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Fifth Sunday in Lent (Year A)
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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,
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:
We extend a warm welcome to these and all our other visitors.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
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
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.
Fifth Sunday in Lent
Corporate for the Friends of the Sunday School
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