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Second Sunday of Easter (Year B)
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At the heart of the New Testament and the Christian faith is the assertion of the Resurrection of Christ. This faith proclamation influenced the lifestyle of the early Christians and has a constant implication for the Christian Church and its witness for each period of history
The Scriptures affirm that "by His death He destroyed death and by His rising to life again He has won for us eternal life". In His dying and rising, Jesus destroyed not only death, but our death. Since we are united with Him through the Baptismal Covenant, we shall continue to live with Him when this brief life is over. The Christian faith is rooted not just in the hope for a future life which will take place after death; rather it is the continuation of the new life which we experience in the here and now. "Our faith is, that through our union with Christ, which is established in this life, we live a life which is unaffected by physical death." It is Jesus who declares, "I am the resurrection and I am life; he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live; and whosoever lives and believes in me shall never die." (John 11: 25-26)
The encounter between the first disciples and the risen Christ
moved them from a state of despair and hopelessness as they met
in the Upper Room that first Easter, to become a sign of hope
and faith. As Jesus stood among them and breathed on them (John
20:22) He was transmitting to them new life which would find expression
in new courage, hope and peace. "Jesus, when He has passed
through death, is restored to the world as the place and name
in which any and every human being may find grace and hope and
identity." (Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury) During
this Eastertide may our lives be transformed by the presence of
the risen Christ.
We extend a warm welcome to all those visiting with us today.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Collect - Second Sunday of Easter
Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established
the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been
reborn into the fellowship of Christ's Body may show forth in
their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ
our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one
God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Parish NewsWe express condolences to the families of Mrs. Marion Marsh and Miss Phyllis Williams, two of our shut-in members who died recently. Funeral service for Mrs. Marsh will be on 28th April at 3:00 p.m. We also express condolences on the passing of Hugh Howard Blackwood, brother of Sylvia Sailsman and uncle of Fabia Davis, who died in Canada.
ALPHA 2006 will commence on Wednesday and continue weekly until Wednesday, July 5. Meetings are held at the Church Hall, 5:30 to 8:15 each evening. If you have not already participated in the ALPHA programme, we strongly urge you to use this opportunity for spiritual growth and enrichment.
Next Sunday, April 30 at 5:00 p.m. the St. John's Mission in Bybrook, Portland will present a FEAST OF MUSIC here at St. Andrew's. The Glenmuir High School Concert Choir, our Senior Choir and other artistes will be featured. Tickets are available at $500 each and the proceeds will be in aid of St. John's Building Fund as they start construction of a new mission in Bybrook to replace the one destroyed by flood rains in 2001. Please make a special effort to attend and support this worthy cause.
THERE WILL BE NO 6:00 P.M. SERVICE NEXT SUNDAY.
We need to furnish a flat at the Girls Home to accommodate a
new Housemother and would be grateful for donations of furniture
and accessories. Please call the church office if you can assist.
Did you know that the Paschal Candle (Easter Candle) was lit on Easter morning and will burn at services until Ascension Day? It stands at the Baptismal font. It symbolises Christ the Light who has overcome the darkness of the world.
The Church in the Province of the West Indies celebrated the 136th Annual Synod during the period April 18 - 21, 2006, with the theme "Working with God in testing times."
Five practices for church growth:
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.
Please remember to pray for our sick and shut-in members.
Prayers Of Intercession
For the Second Sunday of Easter
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Hymn: Shine, Jesus, Shine
Lord, I come to your awesome presence
As we gaze on your kingly brightness
Second Sunday of Easter
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This Week at St. Andrew's
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