Sunday Bulletin

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost (Year A)
Sunday, July 31, 2005

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Today's Services

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.

Mrs. Muffett Barry has been accepted by the Diocese to begin training in mid August for the ordained ministry, at the United Theological College of the West Indies. This is a major vocational shift for Muffett and in congratulating her I would ask that we pray that God's grace would enfold her in the pursuance of this new ministry. Within the past eight to ten years, six persons from this congregation have offered themselves for the full time ministry of the church. That must be saying something about our congregational life and the way we discern and nurture vocations. We give God thanks for our many gifts within the Church and pray that more persons will respond to the call to enter the full time ministry.

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 closing exercise for the Summer Workshop will be held on Thursday August 4, 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Girls Home. Do join us for a short programme of entertainment and purchase items made by the girls. Please support this project and give encouragement to the girls at the Home.

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:

  • 7:00 a.m. Sung Eucharist and Sermon
  • 9:30 a.m. Morning Prayer and Sermon except on the 4th Sunday when we celebrate the Family Eucharist.
  • 6:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist and Sermon

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,

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Today's Services

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

(Corporate for Women's Auxiliary)
Introit 243
Old Testament Nehemiah 9: 16-20
[Mrs. Elesia Blackburn]
Psalm 78: 14-20, 23-25 [New BCP page 567]
Epistle Romans 8:35-39
[Mrs. Lelia Parker-Robinson]
Gradual 583
Gospel Matthew 14: 13-21
Sermon [Rev. Fr. Robert McLean]
Intercession H [New BCP page 120]
Offertory 203
Communion 386, 390, 444, 579
Recessional 184
Processional 203
Venite [New BCP page 36]
Psalm 78: 14-20, 23-25 [New BCP page 567]
First Reading Nehemiah 9: 16-20
Benedictus [New BCP page 40]
Second Reading Romans 8:35-39
Hymn 579
Introit 184
Epistle Romans 8:35-39
Psalm 78: 14-20, 23-25 [New BCP page 567]
Gradual 203
Sermon [Rev. Fr. Robert McLean]
Offertory 579
Recessional 26

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