Sunday Bulletin

Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany (Year B)
Sunday, January 29, 2006

In this Bulletin ...

The Theology of Welcome
Parish News
Today's Services

Beloved Friends,

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,

"I have come to seek and to save the lost." (Luke 19:10)

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;

"They were to bear authentic testimony not only of what Jesus said, but of what He did. He both commanded in words and indicated by example what they should say and do; they were to point people to Jesus."

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:

The Way for those ignorant of God's purposes,
The Truth for those in error
The Life for those who lack true satisfaction
The Light for those in darkness and imprisoned by anger,
hate, fear and anxiety
The Teacher for the uninstructed
The Healer for the sick and those who are addicted
The Shepherd for those who are lost and need to be led

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,

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The Theology of Welcome

What is too easily overlooked is that the Church is the
primary agent of mission. So rather than thinking of
what we have to preserve, we need to think about
what we have to share. We need to move from the
maintenance model of being church, which is
organized around sustaining, developing and
promoting its own life, to the missionary model
which is organized around participating in God's
mission in the world to establish his redemptive
purposes in the whole of human life.

The Theology of Welcome
Adapted from an Article by Rev. Clive Whylie

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Parish News

MEMORIALS and MILESTONES

CONDOLENCES. We express our condolences to the family of Mrs. Peggy Harrison who died last Tuesday. Funeral service will be on Wednesday, 1st February at 2:30 p.m. Condolences also to Leanora Campbell on the death of her mother Mertella Campbell, to Glenford Willis on the death of his mother Iris Clarke, and to Carol Graham on the death of her mother-in-law Bernice Graham.

REMINDERS:
The Service of Admission for our new Rector is scheduled for Sunday, February 5, 2006 commencing at 4:00 p.m. The Bishop of Jamaica, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Alfred Reid will officiate.

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.

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Today's Services

Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

6:30 a.m. HOLY EUCHARIST
Psalm 111 [BCP page 619]
Refrain: "The fear of the Lord is the
beginning of wisdom
" Verses 1-2, 7-8, 9-10
7:30 a.m. SUNG EUCHARIST & SERMON
(Corporate for Women's Auxiliary)
Introit 166
Old Testament Deut..18:15-20
[Mrs. Ruby Anderson]
Psalm 111 [BCP page 619]
Epistle 1 Cor. 8:1b-13
[Miss Rhema Samuels]
Gradual 263
Gospel Mark 1: 21-28
Sermon The Rector
Offertory 204
Communion 398, 412, 420
Recessional 207

Immediately
Following the
7:30 a.m.
Service

ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING
  • Opening Prayer
  • Overview of Proceedings
  • Election of Lay Representatives to Synod
  • Nomination and Election to Church Committee
  • Rector's Address
  • Presentation of Reports from Outreach Projects
  • Open Discussion
  • Any Other Business
  • Summary and Closing Prayer
6:00 p.m. HOLY EUCHARIST & SERMON
Introit 166
Old Testament Deut. 18: 15-20
Psalm 111 [BCP page 619]
Gradual 263
Gospel Mark 1:21- 28
Sermon The Rector
Offertory 396
Recessional 31

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