Sunday Bulletin

First Sunday in Lent (Year B)
Sunday, March 5, 2006

In this Bulletin ...

COLLECT - First Sunday in Lent
Prayers Of Intercession
Prayers for Sundays in Lent
Hymn - Praise the Lord! You heavens adore him
Today's Services
This Week at St. Andrew's

Beloved Friends,

Lent which commenced on Ash Wednesday is the most solemn and penitential period in the Church's Year. For Christians of the Western Tradition, Ash Wednesday is a day on which many feel obligated to fast and to attend Church. The name derives from the custom of persons who deeply regretted their actions, putting ashes on their foreheads to signify their penitence. It goes back to the Old and the New Testament custom (See Job 42:6, Matthew 11:21), when ashes were used to signify sorrow and mourning. Our Church, the Anglican Communion, as well as the Roman Catholic Church and many Lutheran Churches practice the imposition of ashes on Ash Wednesday.

The word "Lent" comes from the Anglo-Saxon word "lencten" meaning "the time of lengthening days" or in other words "Spring". Lent as we know it now, extends for forty days, excluding the Sundays in between; beginning on Ash Wednesday and ending on Holy Saturday, the Saturday before Easter. The last week before Easter is called Holy Week and is set apart for special emphasis. The Season was actually created by counting those forty days backwards from Easter, in commemoration of Jesus' forty days of fasting in the wilderness before entering Jerusalem on the day now known as Palm Sunday.

The following invitation from an Ash Wednesday service, best expresses the purpose and significance of Lent.

Dear People of God: The Christians observed with great devotion, the days of our Lord's' Passion and resurrection, and it became the custom of the Church to prepare for them by a season of penitence and fasting. This season of Lent also provided a time in which converts to the faith were prepared for Holy Baptism. It was also a time when those who, because of notorious sin, had been separated from the body of the faithful, were reconciled by penitence and forgiveness, and restored to the fellowship of the Church. Thereby the whole congregation was put in mind of the pardon and absolution set forth in the Gospel of our Saviour, and of the need which all Christians continually have, to renew their repentance and faith.

Let us all during this season of Lent, seize the opportunity to review our past actions, reflect on our shortcomings, do penance for those things, done and not done, which we regret, and then renew our commitment to Christ to be more and to do more for the building up of His Kingdom on earth.

On Thursday of this week at 5:30 p.m. we commence our weekly Lenten devotions under the theme, The Images of the Church. Please make a special effort to attend these studies.

If you plan to attend the Adult Retreat, March 10 to 12, PLEASE REGISTER NOW. The Retreat Centre needs to make final arrangements for accommodation and meals.

CARE CENTRE. It was suggested earlier in the year that we reclaim the space at the western end of our car park for development and application of some psychosocial intervention, skills training and spiritual formation for the boys at the St. Andrew Care Centre. To finance this project, there will be a Golf Tournament at the Caymanas Golf and Country Club on Sunday, March 19, 2006. Contributions: Adults $1,500 Children $500.

The United Theological College of the West Indies invites us to a fundraising Banquet on Friday, March 17 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel commencing at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale at $4,000 each and proceeds will fund the development of new projects.

On Saturday, March 18, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. members of the Fellowship Groups will be on Retreat at the United Theological College of the West Indies, Mona. This will be a Silent Retreat and the theme for the day is "Good News for a Bad News World" All members of the Church are invited to attend and registration forms are available from the church office.

Next Sunday the Friends of the Sunday School will join in Corporate Communion at the 7:30 a.m.

Remember our sick and shut-in members. Today we pray for:

  • Mrs. Eulalee Vernon
  • Douet and Mabel Sergeant
  • Miss Phyllis Williams
  • Miss Roslyn Purville
  • Mr. Bob McKenzie
  • Mr. Lloyd Facey
  • Mrs. Lorna Jennings

Today we welcome to our 7:30 a.m. Eucharist, members of the Jamaica Netball Association and the National Team who will be participating in the Commonwealth Games. Our prayers and best wishes go with them. A warm welcome to all other visitors and friends.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

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COLLECT - First Sunday in Lent

Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit into the
wilderness and was tempted by Satan: Come quickly to help
us who assaulted by many temptations and, as you know the
weaknesses of each of us, let each one find you mighty to save;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

BCP Page 163

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The Prayers Of Intercession

The First Sunday in Lent

Leader: Lord our God, as we are baptized in you Name,
protect us from all evil deliver us from all temptation.
May we use this Lent as a time of dedication and renewal.
We pray that your church may stand against evil and seek good.
We remember before you all who have lost faith,
those who no longer pray themselves,
those who find it difficult to trust in you or in anyone.
Lord, we trust in you.
All: Deliver us from all evil.
Leader: We pray for people who have become possessed by greed or
for all who have become insensitive to the needs of others.
Lord, we remember the exploited peoples:
We pray for those driven off their land and out of their homes;
for all caught up in sectarian violence or in war,
for all who feel inadequate, or unable to cope.
Lord, we trust in you.
All: Deliver us from all evil.
Leader: We give thanks for all who have set us an example of godly
Living, for people of discipline and dedication.
We pray today for athletes and sportspeople,for all who learn
discipline through their hobbies or work.
We pray for those with whom we work, for our families and friends.
Lord, we trust in you.
All: Deliver us from all evil.
Leader: We give you thanks for healers and reconcilers of people.
We pray for all whose relationships have broken down,
for those full of animosity and hatred;
that we all may learn to forgive as we are forgiven.
We pray for all caught up in crime and wickedness.
Lord, we trust in you.
All: Deliver us from all evil.
Leader: We give you thanks and praise for all who have triumphed over
evil and temptation and who now serve you in the peace of
your kingdom. We pray for those who are departed,
especially …………………………. and that at the last we may
share with them in glory.
Lord, we trust in you.

