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Fifth Sunday in Lent (Year B)
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We are all gradually recognizing that the health of the family and community are dependent on the individual's ability to relate. Our interpersonal (between persons) and intrapersonal (within one's self) relationships, will always be a fundamental element which determines our peace of mind and our ability to be whole and well. Spiritual growth depends on an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. This fourth principle expressed by Gary C. Newton, makes the connection between the initial start of our walk with the Lord and our continued journey with Him throughout the many and varied scenes of life. As he says, "Salvation is only the first step in a long journey of intimacy with our Lord."
There is a connection between growth and a close relationship with Jesus. In John 15:1-7 Jesus described himself as the Vine and Christians as the branches. The concept is repeated in the passage, because the only way to grow and bear fruit in our lives is to remain closely connected to the Vine. It is our Christian responsibility to "remain, continue and stay close to Jesus throughout our lives.
There are five benefits of remaining closely linked to Jesus. The first benefit is fruitfulness in our lives as a result of the fruit of the Spirit, (Galatians 5:22-23). The evidence of fruit-bearing lives is directly related to our maturity in Christ. The second benefit is found in verse 4 of John 15. Jesus gives us the assurance that He will abide with us always, come what may! The third benefit of nurturing a close relationship with Jesus is answered prayer, (verse7). "As we get closer to the Lord, the more our thoughts and desires become like His, and the more His will is accomplished through us and our prayers." The fourth benefit is what Jesus calls JOY (John 15:11) "This joy reflects a deep satisfaction based on a person's assurance of the presence of God in his or her life" The fifth benefit of staying close to Jesus and obeying His word, is friendship with Him, (John 15:14-15). It is at this depth of friendship that the Christian is enabled to discern God's Word with more clarity and insight. Through this encounter we come to know what is God's purpose and Will, and enjoy the rich blessings of intimacy with the Lord of Lords. "I am the Vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. (John15:5)
We extend a warm welcome to all our visitors. Special welcome to
the Board of Management of the Jamaica Agricultural Society who
are worshipping with us at the 9:45 a.m. Service as they celebrate
Sincerely yours in Christ,
That we may be closer drawn to your service
"O God we have loved you but not enough. We have sought
CONFIRMATION. The Bishop of Kingston, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Robert Thompson will administer the Sacrament of Confirmation on Palm Sunday, 9th April at 6:00 p.m. 24 persons will be confirmed, including four from St. Clement's, Kencot. We continue to pray for the confirmands.
ALPHA 2006 will commence on Wednesday, 26th April , 5:30 p.m. at the Church Hall and will continue on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. until 5th July .
REMEMBER THE "SIGMA RUN" on April 9. The following roads will be affected between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.: Knutsford Blvd., Waterloo Road, West Kings House Road, Trafalgar Road, Constant Spring Road, Half Way Tree Road and Oxford Road.
Parents and Guardians of Sunday School children are reminded to bring and join their children in making palm crosses for distribution on Palm Sunday. This will be on Saturday, 8th April, 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon in the Old Court House.
The Annual General Meeting for Friends of the Sunday School will be held in the Old Court House on Sunday , 9th April following the 7:30 Service.
WE THANK THE MEMBERS OF THE FUNDAISING COMMMITTEE OF THE CARE
CENTRE FOR THEIR EFFORTS IN ORGANIZING THE GOLF TOURNAMENT
We are inviting members of the congregation to share with us their thoughts and suggestions relating to our ministry here at St. Andrew's. Please email your comments to us at email@example.com.
Prayers Of Intercession
For The Fifth Sunday In Lent
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Hymn: Praise to the living GodPraise to the living God
All praise be to his Name
who was, and is, and is to be,
for aye the same!
The one eternal God
ere aught that now appears:
the First, the Last, beyond all thought
his timeless years!
Formless, all lovely forms
His Spirit floweth free,
Eternal life hath he
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Hymn: Seek ye first the kingdom of God
Fifth Sunday In Lent
(Corporate for Church Committee)
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This Week at St. Andrew's
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