Sunday Bulletin

Fifth Sunday of Easter (Year B)
Sunday, May 14, 2006

In this Bulletin ...

It takes a mother ...
Parish News
Prayers Of Intercession
Sick and Shut-In Members
Hymn: Faith of Our Mothers
Hymn: Give Me Jesus
Today's Services
This Week at St. Andrew's

Beloved Friends,

Once again, we focus on an additional extract from the Lord Bishop's Charge delivered at the Opening Service at the 136th Annual Synod.

"SAVE US FROM THE TIME OF TRIAL" is a valid prayer, taught to us by the Master Himself. But we must be willing to add "NEVERTHELESS" as He did in Gethsemane and to preface it with His ""If" "Father if it be possible let this cup pass from me… nevertheless, not My will but thine be done" (Matthew 26:39, Mark 14:36, Luke 22:42). In the same texts, knowing that the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak, He says to His disciples who slept while He suffered (I quote from the N.R.S.V.) "STAY AWAKE AND PRAY THAT YOU MAY NOT COME INTO THE TIME OF TRIAL" (Matthew 26:41, Mark 14:38 and twice in Luke 22:40 and v.46)

Yes, there are times when God wills that we should escape the time of trial. In Cor.10:13b (again quoting from the N.R.S.V.) it says GOD IS FAITHFUL AND WILL NOT LET YOU BE TESTED BEYOND YOUR STRENGTH, BUT WILL WITH THE TESTING PROVIDE THE WAY OUT THAT YOU MAY BE ABLE TO ENDURE IT."

However, there are some trials we have to endure and some tests that we must pass if we are to grow up to our full stature as Christians and as humans. And so in Peter1 :6-7 we read "In this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials so that the genuineness of your faith, being more precious than gold, that though perishable is tested by fire may be found to result in praise and glory and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed." The same idea is found in Cor. 3:12-15 and Rev. 3:8.
End times or not, I choose the text from Genesis 4 because I believe that the story of Cain and Abel can help us to clarify our vocation as Jamaican Christians, in times like these. WE LIVE IN A TIME WHICH IS DEFINED BY VIOLENCE AND MURDER. William Shakespeare in "Hamlet " (1:3) uses a memorable phrase: Murder, most foul… strange and unnatural". The murderer is the "magna peccata". Murder is the worst possible crime because it is irreversible, but more so, it represents a presumptuous defiance of God, the Giver of life, and attempts to reverse the life-giving activity of the Creator.

What is happening now may well be described as "most foul" because it has a peculiar demonic quality of violence, malevolence, heartlessness, capriciousness and terror. It may also be considered "strange and unnatural" because it is directed against our own - our own brothers and sisters, against innocent children, including infants whom "normal people" would want to love and protect, against vulnerable old people who would be regarded as special treasures in any civilized society. Strange and unnatural because it brands us as zombies without natural affection or human feeling.

Of course, Jamaica has always been a violently murderous place beginning with the ruthless extermination of the Tainos (Arawaks), the innumerable persons who perished in the Middle Passage and during the holocaust of slavery and even in the colonial period when the majority of our people were deemed expendable."

Next week we will follow the Bishop's exegesis on this most painful concern of our people today.

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

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Back to Top

It takes a mother ...

It takes a mother's patience to bring a child up right -
Her courage and her cheerfulness to make a dark day bright.
It takes a mother's wisdom to recognize our needs.
And to give us reassurance by her loving words and deeds.
And that is why, in all this world there could not be another
Who could fulfill God's purpose as completely as a mother.

God's Promises from A to Z

Back to Top

Parish News

We extend condolences to the family of Mrs. Myrtle Cotterell who died last Tuesday.

Congratulations to Michael Elliott who was the 2006 Validictorian for the U.T.C's graduation exercise held on May 10, 2006.

On Sunday, May 28 we will be hosts to the St. Andrew Deanery Sunday School Festival which will begin at 2:00 p.m. with a March of Witness, followed by a Service from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.

On Saturday, June 3 The Friends of the St. Andrew Parish Church Sunday Schools will present A Panorama of Music at the Church Hall commencing at 6:00 p.m. Entertainment provided by Michael Harris, Darcy Tulloch, Cmdr. John McFarlane and other artistes backed by Peter Ashbourne and Ashes. Tickets are on sale @ $800 each, proceeds in aid of the Sunday Schools and we look forward to your support.

The Annual Healing Conference takes place at the Starfish Trelawny, May 26 to 28. Special guest speaker will be Captain Philip Johanson of the Church Army

The Senior Choir is in need of male and female choristers. For further information please contact the Choir Director, Mr. Audley Davidson or the church office.

 

This week at St. Andrew's ...

