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Missionary Sunday (Year A)
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Today is our Missionary Sunday, a day in which we reflect on the vocation to which we have been called: Jesus said to the eleven disciples, "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations ..teaching them to observe all that I commanded you ." Every person baptized in the faith shares this responsibility.
Let us ask ourselves, 'have we accepted this responsibility? Are we giving our best to the fulfillment of this responsibility? What can I do to further equip myself to carry out this responsibility?
As a Parish Church we share in the work of the Diocese, and the Diocese is willing to help further equip us for the work of ministry. We still offer programmes for training Lay Readers and Catechists. We would love to have persons giving of themselves to this training so as to have trained assistants in the mission of this Church.
We can never have too many Sunday School teachers, Altar Servers, members for the youth choir, mentors for the girls at the Hostel and the boys at the Care Centre.
In addition, we take up a special offering for the support of the work of the Jamaica Church Missionary Society (JCMS). It is "the recognized missionary agency of the Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands in the Province of the West Indies. The Society focuses on spreading the Gospel of Salvation with special relevance to human needs, as demonstrated by the life and ministry of the Incarnate Christ. All registered communicant members of the Anglican Church are members of the Society, because all persons baptized into the Christian Church have accepted discipleship with Jesus Christ, and are therefore 'called and sent' to become missionaries. (Matt.28:18-20; Mark 16: 15-`18, Acts 1: 8)" (Excerpt from JCMS Report 2004)
I pray brothers and sisters that we will hear and respond to the call today to be missionaries for Christ.
The 340th Gala Banquet has been re-scheduled for Thursday, October 6, 2005 at 8:00 p.m. at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel. Guest speaker will be The Rt. Rev. Riah Abu El-Assal, Bishop of Jerusalem. Tickets are on sale at $5,000.
Today, we welcome the Rev. Canon Ernle Gordon and Mrs. Gordon of the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Molynes Road. Canon Gordon is the Preacher at our 7:30 a.m. Service. Special welcome to the youth group from Atlanta, worshipping with us at 9:45 a.m. The group of thirty is led by the Rev. Daniel Matthews, Rector of St. Luke's Episcopal Church, the Rev. Benno Pattison, Associate Rector and the Rev. Benjamin Anthony, Youth Minister. We welcome them to Jamaica and to our fellowship here at the Parish Church.
Today, the Rev. Edward Jennings is the Celebrant and Preacher at the
Church of St. Mary the Virgin.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Who is the Other?
The other - whomever you meet on the road of life, the man who lives
next door, who works with you, who knows, as do you, the meaning of joy
and sorrow, the fellow whom you can't stand, the one you never speak to
because you never bother to look at him on the street, the one you never
think of because you've never seen him ...........
The other's name? John, Peter, Mary, Mr. Smith, Mrs. Jones. He lives in the same house with you, works in the same office, rides the same bus, sits next to you at the show. The other's name? Jesus Christ. Jesus lives in the same house with you, works in the same office, rides the same bus, sits next to you at the show . . . the other! . . .
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Please support The Mothers' Union Cake Sale this morning in the Old Court House. Snacks will also be on sale.
There will be no Evening Service here today. You are invited to
the Service of Ordination at the Cathedral Church in Spanish Town, commencing
at 4:00 p.m. Please pray for Mrs. Elizabeth Riley and those to be ordained.
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