Sunday Bulletin

Second Sunday after the Epiphany (Year B)
Sunday, January 15, 2006

In this Bulletin ...

O Use Me Lord
Parish News
Prayers Of Intercession
Today's Services
This Week at St. Andrew's

Beloved Friends,

The evidence of a Supreme Being has been viewed by many sound thinkers as the "moral sense" which has been found to be deeply implanted in human beings. However, this moral sense seems to evaporate in the conduct of human action in the pursuit of self-preservation. The imperative moral right (the right thing to do) collapses in the face of what men should do, with what they WANT to do and more so in relation to their immediate interest.

There is another school of thought which has concluded that one of the most basic of all human needs, more powerful than hunger or desire for intimacy, is the "Will for meaning." A person can endure any pain or suffering if he can see a meaning or purpose in it; more so if it will be of benefit to others and not just himself. However, he will be miserable even in great luxury, if he is unable to relate his life to some greater purpose, which makes it meaningful.

Our capacity to think, reflect and create is another distinctive characteristic that makes us quite different from the rest of the animals of this earth. We are also able to conceive ideas, process and transform these thoughts into something real with the use of our hands. Both the ability to think thoughts and transmit them through language is another unique quality that places us at the apex of creation. The Psalmist says,

"What is man that thou art mindful of him and Thou makes him lower than the angels to crown him with glory and worship. Thou makes him love dominion of the works of thy hand : And thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet; all sheep and oxen: yea the sheep of the field; the fowls of the air and the fishes of the seas: and whatsoever walketh through the paths of the sea". (Psalm 8:4-8)

Are we able to find these three unique human qualities in that group which is called the "street boys"? Do they display a "moral sense" which shows respect for other people? Is there any "will for meaning; " a burning desire to improve one's condition by utilizing the available opportunities even limited as they may be? Is there the desire to use the thinking capacity of their minds to produce something of which they can be proud and which may have aesthetic value or can be of utilitarian or commercial value?

It is very clear that these "males of the street" have developed a mind- set which makes them feel that they are a law unto themselves. They believe that they are untouchable and cannot be deterred from pursuing their own self- interest, even if it is in conflict with that of others. Apparently they fear no one as they view themselves to be invincible, full of guile, street smart and able to elude anything or anyone at anytime. They seem resistant to any interest to help them, save that of the offering of money.

This group falls into three categories - little boys, teenaged youngsters and young men over eighteen years. Some of the street boys do not know their age, date of birth or proper names. There is a burning need, I sense among us for a revision and rethinking of this aspect of our Church's ministry.

One suggested way forward is for us to reclaim the space at the eastern end of our car park for development and the application of some psychosocial intervention, life skills, skills training and spiritual formation. If effective, these will enable them to be productive participants of our society.

In an effort to raise funds to assist in carrying out this ministry at the St. Andrew Care Centre, there will be a Golf Tournament in March at the Caymanas Golf Club.

On Wednesday of this week we commemorate the Feast of the Confession of St. Peter the Apostle. This is also the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, observed by churches throughout the world, and on Wednesday at 7:00 P.M we join with the Holy Cross Church family for the 25th Anniversary of the annual Ecumenical Marian Service which was inaugurated by the late Bishop Herman Spence and members of the Roman Catholic community. Last year the Service was hosted by us here at St. Andrew's.

WE ARE DEEPLY GRATEFUL FOR THE RESPONSE TO OUR 2005 GIFT DAY APPEAL. 208 PERSONS CONTRIBUTED $1,751,602.40. AS WE EMBARK ON AN EVEN MORE CHALLENGING YEAR, WE ASK THAT YOU GIVE PRAYERFUL THOUGHT TO INCREASING YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS.

We extend a warm welcome to all our visitors and pray for God's continued blessings during this week.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

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O Use Me Lord

O use me, Lord, use even me,
Just as thou wilt, and when, and where,
Until thy blessèd face I see,
Thy rest, thy joy, thy glory share.

Frances Ridley Havergal. 1872

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Parish News

MEMORIALS and MILESTONES

CONDOLENCES. We express our condolences to the families of Amy Blake and Mildred Cole. Funeral Service for Amy Blake will be on Wednesday of this week at 2:00 p.m. and for Miss Cole on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Condolences also to Mrs. Vera Sewell on the death of her brother, Vernal Richards of Mount James.

