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Twenty Third Sunday after Pentecost (Year A)
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My Dear Friends,
Today is harvest Sunday. Once again our harvest is shrouded by tremendous devastation. This time as a result of the recent tropical depression which later became hurricane Wilma. We are all very saddened by the suffering caused to our brothers and sisters across the nation and in the neighbouring islands that have been affected. We who have experienced the power of prayer within this loving community must never cease to intercede for our brothers and sisters.
Now as we bring our harvest offerings, let us remember that God accepts and blesses our sincere gifts, no matter how small. The story of the widow's mite told by Jesus affirms this. However, let us also recall that we ought not to withhold from God what we have promised to give. The story of Annanias and Sapphira in the Book of Acts tells us of this very clearly. It is the story of a husband and wife who plotted to keep for themselves a portion of what they had vowed to give to God. Their deception was uncovered and they perished instantly. Have we sincerely examined the proportion of our income to our offering? Are we consciously or otherwise playing the role of this couple in the Book of Acts?
As I reflect on this word harvest, I am reminded of the last verse of the hymn, 'Angel-voices': "Honour, glory, might, and merit, thine shall ever be; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Blessed Trinity! Of the best that thou hast given, earth and heaven, render thee." It tells us that all that we have comes from the hand of God; and from the best that we have we must give to God.
The other point, so remarkably striking, is that harvest is not our gifts in 'cash and kind'; it is even more ourselves and our lives. The hymn-writer prays: "Grant, oh Lord of Life, that we, holy grain and pure may be." (Hymn #482)
Consistent with the thoughts above, I implore you to give the best of your harvest to Almighty God. I remind you as well of our Annual Harvest Supper on the 18th of November. Please support it wholeheartedly and invite your friends and neighbours to do the same. This is a significant social event for the church family and a tremendous opportunity for fun and fellowship.
In addition, I would like you to note that the Annual Business Retreat will be on November 4-5. This comes at a significant turning point in the life of our congregation. As one member said "a period of transition which will provide the opportunity for evaluating and renewing our church life". I urge you to pray about this and offer your suggestions/concerns to the leaders of your various groups, so that they in turn may represent your thoughts at the retreat.
I extend a warm welcome to all our visitors. Special welcome to
our guest preacher, the Very Rev. Canon Peter Mullings, Rector
of the Church of the Ascension. Also to the Bradford family who
is celebrating a family reunion at the 9:45 Family Eucharist.
Flowers at the pulpit are given by the family in thanksgiving
Sincerely yours in Christ,
TOTAL Sunday School continues next Sunday immediately following the 7:30 Eucharist. This is intended for adult members of the congregation and we urge you to share in this ministry.
CONGRATULATIONS to our Sunday School team of Brandon Mighty, Dayna Nelson and Douglas Evelyn who entered the recent Kingston and St. Andrew Sunday School Area Council Bible Reading Competition. All made it past the first round, Dayna and Douglas both placed second in their categories and Douglas was judged the Most Outstanding Male Presenter of the competition.
We continue our focus on the CARE CENTRE during the month
of October. We invite your prayers and support for this outreach
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