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Easter Day (Year A)
Sunday, March 27, 2005

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My Dear Friends,

Today when we think about the Resurrection, we must think not only about Jesus and what happened, but what happened to his disciples. They went into hiding after Good Friday, but after the Resurrection appearances something of dramatic proportion happened to change the way they looked at reality. They were no longer the frightened followers of Jesus locked behind closed doors. It was not just what they saw when the Risen Christ appeared, but what was set free in them. The Christian Gospel proclaims that the Resurrection guarantees God's power and faithfulness not only to Jesus himself, but also to every human being. St. Paul in his letter to the Colossians puts it this way: "Since you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God" (3:1). "You were also raised with him through faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead" (2:12). Paul is here saying to us that the Resurrection is not a future event but that already in the present time every believer participates in the Resurrected life of Jesus Christ.

This participation in the Resurrected life of Christ in not a participation that takes us out of the world, neither is it an attempt to glorify the believer. Instead, it is an identification that empowers the believer to live a certain way. In Jesus Christ, God enables ever believer not only to glimpse, but also to embody an alternative perspective on the world. One shaped by the knowledge that God indeed creates, that God's power indeed triumphs over all other powers, and that, in Jesus Christ, God signals the redemption of humankind. Nora Gallagher, Anglican Lay Theologian writes about Practicing Resurrection in a book by the same title. She asks: "What if the Resurrection is not about appearances of Jesus alone but also about what those appearances point to, what they ask, and finally what we do with them?" That, she says, is what matters. And therefore the question then becomes, do we make them into superstitions or use them as stepping-stones to new life? If the
Resurrection is something that we live and practice, then it becomes quite clear that life is going to be different after Easter. It is only as Mary's attention was turned away from the empty tomb through the presence of the Risen Christ, that she began to see the possibilities of something new and different taking shape in her life. Once we remain locked into a life of futility, and keep clinging to relationships that have died, alternatives will always elude us. If, on the other hand, we have been raised with Christ, and our lives are ruled by the indwelling of the word of Christ, then new possibilities await us.

The Clergy and Lay Representatives to Synod will be away at Synod between Tuesday and Friday of this week. The congregation will be represented by Mr. George Bullock, Mr. Douglas Folkes (Alternative Lay Rep.) Dr. Vincent Lawrence, Mr. Michael Fennell and Mr. Alvaro Casserly. Synod will be held at the Starfish Trelawny Resort in Falmouth. As we pray for the successful conclusion of Synod, pray especially for the Elective Assembly which will meet on Wednesday to elect a new Bishop of Kingston.

Of the 21 persons confirmed last Sunday there were three members from St. Clement's mission. Continue to pray for this outreach ministry.

We express our condolences to Mr. Franklyn Hawkins on the death of his wife Daisy, a Roman Catholic.

Congratulations to Mrs. Kathleen Neysmith who celebrates her 95th birthday today.

We extend a very warm welcome to all our visitors. On behalf of the church staff and my own family, I wish you all a Holy and Blessed Easter.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Robert

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Parish News

MEMORIALS and MILESTONES

CONDOLENCES to Mr. Franklyn Hawkins on the death of his wife Daisy.

CONGRATULATIONS to Mrs. Kathleen Neysmith who celebrates her 95th birthday today.

 

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Today's Services

Easter Day

5:00 a.m. LIGHTING OF THE PASCAL CANDLE,
SOLEMN PROCESSION, EUCHARIST & SERMON
Organ Voluntary  
Processional 602
Old Testament Exodus 14:10-14, 21-25; 15: 20-21
[Justice Horace Marsh]
Easter Anthem "CHRIST OUR PASSOVER"
[ New BCP page 37]
Epistle Colossians 3: 1-4
[Mrs. Peggy Fennell]
Gradual 128
Gospel John 20: 1-10
Sermon [Rev. Canon Robert Thompson]
The Nicene Creed [New BCP page 104]
Intercession D [New BCP page 111]
Offertory 137
Presentation of Offerings [New BCP page 125]
Communion 396, 400, 132
Anthem CHRIST IS RISEN TODAY
Recessional 374
7:30 a.m. SUNG EUCHARIST & SERMON
Introit 128
First Reading Acts 10: 34-43
[Mrs. Jacqueline Mighty]
Easter Anthem "CHRIST OUR PASSOVER"
[New BCP page 37]
Epistle Colossians 3: 1-4
[Mrs. Janet Lawe]
Gradual 134
Gospel John 20: 1-10
Sermon [Rev. Canon Robert Thompson]
Intercession D [New BCP page 111]
Offertory 137
Communion 135, 136
Recessional 142
9:45 a.m. HOLY EUCHARIST & SERMON
Introit 134
First Reading Acts 10: 34-43
[Mrs. Lola Neckles]
Easter Anthem "CHRIST OUR PASSOVER"
[New BCP page 37]
Epistle Colossians 3: 1-4
[Mr. Douglas Evelyn]
Gradual 132
Gospel John 20: 1-10
Sermon [Rev. Fr. Edward Jennings]
Intercession D [New BCP page 111]
Offertory 128
Communion 399, 396, 419
Recessional 140
4:00 p.m. CHILDREN'S SERVICE
6:00 p.m. HOLY EUCHARIST & SERMON

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This Week at St. Andrew's

March 29 - April 1, 2005.
There will be no weekday Eucharist as the clergy will be at Synod.


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