court House. The original groups will remain the same and newcomers will be assigned to one of these groups.

The Friends of the St. Andrew Parish Church Sunday Schools wish to thank all those who supported their Evening of Elegance and will be happy to collect any outstanding contributions. We also invite all parents, grandparents, godparents and others interested in the Sunday School Ministry to join us for our Quarterly Meeting next Sunday at 9:45 a.m., following Corporate Communion at 7:30 a.m.

The Glenmore High School Concert Choir invite us to their Palm Sunday Recital at the University Chapel, Mona on Sunday March 20, 2005 at 6:00 p.m. Contribution: $600.00.

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Today's Services

Fourth Sunday in Lent

Corporate for the St. Andrew Settlement

Introit 185
Old Testament 1 Samuel 16: 1-13 [Mrs. Janet Shaw]
Psalm 23 [New BCP page 495]
Epistle Ephesians 5: 8-14 [Mr. Jos A. Chambers]
Gradual 202 [Children leave for Sunday School]
Gospel John 9: 1-13, 28-38
Sermon [Sister Doris Levien]
Intercession H [New BCP page 120]
Offertory 373
Communion 390, 402
Processional 196
Venite [New BCP page 36]
Psalm 23 [New BCP page 495]
First Lesson 1 Samuel 16: 1-13
Jubilate [New BCP page 37]
Second Lesson John 9: 1-13, 28-38
Hymn 197
Sermon [Sister Doris Levien]
Hymns 178, 193
Introit 300
Psalm 23 [New BCP page 495]
First Lesson 1 Samuel 16: 1-13
Magnificat [New BCP page 67]
Second Lesson John 9: 1-13, 28-38
Nunc Dimittis New BCP page 55
Hymn 182
Sermon [Rev. Fr. Robert McLean]
Hymns 82, 26

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This Week at St. Andrew's

March 7

5:30 p.m.

Bible Study

March 8

9:00 a.m.
5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
St. Andrew Settlement
Girls' Home Committee
March 9
6:30 a.m.
4:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m.

Holy Eucharist
St. Andrew Care Centre
Grief Support Group
Adult Confirmation Class

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