Sunday Bulletin

Last Sunday after the Epiphany (Year B)
Sunday, February 26, 2006

In this Bulletin ...

Seek God
Parish News
Prayers Of Intercession
Hymn - Shine, Jesus, Shine
Hymn - Come, Thou Almighty King
Today's Services
This Week at St. Andrew's

Beloved Friends,

It has become very fashionable in different religious communities of our society to talk about spirituality and its many expressions. However Christian spirituality has been a part of the Church for many centuries, and has had a long history back to its Jewish heritage in Old Testament scripture.

This practice of the Church is described as the way a person integrates the life of faith with all the other aspects of one's life. It is a process which has its terminus in the eternal presence of God; a journey of the soul from darkness to light, from disintegration within our bodies, minds and souls, to a greater integration in the way we relate and are related to God, others and the created world.

These have been the experiences of the great spiritual sages of our Church, including Mother Teresa, St. John of the Cross, Julian of Norwich and Thomas Merton.

As we deliberately embark on the spiritual path we experience a cleansing of our emotional, spiritual and psychological selves so that we may be conscious of the indwelling presence of God; the Holy Spirit.

The movement is described by St. John of the Cross. It seems that at first God strips the soul instead of enriching it. In order to cure the soul of all spiritual and intellectual pride and to show it what dregs of poverty it still has within. He leaves the understanding in darkness, the will in aridity, sometimes even in bitterness and anguish. The soul then must 'remain in the dark, in pure faith which is the dark night of the natural faculties'.

The bitterness and anguish of the soul is a description of sorrow for sin; our regret, a contrite soul which is full of remorse. This is not wailing or bawling out. It is the posture of the heart of our souls, before a merciful and loving God.

"A broken and a contrite heart O God, you will not despise."
Psalms 51:176, and Ezekiel 18:21-32

Lent is a time for us to explore the inner cells of our souls for us to consciously use the Spiritual disciplines of prayer and meditation, purposeful study of the Holy Scriptures and fasting (fasting as the restriction of diet or total abstention), so that through the path of cleansing under the illuminating light of the Holy Spirit we can experience union with God.

On Wednesday of this week at 8:00 A.M. we will join in the Ash Wednesday Liturgy and Imposition of Ashes. After a short break, we will spend some time reflecting on the Dynamics of Spiritual Growth. We will conclude our meditations at 12:00 noon.

The Rev. Canon Ralston Smith will conduct our Lenten Devotions on Thursday evenings, commencing Thursday, March 9 at 5:30 p.m. The theme for Lent is Images of the Church.

We extend a warm welcome to all our visitors and invite you to join with us on our Lenten journey.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

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Seek God!

"The most common mistake Christians make
in worship today is seeking an experience
rather than seeking God."

Rick Warren
The Purpose Driven Life

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Parish News

You are reminded that Registration Forms for the Youth and Adult Retreats are available from the Church Office:

  • Youth Retreat, 3rd and 4th March at the Church Hall, Ellesmere Road
  • Adult Retreat, 10th to 12th March at the Hillcrest Diocesan Retreat Centre, Brown's Town. Cost per person: $4,000, double occupancy.

PLEASE SUPPORT THE BRUNCH BEING SERVED IN THE OLD COURT HOUSE, 7:00 TO 11:30 THIS MORNING. THIS IS BEING HOSTED BY THE ST. CLEMENT'S COMMITTEE TO RAISE FUNDS TO ASSIST THEIR WORK AMONG THE RESIDENTS OF KENCOT.

Shut-In Members

  • Ulis Badley
  • Rebecca Forbes
  • Frederick Green
  • Leonie Grey
  • Patricia Royes

Sick

  • Marlene Excell
  • Lloyd Facey
  • Sandra James
  • Lorna Jennings
  • Bob McKenzie
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Prayers Of Intercession

Leader: Come, Lord of light, transfigure us,
increase our vision and reveal to us your glory.
May your church seek to transform our darkest places with your light.
May we seek out the lost and the deprived, the poor and
the rejected,
and bring them home to you and your love.
We pray for the mission and outreach of the whole church.
Lord, touch us
All: and transfigure us.
Leader: Come, Lord of light, transfigure our towns and our cities.
We pray for areas of danger, for places of vice,
for poor housing and for the street-dwellers.
Lord, transform our places of poverty;
change our attitudes for the better towards each other.
Lord, touch us
All: and transfigure us.
Leader: Lord of light, come transfigure our homes,
that they may be radiant with your presence.
Make them homes of peace and kindliness,
of holiness and hospitality,
of grace and goodness;
that you may be known to be among us.
Lord, touch us
All: and transfigure us.
Leader: Lord of light and love, transfigure our hospitals and
nursing homes.
We pray for all whose lives have been marred by evil or
tragedy.
We pray for all who are downcast or fearful.
We remember all who await a doctor's diagnosis or an
operation.
We pray for all who seek healing and hope.
Lord, touch us
All: and transfigure us.
Leader: We give thanks for all who have passed beyond death
and been transformed in your glorious kingdom;
for the saints, for the benefactors of this church, for
loved ones departed;
that we like them may come to the fullness of your presence.
Lord, touch us
All:

and transfigure us.

