Sunday Bulletin

Fourth Sunday of Easter (Year B)
Sunday, May 7, 2006

In this Bulletin ...

Collect - Fourth Sunday of Easter
Parish News
Prayers Of Intercession
Hymn: Saviour, Like a Shepherd Lead Us
Hymn: The Lord's My Shepherd, I'll Not Want
Today's Services
This Week at St. Andrew's

Beloved Friends,

This morning, as promised, an additional extract from the Lord Bishop's Charge delivered at the Opening Service at the 136th Annual Synod is reproduced for our benefit.

"EITHER WE ARE ONE PEOPLE OR WE ARE NO PEOPLE". Jesus said it, "every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand." (Matthew 12:26, Mark 3:26, Luke 11:18)

The Church is no exception to this rule. The disunity of the Church contradicts its claim to catholicity which is intended to radically redefine and infinitely enlarge words like "us" and "we". God calls his Church to be a witness in the world, to the fact that there is no "us" and "them", but only "we" rejoicing in the wonderful richness of our diversity and excluding no one. St Paul wrote in Galatians 3:8 "….There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female FOR YOU ALL ARE ONE IN CHRIST JESUS."

Ephesians 2:13-19 is even more emphatic. I won't quote the passage in full, but here are some phrases from it. "In Christ Jesus, you who were once far off have been brought near.…He has broken down the dividing wall of hostility…that He might create in Himself ONE NEW MAN…"

So far we have reflected in general terms but we must ask specifically: WHAT TIME IS IT NOW IN JAMAICA?

These are not easy times in which to live in Jamaica. In the struggle to interpret a chaotic and changing world, many Jamaicans eagerly buy into the pervasive "END TIMES" - Theology and Spirituality. The pulpits and airwaves of our land daily issue end time warnings by fervent fundamentalists supported by a flood of publications from the U.S.A. In the Gospels and mainly in the Book of Revelation, we are warned of terrible days to come before "the end of the world" - "The Great Tribulation" Revelation 7:14 "The fiery ordeal" 1 Peter 4:12 referring to the supreme test of persecution including martyrdom, culminating in "ARMAGEDDON" which ushers in the new age. An integral part of this religion is the doctrine of the "RAPTURE" assuring us that if we accept Christ we will be spared the great tribulation. The true Christian will be caught away before the final reign of terror that will be unleashed on the world.

Traditionally, this type of apocalyptic religion arises out of the agony of the oppressed and hard-pressed peoples. I find it very interesting that it is now coming out of the heartlands of the richest and most powerful society in the world today. I say, let us at least be cautious lest we find ourselves being co-opted to support the maintenance of the status quo on the grounds that since God is coming soon for His world, we don't need to do anything much about the present situation. Furthermore it is not clear to me that seeking to rise above it when the crunch comes and leaving lesser souls to face the music is compatible with cross-bearing Christianity." [To be continued…]

We extend a warm welcome to all those visiting with us today.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

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Collect - Fourth Sunday of Easter

O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people: Grant that when we hear His voice we may know Him who calls us each by name, and follow where He leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever.

BCP page 169

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Parish News

Flowers at the foot of the altar are given by the Woodstock family in memory of Victor Woodstock, beloved husband, father and grandfather.

This month we focus on the Home for Girls and welcome them to Corporate Communion at the 7:30 a.m. Eucharist.

The Friends of the Sunday School invite us to join them for A Panorama of Music at the Church Hall on Saturday, June 3, 2006 at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale at $800 each. Refreshments will be on sale.

ALPHA continues at the Church Hall on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.
The invitation is still open to new participants.

Fr. Ho Lung and Friends present MOSES ENCORE at the National Arena, May 19 to 21 and May 26 to 28. Let us support this effort and enjoy an evening of superb entertainment.

This week at St. Andrew's ...

