Sunday Bulletin

Eighth Sunday After Pentecost (Year B)
Sunday, July 30, 2006

In this Bulletin ...

Unity
Parish News
Prayers Of Intercession
Sick and Shut-In Members
Hymn: Lift Every Voice And Sing
Hymn: We Are One In The Spirit
Today's Services
This Week at St. Andrew's

Beloved in Christ,

"There is one body and one Spirit ... one God and Father of all., who is above all and through all and in all." (Eph. 4: 4-6)

We are always struck by the all-embracing nature of God, especially in the way St. Paul speaks of Him in the New Testament. Perhaps it was that Paul, seeing himself as the apostle to the Gentiles, felt he had to shatter the barriers that distinguished Jesus from Gentiles. "God is the God of the faithful; He is the God of the Covenant; and therefore God of the people of the Covenant." This seems perfectly logical and even true; yes, but the Bible shows us that this is a limited variation of the truth.

God's sovereignity does not end with the people of the covenant. God's love or compassion, or his graciousness is not limited simply to the people of the covenant. Jesus taught His disciples that their love must be like God's love and grace, which extends beyond the boundaries of the covenant community. In St. Matthew chapter 5 verse 44-45 Jesus said "But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for He makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous."

It means that God wants us to love as he loves; to value each other the way he values us. How then can we use God as a justification for slaughtering each other? Can we honestly say that God gave the land to Israelis or Palestinians therefore they should bomb each other into Submission? Simply because God promised the land to one, or one is the chosen race, then that one must refuse to be a neighbour to the other, kill the others children, men or women, such an God seems less than the God of the Bible.

Somehow, we see the God of the Bible as one who refuses to beat humanity into submission to Him; or refuses to soften the heart of humanity with a wave of His hand. God permits humanity to destroy His prophets, desecrate His temple, strip Him of His Godliness,

"like a lamb to the slaughter." Then God reaches out His hand to save us; He weeps for us; He pleads with us; He prays for us; and He Himself forgives us and redeems us.

God acts towards us as a "Father cares for his children," or as a "Mother cares tenderly for her child," or as a "good Shepherd lays down his life for his sheep." This is how God acts not only towards Christians, but to all humanity. He is the One God and Father of us all, above all, through all and in all. If we would only accept this as true believes then we could sincerely pursue the things that make peace and build up the common life.
Let us, therefore, strive to do this.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Robert McLean

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Unity

"How good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in
unity"

Psalm 133:1 KJV

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Parish News

CONDOLENCE. We express our condolence to the family of Miss Myrtle Campbell, former Housemother of the Home for Girls for over twenty years. Funeral service for Miss Campbell will be on Saturday 5th August, 1:30 p.m. at the Church of God, 93b Constant Spring Road.

On Friday, August 18 the National Dance Theatre Company will present a benefit performance at The Little Theatre in aid of the Home for Girls. Contribution $600. Tickets available at the Church Office.

You are reminded of the ALPHA LEADERSHIP TRAINING session at the Church Hall on Saturday, August 5, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. All are invited to attend. Please respond by 31st July to the church office or Joey James 927 4684.

The Church of the Good Shepherd invites us to a MUSICAL ADVENTURE at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel Ball Room on Sunday, August 20, 6:00 p.m. Contribution $1,500.00 and $2,000.00 Tickets available from the church office.

You are reminded that during the month of August, services will be at
6:30 a.m., 8:00a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

This week at St. Andrew's ...

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

Shut-In Members

  • Veta McMillian
  • Merle Summerbell
  • Minetta Smith
  • Nellie Archer

Sick Members

  • Edna Pindling-Hutchinson
  • Grace Curtis
  • April Gabay
  • Selvyn Stewart
  • Horace Stewart
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Prayers Of Intercession

