Sunday Bulletin

Twenty Fifth Sunday after Pentecost (Year A)
Sunday, November 6, 2005

In this Bulletin ...

It Must Be Bought
Parish News
Today's Services
This Week at St. Andrew's

My Dear Friends,

The words from Amos are the words of God: "thus says the Lord… 'But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an overflowing stream'." (5:24) I am struck by the words from the prophet because through the mouth of the prophet God speaks. Today our people say the Church is silent and I often wonder what it is they expect the Church to say. Is it a cry that we want from the Church? Is it a judgement that we want from the Church? Or is there in our call for the Church to speak, a call for God to speak?

It seems to me as I listen to people pray and preach, that we have begun to think for God, judge for God and speak for God. We seem to believe in and pray to a god who has eyes but cannot see the injustices perpetrated amongst us. We seem to believe in and pray to a god who has ears but cannot hear the cries of his people. God it seems has to rely on the eyes and ears of his people. For me, such a god is no better than an idol and I have long put aside idolatry. For me, Almighty God is one who is beyond my power to imagine or to control; therefore, the mystery of his actions has to be revealed to me. Consequently, I must listen and not speak. The journey of faith begins and continues with "Hear oh Israel."

Barbara Brown Taylor wrote in her book entitled "When God is Silent": "Silence has become God's final defence against our idolatry. By limiting our speech, God gets some relief from our descriptive assaults. By hiding inside a veil, God eludes our projections. God deflects our attempts at control by withdrawing into silence, knowing that nothing gets to us like failure of our speech. When we run out of words, then and perhaps only then can God be God. When we have eaten our words until we are sick of them, when nothing we can tell ourselves makes a dent in our hunger, when we are prepared to surrender the very WORD that brought us into being in hopes of hearing it spoken again - then, at last, we are ready to worship God." (pg 38)

We extend a warm welcome to all our visitors. Special welcome to the members of the Early Childhood Stimulation Programme celebrating their 30th Anniversary with us at the 9:45 service.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

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It Must Be Bought

"Great truths are greatly won, not found by chance,
Nor wafted on the breath of summer dream;
But grasped in the great struggle of the soul,
Hard buffeting with adverse wind and stream."

by Mrs. Charles E. Cowman

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Parish News


CONGRATULATIONS to Frankie and Phyll Williams who are celebrating 33 years of marriage. We pray for God's continued blessings as they journey with Him.

We express our condolences to Mr. & Mrs. Eric Frater on the death of their son, Rick.

Also, we remember and pray for Brothers Marco and Suresh of the Missionaries of the Poor who were killed a week ago.

During October we focused on our ministry at the CARE CENTRE, and today we have inserted in our newsletter a message from the Chairman of the Board of Management, Mr. Alvaro Casserly.

HARVEST THANKSGIVING We are invited to join with the St. Thomas Mission in Majesty Gardens this morning as they celebrate their Harvest Thanksgiving. The service begins at 10:00 a.m.

Remember our Annual Supper on Friday, November 18. We need to sell more tickets and we need donations in cash and kind towards the provision of foodstuff - chicken, pork, mutton, fish, rice, vegetables. We need cakes and puddings for the Cake Stall and items for the Market and Variety Stalls. The Supper Committee is mindful of the constraints being experienced by all, but we give in proportion to God's blessings which are abundant and unceasing.

We are reminded of the Diocesan Festival Choir's Banquet on Saturday of this week at the Knutsford Court Hotel, Ruthven Road. Tickets are on sale at $2,500 each and they do need our support.

We are also reminded of the two part Forum on "Death and Dying - a Christian Perspective" to be held at the Church Hall on November 10 and November 24 at 6:00 p.m. both evenings. Please plan to attend.

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Today's Services

Twenty Fifth Sunday after Pentecost


Introit 216
Old Testament Amos 5:18 - 24
Psalm 70 [BCP page 555]
Epistle 1 Thess. 4:13 - 18
Gradual 184 [Children leave for Sunday School]
Gospel Matthew 25:1 - 13
Sermon Rev. Fr. Edward Jennings
Intercession F [BCP page 115]
Offertory 401
Communion 399, 414, 418
Recessional 260
9:45 a.m. MORNING PRAYER & SERMON (Programmes Provided)
Introit 171
Psalm 70 [BCP Page 555]
First Reading Amos 5:18 - 24
Magnificat [BCP Page 67]
Second Reading Matthew 25:1 - 13
Nunc Dimitis [BCP Page 55]
Hymn 300
Sermon Rev. Fr. Edward Jennings
Hymns 330, 328

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This Week at St. Andrew's

November 7

4:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.

Blood Pressure Clinic
Bible Study

November 8

9:00 a.m.
5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
Home for Girls Committee
St. Andrew Settlement Committee
November 9
6:30 a.m.
4:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m.

Holy Eucharist
St. Andrew Care Centre
Grief Support Group
Confirmation Class for Adults

November 10
5:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m.
Senior Choir Rehearsal
Forum at Church Hall on
'Death and Dying
- a Christian Perspective
November 11
9:00 a.m.
6:00 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
Confirmation Class for Juniors
November 12
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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