Sunday Bulletin

Fifth Sunday in Lent (Year A)
Sunday, March 13, 2005

In this Bulletin ...

The Collect - Fifth Sunday in Lent
Parish News
Today's Services
This Week at St. Andrew's

My Dear Friends,

Lent is almost over and perhaps you are asking what has become of all our plans to quietly detach ourselves from the hustle and bustle of life. In the midst of all our business, I hope you did find time to bring into sharp focus something that our Collect for today addresses - the fact that only God can bring into order our unruly wills and affection. In other words, left to our own devices the choice we often make in life, lead not to life but to death. And so all our readings for today make the claim that it is never within human power to solve problems that are caused by alienation and sin. Does this mean that we have no option but to wallow in our powerlessness? Absolutely not! From Ezekiel to the Gospel by John, we are reminded that only God can bring life out of death. And so in our Collect we are reminded constantly to love what God commands and desire what he promises, so that among the swift and varied changes of the world our hearts may surely there by fixed.

To love what God commands and to desire what God promises is to possess in one's life a love and a desire that is ultimate. This does not mean that all other commitments and lesser loyalties are to be condemned. It merely means that things that are less than ultimate should not occupy centre-stage in our life. As Herbert O'Driscoll writes,

"To possess this ultimate focus for one's life is to put one in
the very opposite state from those who constantly need
choice, novelty, stimulation - what the prayer calls "the swift
and varied changes of the world." One can still live in the
world among such things. One can even enjoy these things,
but the enjoyment is achieved by sitting lightly to them.
We don't have to dismiss these novelties as evil. We simply
refuse to be consumed by them. The great irony of the
modern term "consumer" is that in many cases the so-called
consumer is the one being consumed!

Next Sunday is Palm Sunday and we are once again invited to join with those at the St. Thomas Mission in a Palm Sunday procession through the community of Majesty Gardens. We will depart from St. Andrew Parish Church car park at 9:45 a.m. for the St. Andrew Settlement. At 6 o'clock in the evening twenty-one persons will be confirmed by the Bishop of Jamaica. Of this number, eight will be baptized on Saturday of this week at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Portmore. Those of you who wish to share in this rite of new life may do so by attending the service which commences at 11:30 a.m. If you cannot attend the Baptism, we expect your attendance at the Service of Confirmation next Sunday. In the meantime, remember to pray for the confirmands.

In commemoration of our 340th Anniversary, an Evening of Choral Music will be presented on Sunday April 17 at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are available at $500 each and we ask your assistance with the sale of these tickets.

Today we welcome to our fellowship three visiting groups:

The Kiwanis Club of St. Andrew and The Hamilton Lodge,
worshipping with us at the 7:30 a.m.Eucharist and the
Liguanea Lodge sharing in our Service at 9:45 a.m.

We extend a warm welcome to these and all our other visitors.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

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The Collect - Fifth Sunday in Lent

Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

New Book of Common Prayer, page 164

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Parish News

The Friends of the Sunday School will join in Corporate Communion this morning at 7:30 a.m. and will meet in the Old Court House immediately following the Eucharist. They invite all Sunday School teachers, parents, guardians, godparents and members of the congregation to join them for this meeting.

Sunday School students and any interested adults are invited to help with the making of palm crosses for distribution on Palm Sunday, March 20. We will meet at the Church on Saturday of this week, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. We need lots of help! Refreshments will be served.

ALPHA 2005 will commence on Wednesday, April 13 at 5:30 p.m. at the Church Hall and will continue on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. until June 22. Please plan to participate in this programme of spiritual enrichment, if you have not already done so.

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Today's Services

Fifth Sunday in Lent

Corporate for the Friends of the Sunday School

Introit 185
Old Testament Ezekiel 37: 1-3, 11-14
[Mr. Keith Robertson]
Psalm 130 [New BCP page 646]
Epistle Romans 6: 16-23
[Miss Dezrene Carty]
Gradual 236 [Children leave for Sunday School]
Gospel John 11: 17-44
Sermon [Dr. Las Newman]
Intercession B [New BCP page 107]
Communion 413, 412, 414, 419
Recessional 193
Processional 94
Venite [New BCP page 36]
Psalm 130 [New BCP page 646]
First Lesson Ezekiel 37: 1-3, 11-14
Jubilate [New BCP page 37]
Second Lesson John 11: 17-44
Hymn 89
Sermon [Dr. Las Newman]
Hymns 108, 214
Introit 94
Epistle Romans 6: 16-23
Psalm 130 [New BCP page 646]
Gradual 89
Gospel John 11: 17-44
Sermon [Rev. Fr. Edward Jennings]
Offertory 108
Communion 214
Recessional 26

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This Week at St. Andrew's

March 14

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

Bible Study
Finance Committee

March 15

9:00 a.m.
5:30 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
Christian Faith Formation
March 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
Senior Confirmation Class

March 17
5:30 p.m.
6:45 p.m.
6:45 p.m.
Lenten Devotions
Church Committee
Senior Choir Rehearsal
March 18
9:00 a.m.
6:00 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
Rehearsal for Confirmation Candidates
March 19
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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