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First Sunday of Advent (Year B)
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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:
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.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Lord Open My Heart
Lord open my ears to your call,
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".
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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