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Fourth Sunday of Advent (Year B)
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My Dear Friends,
We have journeyed through the past three weeks of Advent. My hope is that we have actively engaged in some reflection on our relationship with God. We are deeply aware that we are far from perfection with regards to our practice of the Christian life. In fact we may be so aware of it that we even convince ourselves that we cannot do any better. We may say to ourselves: "Well, I am not a saint!" as if that statement justifies the standard of life we now embrace or practice. The truth is, it does not justify anything.
We began Advent by admitting that the Christian life is a journey
- a journey towards perfection. As Jesus taught his disciples
to live above the standards of the scribes and Pharisees, of those
who are not his disciples, he said to them: "Be perfect,
therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect" (Matt.
5 :48). St. Paul, in his letter to the Colossians writes: "So
everywhere we go, we tell everyone about Christ. We warn them
and teach them with all the wisdom God has given us, for we want
to present them to God, perfect in their relationship to Christ."
Tuesday of this week is our Annual Gift Day. This is a day when
members of the church take in a monetary offering, which we pledge
to the support of the various ministries of the church. I am aware
of the financial strains we are all facing; however, I am confident
that we will make our gifts according to the best of our abilities.
Last year in the aftermath of successive hurricanes and the challenges
that those presented, two hundred and forty-seven (247) persons
gave a sum of $2.7m. This is what gives me such confidence in
your love for Christ and his church. I really look forward to
seeing you all on Tuesday. Please come and offer your gift regardless
of how small you might think it is.
We extend a warm welcome to all our visitors and pray that our
lives will be enriched as we experience God's abundant grace.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
I shall ever try ...
Life of my life, I shall ever try to keep my body pure,
I shall ever try to keep all untruths out from my thoughts, knowing that thou art that truth which has kindled the light of reason in my mind..
I shall ever try to drive all evils away from my heart and keep my love in flower, knowing that thou hast thy seat in the inmost shrine of my heart.
And it shall be my endeavour to reveal thee in my actions, knowing it is thy power gives me strength to act.
Have you made your returns for tickets purchased for the Annual Supper? We need to have these before the end of this year.
We have had less than forty responses to our request for nominations for election of a Church Committee for 2006. Nomination forms are available from the ushers. We list below the members of the present Church Committee. The first three are ex officio members appointed by the Diocese and are not eligible for nomination:
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