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Seventh Sunday after Pentecost (Year A)
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My Dear Friends,
On Wednesday of the past week the church celebrated the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul. Both Apostles played significant roles in the development of the church in the first century of its existence. St. Paul's work was concentrated around the Gentiles, the uncircumcised, and St. Peter around the Jews, the circumcised (Galatians 2: 7-9).
The ministry of these two giants of the church challenges us to ask the question, what do we mean when we say that we are the church. Against this background, I invite us to examine the concept "the church". The English concept 'church' is a translation of the Greek EKKLESIA, which has its background in the Hebrew concept QUHAL. The EKKLESIA is defined as "convened assembly of the people", while QUHAL is defined as "to summon". The QUHAL is used as an assembly or congregation. Both concepts are similar in nature, as they refer to a body of people who have been called together. As the church, we are therefore called together by God. It is God who has called the church into being. As the called out people of God we are not an exclusive body, but an inclusive body as the call of God is to every person. We are called to listen to, and act on the word of God. We are called to celebrate God's presence in the sacraments, principally the Eucharist.
This understanding of the church challenges us to recognize the call of God on all our lives. This call of God does not provide us with the opportunity to claim any particular status or privilege. This call is based on us, actualizing both individually and corporately, our vocation as the people of God.
This call of God is not an opportunity to share opinions or thoughts but to listen to the voice of God. Today as we listen to God's voice, let us seek to recognize where this voice is leading us, and what it is directing us to do. I suggest that we see every opportunity given to us for worship as a time to remind ourselves that we are the church, the people of God.
We are invited to attend the Thanksgiving and Rededication Service for the restoration of the Organ at Kingston Parish Church. This will take place at 4 o'clock this afternoon, when the public will enjoy the magnificence of the organ and may also contribute financially by the pulling of stops and/or the playing of notes on the organ.
Next Sunday the Hillcrest Retreat Centre, Brown's Town will dedicate their Labyrinth at a service commencing at 4:00 p.m. We are all invited to attend and participate.
We extend a warm welcome to all our visitors and friends. Special welcome to the youth group and chaperones from the St. James Episcopal Church, New Jersey who are worshipping with us today. They are spending a week in Jamaica and will undertake a special project at the St. Andrew Settlement.
The Rector sends greetings and looks forward to returning to the parish
during the course of this week. I will be away until the end of the month.
For Prayer and Reflection
God of Glory,
The biennial Fun Day for the Sunday Schools will be held on Saturday, July 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Church Hall. We appeal to parents to bring their children to enjoy the fun and fellowship.
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