Sunday Bulletin

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost (Year A)
Sunday, July 17, 2005

In this Bulletin ...

Faith and Practice
Parish News
Today's Services
This Week at St. Andrew's

My Dear Friends,

At the G 8 Summit in Edinburgh, Scotland, held last week, the matter of global warming was a major agenda item for world leaders, except of course for the US. It is a fact that as the average temperature of the world's oceans and seas keep rising, the frequencies of hurricanes will increase. Small nation states like Jamaica can hardly hope to influence the economic policies of our powerful neighbours that have a direct impact on the gas emissions, which cause global warming. We, however, can work at developing a more responsible approach to the environment.

I am writing this message on Wednesday as I plan to tour the Deanery of St. Thomas on Thursday, and am not likely to return in time to prepare it for the weekend's publication. As I prepare to write, the news is that another hurricane is in the making and may yet come our way. We are therefore preparing for another weekend of continuous rain and flood. The question uppermost in my thoughts is not whether Jamaica can sustain yet another "battering?" By God's Grace, we will find the strength and the goodwill of friends and neighbours to see this one through. In times of disaster we seem always to find the resources to meet the various emergency needs. The question is: what happens down the road? Do we continue the same old bad habits with their devastating consequences?

I see three challenges before us.

    1. The challenge to accept as fact that increased hurricane activities in this region is as certain as night follows day and will therefore require an adjustment in lifestyle.

    2. The challenge to care for the natural environment as God's stewards. We are not the owners of creation, but its stewards, summoned by God to "watch over and care for it" (Genesis 2:15). This implies the principle of sustainability. Our uses of the Earth must be designed to conserve and renew the Earth rather than to deplete or destroy it.

    3. Following from these, the challenge to promote environmentally friendly practices. In this regard we support and encourage the Government in their plan to enact laws that will "force the removal of persons from selected areas where disasters are threatened". Let us hope that this will include those entities that are presently engaging in mining activity in our riverbeds.

If there was a time when we could have postponed attending to these challenges, that time has past. Today the very creation is crying out for help and the Creator God has no one to turn to, but us.

We express condolences to the family of Miss Marjorie Myers who died last week. Her funeral service will be on Friday of this week at 11:00 am. We also record the passing of Mr. James Hackett, a member of the B.S.A., who was buried last Friday.

We are invited to join All Saints' Anglican Church for their Annual Harvest Supper on Friday July 29 at St. Luke's Church Grounds, Cross Roads. Contribution $500. Tickets available from our church office.

The 350th Anniversary Gala Banquet has been rescheduled to Thursday October 6, 2005 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 each.

On Sunday, July 24 we are invited to join the Altar Guild for a benefit performance of THE WIZ by the Jamaica Musical Theatre Company at the Philip Sherlock Centre, U.W.I. Contribution $600.

We extend a warm welcome to all our visitors and pray that this service has been a blessing and a source of inspiration to you.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
+Robert Kingston

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Faith and Practice

Prayer is the means by which God's power is released into human life. God is a God of law and order. He has created a world in which laws prevail which may not be violated with impunity. Some of these laws we know; some we guess at; some are still mysteries to us. But we know they are there and we are convinced that we cannot live intelligently in this world unless those laws are constant and dependable. Apparent fluctuations do not tell us that natural law is unstable. They tell us that our understanding is incomplete. Thus science is constantly revising its conclusions as knowledge advances. The laws of the universe must be reliable. Even God cannot break them and remain true to Himself.

Faith and Practice
by Frank E. Wilson

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Parish News

MEMORIALS and MILESTONES

CONDOLENCES to the family of Miss Marjorie Myers who died last week. Her funeral service will be on Friday of this week at 11:00 am.

We also record the passing of Mr. James Hackett, a member of the B.S.A., who was buried last Friday.

We are invited to join All Saints' Anglican Church for their Annual Harvest Supper on Friday July 29 at St. Luke's Church Grounds, Cross Roads. Contribution $500. Tickets available from our church office.

The 350th Anniversary Gala Banquet has been rescheduled to Thursday October 6, 2005 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 each.

On Sunday, July 24 we are invited to join the Altar Guild for a benefit performance of THE WIZ by the Jamaica Musical Theatre Company at the Philip Sherlock Centre, U.W.I. Contribution $600.

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Today's Services

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

6:30 a.m. HOLY EUCHARIST
7:30 a.m. SUNG EUCHARIST & SERMON
(Corporate for Brotherhood of St. Andrew)
Introit 176
Old Testament Wisdom 12:13, 16-19
[Mr. Winston Smith]
Psalm 86:11-17 [New BCP, page 580]
Epistle Romans 8:18-25
[Mr. Godfrey Perkins]
Gradual 181 [Children leave for Sunday School]
Gospel Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
Sermon [Rev. Fr. Robert McLean]
Intercession F [New BCP page 115]
Offertory 279
Communion 403, 413, 418
Recessional 376
9:45 a.m. MORNING PRAYER & SERMON
Processional "Great Is Thy Faithfulness" # 3
Benedictus [New BCP page 40]
Psalm 86:11-17 [New BCP page 580]
First Reading Wisdom 12:13, 16-19
Venite [New BCP page 36]
Second Reading Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
Hymn "I Know Not Why" # 6
Sermon [Rev. Fr. Robert McLean]
Hymns "How lovely On the Mountains" # 4
"We Have Heard A Joyful Sound" # 8
6:00 p.m. SERVICE CONDUCTED BY A FELLOWSHIP GROUP

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This Week at St. Andrew's

Please note: Holy Eucharist will be celebrated on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Finance Committee meets on Monday and Church Committee on Thursday, all at the usual times.


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