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Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Year A)
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My Dear Friends,
If we recall, when God called Jeremiah he said "Ah Sovereign Lord, I do not know how to speak; I am only a child." Jer. 1:6. This child whom God made a prophet to Judah ministered under three monarchs: King Josiah, King Jehoiakim and King Zedekiah. In Josiah's reign he was free to preach and participate in the reform. In the reign of Jehoiakim he was often imprisoned, and even though free during King Zedekiah's reign he had to fear for his life. In spite of this Jeremiah became a great prophet holding significant place in the memory of the Jews.
So often we are reminded that " we are the Body of Christ" - that each of us are living members "that make up His Body". But what is our purpose? We feel as if we have nothing to contribute at times. Is it that we feel we have no gift or talent to offer to God? Look again and see if there is anything that sparks your interest within the ministry of the Church. Do you say to yourself "I can't do that?"
May be you can. We worship the one true God whose strength is revealed in weakness. St. Paul says "For to be sure, he was crucified in weakness, yet he lives by God's power. Likewise, we are weak in him, yet by God's power we will live with him to serve you". (2 Cor. 13:4)
One of the challenges in today's readings is for us to be willing to make ourselves vulnerable for the sake of Christ. During this week may we open ourselves to this challenge, relying on God's strength to carry us.
We note with sadness the brutal slaying of Brother Roger of the Taizé community - a Christian community some 25 miles outside of Paris. He has impacted many Christians today through his beautiful hymns several of which have inspired our own Services through our Youth Choir. We pray for that community that God may uphold them and continue to strengthen their ministry.
Special congratulations to Mr. Las Newman who has recently been appointed Associate General Secretary of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students. This position is based in Oxford, England and he will be away for extended periods of time.
We welcome all visitors and also members of the St. Peter Claver Womens'
Housing Cooperative who are worshipping with us at the 9:30 a.m. Service.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Lord Hear Our Prayer
Oh Lord hear our prayer
Oh Lord hear our prayer
Please remember the Gala Banquet rescheduled to Thursday, October 6, 2005 at the Jamaica Pegasus at 7:30 p.m. and at which the Guest Speaker will be the Bishop of Jerusalem, the Rt. Rev. Riah Abu El Assal. Tickets are available at $5,000 each.
St. Luke's Church, Cross Roads, invites us to a public lecture and discussion on the topic "The role of the Church in education" - Wednesday, September 21, 2005 at 5:30 p.m. in their Church Hall. Panelists include the Diocesan Bishop, the Minister of Education and two students.
Next Sunday, September 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. There will be a programme of music provided by the UWI Singers. This promises to be an evening of music and memories and you are invited to attend.
The Rector will return to work in September. 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 p.m.
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.
Confirmation classes will begin in September for adults on Wednesday 7th and juniors Friday 9th. Both at 6:00 p.m.
FROM NEXT WEEK OUR SUNDAY MORNING SERVICES WILL REVERT TO THE USUAL
SCHEDULED TIMES OF 6:30 A.M., 7:30 A.M. AND 9:45 A.M.
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