Sunday Bulletin

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost (Year A)
Sunday, October 2, 2005

In this Bulletin ...

Philippians 3:14-15
Visit of the Bishop Of Jerusalem
Parish News
Today's Services
This Week at St. Andrew's

My Dear Friends,

Dr. Julian Johnson in his book "The path of the masters" wrote "Strength minus love and humility produces a brute … if strength can be combined with tenderness, wisdom with love, the ideal is attained." (p. 181-3). I read this book many years ago but I recalled these words as I listened to Bishop Thompson at the Service of Installation on Thursday last week at the Cathedral. He said that the theme he has chosen for his Episcopal ministry is reconciliation. This path of reconciliation demands a different pattern of leadership than that to which we are accustomed to seeing in our world today. The tendency to use power to preserve one's status in society - using it as a tyrannical instrument to keep people always in subjectivity to its wielder - is the most popular pattern.

We should rather see ourselves as servant-leaders following the example of Christ. This is not the duty of bishops only but of every baptized Christian. And so "we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making his appeal through us." (2 Cor. 5:20). These words formed the theme of the Bishop's sermon. We pray for him and his ministry even as we pray for ourselves and the wider church as we respond to the call to be ambassadors for Christ.

As of Friday, September 30, 2005, Bishop Thompson ceased to be Rector of St. Andrew Parish Church and can now continue fully in his new capacity as Suffragan Bishop of Kingston. He is with us today on the invitation of the Wardens and myself as he was instrumental in ensuring the presence of Bishop Riah Abu El-Assal to be our guest for this week. We extend a very warm welcome to Bishop El-Assal and pray that he will enjoy our hospitality throughout the coming week. As always, we are delighted to have Bishop Alfred Reid and Mrs. Reid participating in this special Service.

I must also inform you that Mrs. Elsie Aarons has relinquished her position of Administrative Officer for this Church. The Church Committee took the decision some five years ago to appoint someone who could best provide organizational support for the Rector and Church Office. Mrs. Aarons proved to be a fitting choice and as one member said so beautifully "she has provided a template for what that office demanded". We really appreciate the time and effort she gave to the Office. Mrs. Andrea ChinSee will replace Mrs. Aarons on a part-time basis for the next two months until a decision is taken on her replacement.

We extend our condolences to the family of Vincenti Levy who died on Wednesday in South Africa. Vincenti was a part of us as we were a part of her. Her participation in the life of this church was exemplary and we shall miss her. She is already buried but the family would very much appreciate your presence at the memorial Service to be held on Wednesday of this week at 10:00 a.m.

Rev. Edward Jennings is not here as he is celebrant and preacher at the Patronal Festival of St. Michael and all Angels, Victoria Avenue.

We extend a warm welcome to all visitors who are worshipping with us today.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

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Philippians 3:14-15

I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us then who are mature be of the same mind; and if you think differently about anything, this too God will reveal to you.

Philippians 3:14-15

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Visit of Rt. Rev. Riah Abu El-Assal
Anglican Bishop in the Diocese of Jerusalem

It is our pleasure to welcome Rt. Rev. Riah Abu El-Assal, Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem to our Parish Church. The Bishop will be the Guest Speaker at our 340 Anniversarv Gala Banquet to he held on Thursday, October 6, 2005 at 7:00p.m. at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel. He will give a Public Lecture on Tuesday October 4,2005 at 6:00p.m. in this Church on the topic - Arab Christians: an endangered species. Everyone is invited to attend.

The schedule for his visit which lasts from Saturday, October 1 to Friday, October 7, 2005 includes media interviews, a trip to the North Coast, and a visit to the United Theological College of the West Indies.


The Bishop was born in Nazareth, Palestine. He is a citizen of Israel. He was educated at Bishop's College, Calcutta and the United Theological College - Ban-galore. He did further studies at the American University of Beirut and the near East School of Theology.
He was ordained priest in 1966 and served as a priest at Christ Church, Nazareth. He became a Canon in 1978 and an Archdeacon in 1989. Following his election in 1995 as Coadjutor Bishop for the Diocese of Jerusalem he was consecrated in January 1996. In 1998 he was enthroned as the 13th Bishop for the Jerusalem Diocese comprising the Holy Land (Israel and Palestine) Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.

He is a representative to the World Council of Churches and the Middle East Council of Churches. Hie is a former member of the Anglican Consultative Council for which he represented the Anglican Church in the Middle East. Until June 2005 he was a member of the ACC Standing Committee. He also serves in various capacities in several groups and committees at national and international levels. He has been instrumental in the peace process continually seeking a solution to the Middle East conflict and finding ways to promote dialogue between Palestinians and Israelis. In 1997, President Yasser Arafat honored him with the Jerusalem Decoration, the highest such honor in Palestine.

He has contributed to several publications and is the author of "Caught in between" which has been translated in several languages.

He is married with three children - one son and two daughters.

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Parish News


We extend our condolences to the family of Vincenti Levy who died on Wednesday in South Africa. Vincenti was a part of us as we were a part of her. Her participation in the life of this church was exemplary and we shall miss her. She is already buried but the family would very much appreciate your presence at the memorial Service to be held on Wednesday of this week at 10:00 a.m.

CONGRATULATIONS to Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Clarke who celebrate 49 years of marriage on October 6. We pray for God's continued blessings on their life of love and commitment.


We are reminded of the BIBLE STUDY EXPOSITION and EXHIBITION at St. Jude's Church, Stony Hill on Saturday of this week, 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The Flower Guild of St. Luke's Church, Cross Roads invites us to visit their Flower Festival which continues today through Wednesday, 10:30 am. to 2:00 p.m. daily. Our Altar Guild is participating. There will also be a Sacred Concert today at 4:30 p.m.

ANNUAL SUPPER. The Supper Committee is relying on your support for this year's Supper, scheduled for Friday, November 18. Please call the church office to purchase tickets and advertising space in the Supper magazine. We also need donations to assist in the purchase of food items and provisions for our Supermarket Stall.

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Today's Services

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

(Corporate for the Church Committee)

Introit 376
Old Testament Isaiah 5:1-7
[Mr. Michael Fennell]
Psalm 80:7-14 [New BCP page 573]
Epistle Philippians 3:14-21
[Miss Sonya Hamilton]
Gradual 247
[Sunday School - downstairs students only
to Old Court House]
Gospel Matthew 21:33-43
Sermon [Rt. Rev. Riah Abu El-Assal]
Intercession B [New BCP page 107]
Offertory 406
Communion 420, 411, 415, 403
Recessional 500
Processional 166
Psalm 80:7-14 [New BCP page 573]
Old Testament Isaiah 5:1-9
Magnificat [New BCP page 67]
Second Reading Matthew 21:33-43
Nunc Dimittis [New BCP page 55]
Hymn 236
Sermon [Rev. Fr. Edward Jennings]
Hymns 184, 31

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This Week at St. Andrew's

October 3

5:30 p.m.

Bible Study

October 4

9:00 a.m.
5:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
Moreton Park Committee
Lecture: Arab Christians: an endangered
- Bishop Riah Abu El-Assal
October 5
6:30 a.m.
7:30 a.m.
5:15 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m.

Holy Eucharist
Property and Building Committee
Women's Auxiliary
Grief Support Group
Adult Confirmation Class

October 6
5:30 p.m.
7:30 p.m.
Senior Choir Rehearsal
Gala Banquet
October 7
9:00 a.m.
6:00 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
Junior Confirmation Class
October 8
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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