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Fourth Sunday after Pentecost (Year A)
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My Dear Friends,
We are still lost for words to describe our feeling of outrage at the brutal slaying of yet another good friend. The cycle of death and hopelessness in the ongoing struggle to come to terms with the daily "diet" of violence and murder often leave us confused and numbed. The Sunday morning killing of Lloyd Brown, a member of this congregation, and his friend Sandra Campbell makes us yearn even more for fresh voices that can provide some clear answers to the vexing questions that torment us today. In moments like these we turn to God. Praise God we have a place of worship that can help us in that turning. Not to "bury our heads in the sand," but to listen to what God is saying to us. In every way and in every word God speaks.
Although I will not be at L G's funeral, scheduled for this Saturday at 10:00 a.m., I met with his family a few days ago to plan the service. After much thought and prayer we were led to readings and hymns that speak to God's redemptive love to humanity. You and I don't know how love really works: how it transforms ugliness into beauty. What we do know is that if we are patient enough and if we trust in the God who says 'love your enemies, pray for those who persecute you', something beautiful can emerge. Remember dear friends, those who hate the light will attack it, as so many have chosen to do in this our beloved country. But as God lives, if there are enough of us who are prepared to live by the light, their evil schemes will backfire. It backfired on Easter Day, and it will again.
It was Scott Peck, I believe, who wrote that "the only ultimate way to conquer evil is to let it be smothered within a willing, living human being. When it is absorbed there like a spear into one's heart, it loses its power and goes no further." Is this what we witnessed last Sunday morning? If so then L G's caring, loving, gracious spirit would not have suffered and died in vain.
This morning I will be performing my first confirmation at Christ Church, Morant Bay. In the afternoon I will attend the service at which Sister Molly Walton will be commissioned for work in the Greater Portmore area. The service will be held at the Church of the Reconciliation. On Wednesday, Charmaine and I will travel to Nottingham, England where I will be attending the 13th meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council. We return on the 4th of July.
The Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) meets once every three years and consists of one, two or three members selected by each member Province. It includes bishops, priests and lay men and women who know what the Church has to deal with in their own part of the world. The Archbishop of Canterbury is the President of the Council and is Chairman of the first session of each meeting.
A Service of Ordination will take place at the Cathedral, Spanish Town on Sunday, June 26 at 4:00 p.m. Please pray for the Ordinands:
We express our condolences to the family of Lloyd G. Brown and assure them of our prayers. Also to Mrs. Louisa Hanson on the death of her mother Ida Chisholm, and to the family of Mr. Kenneth Russell, former caretaker at the St. Andrew Settlement. Funeral service for Mr. Russell will be at the St. Thomas Mission, Majesty Gardens at 2:00 p.m. tomorrow, June 13.
We extend a warm welcome to all our visitors. Special welcome to Rev.
Canon Horace Ward, the preacher at our 7:30 service this morning.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Our mission in the world ...
You have leave us in no doubt that to be your disciples
Be our Freedom, Lord/Terry C Falla
Our annual Missionary Service will be held on Sunday, June 26 at 7:30 a.m. Please use the special envelope For Missions in your packet of Freewill Envelopes. Contributions will be sent to the Jamaica Church Missionary Society at Church House.
Videotapes of the Bishop's Consecration are available from the Jamaica Information Service, 37 Arnold Road (Tele. 922 8680/2) at $3,000 each.
A youth group from St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Atlanta, accompanied by their Rector, Associate Rector and Youth Minister will worship with us on Sunday, June 26 and hopes to meet with our youth representatives after the service.
Copies of the latest issue of the PARISHIONER are available by the west door of the church.
The Sunday School is again appealing for your contributions to its book drive to replenish the Sunday School Library. Please respond urgently and assist their efforts.
We are invited to join Bishop Reid and others on a ten day tour of
Egypt, October 18 to 27, 2005. The complete tour costs U.S.$3,150
or the Jamaican equivalent. Further information is available from the
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