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Ninth Sunday After Pentecost (Year B)
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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.'
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.
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,
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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.Back to Top
Please remember to pray for our sick and shut-in members.
Prayers Of Intercession
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
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Hymn: Jamaica Land Of Beauty
Jamaica land of beauty,
Together in our country,
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Hymn: Joyful, Joyful We Adore You
Joyful, joyful we adore you, God of glory,
All your works with joy surround you, earth and heaven
You are giving and forgiving, ever blessing,
Mortals join the mighty chorus with the morning
The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
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