Sunday Bulletin

Fourth Sunday of Easter (Year A)
Sunday, April 17, 2005

In this Bulletin ...

Psalm 23
Parish News
Today's Services
This Week at St. Andrew's

My Dear Friends,

Our collective spirit as a nation is overwhelmed by the daily diet of violence and killings; we have been co-existing with this situation for over a decade. In an interview with the media last week I was asked what solutions there were to this chronic problem? Obviously, solutions are not to be found simply in strengthening the firepower of the security forces, nor by generating more economic recourses in the inner city. In any event, the criminal element that thrives on terror and mayhem already holds the controlling power in both areas as was clearly demonstrated in Spanish Town last week. I suggested that we look at what is happening at the interpersonal level within the society. We live in a society where we are so disconnected from one another, and every encounter with the other is greeted by fear and suspicion. We have to find another way. One that is predicated not on the basis of who has more power and is therefore able to exercise control over the other, but on the basis of the selfless giving of ourselves. This is the way of the Good Shepherd in our lectionary readings for today, and the example for every Christian.

The question you may well ask is: What good is selfless giving of one's self when all that it does is lead to our own annihilation? I must confess that when I read the story of Mr. Thompson's murder in the full view of the morning commute I thought about that. As one newspaper editorial states: "Mr. Thompson died because he supported justice, and the society and the state couldn't help him". Some years ago the Majesty Gardens community, including our work at the St. Andrew Settlement, came under siege from gunmen. Within a four-week period gunmen had murdered some twelve persons whom they identified as informers. (Being an informer is the worse crime anyone can commit). The gunmen in question were eventually killed by the police and today the community remains relatively peaceful. Not simply because of the demise of these gunmen, but largely because of the approach the community adopted towards common problems which they encounter. Through the efforts of the Community Based Organization, a creature of the St. Andrew Settlement, the community as a viable institution has been strengthened and people are beginning to discover what can be achieved when they co-operate with one another. Today Majesty Gardens is a cleaner place, and people generally feel connected with each other, not because of any "don man". Does it work when people learn to give of themselves? In the long run, it is the only thing that works. Only the one who shares in the vulnerability and pain of the other, can bring about the healing of the community. We have the example of Jesus, the crucified and risen Christ. We must go and do likewise.

We express our condolences to the family of Mrs. Verona Thompson who died last week. Funeral service for Mrs. Thompson will be on Wednesday of this week at 11:00 a.m.

Congratulations to our Mothers Union members who received the Diocesan Centenary Award for 2005.

The St. Andrew Deanery Council meets at St Luke's Church on Thursday of this week. The meeting commences with Holy Eucharist at 12:30 p.m.

The Annual General Meeting of the Friends of the Sunday School will be held in the Old Court House on Sunday, May 1, 2005 at 9:45 a.m.

This is an exciting weekend for us as we continue the commemoration of our 340th Anniversary. Ten churches are participating in the Flower Festival, each depicting a verse of Psalm 85. Six choirs, guest soloists and organists will share in the Musical Festival this afternoon at 4:30. Come and bring a friend. We expect your full participation in both events. Tickets for the Musical Festival are available at $500 each. Children under 12 years of age will be admitted free of charge.

We extend a warm welcome to all our visitors today.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Robert

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Psalm 23

My Lord watches over me as carefully as a shepherd, I have nothing to fear. I stretch out peacefully on fresh green grass; we stroll together along quiet streams. Just being with him refreshes my weary soul. He advises me on how best to please him and on ways to follow him more closely.

Even if I had to face death, I would do so with a quiet heart, secure in the knowledge of your comforting presence. A presence so real that it is like a strong staff to lean on and a stout club of defense.

My enemies watch all this, so green with envy as I sit down to the magnificent spread prepared for me, just for me. Perfumed oils for my hair, food aplenty, and a dazzling array of choice wines, more than I could ever eat or drink.

Oh, the Lord will see to it that I always enjoy the best of everything, even a favored place in his own house to the very end of my days.

The Manhattan Psalter The Lectio Divina of Sister Juanita Colón

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Parish News

MEMORIALS and MILESTONES

CONGRATULATIONS to our Mothers Union members who received the Diocesan Centenary Award for 2005.

CONDOLENCES to the family of Mrs. Verona Thompson who died last week. Funeral service for Mrs. Thompson will be on Wednesday of this week at 11:00 a.m.

The St. Andrew Deanery Council meets at St Luke's Church on Thursday of this week. The meeting commences with Holy Eucharist at 12:30 p.m.

The Annual General Meeting of the Friends of the Sunday School will be held in the Old Court House on Sunday, May 1, 2005 at 9:45 a.m.

This is an exciting weekend for us as we continue the commemoration of our 340th Anniversary. Ten churches are participating in the Flower Festival, each depicting a verse of Psalm 85. Six choirs, guest soloists and organists will share in the Musical Festival this afternoon at 4:30. Come and bring a friend. We expect your full participation in both events. Tickets for the Musical Festival are available at $500 each. Children under 12 years of age will be admitted free of charge.

Brotherhood of St. Andrew. Please note that the next meeting of the BSA will be held on Saturday, April 30, 10:00 a.m. at the Church Hall.

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Today's Services

Fourth Sunday of Easter
[Corporate for the BSA]

6:30 a.m. HOLY EUCHARIST
7:30 a.m. SUNG EUCHARIST & SERMON
Introit 257
First Reading Acts 6:1-9; 7:2a, 51-60
[Mr. Leonard Green]
Psalm 23
Second Reading

1 Peter 2:19-25
[Mr. Godfrey Perkins]

Gradual 318 [Children leave for Sunday School]
Gospel John 10:1-10
Sermon [The Rector]
Intercession G [New BCP page 118]
Offertory 399
Communion 351, 179, 419
Recessional 243
9:45 a.m. MORNING PRAYER & SERMON
Processional 218
Benedictus [New BCP page 40]
Psalm 23 [New BCP page 495]
First Reading Acts 6:1-9; 7:2a, 51-60
Venite [New BCP page 36]
Second Reading John 10:1-10
Hymn 179
Sermon [The Rector]
Hymns 364, 330
4:30 p.m. EVENING OF CHORAL MUSIC
(Programmes Provided)

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This Week at St. Andrew's

Monday
April 18

4:00 p.m.
4:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.

340th Anniversary Committee
Blood Pressure Clinic
Bible Study
Finance Committee

Tuesday
April 19

9:00 a.m.
5:30 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
Faith Formation Committee
Wednesday
April 20

6:30 a.m.
12:00 noon


5:30 p.m.

Holy Eucharist
Mid-day Devotions
(Webster Memorial United Church)

Grief Support Group

Thursday
April 21
5:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m.
Senior Choir Rehearsal
Church Committee
Friday
April 22
9:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist
Saturday
April 23
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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