Sunday Bulletin

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost (Year A)
Sunday, July 24, 2005

In this Bulletin ...

No Room For Discouragement
Parish News
Today's Services
This Week at St. Andrew's

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.

    1. The security personnel employed by the Church must be allowed to conduct their duties without the interference of members of the congregation. Every member has a right and duty to report to the clergy or other church staff any action by the security personnel that appears out of order. However, they must not be impeded in carrying out their duties.

    2. Help to the street boys must be channelled through the Care Centre. We give mixed signals to the young men when we entertain their request after church services on Sunday mornings. Members of the Church see them occasionally, we have to encounter them on a daily basis. In any event, if they believe it is OK to solicit aid on a Sunday after church services, in full view of the security officers, how do you expect these same officers to exercise any control on Monday?

    3. In light of number 2, the church-yard is now out of bounds to the "street boys" unless of course they are attending an activity hosted or sanctioned by the Church or visiting one of the clergy or church staff.

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,
Robert Kingston

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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
Michel Quoist

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Parish News

MEMORIALS and MILESTONES

Flowers at the foot of the altar are given in loving memory of Astley "Rick" Thompson by his family on the first anniversary of his death.

Other flowers in the sanctuary are given in memory of Desrine Gloria Abrahams by her daughter Desrine Russell.

We express our condolences to Mrs. Audrey Tomlin on the death of her daughter Christine Cocking. Funeral service for Mrs. Cocking will be on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.

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.

REMINDERS -

  1. Benefit performance of THE WIZ by the Jamaica Musical Theatre Company at the Philip Sherlock Centre, U.W.I. Sunday July 24, Contribution: $600 - proceeds in aid of our Altar Guild.

  2. 340th Anniversary Banquet, Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, 8:00 p.m. on October 6, 2005. Contribution $5,000.

  3. All Saints Church Annual Harvest Supper, Friday July 29 at St. Luke's Church grounds, Cross Roads. Contribution $500.

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Today's Services

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

6:30 a.m. HOLY EUCHARIST
7:30 a.m. SUNG EUCHARIST & SERMON
Introit 372
Old Testament 1 Kings 3: 5 - 12
[Mr. Heron Wright]
Psalm 119: 129 - 136 [New BCP page 636]
Epistle Romans 8: 26 - 36
[Miss Tanya Thompson]
Gradual 264
Gospel Matthew 13: 31- 33, 44 - 49a
Sermon [Rt. Rev. Dr. Robert Thompson]
Intercession G [New BCP page 118]
Offertory 254
Communion 396, 398, 415
Recessional 291
9:45 a.m. FAMILY EUCHARIST & SERMON
(Corporate for Youth Fellowship)
Introit 254
Old Testament 1 Kings 3: 5 - 12
Psalm 119: 129 - 136 [New BCP page 636]
Epistle Romans 8: 26 - 36
Gradual 335
Gospel Matthew 13: 31- 33, 44 - 49a
Sermon [Rt. Rev. Dr. Robert Thompson]
Intercession G [New BCP page 118]
Offertory 361
Communion 388, 419
Recessional 331
6:00 p.m. HOLY EUCHARIST & SERMON
Introit 368
Old Testament 1 Kings 3: 5 - 12
Psalm 119: 129 - 136 [New BCP page 636]
Gradual 367
Gospel Matthew 13: 31- 33, 44 - 49a
Sermon [Rev. Fr. Robert McLean]
Offertory 333
Communion 412
Recessional 33

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This Week at St. Andrew's

Monday
July 25

9:00 a.m.



5:30 p.m.

Holy Eucharist
Feast of St. James
the Apostle


Bible Study

Tuesday
July 26

9:00 a.m.
4:00 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
Mothers' Union
Wednesday
July 27
6:30 a.m.
12:00 noon


5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.

Holy Eucharist
Mid-day Devotions
(Webster Memorial United Church)

Reception Committee
Grief Support Group

Thursday
July 28
5:30 p.m.
Senior Choir Rehearsal
Friday
July 29
9:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist
Saturday
July 30
11:00 a.m.
2:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m.
Little Brothers of St. Andrew
Youth Choir Rehearsal
Youth Fellowship

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