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Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany (Year B)
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We assemble today as the people of God to discuss and make plans for the mission and ministry of St. Andrew. What is unique about this Church? What are the distinctive characteristics of our worship and witness? These are questions which we need to reflect on, in light of what God has done for us in Jesus Christ, what God is presently doing among us, and what God will ultimately accomplish at the end of time.
It is always instructive at a critical juncture, as we now are, to examine the purpose for which we have been called, baptized with water, anointed with the Spirit in Confirmation and share in the sacred life in Holy Communion. Jesus said,
The purpose and direction of our lives together as a church is to be found in the meaning of the words of Jesus. The pastoral Bible teacher, Dr. Gunter Krallman translates the words of Jesus into a context for the witness of the Church;
As Jesus walked the dusty pathways of his time, He incarnated the will of his Father for all humanity and his loving concern for each person, as:
As we are called to believe, we are called to belong and to bring into the fold (the Church) the lost. It is our baptismal commitment which is evidenced by our life of prayer and the sacrificial giving of our energy, skill and resources, that can make God's Kingdom a reality through our outreach activities at St Thomas' Mission, St. Clements' Mission, St Andrew Home for Girls, the Moreton Park Home for the Aged and the St. Andrew Care Centre.
With this in mind, let us use the opportunity of our Annual Congregational Meeting to affirm our commitment to the Mission of this Parish Church and take our place in the life, worship and governance of the Church.
We extend a welcome to those visiting with us and pray for God's guidance and his peace as together we face the challenges which confront us.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
The Theology of Welcome
What is too easily overlooked is that the Church is the
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The annual YOUTH RETREAT will be held at the Church Hall
on Friday, March 3 and Saturday, March 4, 2006 and the RETREAT
FOR ADULTS will be at the Hillcrest Diocesan Retreat Centre,
Brown's Town Friday March 10 to Sunday, March 12, 2006. Registration
forms will be available in due course.
Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany
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