Sunday Bulletin

Sixth Sunday of Easter (Year B)
Sunday, May 21, 2006

In this Bulletin ...

COLLECT - Sixth Sunday of Easter
Parish News
Prayers Of Intercession
Sick and Shut-In Members
Hymn: My Jesus, I Love Thee
Today's Services
This Week at St. Andrew's

Beloved Friends,

We now conclude our consideration of excerpts from the Lord Bishop's Charge at our Synod 2006

THE CHALLENGE OF THE TIMES
Is to recover our God-given capacity for love and mutual caring (not keeping, but caring). We must cultivate the "ties that bind", we must reclaim our humanity and that of all others, including our enemies. We often speak of the "heartlessness" of the criminals, but if we ourselves are hard-hearted, how are we any different. We must seriously believe in and live by faith in the invincibility of love. THE PROMISE AND THE PROBLEM OF BROTHERHOOD is a dominant theme in the entire Book of Genesis. In Chapter 21, we have the banishment of Ishmael, Abraham's first son, because Sarah saw him playing (some translators say laughing) with his younger brother Isaac. Sarah's words cannot fail to ring bells in our historical consciousness. She said; "Cast out this slave woman with her son, for the son of this slave woman shall not be heir with my son Isaac (Genesis 21;10).

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 -

"No earthly father loves like Thee
No mother e'er so mild
Bears and forbears as Thou hast done
With me Thy sinful child"

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

Sincerely yours in Christ,

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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.

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Parish News

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.

This week at St. Andrew's ...

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

Shut-In Members

  • Lucille Campbell
  • Roslyn Rose
  • Myrtle Osbourne
  • Leonie Grey
  • Edna Bassington
  • Dorothy Kirkwood

Sick Members

  • Lloyd Facey
  • Peter Myers
  • Gloria Sinclair
  • Marjorie Allen
  • Imolene Allison
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Prayers Of Intercession

For the Sixth Sunday of Easter

Leader: We rejoice that you have called us to be sons and
daughters of God,
you have given us a faith that in you conquers
all things.
Bless, O Lord, all who are seeking to live by what
they believe, all who long to hear your word and do
your will.
We pray for all in their ministry and vocation,
especially any going through a time of trial or
temptation.
Lord of all creation,
All: your will be done.
Leader: Guide all leaders in industry and technology,
agriculture and commerce;
may the goods of this world be neither hoarded nor
squandered.
We pray that there may be a fairer distribution of
wealth.
We pray for all who are unfairly treated in the world
of trade.
Lord of all creation,
All: your will be done.
Leader: Lord, we rejoice that you have called us to know you,
you have called us to love you,
you have called us to serve you.
May we reveal our calling, love and service in all
our dealings.
Lord, bless and protect our homes, family and loved ones.
Lord of all creation,
All: your will be done.
Leader: Lord of love, be a comfort to the sorrowing,
Be a strength to the weak, give hope to all who are dying.
We pray for all who have been injured this week,
All who have fallen into illness or disability,
For those who can no longer cope on their own,
For those with declining health, that each in their
anxiety and discomfort may know your love……
Lord of all creation,
All: your will be done.
Leader: We pray for our loved ones departed……
We look forward to the time when we
shall see, and know, when we shall know
and love, when we shall love and enjoy
you for ever, when we shall share with
your saints in glory.
Lord of all creation,
All:

your will be done.

(Silence may be kept)

 

All:

Lord, as you have chosen us, empower
and equip us; make us worthy of our
calling that we may reveal your
love and show forth your glory; through
Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and
the Holy Spirit abides for ever.
Amen.


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Hymn: My Jesus, I Love Thee, I Know Thou Art Mine

  1. My Jesus, I love Thee, I know Thou art mine,
    for Thee all the pleasures of sin I resign;
    my gracious Redeemer, my Saviour art Thou,
    if ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, 'tis now.

  2. I love Thee because Thou hast first loved me,
    and purchased my pardon on Calvary's tree;
    I love Thee for wearing the thorns on Thy brow:
    if ever I love Thee, my Jesus, 'tis now.

  3. I'll love Thee in life, I will love Thee in death,
    and praise Thee as long as Thou lendest me breath;
    and say, when the death-dew lies cold on my brow:
    if ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, 'tis now.

  4. In mansions of glory and endless delight,
    I'll ever adore Thee and dwell in Thy sight;
    I'll sing with the glittering crown on my brow:
    if ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, 'tis now.

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Today's Services

Sixth Sunday of Easter

6:30 a.m. HOLY EUCHARIST
7:30 a.m. SUNG EUCHARIST & SERMON
(Corporate for Women's Working Committee)
Processional 603
First Reading

Acts 11: 19 - 30
[Miss Marie Thompson]

Psalm 33: 1-8,18-22
(Refrain) "Ring out your joy
to the Lord O you just, for
praise is fitting for loyal hearts."
All sit. No Gloria.
Second Reading 1 John 4: 7-21
[Mrs. Leila Robinson]
Gradual 203 [Children leave for Sunday School]
Gospel John 15: 9-17
Sermon Sister Doris Levien
The Prayers of Intercession  
Offertory 208
Communion 235, 205, 359, My Jesus I Love Thee, 419
Recessional 136
9:45 a.m. MORNING PRAYER & SERMON
Processional 603
Venite

[BCP page 36]

Psalm 33:1-8, 18-22
(ALL STAND)
First Reading Acts 11: 19 - 30
Benedictus [BCP page 40]
Second Reading John 15: 9-17
Hymn 235
Sermon Sister Doris Levien
Hymns 208, 136
6:00 p.m. HOLY EUCHARIST & SERMON
Introit 136
First Reading

Acts 11: 19 - 30

Psalm 33:1-8, 18-22
Gradual My Jesus I Love Thee
Gospel John 15: 9-17
Sermon Rev. Fr. Edward Jennings
Offertory 208
Recessional 26

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This Week at St. Andrew's

Monday
May 22

5:30 p.m.

Bible Study

Tuesday
May 23

9:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist
Wednesday
May 24

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

Holy Eucharist
Grief Support Group

Thursday
May 25
5:30 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
(Ascension Day)
Friday
May 26
9:00 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
Saturday
May 27
10:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m.
2:00 p.m.
4:30 p.m.
Brotherhood of St. Andrew
Little Brothers of St. Andrew
Youth Choir Rehearsal
Youth Fellowship

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