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Fifth Sunday of Easter (Year A)
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My Dear Friends,
I wish to say thanks one hundred times over to the 340th Anniversary Committee and especially to Mrs. Andrea ChinSee and her team for the staging of our Flower Festival and Evening of Choral Music last weekend. Both events were a wonderful tribute to a people's love for their Lord as well as the tremendous goodwill that St. Andrew Parish Church enjoys in the wider community. Persons representing Altar Guilds from Church of the Transfiguration/St. John's, St. Boniface, Kingston Parish Church, Church of St. Margaret, St. Jude's, St. Michael's/St. Patrick's, Church of Ascension, St. Luke's, the Cathedral of St. Jago de la Vega and our own at St. Andrew's spent hours designing and skillfully crafting their floral exhibits which inspired our hearts in a manner that still lingers. And what can we say about the choral presentation of the six choirs. The music as well as the attendance - with standing room only - was fantastic. Truly an unforgettable weekend in the life of our church - Give God the praise.
Standing for prayers - and especially at the time of the Eucharistic Prayer - is a long accepted practice in many of our churches. It is a priestly posture and as members of the "priesthood of all believers" who gather to celebrate the Eucharist Sunday after Sunday, it would be quite understandable if we were to begin that practice. But is that what we understand when we stand and hold hands during the Lord's Prayer? Last week I explained that were we to continue that practice we would have to decide whether we will stand throughout the entire Eucharistic prayer, as the present practice of getting up and sitting down/kneeling is disruptive. That decision will mean changing a long standing practice of kneeling during prayer, which, as Anglicans, some of us would wish to preserve as it helps to create a feeling of reverence.
On the eve of my departure from you I have a desire to preserve many of the practices which I found when I arrived here 15 years ago - things which are unique to the "spirituality" of St. Andrew Parish Church and which make others drawn to us. I have no idea who my successor will be. Next Sunday the Rector's Warden will address you on the process that will hopefully get us to that point. Please begin to consider the criteria necessary in your mind for the pastoral leadership of this church In the mean time, let us begin to pray for God's guidance so that we may discern His will in the decisions we make. Seeking God's will in the selection of a new Rector must become our urgent priority over the next few months.
Father Robert McLean began his annual vacation leave yesterday. He returns to the parish on May16th. Father Jennings and I will be away from the parish as of tomorrow attending the annual Clergy Conference. We return on Thursday.
The St. Andrew Settlement needs a (volunteer) dentist to assist at the clinic and if you know of someone able to fulfill this task for a couple of hours each week please contact the Director, Mr. Jos Chambers or myself. May is focus month for the St. Andrew Parish Church Home for Girls and we look forward to giving this Project special support during the coming month.
The Diocesan Festival will celebrate its 80th Anniversary with Festal Evensong at St. Michael's Church, Victoria Avenue on Sunday May 15 at 4:00 p.m. All are invited.
We extend a warm welcome to all those visiting with us today. We welcome
especially at our 9:45 a.m. Service the Jamaica National Commission for
Unesco who are commemorating "Education for all" week.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
You are a chosen race ...
1 Peter 2:9
We continue our 340th Anniversary celebration with a Banquet at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on Friday June 10 commencing with Cocktails at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale at $5,000 each. The Guest Speaker at this function will be the Rt. Rev'd. Riah Abu El-Assal, Bishop of Jerusalem.
We are invited to the Admission Service for the Rev'd. Sidney A. Moore as Rector of the Rural Hill Cure. The Service will be held at St. Mary's Anglican Church, Rural Hill, Portland on Sunday May 8 at 3:00 p.m. We pray for God's blessings on Fr. Moore, the first Rector assigned to this Cure in many years.
The Friends of the Sunday School are reminded of their Annual
General Meeting next Sunday, May 1 at 9:45 a.m.
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