Deliver us from all evil.

(Silence may be kept)

All: Most holy Lord, you were tempted, as we are;
be our strength in times of weakness.
When we fall lift us up, when we are in error direct us.
In all our wanderings, be our guide;
that we may be your faithful people to our life's end.

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Prayers for Sundays in Lent

President: BLESSED BE GOD: Father, Son and Holy Spirit
All: AND BLESSED be His Kingdom, now and forever. Amen
All: O thou to whom all hearts are open, cleanse the
the thoughts of our hearts. O thou to whom all desires
are known, purify our desires. O thou to whom no
secrets are hid, make known to me my inner life.
Strengthen me to grow into that divine likeness which
thou didst plant in me at my creation, that my feelings
may rise from love and holiness, and my thoughts be governed by truth, O creator God, redeeming Lord and
sanctifying Spirit. Amen.
All: Holy God, holy and mighty
holy and immortal one, have mercy upon us.
Holy God, holy and mighty
holy and immortal one, have mercy upon us.
Holy God, holy and mighty
Holy and immortal one, have mercy upon us.
President: The sacrifice of God id a broken spirit: a broken and
a contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

Let us ask God for pardon and peace.


Almighty God, our heavenly Father,
we have sinned against you and against our brothers
and sisters, in thought, word and deed, in the wrong we
have done and in the good we have not done,
through ignorance, through weakness, through our own deliberate fault. We are truly sorry, and repent of all
our sins. For the sake of your son Jesus Christ who
died for us. Forgive us all our sins.
And grant that we may serve you in newness of life,
to the glory of your holy name. Amen.





Father eternal, giver of light and grace, we have sinned against you and against our fellow men,
in what we have thought, in what we have said and done, through ignorance, through weakness,
our own deliberate fault. We have wounded your love,
and marred your image in us. We are very sorry and
repent of all our sins. For the sake of your Son Jesus
Christ, who died for us, forgive us all that is past; and
lead us out of darkness to walk as children of light,
to the glory of your Name. Amen.



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Praise the Lord! You heavens adore him


Praise the Lord! you heavens adore Him -
Praise Him, angels in the height!
Sun and moon, rejoice before him;
Praise him, all you stars and light.
Praise the Lord, for He hath spoken:
Worlds his mighty voice obeyed;
Laws which never shall be broken
For their guidance He has made.


Praise the Lord, for He is glorious!
Never shall His promise fail.
God has made His saints victorious,
Sin and death shall not prevail.
Praise the God of our salvation!
Hosts on high, His power proclaim;
Heaven and earth, and all creation,
Laud and magnify His name.


Worship, honour, glory, blessing,
Lord, we offer to your name.
Young and old, your praise expressing,
Join their Saviour to proclaim.
As the saints in heaven adore You,
We would bow before your throne;
As your angels serve before You,
So on earth your will be done. Amen

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Today's Services

First Sunday in Lent

Introit Praise the Lord! You Heavens Adore Him
Old Testament Genesis 9: 8-17
[Mrs. Janet Shaw]
Psalm 25: 3-4,5-6,7-8 [BCP page 497]
(Refrain) Lord, you show your love and
faithfulness to those who keep your covenant.
All sit - No Gloria
Epistle 1 Peter 3: 18-22
[Miss Elaine Davis]
Gradual 200 [Children leave for Sunday School]
Gospel Mark 1: 9-13
Sermon Mrs. Elsie Aarons
The Prayers of Intercession  
Offertory 245
Communion 383, 406, 413
Hymn 363 (Second Collection)
Recessional 92
Processional Praise the Lord! You Heavens Adore Him
Venite [BCP page 36]
Psalm 25: 3-9 [BCP page 497]
First Lesson Genesis 9: 8-17
Benedictus [BCP page 40]
Second Lesson Mark 1: 9-13
Hymn 245
Sermon Mrs. Elsie Aarons
Hymn 363 (Second Collection)
Recessional 92
Introit Praise the Lord! You Heavens Adore Him
Old Testament Genesis 9: 8-17
Psalm 25: 3-8 [BCP page 497]
Gradual 200
Gospel Mark 1: 9-13
Sermon Rev. Fr. Robert McLean
Offertory 245
Communion 383, 406
Recessional 92

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This Week at St. Andrew's

March 6

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

Blood Pressure Clinic
Bible Study

March 7

9:00 a.m.
5:30 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
Moreton Park Committee
March 8
6:30 a.m.
7:30 a.m.
12:00 noon

5:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m.

Holy Eucharist
Property and Building Committee
Mid-day Devotions
(Webster Memorial United Church)

Grief Support Group
Confirmation Class for Adults

March 9
5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
Lenten Devotions
Senior Choir Rehearsal
March 10
9:00 a.m.
6:00 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
Confirmation Class for Juniors
March 11
11:00 a.m.
2:00 p.m.
4:30 p.m.
Little Brothers of St. Andrew
Youth Choir Rehearsal
Youth Fellowship

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