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Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Year A)
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My Dear Friends,
How often do we wonder about the reasons for our devotion? Do we find that our diligent attention to corporate worship gives a meaningful influence to our individual and corporate lives?
Corporate worship is a gift of God intended to unite and strengthen his people. Sometimes we have to remind ourselves of the reasons for our coming together to worship. First, we are gathered here as the body of Christ. We are here because of Jesus our Lord and the worship is structured so as to hold Jesus constantly before our eyes. Through the procession our attention is taken to the altar, immediately reminding us of the sacrifice made for us by Jesus the Lamb of God. We then hear the word spoken about this Lamb of God both in the readings and the Gospel. Then, at the altar the word made flesh is broken and given to the faithful.
Through this Living Word we, the body of Christ, are nourished. We draw life from his flesh and blood but we do not keep this life to ourselves. We actually become channels of this life. When we go out into the world in the days following, we bring the life of Christ to every activity. So therefore, we must understand that our worship neither begins nor ends here in the building provided, but rather it is a Presence - a life we carry with us daily.
When we reflect then on the reason for our devotion do we realize the enormous gift of God in worship? Do we realize that we drink of the Fountain of Life and therefore carry that life with us into the world? Do we realize in this moment that we are being touched, we are being changed, we are being enlivened by his grace? What influence does this have on your daily life at home, at work or at Church with each other? Do you see a place that you are not allowing the life of Christ to touch? Decide now to do something about it.
We extend sympathy to Miss Verma Panton on the passing of her mother Laura, and to the families of Gertrude Romney (Funeral Service here on Thursday, August 18 at 10:00 a.m.) and Amy McIntosh who died recently.
We extend congratulations to Brandon Nam who has been awarded a scholarship to attend Macalester College in Minnesota in September. Our prayers and good wishes go with all our young people who are preparing to return to school and college.
Applications are invited for the Folkes Scholarship to be awarded to a student of our Sunday School qualified for entry into High School. The value of the Scholarship is $12,000 per year and will be for a period of five years. The Scholarship is to assist a student who is in need of financial support. Application forms are available from the Church Office and should be completed and submitted by August 22, 2005.
The Rector and Mrs. Thompson are currently on vacation. His last service as Rector of this Parish Church will be on Sunday the 25th September. Please remember him and his family in your prayers and plan to participate in the Service on that day. On Thursday 29th Sept., the Feast of St. Michael & All Angels, he will be installed as Bishop of Kingston. The service of installation will be at the Cathedral at 4:00 pm.
On September the 4th at 4:00 p.m. we will host a Diocesan function to honour organists, choirmasters and some choristers who have faithfully served the church's music ministry for ten years and more.
Confirmation classes will begin in September adults on Wednesday 7th and juniors Friday 9th. Both at 6:00 p.m.
SERVICES DURING AUGUST WILL BE AT 7:00 A.M. 9:30 A.M. AND 6:00 P.M. THERE WILL BE NO MID-WEEK EUCHARIST. ON MONDAY, AUGUST 15 THERE WILL BE HOLY EUCHARIST AT 9:00 A.M. - THE FEAST OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY.
We extend a welcome to all our visitors.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Post Communion Prayer
May we who share His Body
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