Sunday Bulletin

Palm Sunday (Year B)
Sunday, April 9, 2006

In this Bulletin ...

Obedient even unto the death of the cross
Parish News
Prayers Of Intercession
Sick and Shut-In Members
Hymn: Let the Son of God Enfold You
Today's Services
This Week at St. Andrew's

Beloved Friends,

We have journeyed through the past five weeks of Lent, reflecting on four of eight principles for spiritual maturity. After Easter we will continue our reflections on the remaining four principles. On this Palm Sunday, the Church celebrates Christ's triumphant entry into Jerusalem to accomplish his saving work by dying and rising again. As Jesus decided that it was finally time for the world's most anticipated parade, he rode like a conquering King into his capital city; the people and tourists from all over Israel lined the streets and cheered wildly!!

The crowd shouted "Hosanna to the son of David, the Promised One" and hailed him as the people's choice. However he did not fit the profile or fulfill their expectation. "What type of King walks to work, sleeps beneath the stars, lives among the poor and fills his calendar with people for whom kings have no time?" (Rev. Brett Younger; Pulpit's Digest) A few days later, five to be precise, the people were called to an election and Jesus lost the vote. It is quite tempting to praise Jesus without committing ourselves to follow him. If we follow Christ, we will live against the grain of the prevailing culture.

"We will tell the truth, in a world that lies; give, in a world that takes; love, in a world that lusts; make peace, in a world that fights; serve, in a world that waits to be served; worship, in a world that entertains; carry a cross, in a world that crucifies those who love." (Rev. Brett Younger; Pulpit's Digest)

The practice of distributing Palm Crosses has a devotional value and dates back to early Christianity. It is this Cross which will be returned next year before Ash Wednesday, to be burnt and the ashes imposed on our foreheads to remind us of our mortality and need for repentance. The reading of the Passion Gospel of Mark 14:1-72; 15:11-39; and John 18 &19, take us into the heart of Holy Week. Although the services this week are shaped by the historic events of the last week of Jesus' earthly life, they form the central focus for our celebration of Christ's victory over death. The liturgy of Palm Sunday tells us that the Kingly power of Christ is the power of self-giving love alone.

It is my hope that we all share in the Holy Week services, identifying with the suffering of the crucified Christ in order that we can, with sincerity rejoice in the Risen Lord at Easter.

We extend a warm welcome to all those visiting with us today. Special welcome to Bishop Thompson who will administer the rite of Confirmation this evening.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

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Obedient even unto the death of the cross

"And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself,
and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross."
Philippians 2:8

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Parish News

During this week (Holy Week) the Holy Eucharist will be celebrated on Monday and Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. and on Wednesday at 6:30 a.m. Each evening at 6 o'clock our devotion will focus on The Stations of the Cross.

On Thursday (Maundy Thursday) members of the Clergy will attend a Chrism Mass and Renewal of Ordination Vows at the Cathedral Church
at 10:00 a.m., and at 7:00 p.m. we will celebrate the Maundy Thursday Liturgy here at the Parish Church. On Good Friday the Services will be as follows:

  • 8:00 a.m. - Celebration of the Lord's Passion
  • 12:00 noon - Three Hour Meditation

Services on Easter Day (Sunday) will be at:

  • 5:00 a.m. - Lighting of the Paschal Candle, Solemn Procession, Sung Eucharist and Sermon.
  • 7:30 a.m. - Sung Eucharist and Sermon
  • 9:45 a.m. - Holy Eucharist and Sermon
  • 4:00 p.m. - Service for Children
  • 6:00 p.m. - Holy Eucharist and Sermon

The 136th Annual Synod of the Church convenes on Tuesday, April 18 and continues through Friday, April 21. Consequently there will be no morning services here during that week and the Church Committee meeting has been re-scheduled to the following Thursday, April 27. Our Synod representatives are Mrs. Andrea Chin See and Mr. Frank James.

The Altar Guild is inviting your participation in the cleaning of the church on Saturday, April 15, in preparation for the Easter Day services.

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Please remember to pray for our sick and shut-in members.

