Sunday Bulletin

First Sunday of Advent (Year B)
Sunday, November 27, 2005

In this Bulletin ...

Lord Open My Heart
Parish News
Today's Services
This Week at St. Andrew's

My Dear Friends,

Once again we are in the Liturgical Season of Advent. This Sunday marks the beginning of the Church's year. The Church reminds herself and the world that we need to prepare ourselves for the coming of Christ. The Church does this right throughout the year, but in Advent there is a greater urgency, a greater intensity to the call.

The hymn writer says , "Prepare we in our hearts a home, where such a mighty guest may come." (Hymn 50 V.2) These words from that great hymn always create some vivid images: like that of the farmer preparing the land for the planting of the seeds; or when we prepare our homes for a surprise birthday party, or for the coming Christmas celebration. Even more so, when we know a special guest is coming, to what great lengths we go in order to ensure that everything is spic and span, everything is perfect.

David Adam, in his book 'A Desert in the Ocean' writes: "We can make a place in our home and in our heart where we are able to listen more attentively to the word of God. Adventurous living is not only going out, it is living in the depths of our being , it is expressed in how we respond to the word of God, how we react to the liturgy. If there is nothing in us that responds, we need to hear that as a call and seek to cure the emptiness within. Today we need to find something that could so direct us and encourage us to make a space for our God."

Take a few minutes today and for the four (4) weeks of Advent just to be still. Pray slowly and attentively:

Lord, open my ears to your call,
Make me attentive to you.
Open my eyes to your presence,
Make me aware of you.
Open my heart to your love.
(D. Adams p,21)

Remember, it is important to stop and release yourself from your frantic and constant activity. "Be still and know that I am God" is the command. Jesus says, "Surely I am coming soon"! Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!

Next Sunday, December 4, is our Patronal Festival and as we continue the celebration of our 340th Anniversary, we are invited to join in a solemn act of Renewal and Re-commitment at the principal service at 8:00 a.m. The celebrant and preacher at this service will be The Rt. Rev. & Hon. Alfred Reid, D.D. Bishop of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. There will be no service at 9:45 a.m.

Wednesday of this week, November 30, will be St. Andrew's Day. The Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 5:30 p.m.

We extend a warm welcome to all our visitors and especially to those participating in the Service of Holy Baptism at 9:45 a.m. The peace of God be with you all.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

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Lord Open My Heart

Lord open my ears to your call,
Make me attentive to you.
Open my eyes to your presence,
Make me aware of you.
Open my heart to your love.
(D. Adams pg. 21)

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Parish News

MEMORIALS and MILESTONES

We express our condolences to the family of Mrs. Hope Stewart, member of St. Jude's Church, Stony Hill and member of the Board of the Wortley Home.

The 'Young Adults' meet on Wednesday, November 30, 6:00 p.m. in the Old Court House. The Rev. Juanita Peckvary returns to share with the group as they reflect on "Anger Management in Current Circumstances".
We are all invited to attend.

Church Women United (Ja.) invites us to a Health Fair on the grounds of the Salvation Army School compound, 57 Mannings Hill Road, Kingston 8 on Saturday, December 3, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Our Annual GIFT DAY will be on Tuesday, December 20.

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Today's Services

First Sunday of Advent

6:30 a.m. HOLY EUCHARIST
7:30 a.m. SUNG EUCHARIST & SERMON
Introit 51
Old Testament Isaiah 64:1-9a
[Mr. Michael King]
Psalm 80:1-7 [BCP Page 573]
Epistle 1 Corinthians 1:1-9
[ Miss Terry-Anne Wilson]
Gradual 54
Gospel Mark 13:33-37
Sermon Rev. Fr. Robert McLean
Intercession B [BCP page 107]
Offertory 369
Communion 390, 392, 412
Recessional 52
9:45 a.m. HOLY BAPTISM, FAMILY EUCHARIST & SERMON
Introit 363
Old Testament Isaiah 64:1-9a
Psalm 80:1-7 [BCP Page 573]
Epistle 1 Corinthians 1:1-9
Gradual 54
Gospel Mark 13:33-37
Sermon Rev. Fr. Robert McLean
Intercession B [BCP page 107]
Offertory 266
Communion 390,412,418
Recessional 49
6:00 p.m. HOLY EUCHARIST & SERMON
Introit 50
Old Testament Isaiah 64:1-9a
Psalm 80:1-7 [BCP Page 573]
Gradual 54
Gospel Mark 13:33-37
Sermon Rev. Fr. Robert Mc Lean
Offertory 412
Recessional 49

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This Week at St. Andrew's

Monday
November 28

5:30 p.m.

Bible Study

Tuesday
November 29

9:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist
Wednesday
November 30

5:30 p.m.


6:00 p.m.

ST. ANDREW'S DAY
Holy Eucharist

Young Adults Group

Thursday
December 1
5:30 p.m.
Senior Choir Rehearsal
Friday
December 2
9:00 a.m.
6:00 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
Confirmation Class for Juniors
Saturday
December 3
11:00 a.m.
2:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m.
Little Brothers of St. Andrew
Youth Choir Rehearsal
Youth Fellowship
Fellowship Groups' Christmas Social

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