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First Sunday after the Epiphany (Year B)
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The season of the Incarnation started on the first Sunday of Advent continued through Christmas and culminates on the last Sunday after the Epiphany; the transfiguration of our Lord. The visit of the Wise Men and the baptism of Jesus, enable us to see who it is that was born of Bethlehem, David's City. The "cute baby" is none other than the Divine in human form and is identified as the one who would save his people from their sins.
The Incarnation speaks to us of the divine presence made known to us in the person and life of Jesus Christ. It is in Jesus that we see God's redemptive plan for us; which is God's work in action. The establishment of the Messianic age is the establishment of the Kingdom of God. One hymn writer, the author of No.262 A&M, describes it as the reign of peace and purity and love. This implies harmony, right relationships and the ordering of all elements of the environment.
However, in our society we see daily human brutishness and coarseness which point to a people whose moral, emotional and spiritual compass has become corroded with greed, selfishness and hate or was never developed. There is little sense of right and wrong. Even in the 19th century L.G. Hayne asked, in the second verse of that hymn,
Where is thy reign of peace
As the incarnate visible presence of God, we are called to be agents of reconciliation and instruments of healing; the bridge builders. We are called to bridge the broken relationships of the many communities that have been fractured by violence and families which have been broken by anger and conflict.
The incarnation of Jesus, the Word (logos) made flesh is the tangible presence of God with us, in and through His humanity. This is the primary gift of the Eternal God to us and our faithful response to that gift is offered through fulfilling our baptismal commitment to carry forward the work of Christ. Our lives and that of all humanity have been touched and changed by that gift which moulds and orders the life of the Church and all Christian people. The course of history has been altered and dated by the act of His birth. The liturgy of worship and the weekly celebration of the Holy Eucharist provide the opportunity for us to be open and receptive to this Incarnate presence and to share with joy in the Divine life.
We extend a welcome to all our visitors. Special welcome to members of The Queens School Alumni worshipping with us at the 7:30 a.m. Service.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Collect - The Baptism of our Lord
Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordon
proclaimed Him your beloved Son and anointed Him with the Holy
Spirit: Grant that all who are baptized into His Name may keep
the covenant they have made, and boldly confess Him as Lord and
Saviour; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one
God, in glory everlasting.
BCP page 160
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.
All Anglican Educators, including those retired and in training, are invited to attend regional meetings to organize an Association of Anglican Educators. The Kingston Region will meet at Christ Church, Vineyard Town on Saturday of this week, 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Earthquake Awareness Week is being commemorated Jan 8 to 14, 2006 and the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management invites our special prayers and our support for the activities planned.
The Church Of St. Thomas The Apostle, Kingston Parish Church, presents Internationally Renowned Concert Organist, Jennifer Bate, in Recital on Sunday, January 29, 2006 at 4:00 p.m. at the Kingston Parish Church. Tickets are available from our Church Office at $1,000 each.Back to Top
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