Sunday Bulletin

Twenty Third Sunday after Pentecost (Year A)
Harvest Sunday
Sunday, October 23, 2005

In this Bulletin ...

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

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 to God.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

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Parish News

MEMORIALS and MILESTONES

We express our condolences to the family of Mrs. Rosetta Napier who died overseas. Her funeral service will be here at the Parish Church next Friday, October 28 at 2:00 p.m.

Funeral service for Mr. Basil Lawe will be held tomorrow, Monday 24th October at 2:00 p.m.

Service and interment for Mrs. Elsie Webber will be held on Wednesday of this week at 2:00 p.m.

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 ministry.

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Today's Services

Twenty Third Sunday after Pentecost
Harvest Thanksgiving

6:30 a.m. HOLY EUCHARIST
7:30 a.m. SUNG EUCHARIST & SERMON
Introit 'Come, Ye Thankful People, Come'
Old Testament Exodus 22: 21-27
[Mr. Douglas Folkes]
Psalm 1 [New BCP page 471]
Epistle 1 Thess.2:1-8
[Ms. Yvonne Webber]
Gradual 'I Sing the Mighty Power of God'
Gospel Matthew 22: 34-46
Sermon [The Very Rev. Canon Peter Mullings]
Litany of Thanksgiving (see insert)
Act of Dedication (see insert)
Offertory 'In Thanksgiving Let Us Praise Him'
Communion 'You Satisfy the Hungry Heart',
'Let All Things Now Living'
Recessional 'Now Thank We All Our God'
9:45 a.m. FAMILY EUCHARIST & SERMON (Programmes provided)
6:00 p.m. HOLY EUCHARIST & SERMON
Introit 245
Old Testament Exodus 22: 21-27
Psalm 1 [New BCP page 471]
Gradual 485
Gospel Matthew 22: 34-46
Sermon  
Offertory 481
Communion 415
Recessional 379

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This Week at St. Andrew's

Monday
October 24

9:00 a.m.


5:30 p.m.

Holy Eucharist
Feast of St. James of Jerusalem

Bible Study

Tuesday
October 25

9:00 a.m.
4:00 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
Mother's Union
Wednesday
October 26
6:30 a.m.
5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m.

Holy Eucharist
Reception Committee
Grief Support Group
Confirmation Class for Adults

Thursday
October 27
5:30 p.m.
Senior Choir Rehearsal
Friday
October 28
9:00 a.m.


6:00 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
Feast of St. Simon & St. Jude

Confirmation Class for Juniors
Saturday
October 29
10:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m.
2:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m.
Brotherhood of St. Andrew
Little Brothers of St. Andrew
Youth Choir Rehearsal
Youth Fellowship

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