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Fifth Sunday after Pentecost (Year A)
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My Dear Friends,
The story of the tree of good and evil recorded in Genesis 3:1-4, has been interpreted in a variety of ways. At the risk of confusing you with another interpretation, I invite you to consider this understanding: This tree, rather than being the cause of death, as argued by the narrative, could be seen as God giving to humanity the possibility to choose between good and evil. The fact that the text speaks of this tree as causing death, suggests that the process of choosing between good and evil has always been the source of tension. Humanity, therefore, from the very beginning as recorded in the book of beginnings - Genesis, has experienced tension when faced with having to choose between good and evil.
This tension has continued to the present day. We have lived with the tension generated by the forces of good and that of evil. It is as we accept this tension that we will be able to understand life in this beloved country of ours.
This tension will explain how we as people can experience joy, even as we celebrate the tremendous achievement of our own Asafa Powell, while we continue to mourn the persistent acts of crime and violence. The conflicts we all know from our own attempt to do good and reject evil, is a fact of our creation.
As we struggle to do good and overcome evil, I invite us to pray God's Holy Spirit's empowering. It is this empowering and indwelling presence that will allow you, me, and all the people of God to become a power of good, in our communities, and ultimately the world.
Today, as we celebrate our achievements and victories, we remind ourselves of failures and shortcomings. In doing so, I include those of us who are fathers and those with this intention to examine the extent to which this God-given responsibility has been characterized by success and failure, good and evil. FATHERS, A BLESSED DAY TO YOU!
Please pray for the Rector and other members of the Anglican Consultative Council as they meet to address vital issues affecting the Anglican Communion. Pray too for the Selection Committee charged with the responsibility of choosing our new Rector.
You are reminded of the Service of Ordination which will take place next Sunday, June 26, at 4:00 p.m. at the Cathedral in Spanish Town. Among those to be ordained as Deacons is Mrs. Elizabeth Riley who spent some time with us last year as part of her preparation for holy orders. There will be no service here at the Parish Church or at St. Clement's on that evening.
Fr. Robert McLean and I will be attending a clergy retreat at Hillcrest Retreat Centre from tomorrow, June 20 to Wednesday, June 22. The Holy Eucharist will not be celebrated on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.
The St. Andrew Settlement is appealing for sponsorship of children for the Diocesan Summer Camp scheduled for July. The cost for each child is $3,500. These children are part of our church family. Let us support and encourage them.
The Home for Girls is making plans for their Summer Workshop to commence the first week in July. They need our support to provide material and to compensate those who provide services for the workshop. Please respond generously.
We extend a welcome to all our visitors and pray that this service has been a blessing and a source of inspiration for you.
Love and best wishes,
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A Father's Day Prayer
The Mother's Union Breakfast and Cake Sale will take place next Sunday, June 26 in the Old Court House.
B.S.A. MEMBERS PLEASE NOTE: The Brotherhood of St. Andrew will meet on Saturday of this week in the Conference Room at the Church Office
We look forward to the visit of the youth group from St. Luke's Church, Atlanta, Georgia next Sunday. They will attend the 9:45 a.m. Service and will meet with our youth representatives after the Service.
On Sunday, July 24, at 3:00 p.m. we are invited to join our Altar
Guild at the Philip Sherlock Centre, University of the West Indies,
for a performance of THE WIZ by the Jamaica Musical Theatre Company. The
contribution of $600 per person will be in aid of the St. Andrew Parish
Church Altar Guild.
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
(Corporate for Women's Working Committee)
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