Sunday Bulletin

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost (Year A)
Sunday, September 11, 2005

In this Bulletin ...

Forgive
Parish News
Today's Services
This Week at St. Andrew's

My Dear Friends,

Last Tuesday's "nation wide" demonstration called by the opposition Jamaican Labour Party, was a success in so far as the number of persons who remained home and the economic fallout that resulted. If we took a poll among those who stayed away from work and other productive activities, we would no doubt learn that those who believed their action would bring positive results would be in the minority. People opted to stay home because of the mayhem and violence that often accompany national protests. Thank God we were spared from the full wrath of these on Tuesday. It is unfortunate that the voice of the poor is never heard unless and until roads are blocked and lawful citizens are impeded from carrying out their legitimate business. How long will it take for us to learn that the price of protest is far too costly for us to bear? Our political leaders, some of whom are among the educated elite of our society, must be challenged to find other means of bringing attention to the plight of the poor.

I suggest that if Jamaica is to find any success in social and economic transformation, it will have to change its political modus operandi - from one of protest to one of partnership. I don't believe there is any serious attempt being made by any of our politicians on either side to enter into a national partnership based on trust, openness and dialogue, with and among all voices in the society.

In today's Gospel we learn that forgiveness is a gift and therefore cannot be calculated. We know from experience that when there is forgiveness something new breaks in to interrupt the cycle of hate and revenge. Archbishop Desmond Tutu said it well when he wrote in his book of the same title, "there can be no future without forgiveness". Perhaps we need to give thought to this idea at a national level by looking at the social, political and cultural reasons that have stood in the way of us realizing the dream of our national motto, "Out of many one people". South Africa did that through their "Truth and Reconciliation Commission" and because they did, they were able to lay the kind of foundation for the social miracles they are presently enjoying. If our political leaders are serious about laying a foundation for social change that is in the interest of all the citizens of the country, where everyone feels a sense of belonging, then we will have to own up to the structural and personal sins that are part of our collective pain (which have kept us from achieving our full potential). Only then will we begin to live out the wonderful possibilities of our great nation.

Today I am fulfilling one of my obligations as a member of the Cathedral Chapter by being the celebrant and preacher at the Cathedral Church in Spanish Town at 7.00 a.m. On Monday I will join the other bishops in the Province for my first meeting of the Provincial House of Bishops to be held in Nassau Bahamas. I will return on Friday.

There are two dates which are particularly special for me and for which I would like to invite your prayers as well as your full support and participation. On Sunday the 25th of September I will conclude my ministry as Rector of St. Andrew Parish Church, and on the 29th of September, the feast of St. Michael and All Angels, my installation as Bishop of Kingston will take place at the Cathedral in Spanish Town at 4.00 p.m. Your presence will be greatly appreciated as well as your continued prayers.

Please be reminded of the visit of the Bishop of Jerusalem, the Rt. Rev'd. Riah Abu El-Assal and prepare to be in attendance on the first Sunday in October when he will be the celebrant and preacher at the 7:30 a.m. service. The 340th Anniversary Banquet will be on Thursday, October 6 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel and he will be the guest speaker. Tickets for the Banquet are on sale at $5,000 each. Please purchase your tickets NOW. We rely on your support and full cooperation.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Robert Kingston

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Forgive

"Without being forgiven, released from the consequences of what we have done, our capacity to act would, as it were, be confined to our single deed from which we could never recover; we would remain the victims of its consequences forever, not unlike the sorcerer's apprentice who lacked the magic formula to break the spell."

Haunah Arenat "The Human Condition"

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Parish News

MEMORIALS and MILESTONES

CONGRATULATIONS to Miss Justice Christine McDonald on her appointment as a Puisne Judge.

CONDOLENCES to the family of Mr. Winston Forrest, former member of the BSA and the family of Mrs. Enid Montague, both of whom died last week.

340TH ANNIVERSARY; The Gala Banquet will be on Thursday, 6th October, 2005 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel. Guest speaker will be the Bishop of Jerusalem, Rt. Rev. Riah Abu El-Assal. Tickets are on sale at $5,000 each and you may contact Mrs. Marie Isaacs 925-0801; Mrs. Andrea Chin See 927-7757 or the church office 926-6692. A public lecture has also been scheduled for Tuesday, 4th October, 6:00 p.m. here at the Church, when the Bishop will speak on "Arab Christians - an endangered species".

FUNERAL SERVICE for the late Canon Ewart Gordon who died on 3rd September, 2005 will be held at St. Luke's Church, Cross Roads on Monday, September 19 at 2:00 p.m.

St. Luke's Church invites us to a Public Lecture and Discussion on the topic "The Role of the Church in Education" scheduled for Wednesday, September 21, 2005 at 5:30 p.m. Panelists include the Bishop of Jamaica, the Minister of Education and two students.

The Young Adults will be hosting a Games Lyme on Friday of this week, September 16th in the Old Court House commencing at 6:00 p.m. Persons who were given questionnaires last Sunday are reminded to return them to members of the Young Adults Group.

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Today's Services

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

6:30 a.m. HOLY EUCHARIST
7:30 a.m. SUNG EUCHARIST & SERMON
Introit 165
Old Testament

Ecclesiasticus 27:30-28:7
[Mr. William Reeson]

Psalm 103:8-13 [New BCP page 601]
Epistle Romans 14:5-12
[Mrs. Donna Evelyn]
Gradual 184 [Children leave for Sunday School]
Gospel Matthew 18:21-35
Sermon [Rev. Dr. David Kuck]
Intercession G [New BCP page 118]
Offertory 349
Communion 413, 359, 419
Recessional 210
9:45 a.m. MORNING PRAYER & SERMON
Processional 165
Venite [New BCP page 36]
Psalm 103:8-13 [New BCP page 601]
First Reading Ecclesiasticus 27:30-28:7
Benedictus [New BCP page 40]
Second Reading Matthew 18:21-35
Hymn 184
Sermon [Rev. Dr. David Kuck]
Hymns 349, 260
6:00 p.m. HOLY EUCHARIST & SERMON
Introit 41
Old Testament Ecclesiasticus 27:30-28:7
Psalm 103:8-13 [New BCP page 601]
Gradual 236
Gospel Matthew 18:21-35
Sermon [Rev. Fr. Robert McLean]
Offertory 349
Recessional 26

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This Week at St. Andrew's

Monday
September 12

5:30 p.m.

Bible Study

Tuesday
September 13

9:00 a.m.
5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
Home for Girls Committee
St. Andrew Settlement Committee
Wednesday
September 14
6:30 a.m.
4:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m.

Holy Eucharist
St. Andrew Care Centre
Grief Support Group
Adult Confirmation Class

Thursday
September 15
5:30 p.m.
Senior Choir Rehearsal
Friday
September 16
9:00 a.m.
6:00 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
Junior Confirmation Class
Saturday
September 17
11:00 a.m.
2:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m.
Little Brothers of St. Andrew
Youth Choir Rehearsal
Youth Fellowship

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