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Sixth Sunday of Easter (Year B)
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We now conclude our consideration of excerpts from the Lord Bishop's Charge at our Synod 2006
THE CHALLENGE OF THE TIMES
I don't think it is necessary for me to spell out the parallel. From Chapter 25-32, we have the almost life-long conflict between Jacob and Esau that begun before they were born. Their mother, Rebecca, thought she would have died during a difficult pregnancy and "the Lord said to her, two nations are at war in your womb" (Genesis 25:23). They were twins and, at the time of their birth, Esau came out first with Jacob holding onto his heel - holding him back. These guys took sibling rivalry to unprecedented heights and the fact that the parents took sides (opposing sides) made matters worse. We all know the story of the lost birthright and the stealing of Esau's blessing. In Chapter 27:41, it says, "Now, Esau hated his brother because of the blessing .. and Esau said to himself "The days of mourning for my father are approaching, then I will kill my brother Jacob". Jacob fled for his life and after 21 years of exile and slavery, he is sent back by God to face his brother. As he nears the promised land the news is not good - Esau is coming towards him accompanied by 400 warriors. Jacob falls to prayer "O God of my father Abraham, and God of my father Isaac .. deliver me, I pray Thee from the hand of my brother .. Esau. For I fear him lest he come and slay us all, the mothers with the children" (Genesis 32:11).
However, by a spectacular triumph of grace this story becomes the counterpart to the story of Cain and Abel. What made Esau forgive Jacob and why he abandoned his plan to kill his brother? We do not know. What we know is that Esau, in a gracious and priestly act, set his brother free from a lifetime of guilt and fear. Like the New Testament father of the prodigal, we read in Genesis 33:4 "Esau ran to meet him and embraced him, and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept .." A chastened, penitent and grateful Jacob is inspired to give a tremendous affirmation of brotherhood and of the brother he had defrauded. He says in Genesis 33:10 - "TRULY, TO SEE YOUR FACE IS LIKE SEEING THE FACE OF GOD". What is Jacob saying here about God? Not the angry, vengeful God we find in some writings. The hymn writer says it for us -
We extend a warm welcome to all those visiting with us today.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
COLLECT - Sixth Sunday of Easter
O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.Back to Top
Flowers at the foot of the altar are given in memory of Mrs. Rose Lynch by the Women's Working Committee which she established thirty-three (33) years ago as a support group for the Church. Among the Committee's many achievements is major repair and refurbishing of the Church Hall some years ago. Today we formally launch the Rose Lynch Scholarship Fund.
REMEMBER! The Friends of the Sunday School are expecting our full support for their 'Panorama of Music' to be held on Saturday June 3 at the Church Hall. Tickets are on sale at $800 each, proceeds in aid of the Sunday Schools
Also, we will be hosts to the St. Andrew Deanery Sunday School Festival on Sunday, May 28. This begins at 2:00 p.m. with a March of Witness followed by a Service in the Church at 3:00 p.m. The theme for the festival is "Save Your Children Lord" and it is expected that 27 Sunday Schools will be represented. It will be necessary to install a tent beside the Old Court House and this will be in place from the Saturday preceding the Festival.
The Annual Healing Conference takes place at the Starfish Trelawny Hotel, May 26 to 28. Special guest speaker will be Capt. Philip Johanson of the Church Army.
Thursday of this week is Ascension Day and the Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 5:30 p.m.
Holy Baptism will be administered next Sunday, May 28 during the 7:30 a.m. Eucharist.
DID YOU KNOW THAT ..The Incorporated Lay Body of the Church in Jamaica is a registered entity and holds all property and funds on behalf of the Diocese. It exercises all the rights and duties of a corporation, except that it does not act as an administrative body. It consists of four communicant lay members of the Jamaica Church who have been appointed by the Synod of the Church.
Please remember to pray for our sick and shut-in members.
Prayers Of Intercession
For the Sixth Sunday of Easter
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Hymn: My Jesus, I Love Thee, I Know Thou Art Mine
Sixth Sunday of Easter
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