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Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Year A)
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My Dear Friends,
Today the Diocese celebrates Vocations Sunday. The Concise English Dictionary defines vocation on the one hand as "a specified profession or trade"; and on the other hand as a " special urge or predisposition to a particular calling or career, especially a religious one". The second meaning is what we think of when we use the word within the Christian context with the belief that the urge or calling comes from God.
This underlying belief is basic to our use and understanding of the word vocation. This year we wish to remind the community that the call of God is not only to the ordained ministry. There are varieties of gifts and consequently varieties of ministry. We need to understand that whatever may be our gifts, whatever may be the profession or career path toward which we are urged, we need to have an awareness that this comes from God and what we do "as unto the Lord". St. Paul's exhortation is fitting - "Live your life in a manner worthy of the Gospel of Christ ".
This does not mean that we do not need priests; but it does mean that not all of us are called to be priests. The Diocese is also in need of teachers and chaplains for Anglican schools: We are in need of architects, musicians, organists as well as accountants. St. Paul writing in Romans 12: says "So we being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another". Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us let us use them according to the proportion of our faith. So let us not feel we have nothing to offer to the Body of Christ.
The Installation of the Bishop of Kingston, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Robert Thompson will take place at the Cathedral in Spanish Town on 29th September, 2005, the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels, commencing at 4:00 p.m. Bishop Thompson's last Sunday as Rector will be next week. This is a special invitation for you to be present at the 7:30 a.m. Service.
We express our condolences to Mrs. Dorothea Williams on the passing of her mother, Pearl Erskine; to Mrs. Gem Abrahams on the passing of her sister-in-law, Beryl Tomlinson; to Mrs. Debri Fletcher on the passing of her brother; to Mrs. Lucille Campbell on the passing of her husband, William Campbell; to Mrs. Pat Braham on the passing of her father.
We are invited to a service at St. Clement's Mission, Kencot, this evening at 6:30 at which the first Sybil Thompson Scholarship will be awarded.
We welcome all those who are worshipping with us today. A special welcome
to the Wolmers' Dance Troup which is participating in our worship experience.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
We are one body in Christ
So we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members
one of another.
Romans: Chapter 12:5-8
The 340th Anniversary Banquet takes place on Thursday October 6 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel. Tickets are on sale at $5,000 each from Mrs. Marie Isaacs tel. 925-0801, Mrs. Andrea Chin See, 927-7757 and from the Church Office. The Bishop of Jerusalem, the Rt. Rev. Riah Abu El-Assal will be the guest speaker at the Banquet and at a public lecture here at the Church on Tuesday, 4th October at 6:00 p.m. when he will speak on the topic "Arab Christians - an endangered species". He will also be the preacher at the 7:30 a.m. Eucharist on Sunday, 2nd October. Please make every effort to support these events. Proceeds from the Banquet will go towards assisting an Anglican student at the United Theological College.
THE SUPPER COMMITTEE WILL MEET ON THURSDAY OF THIS WEEK AT 5:30 P.M. IN THE OLD COURT HOUSE. CONTRACTS FORMS FOR ADVERTISING IN THE SUPPER MAGAZINE ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE CHURCH OFFICE. The DATE IS NOVEMBER 18, 2005. PLAN TO SUPPORT AND ATTEND!!
The Altar Guild's Annual General Meeting will take place on Saturday, September 24 at 4:00 p.m. in the Church Office.
The Mothers' Union will offer a take-out lunch on Friday, September
30, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Old Court House. Contribution: $300
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