Sunday Bulletin

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost (Year A)
Sunday, August 7, 2005

In this Bulletin ...

Mindfulness of Anger
Today's Services

My Dear Friends,

Charmaine and I will be going on our annual vacation as of tomorrow. We will return at the end of the month. Those of you who have worked closest with me know the extent to which I have been pushing both mind and body in ways that can hardly be described as healthy. So I tell my friends I am going to "hibernate". I look forward to reading two books, "Evensong", a novel by Gail Godwin, and Carolyn Cooper's "Sound Clash". The first is an individual's struggles with the mystery of faith in an age of unbelief, and the second deals with a cultural phenomenon (dancehall), which I am still struggling to understand, if not even to accept.

Father Jennings and Mrs. Aarons have returned from their vacations, and along with our Curate, Fr. McLean, you will be well taken care of.

During the month of August when the parish and most organizations take a break from usual activities, save and except for Sunday worship, I invite you to think about the following.

On September the 4th at 4:00 p.m. we will have a Diocesan function to honour organists, choirmasters and some choristers who have faithfully served the church's music ministry for ten years and more. This function will take the form of a choral recital and presentation.

During that same week, the new course for Confirmation candidates will begin. Adults will meet on Wednesday the 7th and juniors on Friday the 9th. Both classes begin at 6:00 p.m.

My last service as Rector of the Parish Church will be on Sunday the 25th September. I would personally appreciate your prayers as well as your attendance in giving thanks for my years of ministry among you. On Thursday 29th Sept., the Feast of St. Michael & All Angels, I will be installed as Bishop of Kingston. The service of installation will be at the Cathedral at 4:00 pm.

The long awaited visit of the Bishop of Jerusalem, The Rt. Rev. Riah Abu El-Assal to our Parish, will take place during the week beginning October 2nd. He will be our preacher on Sunday the 2nd. On Tuesday the 4th, he will lead an open session at the Church Hall to which the public will be invited, and of course he is the special guest at our Banquet on Thursday the 6th. A week of activities which, we pray, will bring much joy and blessing to the life of our parish.

Funeral service for the late Joseph Clarke will take place on Friday, 12th August at 2:00 p.m. Mr. Clarke was a member of the B.SA. and worshipped regularly at the 7:30 Eucharist. His wife "Rosie" pre-deceased him some years ago and his son Dean is left to mourn his loss. Let us as a church family support Dean by our prayers and our attendance at the funeral.

OUR DORCAS BASKET NEEDS REPLENISHING. OUR MINISTRY TO THE INDIGENT IS ONGOING AND REQUIRES OUR CONTINUED SUPPORT.

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT DURING THE MONTH OF AUGUST SERVICES WILL BE AT 7:00 A.M. 9:30 A.M. AND 6:00 P.M. THERE WILL BE NO MID-WEEK EUCHARIST.

We extend a welcome to all our visitors. Special welcome to members of the Optimist Club of Kingston who celebrate 25 years of service to the people of Jamaica and the Caribbean. They are affiliated to Optimist International and are the first Club formed in Jamaica spawning the birth of the Caribbean District.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Robert

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Mindfulness of Anger

When we are angry, we are not usually inclined to return to ourselves. We want to think about the person who is making us angry, to think about his hateful aspects - his rudeness, dishonesty, cruelty, maliciousness, and so on. The more we think about him, listen to him, or look at him, the more our anger flares. His dishonesty and hatefulness may be real, imaginary, or exaggerated, but, in fact, the root of the problem is the anger itself, and we have to come back and look first of all inside ourselves. It is best if we do not listen to or look at the person whom we consider to be the cause of our anger. Like a fireman, we have to pour water on the blaze first and not waste time looking for the one who set the house on fire. So we avoid thinking about the other person, and we refrain from doing or saying anything as long as our anger persists. If we put all our mind into observing our anger, we will avoid doing any damage that we may regret later.

Peace is Every Step; The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life
By Thich Nhat Hanh

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Today's Services

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

7:00 a.m. SUNG EUCHARIST & SERMON
Introit 223
Old Testament Jonah 2:1-9
[Mr. Theo. Golding]
Psalm 29 [New BCP page 502]
Epistle Romans 9:1-5
[Dr. Ronald Bourne]
Gradual 193
Gospel Matthew 14:22-33
Sermon [Rt. Rev. Dr. Robert Thompson]
Intercession B [New BCP page 107]
Offertory "Summoned by the God who made us"
Communion 399, 408, 418
National Anthem  
Recessional 373
9:30 a.m. MORNING PRAYER & SERMON
Processional 174
Venite [New BCP page 36]
Psalm 29 [New BCP page 502]
First Reading Jonah 2:1-9
Benedictus [New BCP page 40]
Second Reading Matthew 14:22-33
Hymn 236
Sermon [Rt. Rev. Dr. Robert Thompson]
National Anthem  
Hymns "Summoned by the God who made us"
310
6:00 p.m. EVENSONG & SERMON
Processional 311
Psalm 29 [New BCP page 502]
Old Testament Jonah 2:1-9
Magnificat [New BCP page 67]
Second Reading Matthew 14:22-33
Nunc Dimittis [New BCP page 55]
Hymn 166
Sermon [Rev. Fr. Edward Jennings]
Hymn 21


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