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Tenth Sunday after Pentecost (Year A)
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My Dear Friends,
We continue to thank God for His many blessings as we pray for those, especially in rural Jamaica, who are still adjusting to their losses sustained from the effects of hurricanes Dennis and Emily. Our hope is that this time of national challenge can be turned into an opportunity to strengthen the bond of love and service which bind people and nations together. (Book of Common Prayer, p. 84)
Mr. Noel Pessoa wrote from his new home in Wakefield, Trelawny to inform us that for his own safety he had to relocate residence, having been held up and gagged by three men who broke into his home in Kingston. He will be missed, especially by members of my family.
Two of our outreach programmes are in desperate need of volunteers. The St. Andrew Settlement is in need of administrative help and the Care Centre urgently needs someone who can help with accounting and book-keeping. A few hours each week will go a far way in supporting these two very important areas of Christian outreach. Please contact me or Fr. Robert if you can assist.
Total Sunday school will meet next Sunday, 9:45 to 11:15 a.m. following the 7:30 a.m. Eucharist. This attempt to widen the involvement of congregants of all ages in the Christian education programme of the Church began a year ago. Learning more about our faith is something each one of us must take responsibility for, and total Sunday school provides an opportunity for us to do just that.
The matter of the security of the church staff as well as our church property occupies much of the Church Committee's attention at each of our meetings. Securing public spaces especially church property, in an environment where every one must be made to feel welcome, is a major challenge. This is even more so for the security personnel the Church employs. In light of the fire, which totally gutted the building at the western section of the property, the Church Committee took the following decisions.
The Little Theatre Movement is inviting us to "AUGUS MAWNIN" a classic work in Jamaican theatre, celebrating the spirit of our people in the time of Emancipation. This takes place on Monday, August 1, 5:00 p.m. at the Little-Little Theatre. Tickets - $500.
We extend a welcome to all our visitors and hope that this service has
been a blessing and an inspiration to you.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
No Room For Discouragement
Everything is going badly for you; your life is one long series of regrets; nothing seems worthwhile to you anymore. You've given up trying: What's the use, I'll never be able to solve my problems, there's no hope. Discouragement has completely paralyzed you; you refuse to fight back any more, you no longer have the upper hand, you're just living your life out now without purpose or hope. If you're discouraged, its because you put all your trust in your own efforts and now you realize that you can't go it alone. Had you placed your trust in God, you would still feel regret for your failings, but you wouldn't be discouraged. You forget that God is as loving and as all-powerful after you've fallen as before. Discouragement is clear proof that you've placed too much confidence in yourself and too little in God.
The Christian Response
ACOLYTE TRAINING. For our young members who wish to serve as Acolytes, training sessions begin on Saturday July 30, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Conference Room. For further information please contact Minke Newman 702 0733 or 1-351 2658.
Next Sunday, July 31, the Rev. Michael Allen, the Rev. Carlton Tulloch and the Rev. Vinton Green will commemorate the 10th Anniversary of their Ordination to the Diaconate, at a service at St. Dorothy's Church, Old Harbour, commencing at 3:00 p.m. They invite our prayers and our attendance at the service.
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