Sunday Bulletin

Fourth Sunday After Pentecost (Year B)
Sunday, July 2, 2006

In this Bulletin ...

Prayer for Peace
Parish News
Prayers Of Intercession
Sick and Shut-In Members
Hymn: O Heavenly King
Hymn: Lord, We Come to Ask Your Healing
Hymn: Sweet Sacrament Divine
Today's Services
This Week at St. Andrew's

Beloved Friends,

The purpose of the 'Greeting of Peace' in the liturgy is to signify reconciliation with other people as we prepare to make an offering to God in obedience to Matthew 5: 23-24. In the exchange of peace we intentionally signify that God's forgiveness is made manifest in the experience of Shalom. In this act we are set free, forgiven and have the opportunity for a new beginning. We are called to discard the old life and its cycle of sin, shame and guilt and walk in the new life of the love of the God and the joy and peace of Christ.

The early church placed great emphasis on reconciliation. An unwillingness to forgive one's neighbor openly would attract the discipline of the church. Here the injunction from Matthew is applicable: "If you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother and then come and offer your gift." A person who was recalcitrant and did not intend to be reconciled to his neighbor was considered to have disqualified himself from participation in the Eucharist and from receiving communion. (Matthew 5: 23-24)

The body can only express what our inner attitude really is. It is the inner state of the soul of our thoughts which will affect the way we approach the greeting of peace. However, it is not merely a gesture, but must be a heartfelt act in obedience to the call of the Lord to be reconciled one with the other. We need to recognize that this is an action of the whole community at worship. As we enter into the act of penitence together, we are assured of God's forgiveness through the proclamation of the absolution, and express our gratitude to God for his mercy and what He has done for us. These are the actions of the whole church and not only a matter of one's own individual salvation. The exchange of peace is also an affirmation of the reconciled community to the Lord, and affirms the Lord's voice in the words "Peace be with you" (Hebrew: shalom alechem.).

The giving and receiving of the peace, help to shape and form the community of faith which itself is oriented toward the presence of the Lord in his assembled community, of which He is the host. The exchange of peace is not a social function nor is it just an expression of an individual's goodwill. It requires a predisposition of penitence, reconciliation and a willingness to live the fruit of the spirit: love, joy, peace … as described by Paul in Ephesians 5: 22-25.

We extend a warm welcome to all our visitors. The peace of God be with you all.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

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Prayer for Peace

Eternal God, in whose perfect kingdom no sword is drawn but the sword of righteousness, no strength known but the strength of love, so mightily spread abroad your spirit, that all peoples may be gathered under the banner of the Prince of Peace, as children of one Father, to whom be dominion and glory, now and for ever. Amen.
BCP - page 78

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Parish News

Flowers at the foot of the altar are given in loving memory of Mrs. Ouida Currie-Barrett

We are asked to sponsor children from the St. Andrew Settlement who wish to attend the Diocesan Summer Camps in Negril later this month. The cost for each child is $4,000.

The following persons will be ordained at the Cathedral in Spanish Town at a service commencing at 4:00 o'clock this afternoon:

To the Holy Order of Priests:

  • Owen Lloyd Lambert
  • Elizabeth Elaine Riley

To the Holy Order of Deacons:

  • Michael George Frederick Elliott

We are all invited to attend.

This week at St. Andrew's ...

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

Shut-In Members

  • Leonie Grey
  • Orinthia Fender
  • Ina Barrett
  • Inez Powell
  • Marjorie Reeson

Sick Members

  • Hesna Jamel
  • Mabel Sergeant
  • Lloyd and Merceline James
  • Lloyd Smith
  • Yvonne Emanuel
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Prayers Of Intercession

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Leader: Lord of life, may your church proclaim your saving
power. Strengthen all who seek to extend our lives and
our vision. Bless all who are preachers or teachers in your church, especially our Bishops and Clergy. We pray for church schools and colleges. Lord, forgive us where we are divided, and make us one: we pray for all who are working for unity and peace.
Lord, we come to you.
All: You can make us whole.
Leader: Lord of peace, be with all suffering from war, all divided
peoples, all separated from loved ones, families and
friends. We pray for refugees and displaced persons, for
those living in slums and those living on the streets, for all living in places that are not wholesome or life-giving.
Lord, we come to you.
All: You can make us whole.
Leader: Lord, as you have given to us in abundance, may we seek
to share with any in need. In our community, help us to
overcome divisions, root out all that would poison or
spoil our well-being. We pray for families that are
divided, for all suffering from factions and broken
relationships.
Lord, we come to you.
All: You can make us whole.
Leader: Lord of love, we pray for all who are seen as untouchable, for people who are rejected and feared by others. Be a presence of support to all who are severely handicapped, to the mentally challenged, to those suffering from HIV and to all who have AIDS. Comfort all who lack affection; we pray for the broken-hearted and the broken-spirited.
Lord, we come to you.
All: You can make us whole.
Leader: Give strength to all who are watching by beds of sickness, all who are caring for loved ones who are dying.
Comfort all who have lost loved ones this week. Lord, we
pray that our loved ones departed may arise to life eternal
in Christ.
Lord, we come to you.
All:

You can make us whole.