Back to Top

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

Shut-In Members

  • Phyllis Ashby
  • Joyce Barrett
  • Madge Day
  • Zoe Davis
  • Ethel Morrison
  • Minetta Smith

Sick Members

  • Lloyd Facey
  • Joyce Miller
  • Peter Myers
  • Julian Nosworthy
Back to Top

Prayers Of Intercession

For the Fifth Sunday of Easter

Leader: Father of all, we pray for your church,
that it may be a caring, loving and accepting church.
We pray for the outreach of your church, the St. Andrew Home for Girls and the St. Andrew Care Centre, that it may seek out the needy, the outcasts and the rejected: that love may be revealed in action.
Lord, as you abide in us,
All: may we abide in you.
Leader: We come with sorrow for all who have been denied
freedom or peace.
We pray for places where communities have been destroyed, where families have been divided or separated, for children who have lost contact with their parents.
We remember all who seek to heal that which divides.
Lord, as you abide in us,
All: may we abide in you.
Leader: We give thanks for areas where people can exercise
their talents, where people are free to think and to act without hindrance. We pray for all who are enriching our world with their gifts.
We pray for our families and friends, and those who support and care for us, especially our mothers.
Lord, as you abide in us,
All: may we abide in you.
Leader: We think of all whose lives have been marred by their past: for lives destroyed by bad memories, hatred, guilt or resentment; for all who are weary of life, who are tired of serving others. In the power of the risen Lord we ask for renewal, refreshment, restoration.
We pray for the sick …………….

Lord, as you abide in us,

All: may we abide in you.
Leader: Lord of life and love, we praise you for all who have
borne fruit in your service, for all who have forwarded your kingdom, for all who have shared their love and goodness.
We pray for all our loved ones departed……..
Lord, as you abide in us,
All:

may we abide in you.

(Silence may be kept)

 

All:

God of love, may we abide in your presence and so abide in your love: as we freely receive your love, let us freely share with others all that you have given to us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, for ever and ever. Amen


Back to Top

Hymn: Faith of Our Mothers

Faith of our mothers, living yet
In cradle song and bedtime prayer,
In nurs'ry love and fireside love,
Thy presence still pervades the air:
Faith of our mothers, living faith,
We will be true to thee till death.

Faith of our mothers, lavish faith,
The fount of childhood's trust and grace,
O may thy consecration prove
The wellspring of a nobler race:
Faith of our mothers, lavish faith,
We will be true to thee till death.

Faith of our mother's, guiding faith,
For youthful longing youthful doubt,
How blurred our vision, blind our way,
Thy providential care without:
Faith of our mothers, guiding faith,
We will be true to thee till death.

Faith of our mothers, Christian faith,
In truth beyond our man-made creeds,
Still serve the home and save the church,
And breathe thy spirit through our deeds:
Faith of our mothers, Christian faith,
We will be true to thee till death.

Back to Top

Hymn: Give Me Jesus

Refrain
Give me Jesus,
Give me Jesus,
You may have all this world,
Give me Jesus.

Dark midnight was my cry,
Dark midnight was my cry,
Dark midnight was my cry,
Give me Jesus.
(Refrain)

Just about the break of day,
Just about the break of day,
Just about the break of day,
Give me Jesus
(Refrain)

Oh, when I come to die,
Oh, when I come to die,
Oh when I come to die,
Give me Jesus.
(Refrain)

Back to Top

Today's Services

Fifth Sunday of Easter

6:30 a.m. HOLY EUCHARIST
7:30 a.m. SUNG EUCHARIST & SERMON
Processional 222
First Reading

Acts 8: 26-40
[Mrs. Simone Foote]

Psalm 66: 1-11 (All Stand)
Second Reading 1 John 3: 18-24
[Mrs. Andrea Goldson]
Gradual 187 [Children leave for Sunday School]
Gospel John 14: 15-21
Sermon [Mrs. Joey James]
The Prayers of Intercession  
Offertory 205
Communion 385, 345, Give me Jesus, 419
Hymn for Mothers Faith of our Mothers (All Sit)
Recessional 132
9:45 a.m. MORNING PRAYER & SERMON
Processional 222
Venite

[BCP page 36]

Psalm 66:1-11
(Refrain) "Cry out with joy to God, all the earth:
O .render him glorious praise."
All sit. No Gloria.
First Reading Acts 8: 26-40
Benedictus [BCP page 40]
Second Reading John 14: 15-21
Hymn 187
Sermon [Mrs. Joey James]
Hymns Faith of our Mothers, 132
6:00 p.m.

FELLOWSHIP GROUP

(Programme will be provided)


Back to Top

This Week at St. Andrew's

Monday
May 15

5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.

Bible Study
Finance Committee

Tuesday
May 16

9:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist
Wednesday
May 17

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

Holy Eucharist
ALPHA (Church Hall)
Grief Support Group
Young Adults Bible Study

Thursday
May 18
5:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m.
Senior Choir Rehearsal
Church Committee
Friday
May 19
9:00 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
Saturday
May 20
11:00 a.m.
2:00 p.m.
4:30 p.m.
Little Brothers of St. Andrew
Youth Choir Rehearsal
Youth Fellowship

Back to Top
Page last updated: May 14, 2006
For all questions and issues related to this site, please email us at standrewch@cwjamaica.com.

Copyright © 2004 - 2006, St. Andrew Parish Church