The Service of Admission for our new Rector will be on Sunday, February 5, 2006 at 4:00 p.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 has been reduced to $3,500 and we encourage you to support this worthy cause. Tickets are available from our Church Office.

All Anglican Educators, including those retired and in training, are invited to attend regional meetings to organize an Association of Anglican Educators. The Eastern Jamaica Region will meet at St. Jude's Church, Stony Hill on Saturday January 21, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The Church Of St. Thomas The Apostle, Kingston Parish Church, presents the 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.

ANNUAL SUPPER We are still trying to collect payment for over 300 tickets for our Annual Supper held last November. Please help us to finalize this outstanding account.

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Prayers Of Intercession

Called together as a family of faith from every time and place, we are bidden by God to pray. That we might share our mutual concerns and offer the secrets of our hearts, let us pray, saying: Lord, in your mercy,
All: Hear Our Prayer.
Leader: Let us pray for the world; for the leaders of our nations, that wisdom and integrity might prevail; for regions torn by conflict, that peace and harmony might be restored: Lord, in your mercy,
All: Hear Our Prayer.
Leader: Let us pray for the church; for the unity of the body of Christ, that needless division might cease; for ….our bishop, for….our clergy, and for all who nurture our life together, that the body may be strengthened and our common life enriched: Lord, in your mercy,
All: Hear Our Prayer.
Leader: Let us pray for this parish: for our presence in this community, that persons may find here the means to a deeper relationship with God; and
for our ministry of reconciliation, that all may find here the forgiveness of God and the acceptance of each other: Lord, in your mercy,
All: Hear Our Prayer.
Leader: Let us pray for those in need: for the hungry and homeless, that food and shelter might be theirs; for the oppressed and downtrodden, that freedom and dignity might be theirs; for the sick and the infirm (especially………) that health and wholeness might be theirs: Lord, in your mercy,
All:

Hear Our Prayer.

(Silence may be kept)

All: By your power, dear God, you raised Christ Jesus and in Him we too will be raised. Receive our prayers and those of all your saints, that trusting in you all the days of our lives, we may know the fullness of your love and the power of the resurrection: through Jesus Christ our Lord.
AMEN

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Today's Services

Second Sunday after the Epiphany
Corporate for the Brotherhood of St. Andrew

6:30 a.m. HOLY EUCHARIST
7:30 a.m. SUNG EUCHARIST & SERMON
Introit 371
Old Testament 1 Samuel 3:1-10
[Mr. Stanley Gordon]
Psalm 63: 1-8 [BCP page 545]
(Refrain) "For you my soul is thirsting,
for you I long my God.
" All sit - No Gloria.
Epistle 1 Corinthians 6: 11b -20
[Mr. Leonard Green]
Gradual Be Thou my vision
[Children leave for Sunday School]
Gospel John 1:43-51
Sermon Rev. Dr. David Kuck
The Prayers of Intercession  
Offertory 161
Communion 399, 400, 395,
Shout to the Lord
Recessional Come, Thou Almighty King
9:45 a.m. MORNING PRAYER & SERMON
Processional 371
Venite [BCP page 36]
Psalm 66: 1-8 [BCP page 545]
First Lesson 1 Samuel 3:1-10
Benedictus [BCP page 40]
Second Lesson John 1:43-51
Hymn Lord, speak to me
Sermon Rev. Dr. David Kuck
Hymns 161, 336
6:00 p.m. HOLY EUCHARIST & SERMON
Introit 371
Old Testament 1 Samuel 3:1-10
Psalm 63: 1-8 [BCP page 545]
Gradual Be Thou my vision
Gospel John 1:43-51
Sermon Rev. Fr. Robert McLean
Offertory 412
Communion  
Recessional 24

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This Week at St. Andrew's

Monday
January 16

4:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.

Blood Pressure Clinic
Bible Study
Finance Committee

Tuesday
January 17

9:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist
Wednesday
January 18
6:30 a.m.



12:00 noon


5:30 p.m.
7:00 p.m.

Holy Eucharist
Feast of the
Confession of St. Peter


Mid-day Devotions
(Webster Memorial United Church)

Grief Support Group
Marian Service at
Holy Cross Church

Thursday
January 19
5:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m.
Senior Choir Rehearsal
Church Committee
Friday
January 20
9:00 a.m.
6:00 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
Confirmation Class for Juniors
Saturday
January 21
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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