(Silence may be kept)

 

All:

O God, you created us in love and for eternity, and you gave your Son that we should not perish but have everlasting life; as you give us life and love, as you give us yourself, help us to give our lives, our love, ourselves to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever.
Amen.


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Hymn: O Heavenly King

O Heavenly King, look down from above;
Assist us to sing Thy mercy and love:
So sweetly o'erflowing, so plenteous the store,
Thou still art bestowing, and giving us more.

O God of our life, we hallow Thy name;
Our business and strife is Thee to proclaim.
Accept our thanksgiving for creating grace;
The living, the living shall show forth Thy praise.

Our Father and Lord, Almighty art Thou;
Preserved by Thy word, we worship Thee now;
The bountiful donor of all we enjoy,
Our tongues, to Thine honour, and lives we employ.

But O above all Thy kindness we praise,
From sin and from thrall which saves the lost race;
Thy Son Thou hast given the world to redeem,
And bring us to heaven whose trust is in Him.

Wherefore of Thy love we sing and rejoice,
With angels above we lift up our voice:
Thy love each believer shall gladly adore,
For ever and ever, when time is no more.

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Hymn: Lord, We Come to Ask Your Healing

Lord, we come to ask your healing, teach us of love;
all unspoken shame revealing, teach us of love.
Take our selfish thoughts and actions, petty feuds,
divisive factions, hear us of love.

Soothe away our pain and sorrow, hold us in love;
grace we cannot buy or borrow, hold us in love.
Though we see but dark and danger, though we spurn
both friend and stranger, though we often dread tomorrow,
hold us in love.

When the bread is raised and broken, fill us with love;
words of consecration spoken, fill us with love. As our
grateful prayers continue, make faith that we have in you
more than just an empty token, fill us with love.

Help us live for one another, bind us in love;
stranger, neighbour, father, mother - bind us in love.
All are equal at your table, through your Spirit make us
able to embrace as sister, brother, bind us in love.

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Hymn: Sweet Sacrament Divine

1. Sweet sacrament divine
Hid in thy earthly home,
Lo! round thy lowly shrine,
Jesus, to thee our voice we raise,
In songs of love and heartfelt praise,
Sweet Sacrament divine. (X2)
3. Sweet sacrament of rest,
Ark from the ocean' roar,
within thy shelter blest
soon may we reach the
shore; save us, for still
the tempest raves; save,
lest we sink beneath the waves,
sweet sacrament of rest. (X2)
       
2. Sweet sacrament of peace,
dear home of every heart,
where restless yearnings cease,
and sorrows all depart,
there in thine ear all trustfully
we tell our tale of misery,
sweet sacrament of peace. (X2)
4.

Sweet sacrament divine,
earth's light and jubilee,
in thy far depths doth
shine thy Godhead's
majesty; sweet light, so
shine on us, we pray,
that earthly joys may
fade away, sweet
sacrament divine. (X2)

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Today's Services

The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

6:30 a.m. HOLY EUCHARIST
7:30 a.m. SUNG EUCHARIST & SERMON
(Corporate for Church Committee)
Processional O Heavenly King, Look Down From Above
First Reading

Deuteronomy 15: 7-11
[Mr. Brian Goldson]

Psalm 112 (Refrain) "Happy are the people
who give to the poor"
All Sit. No Gloria
Second Reading 2 Corinthians 8: 1-9, 13-15
[Ms. Greta Bouges]
Gradual Lord We Come To Ask Your Healing
Gospel Mark 5: 22-24, 35b-43
Sermon Rev. Major Sirrano Kitson
The Prayers of Intercession  
Offertory 364
Communion 401, 379, 320, Sweet Sacrament Divine
Second Offering 362
Recessional 291
9:45 a.m. MORNING PRAYER & SERMON
Processional O Heavenly King, Look Down From Above
Venite

[BCP page 36]

Psalm 112
First Reading Deuteronomy 15: 7-11
Benedictus [BCP page 40]
Second Reading Mark 5: 22-24, 35b-43
Sermon Rev. Major Sirrano Kitson
Hymns 291, 364
6:00 p.m.

NO SERVICE

Service of Ordination at the Cathedral, Spanish Town
at 4:00 p.m.


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This Week at St. Andrew's

Monday
June 26

4:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.

Blood Pressure Clinic
Bible Study

Tuesday
June 27

9:00 a.m.
5:30 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
Moreton Park Committee
Wednesday
June 28

6:30 a.m.
5:15 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m.

Holy Eucharist
Women's Auxiliary
Grief Support Group
ALPHA Dinner

Thursday
June 29
5:30 p.m.
Senior Choir Rehearsal
Friday
June 30
9:00 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
Saturday
July 1

11:00 a.m.
2:00 p.m.
4:30 p.m.

Little Brothers of St. Andrew
Youth Choir Rehearsal
Youth Fellowship


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