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Seventh Sunday after Pentecost (Year A)
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My Dear Friends,
I have been invited to preach at the National Service to be held at the Cathedral in Spanish Town, commemorating 167 years since emancipation and 43 years of Independence. That service is at 10:00 A.M. today and at 4:00 P.M. I will be in Linstead for Confirmation.
I believe that when these events were first celebrated they must have
ignited our predecessors with much hope and promise. Hope for a better
future and a promise that if the free citizens of this "fledgeling"
nation work together we could achieve our dreams. In recent years we have
deferred that dream. We have decided that as a nation we can no longer
engage in the hard, but joyous and hopeful work in bringing about the
vision of freedom and transformation which was so dear to our ancestors.
O yes! There are compelling reasons why we may have decided to postpone
that dream. The alarming state of our murder rate, the devastating impact
of natural disasters on our economy, the lack of gainful employment for
our youth, and many more that you can add, give us good reason for not
feeling great about our nation at this time. But these things do not
define who we are as a people, and neither must they determine the kind
of future we must embrace for our country. As we reflect on the significance
of this double celebration of Emancipation and Independence, let us draw
inspiration from our fore-parents who did not allow the hardships of slavery
to make them feel so victimized that they could not move forward to claim
their freedom and the responsibility that comes with it. Let us be inspired
too, by the abundant grace of God which the Gospel for today demonstrated.
Once we are prepared to, then the burden of freedom and independence will
not be as overwhelming.
We express our condolences to Dean Clarke on the death of his father, Joseph Clarke. Mr. Clarke worshipped regularly at the 7:30 Eucharist. Also to Mr. Gladstone Bascoe on the death of his brother Dennis Bascoe.
Total Sunday School will be held this morning following the 7:30 Eucharist. We look forward to your full participation.
Girls Home Summer Workshop
The United Theological College of the West Indies is offering courses for Lay Persons interested in independent study. Please contact the church office for further information
Please note that during the month of August, Sunday services will be as follows:
There will be no midweek Eucharist during the month of August. Parish Groups. will not meet during August, except for the Grief Support Group on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.
Flowers at the foot of the altar are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Mrs. Edith Reynolds by her daughter Donna and grandson Douglas.
We extend a warm welcome to all our visitors and pray for God's blessings
in the days ahead.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
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