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Feast of The Holy Name (Year B)
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The dawn of a New Year is a sign of a new beginning and an opportune time for assessing where we are on our pilgrimage and what may be the new path which the Lord wills for us to walk. For me, as the twenty-first Rector of this Cure, it is a recommitment to Parish Ministry, the locus of worship, renewal, and the activities which enable the people of God to pursue the mission of God and to do the work of ministry. As we face this New Year filled with anxiety, yet with hope, we look back on the past year giving praise to God for what He has been to us and giving thanks to God for what He has done for us.
The celebration of our 340th year of witness enabled us to look at our Church and that which we have achieved by God's guiding over these many years. The worship and life of the Church, the mission and ministry, Christian education and stewardship are different means which have facilitated and fostered our commitment to be the incarnate presence of God among his people. Our nation is in need of persons and organizations with integrity of intention, who seek to act in the interest of the people of Jamaica and not in their own self-interest. At St. Andrew's we have a proven track record, "a goodly heritage", which is exhibited through our outreach projects; the outward expression of a spirituality which is rooted in God, and grounded in the Sacrament.
This year will present many challenges to us, individually and as a community. Yet, St Andrew Parish Church will continue to be an oasis in the busy hub of Kingston's metropolis, as we journey together seeking to build that which Jesus lived and died for; the Kingdom of His Father. We too seek to build that Kingdom, which God has established through His Son, with our time, our abilities and our resources. As we recommit ourselves to that task of witness and service, may we find new expressions of our faith in action whilst we make that closer walk with Christ.
In accordance with our tradition of many years, we welcome the Rt. Rev. & Hon. Alfred C. Reid D.D. and Mrs. Reid to our New Year service, and thank the Lord Bishop for being our celebrant and preacher.
On behalf of Denise, Matthew, Timothy, Rachel and for myself, may
I express sincere gratitude to you all for your warm welcome into
the family of St. Andrew Parish Church.
Yours in Christ,
Collect - The Holy Name, January 1
Eternal Father, you gave to your incarnate Son the holy name
of Jesus to be the sign of our salvation: Plant in every heart,
we pray, the love of Him who is the Saviour of the world, our
Lord Jesus Christ;
BCP page 159
NEW DAYLIGHT Bible Reading notes for January to April, 2006 are available from the church office.
HOLY BAPTISM will be administered next Sunday, January 8, The Baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ, during the 7:30 a.m. Service.
THE ANGLICAN TEACHER EDUCATION FUND was recently established to provide financial assistance to Anglican students in Teacher Training Colleges across the Island. A fund raising drive to raise Ten Million Dollars for this project will be launched at a Banquet to be held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on Friday February 3, 2006 with the Prime Minister of Jamaica as the Guest Speaker. Contribution per person is $5,000 and we encourage you to support this worthy cause. Two students are already enrolled at Church Teachers College for the academic year 2005-2006.
The Holy Eucharist will be celebrated on Tuesday of this week at 9:00 a.m., Wednesday at 6:30 a.m. and on Friday (Feast of the Epiphany) at 5:30 p.m.Back to Top
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The Holy Name of our Lord Jesus Christ
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