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Second Sunday after Pentecost (Year A)
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My Dear Friends,
Moses said to the people, "you shall put these words of mine in your heart and soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and fix them as an emblem on your forehead." It is interesting what these words from God, through Moses, tell us about faith. One can see clearly that faith must impact the whole of human life. Moses talks about putting God's word into heart and soul. This means that our desire and our wills, which actually are the driving forces of our lives, must be saturated in and directed by God's word. Binding them as a sign on our hands tells us that our work must be directed by God's word. The forehead represents the place of intellect and imagination. If these three areas of our lives - as individuals and a community - are saturated by God's word, then our whole lives would be filled with the fragrance of godliness.
Today much of what is referred to as faith focuses on one aspect or area of life. Also, very few people seriously think about the practical implications of walking the way of Christ. Many of us are quite prepared to talk about Christ, but few are prepared to actively do what he asks. Many of us go through life tossed to and fro by various experiences, and thoughtlessly respond as best we can.
However, in order to be effective Christians, true to our faith in Christ, we must consciously and with determination practise what he teaches us. According to Michael Quoist, faith is "the light which illumines the whole of human life and gives it meaning, even in its least pretentious aspects" (The Christian Response, 151.) Let us strive to be deliberate and determined in the practice and journey of our faith. Let us actively seek the will of God and pursue it.
Brothers and sisters I implore you, continue to pray for our Rector and his family as they respond to the call of God. Continue also to pray to God for the priest whom God will send to this church as Rector.
Our warmest congratulations to Rev. Canon Dr. Robert Thompson who recently attended the Commencement Exercises at the Episcopal Divinity School, on which occasion he was conferred with the Doctor of Divinity, (D. Min.) Degree.
CONSECRATION - The Service of Ordination and Consecration of Canon Thompson as Bishop of Kingston will be broadcast live on CVM/TV and there will be a delayed broadcast on TVJ. The Service will take place at the Kingston Parish Church on Tuesday of this week, commencing at 10:00 a.m. and will be preceded by a programme of music at 9:30 a.m.
We are all invited to celebrate with Bishop Thompson at the Holy Eucharist at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday June 5, 2005.
Please be reminded that the 340th ANNIVERSARY BANQUET has been postponed and a new date will be advised in due course.
Today is Anglican Communion Sunday, a day to raise awareness of and celebrate the Anglican Communion. Each province (including our own CPWI) shares a common heritage concerning Anglican identity and commitment to scripture, tradition and reason as sources of authority, worship and practice.
We extend a warm welcome to all our visitors. Special welcome to the
Rt. Rev. Clive Abdulah, retired Bishop of Trinidad and Tobago, who is
our preacher at the 7:30 Eucharist. He is here, together with his wife
Mariko, for the Consecration of our Rector.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
On Spirituality ...
I believe we should interpret our spirituality in narrative terms - as the ongoing story of our life, our curriculum vitae. Spirituality incorporates the memory of our past, the hidden realities of our present condition, and the inevitable consequences that lie in the unfolding circumstances of our future. For better or for worse, our spirituality consists in the coming together of our personal experiences, our choices of expression, and the urgings of our deepest expectations, and provides us with our continuing life story.
Serving with power: reviving the spirit of Christian Ministry/Kortwright
Davis, 1999, pg. 194.
TOTAL SUNDAY SCHOOL convenes at 9:45 a.m. today. It will be preceded
by shortened Morning Prayer, after which we will break into groups. The
theme for the day is "Exploring Spiritual Maturity".
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