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Fifth Sunday After Pentecost (Year B)
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On the 29th day of June,2006, at the Service of Ordination and Consecration of the Rev'd. Laish Boyd as Co-adjutor Bishop of the Bahamas, the Rt. Revd. John Holder, Bishop of Barbados, delivered a sermon based on 2 Cor. 4:7: "We have this treasure in earthen vessels to show that the transcendent power belong to God and not to us " An excerpt from his sermon is reproduced for our benefit.
In the present state of theological and moral tensions that have embroiled the Anglican Communion, the questions will keep coming at you. Here is a sample of them:
These are only some of the questions with which you will have to wrestle as Bishops. There are other questions on the agenda that are being asked in a way they have never been posed before. Let me warn you not to fall into the bad habit of finding quick and ready-made answers for them all, for there may be none.
These questions are being posed in an intense manner that is bringing a lot of pressure to bear upon the Communion. There are many who are wondering if the Communion will hold together beyond the next Lambeth Conference. It seems as if the old, solid, sensible middle of the road approach that we have come to treasure as Anglicans, is being ripped apart. It is being tugged to one side by the liberals, and to the other side by the traditionalists and the conservatives. For if the former group is convinced that there should be no restrictions on what they can place in the accepted theological and moral package, the latter are declaring in no uncertain terms, that there are some things that can never ever qualify for entry.
I think that both sides can assume some positions and make some statements that suggest that somehow, contrary to all we have been taught, all we have believed, that God has invested this section of His Church in the hands of one small group, and they are the ones who will determine if it will survive or die. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
Yes, we have our convictions for which we will struggle. We hold certain basic beliefs, basic understandings of the faith and we will not be forced to compromise or abandon them. But we cannot make the jump from this to a questionable position that we are the saviours of God's Church. This Church is firmly in the hands of God as it was from the start. It has gone through crisis after crisis, far more intense than at present, and it still remains firmly in his hands of God. And it will continue to be there."
As the Anglican Communion confronts these many and varied issues, these prudent words help to provide light and point a way forward for the Church.
We welcome all those visiting with us today. Special welcome to members of the GSB Co-operative Credit Union Limited who are worshipping with us at the 7:30 a.m. Service as they celebrate their 60th Anniversary.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Collect - Fifth Sunday After Pentecost
O God, you have taught us to keep all your commandments by loving you and our neighbour: Grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to you with our whole heart, and united to one another with pure affection; 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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Missionary Sunday will be observed on July 16, 2006. Deanery Day 2006 has been cancelled. Plans for 2007 will be advised.
Diocesan Summer Camps will be held in Browns Town July/August 2006.
Young Adults are invited to an Extraordinary Meeting on Wednesday, July 12, 6:00 p.m. in the Old Court House. A warm welcome awaits all visitors to our fellowship.
Today at 10:00 a.m. marks the beginning of morning services at St. Clement's Mission, Kencot.
We are appealing for settlement of outstanding payments for tickets for the Father's Day Breakfast. Please contact the church office.
Please remember to pray for our sick and shut-in members.
Prayers Of Intercession
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
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Hymn: Sent Forth By God's Blessing
Sent forth by God's blessing, our true faith confessing, the people of God from this dwelling take leave. The supper is ended, O now be extended the fruits of this service in all who believe. The seed of Christ teaching, receptive souls reaching, shall blossom in action for God and for all. God's grace did invite us, God's love shall unite us to work for the kingdom and answer it's call.
With praise and thanksgiving to God ever living, the tasks of our
everyday life we will face. Our faith ever sharing, in love ever
caring, embracing Gods children of each tribe and race. With your
feast you feed us, with your light now lead us; unite us as one
in this life that we share. Then may all the living with praise
and thanksgiving give honour to Christ and the name that we bear.
Hymn: Give Me Joy In My Heart (Sing Hosanna)
Give me joy in my heart, keep me praising.
Give me peace in my heart, keep me resting,
Give me love in my heart, keep me serving,
Give me oil in my lamp, keep me burning,
Hymn: God is Here
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