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Fifth Sunday of Easter (Year B)
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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.
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,
It takes a mother ...
It takes a mother's patience to bring a child up right -
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.
Please remember to pray for our sick and shut-in members.
Prayers Of Intercession
For the Fifth Sunday of Easter
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Hymn: Faith of Our Mothers
Faith of our mothers, living yet
Faith of our mothers, lavish faith,
Faith of our mother's, guiding faith,
Faith of our mothers, Christian faith,
Hymn: Give Me Jesus
Dark midnight was my cry,
Just about the break of day,
Oh, when I come to die,
Fifth Sunday of Easter
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