Sunday Bulletin

Second Sunday in Lent (Year B)
Sunday, March 12, 2006

In this Bulletin ...

Remember ...
Parish News
Sick and Shut-In
Prayers Of Intercession
Preparations For Sundays In Lent
Hymn: Lord of all being throned afar
Today's Services
This Week at St. Andrew's

Beloved Friends,

Lent is the single period in which the Universal Church expresses its practice of discipline and abstinence. It is a time of preparation. Advent is also another period, which prepares us for the Christmas - Epiphany celebration. The Lenten journey prepares us for the celebration of the Resurrected One. Our fasting and prayers, reading and meditation on the Holy Scriptures (the Bible), reception of the Sacraments, and our acts of charity can enable us to focus more on our relationship with our Lord and enrich that relationship. There are many Christians who make a sacrificial giving up of things that they enjoy. However, whatever we do we must relate to our intention for Lent, which is spiritual growth.

The dynamics of spiritual growth was the theme of our Ash Wednesday quiet day and reflection. It was observed that this growth is not random or arbitrary; it is a path with a number of steps or stages. There are eight principles that have been identified as being able to help us experience the transforming grace of God. (See: Growing Towards Spiritual Maturity: Gary C. Newton) The first principle is that God is ultimately responsible for spiritual growth. This is clearly seen in Isaiah 61:11 where God's role in relating to His people is analogous to that of a farmer who prepares the soil of our hearts to receive the seed of faith.

"God plays the role of a seasoned farmer, carefully preparing the soil and maintaining the garden with the vision to see each seed grow into maturity."

Certainly, there is the need for our effort and persistence, but the nurturing, pruning and sustaining is the work of God who will bring forth the fruit of the Spirit through the inner working of His Grace. (Read Ephesians 1:4)

"The Holy Spirit works as a catalyst throughout our life. He first brings us into a personal relationship with Jesus and then moulds us into His likeness

- He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:6)

We need to recognize the indwelling working of God in our lives, enabling us to mature towards true spiritual growth.

We extend a warm welcome to all our visitors and pray for God's indwelling presence as you worship with us.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

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Remember ...

Prayer and the Bible can help you overcome

Simple Living for Busy People
Compiled by Lila Empson.

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Parish News


We express our condolences to the family of Mrs. Lucille Hamilton who died on March 6. She was for many years the Secretary in our church office. Funeral service for Mrs. Hamilton will be on Thursday, 16th March at 2:00 p.m.

Condolences also to Mrs. Andrea Chin See on the death of her father Milton Thomas.

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

St. Boniface Church, Harbour View presents 'A Feast of Music' featuring The Livingstone College Choir & Band from North Carolina next Sunday, March 19 at 6:00 p.m. Contribution: $600.

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. The theme for the day is 'Good News for a Bad News World' and the presenters are Rt. Rev. Dr. Robert Thompson, Rev. Jim Parkes and Rev. Jean Forbes. All members of the Church are invited to attend. Registration forms are available at the church office. Cost per person: $950.

The Young Adult Group will hold their Annual General Meeting in the Old Court House on Wednesday, 29th March at 6:00 p.m. The weekly Bible Study continues on Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m.

New Parking Arrangements. With effect from today, March 12, 2006 vehicles arriving from the 6:30 a.m. Eucharist will enter the parking area from Hagley Park Road and leave by way of Eastwood Park Road. The Hagley Park Road entrance will be used by vehicles arriving for the later service at 7:30 a.m. This is being done to avoid the congestion and undue delays being experienced at present. We appeal for your understanding and cooperation


