Sunday Bulletin

Fourth Sunday of Advent (Year B)
Sunday, December 18, 2005

In this Bulletin ...

I shall ever try ...
Parish News
Today's Services
This Week at St. Andrew's

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." (1:28, NLT)

The word perfect is used by Paul to communicate not just spotless purity, but maturity, growth and completeness in Christ. Obviously from Paul's view it does not happen without effort. The evangelist has to work through his proclamation and prayer, but those who are evangelized, those certainly who commit themselves to discipleship must also work on their own growth and maturity in Christ. Paul says at the beginning of chapter 3: "since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God." (3:1). The disciple has to fix his heart on Christ; that is his work, his effort. Celebration of the birth of the Christ child is intended to help us focus, to fix our hearts on Christ. May we make every effort this Christmas to fix our hearts on 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 pray journeying mercies for those who are travelling overseas to spend Christmas with families and loved ones. We will miss you.

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,

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I shall ever try ...

Life of my life, I shall ever try to keep my body pure,
knowing that thy living touch is upon all my limbs.

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.

(Rabindranath Tagore)

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Parish News


CONGRATULATIONS to Mr. Alexander Scott who celebrated a birthday last Sunday. Also to Mrs. Joy Pilgrim who was recently honoured by the United Theological College of the West Indies for her contribution to their development over the years.

We express our CONDOLENCES to the family of Mr. Gresford Jones who died last week.

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:

  • Dr. Vincent Lawrence
Rector's Warden and Member of
the Incorporated Lay Body.
  • Mr. Alvaro Casserly
Member, Incorporated Lay Body
  • Mr. Michael Fennell
Chairman, Diocesan Financial Board
  • Mr. George Briggs
People's Warden
  • Mr. Lloyd Gooden
Church Treasurer
  • Miss Yolande Whitely
Church Secretary
  • Mr. George Bullock
Representative to Synod
  • Mr. Frank James
Representative to Synod
  • Mr. Douglas Folkes
Representative to Deanery Council
  • Dr. Nigel Elliott
  • Mr. Owen Streete
  • Mr. Brian Goldson
  • Mr. Stanley Gordon
  • Miss Sonya Hamilton
  • Dr. Lucien Jones
  • Mrs. Jacqueline Mighty
  • Mr. Tony Patel

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Today's Services

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Introit 51
Old Testament 2 Sam. 7:4, 8 -16
[ Mr. Brian Goldson (Jnr)]
Psalm 132: 8 -15 [BCP page 647]
Epistle Romans: 16 : 25-27
[Dr. Pauline Christie]
Gradual 47 [Children leave for Sunday School]
Gospel Luke 1: 26 -38
Sermon Sis. Doris Levien
Intercession D [BCP page 111]
Offertory 363
Communion 401, 408, 418, 419
Recessional 227 (Tune - Faith of our Fathers)
Processional 48
Venite [BCP page 36]
Magnificat [BCP page 67]
First Lesson 2 Sam. 7:4, 8-16
Benedictus [BCP page 40]
Second Reading Luke 1: 26 -38
Hymn 190
Sermon Sis. Doris Levien
Hymns 225, 52

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This Week at St. Andrew's

December 20

9:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist
December 21
6:30 a.m.

5:30 p.m.

Holy Eucharist
Feast of St. Thomas
the Apostle

Grief Support Group

December 22
5:30 p.m.
Senior Choir Rehearsal
December 23
9:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist
December 24
11:00 a.m.
2:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m.
11:00 p.m.
11:30 p.m.
11:45 p.m.
Little Brothers of St. Andrew
Youth Choir Rehearsal
Youth Fellowship
Blessing of the Christmas Manger
First Mass of Christmas

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