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Seventh Sunday of Easter (Year B)
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As I reflected on The Bishop's charge, which looked at our Church and Society, I realized that I had neglected to bring to your attention, a critical and important aspect of it; which challenged us to reconnect. This message to reconnect, rather than retreat, was highlighted at different times during the Synod of our Church.
And so, the Church must take with absolute seriousness, 'OUR CALLING TO THE MINISTRY OF RECONCILIATION (11 Cor. 5:19). AS A SERVANT OF UNITY WE MUST HELP OUR PEOPLE TO RECONNECT. We cannot overcome violence unless we build respect and trust between those who feel most threatened. We must work towards healing the breaches in our communal life. The only legitimate garrison we have in Jamaica is Up Park Camp. All unofficial garrisons and no-go zones should be dismantled as quickly as possible, whether they be political, social or economic. Artificial distinction of race, color and class are a denial of THE ONE GOD WHO IS FATHER OF ALL PEOPLE AND EVERY PERSON.
We must, by all means, work towards the translation of our National Motto into reality and keep at it until we indeed become one people without losing anything of the exciting variety of the many.
Let the Church understand that - THE PLACE IS HERE AND THE TIME IS NOW. The Church lives "in between times" but this cannot mean that we live in "no man's land". In this age, ruled by the powers of sin and death, we must stand up as people of the new era inaugurated by the death and resurrection of Christ. THE SITUATION, DESPERATE AS IT IS, requires engagement rather than retreat, cooperation among people of good will rather than capitulation to people of ill-will, solidarity rather than self- concern.
Yes! These are testing times but let those that are at ease in Zion remember the words of Mordecai to Queen Esther. "Think not that in the King's palace you will escape anymore than other Jews; for if you keep silence AT SUCH A TIME AS THIS deliverance will come from another quarter, but you and your father's house will perish AND WHO KNOWS WHETHER YOU HAVE NOT COME INTO THE KINGDOM FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS." (Esther 4:13 & 14)
To reverse three centuries of violence is not going to be easy, but the Christian community must surely be among those who accept responsibility and willingly pay the price for that transformation. Like Daniel, we are called to rebuild our country in what he calls: "TROUBLOUS TIMES" (Daniel 9:25)
We extend a warm welcome to all those visiting with us today.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Worship the Lord
Be thoughtful, be silent, be reverent
CONDOLENCE. We express sympathy to Mrs. June Spence and her children on the death of Mrs. Spence's uncle, Noel Chin.
SUNDAY SCHOOL. Join us this afternoon for the Sunday School Festival, starting at 2:00 p.m. with a March of Witness through the Half Way Tree community, followed by a service in the Church. Then on Saturday, June 3, the Friends of the Sunday School present their PANORAMA OF MUSIC at the Church Hall to raise funds to assist the Sunday School programmes. Tickets are on sale at $800.
SPECIAL OFFERING. Next Sunday, being the first Sunday in the month, as has been our practice, a second collection will be taken at all the services in continuation of the special effort to address our outstanding assessment.
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