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Sixth Sunday of Easter (Year A)
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My Dear Friends,
I am pleased to let you know that we all had a successful Clergy Conference. Perhaps it's not often that we get the chance to say so, but on this occasion we can. Personal concerns such as financial matters and pension issues were discussed but never held centre stage. The conference theme was: "The National Crisis: A Nation in Grief - Healing and Wholeness". With presentations from Rev. Roderick Hewitt, Dr. Peter Weller and Mrs. Andrea Hopwood, who runs our Grief Support Group on Wednesday evenings, the conference engaged the critical issues that underlay our national crisis. The question we were repeatedly asked to address was: "How can we help to overcome the deep enmity that exists in the society today, and so break the cycle of grief and rage?" The only weapon that is capable of defeating the hatred and antagonism that is engraved on the soul of our nation, and which is the main cause of our national grief, is the gift of reconciliation. But how do we begin to share that gift with persons who have lost the capacity to feel? And how do we begin to do so in a context where communion with other human beings is reduced to what material benefits can be derived? Well that is where you and I come in, for at the core of our life in Christ is the belief that God gives new life. And so we are present at the place of worship precisely because we recognize something of the power of God to bring this new life and hope into the very fibre of national life.
Witnessing to that new life and hope in a "culture of death" is never easy. How can it be when there is no area of life that is free from the cloying odour of violence and death? And yet it is only the grief which is accepted and suffered through, that can restore wholeness. Psychologists tell us that people who shut themselves off from the mourning process, who cut that process short, will discover insurmountable depression and increasing apathy. The same is true for individuals and communities.
The remarkable thing about the prophets is that they did not deny the dark side of life in their religious enterprise. They embraced it as the very stuff from which new life is born. The things that make us feel we are a nation in crisis can neither be ignored by "happy songs" on Sunday morning nor can we hope to by-pass them by quickly moving on to another script. We must learn afresh what it means to mourn with others, to embrace their ambiguities and anxieties with effective and caring ways, not passively but transformatively. If we learnt nothing else at our Conference, we learnt that the Nation's grief is ours. And only those who can accept that, with the hope of having it transformed by the power of the Risen Christ, can offer true and laudable worship.
We express our condolences to Mrs. 'Gem' Abrahams on the death of her sister Ruby Dayes.
Today the Rector's Warden, Dr. Vincent Lawrence will address the congregation on the process for selection of a new Rector
This week is being observed by the Diocese as Education Week with today, May 1 as Diocesan Children's Sunday. During May our special focus will be on the Home for Girls. The Management Committee and girls from the Home will join in Corporate Communion at 7:30 this morning. We invite your prayers and your special support for this ministry.
Thursday of this week is Ascension Day and the Special Service will be celebrated at 5:30 p.m.
We extend a warm welcome to all our visitors and pray for the outpouring
of God's mercy, peace and love on us all.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.
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The Service of Consecration of the Suffragan Bishop of Kingston, the Rt. Rev'd. Robert McLean Thompson, will be held at the Kingston Parish Church on Tuesday May 31, 2005, commencing 10:00 a.m.
We are reminded of the 340th Anniversary Banquet to be held at
the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on Friday, June 10, 2005 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.
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