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Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Year A)
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My Dear Friends,
Today marks an important transition in the life and ministry of our congregation. Having been elected Bishop of Kingston by our Synod in March, we knew that we had to prepare ourselves for the day when I would cease being your Rector. Parting, they say, is sweet sorrow. There is the uncomfortable expectation that comes with change and the possibility that with change will come new ideas of ministry and mission that hopefully will galvanize new energy that will transform the life of the parish. As we all know, separation is painful. I have been your Rector for nearly sixteen years. I have baptized your children, prepared hundreds for confirmation, witnessed the marriage of many and journeyed with you as you grieve through your "nights of sorrow." During my tenure I may not have sat on your "kitchen stools" and chatted with you while you prepare the Saturday soup, but I nevertheless feel that our lives have been woven together by a love and a mutual respect that will remain as long as I live. Being your pastor has been a privilege and a joy and today I say thanks for what you have been, for the things you taught me and for the love you have shown my family.
On the first of January 2006, by the grace of God, you will be journeying with someone else. In the meantime I trust that you will use this period of transition to prepare yourself to welcome your new Rector. You must not expect that he will simply be continuing where I left off. He will bring new talents and no doubt new and exciting ways of doing ministry. If you open your hearts to him as you did to my predecessor and me, then your ministry and the mission of God here at St. Andrew will flourish. Remember always, that the God who promises to go before us through all the changing scenes of life, will be the One who ultimately leads and guides our future.
Last Sunday evening, Charmaine and I had the pleasure of sharing with other members of the St. Andrew family in the launch of the Sybil Thompson Scholarship at the St. Clement's mission in Kencot. Three youngsters from the Sunday school were awarded bursaries to assist in their secondary education. The participation of the local community in the activities of the mission was a tribute to Sybil's persistent zeal for the Lord's work within the Kencot community. Last year we had three persons being confirmed and this year ten persons are being prepared for confirmation by Fr. Jennings. In due course the recently restored building will be consecrated as a permanent place of worship.
Next Sunday, October 2, the Rt. Rev'd. Riah Abu El-Assal, Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem will be our preacher at the principal service at 8:00 A.M. There will be no service at 9:45 a.m.
You are reminded of my installation as Bishop of Kingston which will take place at the Cathedral in Spanish Town this Thursday, 29th September at 4:00 p.m. I look forward to your presence at this service and to your continued prayers.
We are inv ted to a Bible Study Exposition/Exhibition at St. Jude's Church, Stony Hill on Saturday October 8, 2005, 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Congratulations to George and Veta Bullock who celebrate their fortieth Wedding Anniversary today and to Keith and Gloria Ramsay who celebrated their forty-seventh on September 20. We pray for God's continued blessings on their life of love and commitment.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
That So Thy Church May Holier Live
Do thou thy benediction give
Hymn 471:v 2 Hymns A&M
You are reminded of the MOTHER'S UNION TAKE-OUT LUNCH on sale in the Old Court House on Friday of this week. 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Contribution $300.00.
The Supper Committee is making arrangements for our ANNUAL SUPPER
scheduled for FRIDAY NOVEMBER 18, 2005. In 2004 we failed to meet
our target of $1,000,000. Let us endeavour to achieve this year's target
as well as the shortfall for 2004. We can, through our collective efforts,
meet this challenge by purchasing tickets and making donations in cash
and kind. Advertising contracts are also available from the church office.
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