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Prayers Of Intercession

For the Fourth Sunday of Easter

Leader: Father, we give you thanks for the risen Lord,
the Good Shepherd, who seeks out and saves all
who are lost.
We pray for all who are walking in the valley of the
shadow at this time,
all whose lives are hard or being made hard, for all
being attacked by evil.
May they know your love and protection.
We remember all who are called to share in the
shepherding of your people:
we pray for all bishops, priests and deacons,
especially ……………………….
We pray for the work of the Church Army.
Lord of hosts,
All: you are our hope and our strength.
Leader: We ask you to guide all carers and counsellors.
Strengthen all who are looking after others.
We pray for the Samaritans, for Alchoholics
Anonymous, for all who seek out and befriend the needy.
Lord of hosts,
All: you are our hope and our strength.
Leader: We remember all who have protected us and guided us.
We pray for those who have supported us in times of need,
those who have stayed with us in times of darkness.
We pray for our homes and our loved ones.
Lord of hosts,
All: you are our hope and our strength.
Leader: We come with all who have entered into weakness, darkness
or trouble this week.
We pray for those who cannot pray for themselves,
for those who have lost memory or reason,
for all who are facing death, especially those who are lonely.
May they know the Good Shepherd is with them.
Lord of hosts,
All: you are our hope and our strength.
Leader: Lord, may we learn to abide in you,
and know that you abide in us.
May we know that nothing separates us from you.
We pray for all those who have passed through darkness,
and have entered light and life everlasting.
Lord of hosts,

you are our hope and our strength.

(Silence may be kept)



O God of peace, whose Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, was
brought back from the dead to be the great Shepherd,
grant that we may be led by him out of darkness and
death into the fullness of life eternal; through the
same Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit, in all eternity.

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Hymn: Saviour, Like a Shepherd Lead Us

Saviour, like a shepherd lead us,
Much we need Thy tender care;
In Thy pleasant pastures feed us,
For our use Thy folds prepare:

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus,
Thou hast bought us, Thine we are. (Repeat)

Thou hast promised to receive us,
Poor and sinful though we be;
Thou hast mercy to relieve us,
Grace to cleanse, and power to free:

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus
Early let us turn to Thee. (Repeat)

Early let us seek Thy favour;
Early let us do Thy will;
Blessed Lord and only Saviour,
With Thy love our bosoms fill:

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus
Thou hast loved us, love us still. (Repeat)

We are Thine; do Thou befriend us;
Be the guardian of our way;
Keep Thy flock; from sin defend us;
Seek us when we go astray.

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus
Hear Thy children when they pray. (Repeat)

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Hymn: The Lord's My Shepherd, I'll Not Want

The Lord's my Shepherd, I'll not want,
He makes me down to lie
In pastures green He leadeth me
The silent waters by;
He leadeth me, He leadeth me
The silent waters by.

My soul He doth restore again,
And me to walk doth make
Within the paths of blessedness,
E'en for His own name's sake;
Within the paths of blessedness
E'en for His own name's sake.

Yea, though I walk through shadowed vale,
Yet will I fear no ill,
For thou art with me and Thy rod
And staff me comfort still;
Thy rod and staff me comfort still,
Me comfort still.

My table Thou hast furnished
In presence of my foes.
My head with oil Thou dost anoint,
And my cup overflows;
My head with oil Thou dost anoint,
And my cup overflows.

Goodness and mercy all my days
Shall surely follow me,
And in my Father's house always
My dwelling place shall be;
And in my heart forever more
Thy dwelling place shall be.

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Today's Services

Fourth Sunday of Easter

(Corporate for Home for Girls)
Processional 137
First Reading

Acts 4: 32 - 37
[Mr. Owen Streete]

Psalm 23 [BCP page 495]
(Refrain) "The Lord is my Shepherd,
there is nothing I shall want".
All sit. No Gloria.
Second Reading 1 John 3:1-8
[Moyen Campbell]
Gradual 247 [Children leave for Sunday School]
Gospel John 10: 11 - 16
Sermon [Rev. Fr. Edward Jennings]
The Prayers of Intercession  
Offertory 179
Communion 415, 444
Special Offering 309
Recessional Saviour, Like A Shepherd Lead Us
Processional 137

[BCP page 36]

Psalm 23 [page 495]
First Reading Acts 4: 32 - 37
Benedictus [BCP page 40]
Second Reading John 10: 11 - 16
Hymn 247
Sermon [Rev. Fr. Edward Jennings]
Hymns 179, Saviour, Like A Shepherd Lead Us
Introit 137
First Reading

Acts 4: 32 - 37

Psalm 23 [page 495]
Gradual 247
Gospel John 10: 11 - 16
Sermon [Rev. Fr. Edward Jennings]
Offertory 247
Communion 415
Recessional Saviour, Like A Shepherd Lead Us

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This Week at St. Andrew's

May 8

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

Bible Study
St. Clement's Committee

May 9

9:00 a.m.
5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
Girls Home Committee
St. Andrew Settlement Committee
May 10

6:30 a.m.
4:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m.

Holy Eucharist
St. Andrew Care Centre
ALPHA (Church Hall)
Grief Support Group
Young Adults Bible Study

May 11
5:30 p.m.
Senior Choir Rehearsal
May 12
9:00 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
May 13
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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