Sunday Bulletin

Second Sunday of Easter (Year A)
Sunday, April 3, 2005

In this Bulletin ...

Be Our Freedom Lord
Parish News
Today's Services
This Week at St. Andrew's

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,
Robert

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Be Our Freedom Lord

But the Christian
in whom Christ is risen
dares
to think and act differently
from the crowd.
He has ideas of his own,
not because he is arrogant,
but because he has the humility
to stand alone
and pay attention to the purpose
and the grace of God,
which are often quite contrary
to the purposes and the plans
of the established
human power structure.
Thomas Merton

Be our Freedom Lord
By Terry C. Falla

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Parish News

MEMORIALS and MILESTONES

Flowers at the foot of the altar are given by Mrs. Audrey White to the glory of God and in loving memory of her husband, Roy White.

CONGRATULATIONS to Miss Orinthia Fender who celebrated her 99th birthday on the 1st of April. Miss Fender is a shut-in, but is mentally alert and still active.

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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Today's Services

Second Sunday of Easter
Corporate for the Church Committee

6:30 a.m. HOLY EUCHARIST
7:30 a.m. SUNG EUCHARIST & SERMON
Introit 132
First Reading Acts 2: 14a, 22-32 [Mr. Alvaro Casserly]
Psalm 111 [New BCP page 619]
Second Reading 1 Peter 1: 3-9 [Miss Sonya Hamilton]
Gradual 142 [Children leave for Sunday School]
Gospel John 20: 19-31
Sermon [Rev. Fr. Edward Jennings]
Intercession E [New BCP page 112]
Offertory 279
Communion 400, 414, 419
Recessional CHRIST IS ALIVE! LET CHRISTIANS SING
9:45 a.m. MORNING PRAYER & SERMON
Processional 132
Christ our Passover [New BCP page 37]
Psalm 111 [New BCP page 619]
First Reading Acts 2: 14a, 22-32
Benedictus [New BCP page 40]
Second Reading John 20: 19-31
Hymn 137
Sermon [Rev. Fr. Edward Jennings]
Hymns 135, 142
6:00 p.m. HOLY EUCHARIST & SERMON
Introit 142
Psalm 111 [New BCP page 619]
First Reading Acts 2: 14a, 22-32
Magnificat [New BCP page 67]
Second Reading John 20: 19-31
Nunc Dimittis [New BCP page 55]
Hymn 141
Sermon [Rev. Fr. Edward Jennings]
Hymns 128, 132

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This Week at St. Andrew's

Monday
April 4

9:00 a.m.

4:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.

Holy Eucharist (Feast of the
Annunciation of our Lord
)
Blood Pressure Clinic
Bible Study

Tuesday
April 5

9:00 a.m.
5:30 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
Moreton Park Committee
Wednesday
April 6
6:30 a.m.
12:00 noon



5:00 p.m.
5:15 p.m.
5:30 p.m.

Holy Eucharist
Mid-day Devotions
(Webster Memorial United Church)
led by Rev. Edward Jennings

Property & Building Committee
Women's Auxiliary
Grief Support Group

Thursday
April 7
5:30 p.m.
Senior Choir Rehearsal
Friday
April 8
9:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist
Saturday
April 9
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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