Sunday Bulletin

Tenth Sunday After Pentecost (Year B)
Sunday, August 13, 2006

In this Bulletin ...

Prayer: Oneness with God
Parish News
Prayers Of Intercession
Sick and Shut-In Members
Today's Services

My Dear Friends,

We are living in a climate of suspicion and cynicism with regard to Church and the Christian religious life. Even among Christians our dialogue seems to lack a depth of reflection on the Christian life. We are also very cynical about each other's faith in Christ; so much so that we play a significant role in the deterioration of the fabric of Christian life. We inadvertently cause non-Christians not to take us too seriously. The stark contrast between our actual profession of faith and the way we live sometimes reinforce the concept of Christianity being merely opium.

When we read scripture we encounter men and women whose lives are deeply affected by what they believe. The decisions they take are influenced by what they believe about God and their covenant relationship with Him. Even more, in scripture we encounter people who are committed to listening to the voice of God, confident that he speaks to them in the here and now. We encounter persons who are committed to surrendering to the will of God in their everyday lives. We may re-visit the stories of Abraham, Isaac, or Jacob, the prophets, Jesus and his disciples and we will be sure to encounter, in their lives, the hints or startling revelations of their openness to God. They hear and respond to the call of God. We see them moving towards fulfilling the will of God. In some instances, as in the case of Moses, they are at first reluctant, but they move towards fulfilling the will of God.

We who are Christians today need to constantly remind ourselves that this is what Christianity is all about. We are making a pattern of seeking always to fulfill the will of God. Our participation in worship, both individual and corporate, is to prepare ourselves to be more aware of God's presence; to be more attentive to His voice; to be more responsive to His call. In this way faith is more than an opiate; it becomes a dynamic force that transforms and regenerates our lives and by extension influences others.

Let us, therefore, embrace this journey of faith as if it were an adventure with God into which God himself is calling us.

We extend a warm welcome to all those visiting with us. Congratulations to all those who have received National Honours for their dedicated service to this our country.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Robert McLean

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Prayer: Oneness with God

"God speaks in the silence of our heart, and we listen. And then we speak to God from the fullness of our heart, and God listens. And this listening and this speaking is what prayer is meant to be: that oneness with God, that oneness with Jesus."

The Blessings of Love - Mother Teresa

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Parish News

CONGRATULATIONS to SASHA LUMSDEN-WRIGHT on the completion of her course of studies at the Virginia Theological Seminary. Sasha is our Regional Director for Youth Ministry.

WE 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

DURING THIS WEEK, THE HOLY EUCHARIST WILL BE CELEBRATED ON TUESDAY AT 9:00 A.M. (FEAST OF ST. MARY THE VIRGIN) AND THE GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP WILL MEET ON WEDNESDAY AT 5:30 P.M.

Tickets for the Benefit Performance by The National Dance Theatre Company on Friday of this week are still available from the church office. The cost of the ticket is $600 and proceeds will be contributed to the St. Andrew Parish Church Home for Girls.

The Church of the Good Shepherd invites us to A MUSICAL ADVENTURE featuring some of our leading artistes in concert at the Jamaica Pegasus Ballroom, Sunday August 20, 2006, 6:00 p.m.
Contribution $1,500 and $2,000. Tickets are at the church office.

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

Shut-In Members

  • Cynthia Stewart
  • Ivy Levy
  • Monica Berry
  • Madge Berry

Sick Members

  • Beverly Muir
  • Phyllis Ashby
  • Mabel Sergeant
  • Grace Curtis
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Prayers Of Intercession

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Leader: Lord God, giver of all good gifts, we thank you for all that satisfies and sustains us, for all the love you have given to us. We pray for the right use of talents within our church, that gifts and possessions may be neither hoarded nor squandered; that the young may be a good example to follow. Lord, make us a gracious people, a generous people.
Lord our God,
All: you are our hope and our strength.
Leader: We give thanks for all who labour to provide for us; we pray for any whose work is hard or tedious. Guide all who influence the well-being of the earth. We pray for workers in industries, factories or mines; for ecologist and all who work in conservation, for the protection of the rain forest.
Lord our God,
All: you are our hope and our strength.
Leader: Lord of all beauty, we pray for areas defaced or destroyed; we remember people in wretched dwellings and slums, all who are in areas deprived of beauty, or whose lives are in danger. Lord, be with us in our homes and with our loved ones.
Lord our God,
All: you are our hope and our strength.
Leader: Father, the protector of all, we pray for any deprived of work, of their homes, of their well-being; We remember all whose land has been ravaged by war, all places that have been pillaged through greed. We pray for all whose harvests will fail this year. We remember also all who have become ill, especially…………………………….
Lord our God,
All: you are our hope and our strength.
Leader: Glory to you, Lord, for all who have passed beyond hunger and thirst and have tasted of heavenly food, all who rejoice in life everlasting. We pray for friends and loved ones who have gone before us.
Lord our God,
All:

you are our hope and our strength.

(Silence may be kept)

 

All:

Lord Jesus, true bread from heaven, giving life and refreshment to the world, fill our lives with your goodness, fill your church with your presence, that we may live and work to your praise and glory, who, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, are one God, now and for ever.
Amen.


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Today's Services

The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

6:30 a.m. HOLY EUCHARIST
8:00 a.m. SUNG EUCHARIST & SERMON
Introit 243
Old Testament

Deuteronomy 8: 1-10
[Victor Elliot]

Psalm 34: 1-8 [BCP page 508]
(All Stand)
Epistle Ephesians 4: 25-29
[Shadaa Muir]
Gradual 299
Gospel John 6: 37-51
Sermon Rev. Dr. David Kuck
The Prayers of Intercession  
Offertory 203
Communion 388, 413, 494
Recessional 260
6:00 p.m. HOLY EUCHARIST & SERMON
Introit 243
Old Testament

Deuteronomy 8: 1-10

Psalm 34: 1-8 [BCP page 508]
Gradual 299
Gospel John 6: 37-51
Sermon Rev. Fr. Robert McLean
Offertory 203
Recessional 260


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