Sunday Bulletin

Twenty Second Sunday after Pentecost (Year A)
Sunday, October 16, 2005

In this Bulletin ...

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

My Dear Friends,

Today is HERITAGE SUNDAY. During this week we recall and affirm the love and the effort of those who have made significant contributions to the development of our nation. Do we as Jamaicans have that love for our people and our land that enables us to transcend the boundaries of race, class, creed and political persuasion? This love can propel us to unite as we stand to protect the social, moral and cultural fabric of our society. It is in unity that we will find the strength to do what is needed for the development of our nation. I share with you the following quotations from two of our National Heroes, Marcus Garvey and Norman Manley.

Marcus Garvey states: "My opponents say I am against white and fair-skinned people. This is not so. I am against the class system here which keeps the poor man down, and the poor are mostly black people. It is only natural therefore that their interest should be nearest and dearest to my heart….Let us all work together as fellow Jamaicans and ring in the changes for a new Jamaica."

Norman Manley declared: "No amount of economic good will make our people a real unity. All efforts will be wasted unless the masses of the people are steadily taken along the path in which they will feel more and more that this place is their home, that it is their destiny….."

My prayer is that we will all work together to bring about the changes which will help us to feel that this Jamaica land we love, is our destiny.

Bishop Thompson has asked me to convey to you the following message:

"I would like to express to the congregation my delight in what was a truly wonderful week in the life of the St. Andrew Parish Church family. But first, a word about the last Sunday in September when I celebrated my final Mass as your Rector. I was constrained by emotions in expressing my thanks for the lovely oil on canvas depicting a restful pastoral scene, which will occupy a prominent place in our new home. Dr. Lawrence's words were quite touching and my family joins with me in expressing our thanks. My ministry flourished largely because of the generous gift of yourselves to me and to the work of the Church and I am confident the same will be true for my successor.

St. Andrew Parish was at its best during the visit of the Rt. Rev. Riah Abu El-Assal, Bishop of the Diocese of Jerusalem ,including Palestine, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. The Bishop called from Jordan a few days ago and asked that I convey his deep sense of gratitude for our kind and gracious hospitality. I wish to express my own thanks to the 340th Anniversary Committee, all of whom worked with selfless zeal. But much praise is due to Mrs. Elsie Aarons who planned Bishop Riah's visits and media interviews. All of which, including the public lecture on Tuesday, provided a welcome booster for our celebration at the banquet. If ever I had wished for a send-off gift after sixteen years of ministry, I could not have designed a better one than last Thursday evening. With every blessing,

Next Sunday we celebrate our Harvest Thanksgiving. This is an opportunity to give to God the best that we are and the best that we have. Please remember to use your Harvest envelope and give generously for the work of the Church. Your gifts of ground provisions and other products should be delivered here by 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. Our guest preacher at the 7:30 service will be The Very Rev. Canon Peter Mullings, Rural Dean for St. Andrew and Rector of the Church of the Ascension.

As usual, we extend a warm welcome to all our visitors sharing in our worship today.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

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National Pledge

Before God and all mankind,
I pledge the love and loyalty of my heart,
the wisdom and courage of my mind,
the strength and vigour of my body in the service of my fellow citizens;
I promise to stand up for Justice, Brotherhood and Peace,
to work diligently and creatively,
to think generously and honestly,
so that Jamaica may, under God, increase in beauty, fellowship and prosperity,
and play her part in advancing the welfare
of the whole human race.

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Parish News


CONGRATULATIONS to Mr. Julian Nosworthy who celebrated a birthday last Sunday, and to Mr. Westin Cole, member of the B.S.A., who celebrates a birthday today.

CONGRATULATIONS also to members of the Church who are among this year's recipients of National Honours. These include:

  • The Rt. Rev. Dr. Alfred Reid
  • Mr. Michael Fennell
  • Mr. Godfrey Perkins
  • Mr. George Watson
  • Mr. Marcus Whyte

We express CONDOLENCES to the relatives of Mrs. Pearline Grant who died recently. Also to:

  • Mrs. Thelma Senior on the death of her aunt, Mrs. Esmine Morgan;
  • Miss Pearl Pottinger on the death of her aunt, Mrs. Kathleen Campbell
  • Mr. Michael Lawe on the death of his father, Basil Augustus Lawe

TOTAL SUNDAY SCHOOL continues on the fifth Sunday, October 30, and we invite your participation in this extension of our ministry. This is intended for adult members of the congregation and follows immediately after the 7:30 Eucharist.

Our HARVEST SUPPER Committee needs your support. 1) Tickets are on sale at $600 each, available from the church office. We need your help with the sale of these tickets. We also need advertising contracts for the Supper Magazine and items for our Market and Variety Stalls. Please contact the church office for further information as to how you can assist.

The Diocesan Youth Rally 2005 takes place at the Church of the Conversion of St. Paul, Greater Portmore on Saturday, 19th November. 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

The St. Andrew Deanery Council meets here at the Parish Church on Thursday, October 27, 12:30 p.m.

During the month of October we focus on the work at the Care Centre. Today the Management Committee will join in Corporate Communion and we invite your prayers and your ongoing support for this ministry.

We are invited to attend a Recital by June Patricia Bennett, mezzo soprano on Sunday, October 30, 5:30 p.m. at the University Chapel, Mona. Contribution - $600.

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Today's Services

Twenty Second Sunday after Pentecost

(Corporate for St. Andrew Care Centre)
Introit 165
Old Testament Isaiah 45: 1-7
[Mr. Alvaro Casserly]
Psalm 96:1-9 [New BCP page 594]
Epistle 1 Thess. 1: 1-10
[Ms. Jennifer Cheesman]
Gradual 581 [Children leave for Sunday School]
Gospel Matthew 22: 15-22
Sermon [Sister Doris Levien]
Intercession D [New BCP page 111]
Offertory 361
Communion 388, 397, 400, 452, 419
National Anthem  
Recessional 579
Processional 372
Venite [New BCP page 36]
Psalm 96:1-9 [New BCP page 594]
First Reading Isaiah 45: 1-7
Benedictus [New BCP page 40]
Second Reading Matthew 22: 15-22
Hymn 260
Sermon [Sister Doris Levien]
Hymn 257
National Anthem  
Hymn 266

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This Week at St. Andrew's

October 18

9:00 a.m.

5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
(Feast of St. Luke the

Finance Committee
Christian Faith Formation
October 19
6:30 a.m.
5:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m.

Holy Eucharist
Grief Support Group
Confirmation Class for Adults

October 20
5:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m.
Senior Choir Rehearsal
Church Committee
October 21
9:00 a.m.
6:00 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
Confirmation Class for Juniors
October 22
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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