Shut-In Members

  • Ina Barrett
  • Leitha Gordon
  • Clarice Cox
  • Maisie Foster
  • Lucille Barrett
  • Hesna Jamel

Sick Members

  • Adeline Vickers-Henry
  • Bob McKenzie
  • Joy Dean
  • Myrtle Campbell
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Prayers Of Intercession

For Palm Sunday

Leader: Christ broken on the cross, we draw near to you,
we come with broken promises and broken dreams,
we come as a church divided and not at unity in itself.
Yet we seek through you to share in salvation,
and to bring others to your saving love.
Lord, as you give yourself to us, may we give ourselves for others.
Lord of the cross, we come to you.
All: You can make us whole.
Leader: We pray for nation that is divided against nation,
for peoples that are not at peace with their neighbours;
for all places of discord and dissatisfaction.
Bless, O Lord, the work of the United Nations;
guide all who give themselves in the cause of peace.
We pray for communities torn apart by hatred.
Lord of the cross, we come to you.
All: You can make us whole.
Leader: May we accept you, O Christ, as our King;
let your rule begin in our hearts and homes.
We pray for homes where there is discord;
for homes darkened by deceit and betrayal,
for homes where loyalty and love are divided.
Lord of the cross, we come to you.
All: You can make us whole.
Leader: Lord, be with all who have a difficult week ahead,
the scorned and the rejected, those who face insult
or degradation.
We remember those who will be persecuted for faith
or principle,
For those whose spirits will be broken this week.
We pray for the broken-hearted and those with broken
for all who are suffering from any kind of breakdown.
Lord of the cross, we come to you.
All: You can make us whole.
Leader: We give thanks for the holy martyrs of God,
for all who have suffered for others and for truth,
for those who sacrificed for us and are now at rest.
Through your cross and passion may we share with
them in glory.
Lord of the cross, we come to you.

You can make us whole.

(Silence may be kept)


Holy Father, as Christ entered Jerusalem,
let him enter our lives, let the King of glory come in,
that he may rule in our hearts,
and that we may offer our love and lives to him;
through the same Christ our Lord, who offered his life
for us, and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God,
world without end. Amen.

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Hymn: Let the Son of God Enfold You

O let the Son of God enfold you
with His Spirit and His love;
let Him fill your heart and satisfy your soul.
O let Him have the things that hold you,
and His spirit, like a dove, will descend upon
your life and make you whole.

Jesus, o Jesus,
Come and fill Your lambs;
Jesus, o Jesus,
Come and fill Your lambs.

O come and sing this song with gladness,
as your hearts are filled with joy;
lift your hands in sweet surrender to His name.
O give Him all your tears and sadness,
give Him all your years of pain,
and you'll enter into life in Jesus' name.

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Today's Services

Palm Sunday

(Corporate for Mother's Union)

Introit 597
Old Testament

Isaiah 52: 13 - 53: 12
[Mrs. Ena Dallen]

Psalm 22: 1-11 [BCP page 493]
Epistle Philippians 2: 5-11
[Mrs. Paulette Hollingsworth]
Gradual 96 [Children leave for Sunday School]
Gospel Mark 15: 1-39
Sermon Rev. Major Sirrano Kitson
The Prayers of Intercession  
Offertory 97
Communion O let the Son of God unfold you, 394, 202
Recessional 99
Processional 98

[BCP page 36]

Psalm 22: 1-11 BCP page 493
(Refrain) My God, My God why have you forsaken me.
All sit - No Gloria
First Lesson Isaiah 52: 13 - 53: 12
Benedictus [BCP page 40]
Second Lesson Mark 15: 1-39
Hymn 96
Sermon Rev. Major Sirrano Kitson
Hymns 97, 99
(Programmes will be provided)

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This Week at St. Andrew's (HOLY WEEK)

April 10

9:00 a.m.
6:00 p.m.

Holy Eucharist
Devotions - "The Stations of the Cross"

April 11

9:00 a.m.
6:00 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
Devotions - "The Stations of the Cross"
April 12

6:30 a.m.
6:00 p.m.

Holy Eucharist
Devotions - "The Stations of the Cross"

Maundy Thursday
April 13
7:00 p.m.
Maundy Thursday Liturgy
Good Friday
April 14
8:00 a.m.
12:00 noon
Celebration of the Lord's Passion
Three Hour Meditation
Easter Day (Sunday)
April 16
5:00 a.m.

7:30 a.m.
9:45 a.m.
4:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m.
Lighting of the Paschal Candle,
Solemn Procession,
Sung Eucharist and Sermon.
Sung Eucharist and Sermon.
Holy Eucharist and Sermon.
Service for Children.
Holy Eucharist and Sermon.

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