Sunday Bulletin

Ninth Sunday After Pentecost (Year B)
Sunday, August 6, 2006

In this Bulletin ...

Become the Person God Wants Us To Be
Parish News
Prayers Of Intercession
Sick and Shut-In Members
Hymn: Jamaica Land Of Beauty
Hymn: Joyful, Joyful We Adore You
Today's Services

My Beloved in Christ,

In the past week we celebrated Emancipation Day and today we celebrate forty-four years of Independence as a nation. As always such occasions present us with an opportunity to reflect both on past and the present, and consider the future, I find these words of Bishop Gibson, taken from the book by Janet Gentles entitled "Percival Jamaica: His Life and Work"; to be quite instructive. This sermon he preached in November 1955, when the nation celebrated its 300th Anniversary under British rule. I hope these words will assist us in our reflection on what God is calling us to do and to be at this time:

" 'The Kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal until it was well leavened.'
It is not without significance that both Matthew and Luke place the Parable of the mustard seed and the Parable of the leaven side by side. In the one (the Parable of the mustard seed) we have the picture of the outward growth of the Church as a Missionary Agency, in the other (the Parable of the leaven) we have a description of the inward growth of the Kingdom - the Gospel as an influence for good, permeating human society, transforming human society, regenerating human society until the society itself becomes God's Kingdom.

My message to the Church of England in Jamaica today is therefore couched in a searching question - How far has our Church been leavening the life of our people during the past 300 years? And one more question - How far is she fitted and equipped to become like leaven for the development of Jamaica in the future?

The educational policy of the church founded by Archdeacon Nuttall and carried forward by his successors, George Fredrick Cecil DeCarteret and William George Hardie had as its supreme object the very purpose enshrined in our Lord's Parable. Education was to spread throughout the country till it was all leavened with intelligent knowledge and Christian principle. So it was with the social services.
Three hundred years of human frailty but of Divine grace. Three hundred years of lesson to be learned and achievement obtained despite failure. We take stock and face the future. The Kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven. What of the future? If we are to Leaven the life of our Island for the future, we ourselves have to be the leaven. There is no other. The influence of each individual life counts.

First we must make sure that the leaven is not corrupt. It must still contain its vital proportion. Translated in human and spiritual terms this means that the principles for which we stand and the Gospel which we preach must be the genuine thing. It must be the unswerving 'austerity' of the New Testament, as Newman termed it. There must be no tampering with the ideals which we wish to pass on to the generations that are to be.

Secondly, we ourselves must be prepared for sacrifices in service if we are to produce a Jamaica worthy of our traditions. And here I wish to throw out a challenge to the youth of our island. Who will take the hard road? Who will endure blood, sweat and tears for the character of our people, for the souls of whom Christ died? Who will cease to interpret life in terms of money and the material and see real value in the things of the spirit-love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, kindness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance. If such there be, let him rise up and live and work for the establishment of God's kingdom in Jamaica. 'Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?' 'Here am I, send me.' "

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

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Robert McLean

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Become the Person God Wants Us To Be

"Christ within us will help develop our innermost potential for good in such a way that, through the pursuit of our God-given possibilities, we will become the person He wants us to be."

Pearls of Power-Robert H. Schuller

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Parish News

CONDOLENCES. We express deep sympathy to Constance McKenzie on the death of her husband Clinton, who passed on after a long illness. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

CONGRATULATIONS to Eric and Doris Frater who celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary last Friday.

YOUNG ADULTS. If you are 24 to 45 years old, join the Young Adults for an evening of food, fun and fellowship on Friday of this week, August 11, 6:30 p.m. in the Church Hall.

HOME FOR GIRLS. The National Dance Theatre Company presents a Benefit Performance of their Season of Dance at the Little Theatre on Friday, August 18, 8:00 p.m. in support of the Home for Girls. Tickets available from the Church Office at $600.

YOU ARE REMINDED THAT DURING THE MONTH OF AUGUST, SUNDAY SERVICES WILL BE AT 6:30 A.M., 8:00 A.M. AND 6:00 P.M. THERE WILL BE NO MID-WEEK EUCHARIST DURING AUGUST.