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Leader: Lord, in all of life you provide for us, you feed us, you support us, you love us, you fill us with the glory of your presence;
Lord, as we have greatly received, may we share with others. May we share the Good News and share our prosperity.
We pray for relief organizations,
especially………………………
Lord, you open your hands
All: and you meet our needs.
Leader: Creator God, bless all who provide us with our needs: we pray for the farmers and the fishermen of our world, especially in areas where crops have failed, for all who have suffered through storms and disasters. We remember all who transport food and all who sell it in shops.
Lord, you open your hands
All: and you meet our needs.
Leader: Lord, we pray for all who are without resources, homes where there is hunger and poverty, places where people suffer from malnutrition. All peoples who are greatly in debt, for those who have had homes or possessions repossessed.
Lord, you open your hands
All: and you meet our needs.
Leader: We pray for all who are storm-tossed at this time, for all who are struggling to survive.
We pray for friends and loved ones who are ill, for all who can no longer cope alone, for the fearful and the anxious.
Lord, you open your hands
All: and you meet our needs.
Leader: We remember all who have gone beyond the storms of life and are now at peace in your eternal presence.
We pray for friends and loved ones departed.
Lord, you open your hands
All:

and you meet our needs.

(Silence may be kept)

 

All:

Lord, throughout our lives we hunger and thirst for you, we long for you, we look for you; nothing in this world can fill us unless you come to us. Lord we will perish, we will sink amid the storms unless you uphold us, come enfold us in your peace, O Christ our Lord, who with the Father and the Holy Spirit are one God, for ever.
Amen.


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Hymn: Lift Every Voice And Sing

  1. Lift every voice and sing
    till earth and heaven ring,
    ring with the harmonies of liberty.
    Let our rejoicing rise
    high as the listening skies;
    let it resound loud as the rolling sea.
    Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us;
    sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us;
    facing the rising sun
    of our new day begun,
    let us march on, till victory is won.

  2. Stony the road we trod,
    bitter the chastening rod,
    felt in the days when hope unborn had died;
    yet, with a steady beat,
    have not our weary feet
    come to the place for which our parents sighed?
    We have come over a way that with tears have been watered;
    we have come, treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered,
    out from the gloomy past,
    till now we stand at last
    where the white gleam of our bright star is cast.

  3. God of our weary years,
    God of our silent tears,
    thou who hast brought us thus far on the way;
    thou who hast by thy might led us into the light;
    keep us for ever in the path, we pray.
    Lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met thee;
    lest, our hearts drunk with the wine of the world, we forget thee;
    shadowed beneath thy hand
    may we for ever stand,
    true to our God, true to our native land.

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Hymn: We Are One In The Spirit

We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord.
We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord.
And we pray that all unity may one day be restored.

Chorus
And they'll know we are Christians
By our love, by our love,
Yes they'll know we are Christians by our love.

We will walk with each other, we will walk hand in hand.
We will walk with each other, we will walk hand in hand.
And together we'll spread the news that God is in our land.

Chorus

We will work with each other, we will work side by side.
We will work with each other, we will work side by side.
And we'll guard each man's dignity and save each man's pride.

Chorus

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Today's Services

The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

6:30 a.m. HOLY EUCHARIST
7:30 a.m. SUNG EUCHARIST & SERMON
(Corporate for Women's Auxiliary)
Introit 365
Old Testament

2 Kings 2: 1-15
[Hope Codlin]

Psalm 114 [BCP page 621] (Refrain) "Tremble,
O earth, at the presence of the Lord"
(All Sit - No Gloria)
Epistle Ephesians 4: 1-7, 11-16
[Karlene Gordon]
Gradual We are one in the Spirit
Gospel Mark 6: 45-52
Sermon Rev. Dr. David Kuck
The Prayers of Intercession  
Offertory 406
Communion 408, 414, 418
Recessional 311
9:45 a.m. MORNING PRAYER & SERMON
Processional 365
Venite

[BCP page 36]

Psalm 114 [BCP page 621]
(ALL STAND)
First Lesson 2 Kings 2: 1-15
Benedictus [BCP page 40]
Second Lesson Mark 6: 45-52
Hymn 153
Sermon Rev. Dr. David Kuck
Offertory 372
Hymns 257, Lift Every Voice and Sing
6:00 p.m. HOLY EUCHARIST & SERMON
Introit 365
Old Testament 2 Kings 2: 1-15
Psalm 114 [BCP page 621]
Gradual We are one in the Spirit
Gospel Mark 6: 45-52
Sermon Rev. Fr. Robert McLean
Offertory 406
Recessional 311

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This Week at St. Andrew's

Monday
July 31

5:30 p.m.

Bible Study

Tuesday
August 1

9:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist
Wednesday
August 2

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

Holy Eucharist
Grief Support Group

Friday
August 4
9:00 p.m.
Holy Eucharist

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