Shut-In Members

  • Sherman Bentley

  • Marion Leon

  • Elma McFarlane

  • Derissa Russell

  • Coritta Sewell

  • Cynthia Stewart


  • Leonie Gray

  • Roy Knight

  • Bob McKenzie

  • Gloria Sinclair

  • Ivy Walters

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Prayers Of Intercession

For The Second Sunday In Lent

Leader: O God, we come to you with joy, for we are inheritors of the kingdom:
we share with Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca and Jacob and Rachel in your promises,
we rejoice in your love and your salvation.
As we have received from you, may we bring light and hope to others.
We pray for the wavering in faith and for the weak in spirit.
We pray for lapsed Christians, and for all who have never known you.
We pray for the joy and the mission of your church.
Lord of love and light,
All: hear us.
Leader: You are the hope of all the world.
We pray for better relationships between nations,
for a greater sense of belonging to one great family.
We pray today for the United Nations, the programmes for peace,
For a deepening of goodwill among those once at war.
Lord of love and light,
All: hear us.
Leader: Lord, we thank you for all who through good relationships have shown your love.
We pray for all whom we love and all who love us.
We pray for the recently engaged and the newly married.
We remember any who are struggling in their relationships.
Lord of love and light,
All: hear us.
Leader: We come with all who have suffered at the hands of others,
All refugees and homeless peoples, dispossessed peoples and distraught peoples.
We pray for those afraid of any relationships,
All who can no longer trust anyone, those who cannot trust themselves.
We pray for all who are ill and for their loved ones in their anxiety.
We pray especially for …………………..
Lord of love and light,
All: hear us.
Leader: We give thanks for all who have been faithful to you.
We pray for those who now rejoice in your love and peace in its fullness.
We pray for loved ones departed, especially ……..
Lord of love and light,

hear us.

(Silence may be kept)


To you, O Lord, be praise and glory, for the victory of our Lord Jesus Christ over death and hell; in him we are more than conquerors, for he has called us into eternal life, Lord, make us worthy of our calling that we may serve you in love and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who reigns with you and the Holy spirit, now and for ever. Amen.


  "O God we have loved you but not enough. We have sought you but not diligently. We have seen but not perceived. We have heard but not understood. We have hoped for things heavenly but we have clung to the things of this earth and our hearts are far from you the Holy One. Draw us now in your mercy unto thyself O God, that the time to come may not be as the past, but that seeing you, understanding you and loving you, your kingdom may come and we maybe closer drawn to your service; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen".

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The Preparations For Sundays In Lent

PRESIDENT: (+) Blessed be God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit
ALL: and blessed be His Kingdom, Now and forever.

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 us our
inner life.
Strengthen us to grow into that divine likeness
which thou didst plant in us at our creation, that our
feelings may rise from love and holiness, and our
thoughts be governed by truth, O creator God,
redeeming Lord and sanctifying Spirit. Amen.
PRESIDENT: Seek the Lord while He wills to be found,
call upon Him while He is near.
let the wicked forsake their way,
and the unrighteous their thoughts;
let them return to the Lord, that He may
have mercy on them, and to our God, for He
will abundantly pardon.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways my ways,
says the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.

A period of silence shall be kept.

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 brothers and sisters,
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.




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.


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Hymn: Lord Of All Being Throned Afar

  1. Lord of all being, throned afar,
    Thy glory flames from sun and star;
    Centre and soul of every sphere,
    Yet to each loving heart how near!

  2. Sun of our life, thy quickening ray
    Sheds on our path the glow of day;
    Star of our hope, thy softened light
    Cheers the long watches of the night.

  3. Lord of all life, below, above,
    Whose light is truth, whose warmth is love,
    Before thy ever-blazing throne
    We ask no luster of our own.

  4. Grant us thy truth to make us free,
    And kindling hearts that burn for thee,
    Till all thy living altars claim
    One holy light, one heavenly flame.

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Today's Services

Second Sunday In Lent

Introit 376
Old Testament Genesis 22: 1-14
[Mrs. Carole Willis]
Psalm 16: 5-11 [BCP page 483]
Epistle Romans 8: 31-39
[Mr. Douglas Evelyn]
Gradual 300 [Children leave for Sunday School]
Gospel Mark 8: 31-38
Sermon Dr. Lucien Jones
The Prayers of Intercession  
Offertory 334
Communion 383, 385, 413
Recessional Lord of all being throned afar
Processional 376
Venite [BCP page 36]
Psalm 16: 5-11 [BCP page 483]
First Lesson Genesis 22: 1-14
Benedictus [BCP page 40]
Second Lesson Mark 8: 31-38
Hymn 300
Sermon Dr. Lucien Jones
Hymns 334 and "Lord of all being throned afar"
Introit 376
Epistle Genesis 22: 1-14
Psalm 16: 5-11 [BCP page 483]
Gradual 300
Gospel Mark 8: 31-38
Sermon Rev. Fr. Edward Jennings
Offertory 334
Recessional Lord of all being throned afar

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This Week at St. Andrew's

March 13

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

Bible Study
St. Clement's Committee

March 14

9:00 a.m.
5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
Girls Home Committee
St. Andrew Settlement
March 15
6:30 a.m.
12:00 noon

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

Holy Eucharist
Mid-day Devotions
(Webster Memorial United Church)

Grief Support Group
Confirmation Class for Adults
Church Committee

March 16
5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
Lenten Devotions
Senior Choir Rehearsal
March 17
9:00 a.m.
6:00 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
Confirmation Class for Juniors
March 18
11:00 a.m.
2:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m.
Little Brothers of St. Andrew
Youth Choir Rehearsal
Youth Fellowship

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