(Silence may be kept)

All: Loving Lord, let your light shine in our lives,
Let its brightness fill our hearts and transfigure us;
that, seeing your glory, we may come to you in awe and
wonder, and gazing upon you may be changed into your
likeness, moving from glory to glory;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with the Father and
the Holy Spirit is in eternal glory for ever and ever.
Amen.

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Shine, Jesus, Shine

1.

Lord, the light of your love is shining
In the midst of the darkness, shining
Jesus, Light of the world, shine upon us
Set us free by the truth you now bring us
Shine on me, shine on me.

Cho.

Shine, Jesus, shine
Fill this land with the Father's glory
Blaze, Spirit, blaze
Set our hearts on fire
Flow, river, flow
Flood the nations with grace and mercy
Send forth your word
Lord, and let there be light
.

2. Lord, I come to your awesome presence
From the shadows into your radiance
By the blood I may enter your brightness
Search me, try me, consume all my darkness
Shine on me, shine on me.
Cho.
3. As we gaze on your kingly brightness
Be our faces display your likeness
Ever changing from glory to glory
Mirrored here may our lives tell your story
Shine on me, shine on me.
Cho.

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Come, Thou Almighty King

1.

Come, thou Almighty King,
Help us thy Name to sing,
Help us to praise!
Father whose love unknown,
All things created own,
Build in our hearts thy throne,
Ancient of Days.

2.

Come, thou incarnate Word,
By heav'n and earth adored;,
Our prayer attend:
Come, and thy people bless;
Come, give thy word success;
Stablish they righteousness,
Saviour and friend.

3. Come, Holy Comforter,
Thy sacred witness bear
In this glad hour.
Thou who almighty art,
Now rule in every heart,
And ne'er from us depart,
Spirit of power.

4. To Thee, great One in Three,
The highest praises be,
Hence evermore;
Thy sov'reign majesty
May we in glory see,
And to eternity
Love and adore. Amen.

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Today's Services

Last Sunday after the Epiphany

6:30 a.m. HOLY EUCHARIST
7:30 a.m. SUNG EUCHARIST & SERMON
Introit 222
Old Testament 1 Kings 19: 9-18
Psalm 27: 5-11 [BCP page 499]
(Refrain) The Lord is my light and my help;
whom shall I fear?
From whom shall I shrink?
All sit - No Gloria
Epistle 2 Peter 1: 16 - 19
Gradual 560
Gospel Mark 9: 2 - 9
Sermon Rev. Fr. Edward Jennings
The Prayers of Intercession  
Offertory 559
Communion 385, 396, Shine, Jesus, Shine
Recessional Come thou Almighty King
9:45 a.m. FAMILY EUCHARIST, SERMON & BAPTISM
Introit 222
Old Testament 1 Kings 19: 9-18 [Youth Fellowship]
Psalm 27: 5-11 [BCP page 499]
(Refrain) The Lord is my light and my help;
whom shall I fear?
From whom shall I shrink?
All sit - No Gloria
Epistle 2 Peter 1: 16 - 19 [Ashleigh Johnson]
Gradual 560
Gospel Mark 9: 2 - 9
Sermon Rev. Fr. Edward Jennings
Hymn for Baptism 444
Act of Baptism [BCP page 273]
Offertory 559
Communion 385, 396, Shine, Jesus, Shine
Recessional Come thou Almighty King
6:00 p.m. HOLY EUCHARIST & SERMON
Introit 222
Old Testament 1 Kings 19: 9-18
Psalm 27: 5 -11 [BCP page 499]
Gradual 560
Gospel Mark 9: 2 - 9
Sermon Rev. Major Sirrano Kitson
Offertory 559
Communion 385, 396
Recessional Come thou Almighty King

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This Week at St. Andrew's

Monday
February 27

5:30 p.m.

Bible Study

Tuesday
February 28

9:00 a.m.
4:00 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
Mother's Union
Ash Wednesday
March 1
8:00 a.m.

Ash Wednesday Liturgy &
Imposition of Ashes
followed by 'Reflections'.

Thursday
March 2
5:15 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
Women's Auxiliary
Senior Choir Rehearsal
Friday
March 3
9:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist
Saturday
March 4
10:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m.
2:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m.
Brotherhood of St. Andrew
Little Brothers of St. Andrew
Youth Choir Rehearsal
Youth Fellowship

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