Sunday Bulletin

Day of Pentecost (Year A)
Sunday, May 15, 2005

In this Bulletin ...

Need to be on fire again
Parish News
Today's Services
This Week at St. Andrew's

My Dear Friends,

Today we commemorate the Pentecostal experience of the early church and celebrate our own reception of the Holy Spirit. The gift and the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit is the greatest and most wonderful thing we could ever hope to experience, for with the Holy Spirit we are not simply encountering one of God's gifts among others. It is God himself, the creative and life giving, redeeming and saving God who indwells us. Where the Holy Spirit is present, our life becomes awakened with the energy of God himself. We feel, taste, touch and experience life in ways that are life affirming. Jesus said it all when he told his disciples "because I live you shall have life also" (John 14:19). Two thousand years after Jesus made this promise to his disciples the Holy Spirit makes it possible for us to share the joy of that life. Imagine then the kind of difference life can be for us in this culture of death were we to live every moment affirming that promise.

Pentecost was given to us then so that we can make the simple affirmation that God through his Holy Spirit has offered us an alternative to our fixed and frozen lives. Our old habits and ways of death are emptied through the power of the wind and fire of God's Spirit and that, my dear friends, is good reason for rejoicing.

I wish to remind you of the 80th Anniversary Service of the Diocesan Festival Choir to be held this afternoon at St. Michael's Church, Victoria Avenue, commencing at 4:00 p.m. Please make a special effort to attend. The service of Festal Evensong will conclude with a choral recital by the choir.

Charmaine and I leave tomorrow for my graduation later this week at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts and I will take the opportunity to acquire the necessary Episcopal vestments for my Consecration on the 31st. I return the following Monday and two days after I go into retreat in preparation for my Consecration. The Rt. Rev. Clive Abdulah, retired Bishop of Trinidad and Tobago will be the retreat conductor and the celebrant and preacher at the 7:30 a.m. Service on May 29. Also on May 29, in place of the 9:45 a.m. Service, the Christian Faith Formation Committee will be hosting Total Sunday School and invites you to begin the preparation from now to participate.

The following Sunday will be the first opportunity for me to celebrate with you my Consecration as Bishop, and I would therefore like to invite all those persons who have been part of my ministry and my journey over the past fifteen years to make every effort to attend at the 7:30 a.m. Service.

The 340th Anniversary Commemoration continues with a Gala Banquet at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on Friday 10th June, 2005 at 8:00 p.m.. Guest Speaker at the Banquet will be the Rt. Rev. Riah Abu El-Assal, Bishop of Jerusalem. Contribution: $5,000 per person. Part of the proceeds will be in aid of a scholarship to the United Theological College of the West Indies.

Congratulations to Fr. Sean and Janet Major-Campbell on the birth of their son Sanjay Ajani, and to Mrs. Roslyn Rose, one of our shut-in members who celebrates her 95th birthday today.

Condolences to the families of Blanche Planter who was for many years a shut-in member, and Stuart Saunders, son of Aubrey Saunders.

Monday, May 23 is Labour Day. You may participate in one of the following projects:

(a) We continue to update our records with information extracted from headstones in the cemetery. This will be from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and you will need a pen and clipboard. Forms will be provided. Covered shoes and a hat are recommended.

(b) Church History Project - Visits to older members and shut-ins for fellowship and to record memories/anecdotes related to the Parish Church. Guidelines will be provided by the church office.

We extend a warm welcome to all our visitors. Do join us whenever you can for worship and fellowship. The peace of God be with us all.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Robert

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We Need to be on Fire Again

We need to be on fire again,
For our hope is no longer an easy hope.
We live in a culture of despair
Within which Pentecost can no longer be taken for granted.
Hence we must take upon ourselves the burden of the times
And refuse to make the Holy Spirit a piece of private property
But a spirit that matters.

- Mary Jo Leddy

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Parish News

MEMORIALS and MILESTONES

CONGRATULATIONS to Fr. Sean and Janet Major-Campbell on the birth of their son Sanjay Ajani, and to Mrs. Roslyn Rose, one of our shut-in members who celebrates her 95th birthday today.

CONDOLENCES to the families of Blanche Planter who was for many years a shut-in member, and Stuart Saunders, son of Aubrey Saunders.

The 340th Anniversary Commemoration continues with a Gala Banquet at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on Friday 10th June, 2005 at 8:00 p.m.. Guest Speaker at the Banquet will be the Rt. Rev. Riah Abu El-Assal, Bishop of Jerusalem. Contribution: $5,000 per person. Part of the proceeds will be in aid of a scholarship to the United Theological College of the West Indies.

Monday, May 23 is Labour Day. You may participate in one of the following projects:

(a) We continue to update our records with information extracted from headstones in the cemetery. This will be from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and you will need a pen and clipboard. Forms will be provided. Covered shoes and a hat are recommended.

(b) Church History Project - Visits to older members and shut-ins for fellowship and to record memories/anecdotes related to the Parish Church. Guidelines will be provided by the church office.

The Reception Committee's CAKE SALE takes place next Sunday in the Old Court House.

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Today's Services

Day of Pentecost
(Corporate for Women's Working Committee)

6:30 a.m. HOLY EUCHARIST
7:30 a.m. SUNG EUCHARIST & SERMON
Introit 239
First Reading Acts 2:1-11
[Vivienne Jones]
Psalm 104:25-32 [BCP page 604]
Second Reading

1 Cor. 12:4-13
[Kirby Clarke]

Gradual 153 [Children leave for Sunday School]
Gospel John 14:8-17
Sermon [The Rector]
Intercession D [BCP page 111]
Offertory 156
Communion 401,321, 230, 419
Recessional 257
9:45 a.m. MORNING PRAYER & SERMON
Processional 232
Venite [BCP page 36]
Psalm 104:25-32 [BCP page 604]
First Reading Acts 2:1-11
Benedictus [BCP page 40]
Second Reading John 14:8-17
Hymn 329
Sermon [The Rector]
Hymns O let the power, 153
6:00 p.m. SERVICE CONDUCTED BY A FELLOWSHIP GROUP

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This Week at St. Andrew's

Monday
May 16

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

Blood Pressure Clinic
Bible Study

Tuesday
May 17

9:00 a.m.
5:30 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
Christian Faith
Formation Committee
Wednesday
May 18
6:30 a.m.
12:00 noon


5:30 p.m.

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

Grief Support Group

Thursday
May 19
5:30 p.m.
Senior Choir Rehearsal
Friday
May 20
9:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist
Saturday
May 21
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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