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Second Sunday after the Epiphany (Year B)
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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,
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,
O Use Me Lord
O use me, Lord, use even me,
Frances Ridley Havergal. 1872Back to Top
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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