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Second Sunday of Easter (Year A)
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My Dear Friends,
The 135th Synod of the Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands commenced at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29, 2005 with the Opening Service at the Parish Church of St. Peter the Apostle, Falmouth. The theme for the Synod was "Growing in Christ; Sharing the Love of God". The Bishop gave a powerful sermon in which he invited the Church to review its theological position. Next Sunday, our Synod representatives, Mr. George Bullock and Mr. Douglas Folkes, will present their report.
By this time, you will all have heard of my election as Suffragan Bishop of Kingston. I myself have two regrets. One, is that I could not bring you in on this matter before and many of you had to resort to hearing the news through the public media - although I have heard that the telephones of our members were very busy on Wednesday afternoon! Diocesan regulations did not permit me to publicise it and the Bishop was required to announce it at the Meeting of the Diocesan Council and then at the Elective Assembly. The second regret is that my election means I will not have the benefit of completing some of the work I had set myself over the next few years at the Parish Church.
I will say more on this in due course but in the meantime I must say thanks to those who have been praying for me ever since including those who knew of the Bishop's intention to make the nomination. You should know that those who spoke on my behalf at the Synod - and I heard of this afterwards - were most supportive. I was not allowed to be present in the Elective Assembly to hear these statements. Subsequently I was able to read what had been said on my behalf by St. Andrew Parish Church and I am truly lost for words because of the deep sentiments and love expressed on behalf of the congregation.
As you can imagine, the past two weeks have been emotionally challenging for me yet as I said in my acceptance speech to the Synod - ever since Good Friday I have experienced a level of calm that was unique in my own spiritual pilgrimage. This feeling had nothing to do with being over-confident in the election results. On the contrary there were several persons who made me know that the election would not be easy. My calmness however came from a total submission to the will and purpose of God whose Holy Spirit guided and sustained me in ways beyond anything I could have imagined. Thanks be to God!
We extend a warm welcome to visitors worshipping with us today.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Be Our Freedom Lord
But the Christian
Be our Freedom Lord
TOTAL SUNDAY SCHOOL continues this morning upstairs the Old Court House, immediately following the 7:30 Eucharist.
FLORAL and CHORAL FESTIVAL, part of our 340th Anniversary celebrations has been arranged for April 16 to 18 here at the Parish Church. The Floral Festival will be opened on Saturday, April 16 at 4:00 by Mrs. Gloria Reid. The Altar Guilds of 10 churches will be participating. The Choral Festival will be on Sunday, April 17 at 4:30 p.m. and tickets are available from the church office at $500 each. Six (6) choirs, including our own, will participate and we need your help with the sale of tickets. Please call the church office to obtain tickets for yourself, your friends, neighbours, and associates.
ALPHA 2005 will commence on Wednesday April 13 and continue weekly until Wednesday, June 22. Meetings are held at the Church Hall, 5:30 to 8:15 each evening. If you have not already participated in the ALPHA programme, we strongly urge you to use this opportunity for spiritual growth and enrichment.
FOR US AT ST. ANDREW'S, THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE 135TH DIOCESAN
SYNOD WAS THE ELECTION OF THE REV'D. CANON ROBERT THOMPSON AS
SUFFRAGAN BISHOP OF KINGSTON ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 2005. WE
CONGRATULATE CANON THOMPSON AND ASSURE HIM OF OUR LOVE, OUR CONTINUED
PRAYERS AND WHOLE-HEARTED SUPPORT.
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