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

Shut-In Members

  • Myrtle Jones
  • Zoe Davis
  • Leonie Gray
  • Eulalee Vernon

Sick Members

  • Dwayne Smith
  • Gloria Sinclair
  • Lucille Boyd
  • Maurice Boreman
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Prayers Of Intercession

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Leader: We give you thanks for Holy Communion, and pray that we may live in Christ as he is in us. Bless all who minister the sacraments and care for your people. We pray for all who are being prepared for confirmation or baptism. Guide all who are working in mission and outreach.
Good Shepherd, lead us,
All: and help us to do your will.
Leader: Blessed are you, Lord God, for you give gifts to your people. We pray for social workers, carers, home helps, for all who seek to meet the needs of others within their community. We pray especially today for those who live in deserts, in the barren areas of the world; for places where crops are meagre or have failed.
Good Shepherd, lead us,
All: and help us to do your will.
Leader: Lord, giver of all good things, we give you thanks for all who have provided for us. We pray for homes and our loved ones, for all for whom we ought to provide; Lord, that we may be sensitive and caring in our community.
Good Shepherd, lead us,
All: and help us to do your will.
Leader: God of all power and might, comfort all who have run out of power, all who lack energy or whose abilities are failing. We pray for those who are weak through hunger and neglect, for all who have become ill, and all who care for them.
Good Shepherd, lead us,
All: and help us to do your will.
Leader: You are the God who heals and restores. We give thanks for all who have entered into newness of life in your kingdom.
We pray for loved ones who serve you now in glory.
Good Shepherd, lead us,
All:

and help us to do your will.

(Silence may be kept)

 

All:

O Lord our God, you give us the true bread that comes down from heaven, even your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; grant that as we receive him into our lives we may be filled with the fullness of his love and abide in him as he abides in us; through the same Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever.
Amen.


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Hymn: Jamaica Land Of Beauty

Jamaica land of beauty,
We promise faithfully
To serve thee with our talents
And bring our gifts to thee.
Jamaica we will always
In honour of thy name,
Work steadfastly and wisely
And never bring thee shame.

Chorus
From riverside to mountain
From cane field to the sea,
Our hearts salute Jamaica,
Triumphant, proud and free.

Together in our country,
In love and brotherhood.
We'll work and play in freedom,
As all God's children should,
With hearts and hands united
In thanks for everything,
That God has given unto us,
Together let us sing,

Chorus

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Hymn: Joyful, Joyful We Adore You

Joyful, joyful we adore you, God of glory,
life and love; hearts unfold like flowers before you,
opening to the sun above. Melt the clouds of
sin and sadness, drive the gloom of doubt away;
giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day.

All your works with joy surround you, earth and heaven
reflect your rays, stars and angels sing around you,
centre of unbroken praise. Field and forest
vale and mountain, flowery meadow, flashing sea,
chanting bird and flowing fountain, sound their praise eternally.

You are giving and forgiving, ever blessing,
ever blest well-spring of the joy of living,
ocean depth of happy rest! Source of grace and
fount of blessing, let your light upon us shine;
teach us how to love each other, lift us to the joy divine.

Mortals join the mighty chorus with the morning
stars began; God's own love is reigning o'er us,
joining people hand in hand. Ever singing,
march we onward, victors in the midst of strife;
joyful music leads us sun-ward in the triumph song of life.

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Today's Services

The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

6:30 a.m. HOLY EUCHARIST
8:00 a.m. SUNG EUCHARIST & SERMON
Introit Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee
Old Testament

Exodus 16: 2-4, 9-15
[Terry - Ann Wilson]

Psalm 78: 14-20, 23-25 [BCP page 567]
(All Stand)
Epistle Ephesians 4: 17-25
[Kesha Clecken]
Gradual 559
Gospel John 6: 24-35
Sermon Rev. Fr. Robert McLean
The Prayers of Intercession  
Offertory Jamaica Land Of Beauty
Communion 397, 400, 415
Special Offering 251
National Anthem  
Recessional 582
6:00 p.m. HOLY EUCHARIST & SERMON
Introit Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee
Old Testament

Exodus 16: 2-4, 9-15

Psalm 78: 14-20, 23-25 [BCP page 567]
Gradual 559
Gospel John 6: 24-35
Sermon Rev. Fr. Robert McLean
Offertory 415
Recessional 582


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