Sunday Bulletin

First Sunday after the Epiphany (Year B)
The Baptism Of Our Lord
Sunday, January 8, 2006

In this Bulletin ...

Collect - The Baptism of our Lord
Parish News
Prayers Of Intercession
Today's Services
This Week at St. Andrew's

Beloved Friends,

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
And purity and love?
When shall all hatred cease,
As in the realms above?

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,

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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.
Amen.

BCP page 160

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Parish News

MEMORIALS and MILESTONES

CONGRATULATIONS to Mrs. BERNICE STEPHENS who celebrates her 98th Birthday today. Flowers at the pulpit are given by her in thanksgiving to God for her 98 years. We also join Mrs. CYNTHIA STEWART in celebrating her 94th birthday

We express our condolences to the families of HORACE COOPER and LEO MARSH who died recently. Funeral service for Mr. Cooper will be held on January 10 at 2:00 p.m. and Service for Mr. Marsh will be on January 13 at 11:00 a.m.

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.

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Prayers Of Intercession

In the waters of baptism, we were called to be God's children and to minister to one another. Let us, therefore, pray for ourselves, for one another and for all those in need of our prayers, saying: Lord, in your mercy,
All: Hear Our Prayer.
Leader: Let us pray for the church, that it may stand fast in the one faith to which it has been called.
(Silence) Lord, in your mercy,
All: Hear Our Prayer.
Leader: Let us pray for the world, that our conflicts may cease and that peace may reign in this new year.
(Silence) Lord, in your mercy,
All: Hear Our Prayer.
Leader: Let us pray for all Christians who have been baptized into the one family of faith, that our lives reflect the forgiveness and love which was first shown us.
(Silence) Lord, in your mercy,
All: Hear Our Prayer.
Leader: Let us pray for all who are blind to the injustices of our world, that their eyes may be opened and that they may work for an end to oppression and injustice.
(Silence) Lord, in your mercy,
All: Hear Our Prayer.
Leader: Let us pray for the sick especially (N …………) that their sickness may be turned to health and that they may once again join us in our work and worship.
(Silence) Lord, in your mercy,
All: Hear Our Prayer.
Leader:

Let us pray for the faithful who have gone before us, that we may follow the example of their lives and be reunited with them in the joy of everlasting life.
(Silence) Lord, in your mercy,

All:

Hear Our Prayer.

(Silence may be kept)

All: Omniscient God, you know our thoughts and needs better than we ourselves. Accept the prayers which we now offer and strengthen us to do your will through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

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Today's Services

First Sunday After The Epiphany
The Baptism Of Our Lord

6:30 a.m. HOLY EUCHARIST
7:30 a.m. SUNG EUCHARIST & SERMON
Introit Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee
Old Testament Isaiah 42: 1-9
[Miss Dorothy Britton]
Psalm 89 : 20-29 [BCP page 584]
(Refrain) "His dynasty shall last for ever and ever."
Epistle Acts 10: 34-38
[Miss Carol Cuffley]
Gradual Baptised in Water
[Children leave for Sunday School]
Gospel Mark 1: 7-11
Sermon Rev Major Sirrano Kitson
The Prayers of Intercession  
Offertory Source and fount of all creation
Communion 411, 413, Christ when for us
you were baptized, 419
Recessional 219
9:45 a.m. MORNING PRAYER & SERMON
Processional Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee
Venite [BCP page 36]
Psalm 89 : 20-29 [BCP page 584]
(Refrain) "His dynasty shall last for ever and ever."
First Lesson Isaiah 42: 1-9
Benedictus [BCP page 40]
Second Lesson Mark 1: 7-11
Hymn Baptised in Water
Sermon Rev Major Sirrano Kitson
Hymns 79, 219
6:00 p.m. HOLY EUCHARIST & SERMON
Introit 244
Old Testament Isaiah 42: 1-9
Psalm 89 : 20-29 [BCP page 584]
Gradual Baptised in Water
Gospel Mark 1: 7-11
Sermon Rev Major Sirrano Kitson
Offertory 79
Communion 411, 419
Recessional 219

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This Week at St. Andrew's

Monday
January 9

5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
Bible Study
Finance Committee

Tuesday
January 10

9:00 a.m.
5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
St. Andrew Settlement
Home for Girls Committee
Wednesday
January 11
6:30 a.m.
12:00 noon


4:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m.

Holy Eucharist
Mid-day Devotions
(Webster Memorial United Church)

St. Andrew Care Centre
Grief Support Group
Confirmation Class for Adults

Thursday
January 12

5:30 p.m.
Senior Choir Rehearsal
Friday
January 13
9:00 a.m.
6:00 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
Confirmation Class for Juniors
Saturday
January 14
11:00 a.m.
2:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m.
Little Brothers of St. Andrew
Youth Choir Rehearsal
Youth Fellowship

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