Sunday Bulletin

Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost (Year B)
Sunday, August 27, 2006

In this Bulletin ...

Total Surrender
Parish News
Prayers Of Intercession
Sick and Shut-In Members
Today's Services

My Dear Friends,

There is usually a tension when we discuss spirituality and relevance in our church today. Often we say our spirituality is not relevant because we hold too strongly to tradition. Relevant, as best as I understand it, seems to mean: "using the images and language of the people of today rather than that of the people of yesterday." In so doing, we would understand that God is speaking to us today; rather than feel that God only spoke to the people of the past and we can only hear Him, through their words.

As we digest this, I would say spirituality, as best as I understand it, seems to mean: the process of establishing, nurturing, developing a relationship with God that informs, transforms, renews our lives and the lives of those we encounter. With this basic understanding then, we must admit that our spirituality has to be relevant. If it is not, we then have to examine the nature, content, and quality of our spirituality. How do we establish, nurture and develop our relationship with God? What language or images do we use to express our experience of God? In fact do we talk about our relationship with God at all?

Reflecting on these questions we need to ask two further questions: Is relevance simply a matter of how we speak? Is spirituality simply what we do in corporate worship or private prayer? My answer is no to both questions. To be relevant, also means, to be able to encounter the challenges of today as they present themselves to us in the context of our relationships. Spirituality is not only designated periods of worship it encompasses our whole lives.

Our spirituality is reflected in how we spend our time: what time do we give to work, to play (ie. recreation), to self, to family, to friends, to God. Our spirituality is reflected in how we speak to others, how we listen to others and how we treat our environment. It is reflected in our level of honesty and integrity that we display in our dealings with others.

When Joshua says "Choose this day whom you will serve," it should remind us that spirituality is a daily as well as a lifelong choice to live in the will of the Lord.

Let us then make the choice, "making the most of the time, because the days are evil" (Eph. 5: 15)

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

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Robert McLean

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Total Surrender

"It must have been so hard to have been scourged, to have been spat upon. "Take it away," Jesus prayed during His agony. His Father didn't come to Him directly and say, "This is my beloved Son," but He consoled Him through an angel. Let us pray that we will fill our hearts with Jesus' surrender, that we will understand total surrender."

The Blessings of Love - Mother Teresa

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Parish News

FLOWERS IN THE SANCTUARY ARE GIVEN BY KELVIN ROBERTS IN LOVING MEMORY OF HIS WIFE, MAUREEN, WHO DIED TWO YEARS AGO.

CONDOLENCES to Peter Muir and his children on the passing of their wife and mother, Beverley, last Friday.

CONGRATULATIONS and best wishes to Marie Isaacs and Leila Robinson who celebrated birthdays recently.

CONFIRMATION CLASSES are scheduled to commence on Wednesday September 13 for Adults and Friday September 15 for Juniors.

Next Sunday September 3, we return to our regular schedule of services:
6:30 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Also, next Sunday being the first Sunday of the month, a second collection will be taken to meet the payment of outstanding Assessment. Special envelopes are provided for this purpose.

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

Shut-In Members

  • Nellie Archer
  • Madge Nelson
  • Fredrick Green
  • Rebecca Forbes

Sick Members

  • Vera Harris
  • Margurite Cooke
  • Ina Barrett
  • Jemima Austin
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Prayers Of Intercession

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

Leader: Holy God, Holy and Strong One, and Mighty One, all power, all might, all energy and all strength come from you; equip us to stand against the evils of our time: give us the shield of faith, the sword of the spirit, the helmet of salvation, the girdle of truth, the breastplate of righteousness and protect us with the gospel of peace, that we may remain loyal to the end. Strengthen all who are working in places of degradation, all who are facing danger, violence and oppression.
Lord, you are our hope.
All: Our strength is in you.
Leader: Lord, guide all who are powerful leaders in our world, all rulers, statespersons and politicians. We pray for all who have power at work as managers, shop stewards and union leaders. We remember all who feel powerless, all driven by economic forces.
Lord, you are our hope.
All: Our strength is in you.
Leader: We praise you for all who have revealed your power and presence to us. We pray for all teachers: may they encourage a sense of awe and wonder. We remember especially nursery schools, primary and secondary schools, all places of education and learning.
Lord, you are our hope.
All: Our strength is in you.
Leader: Healing God, be with the broken-hearted and all whose spirits are crushed. Bless all who are facing difficult times ahead, all who are struggling to survive, all who are fearful and anxious. We pray for all who are in sickness, especially……………..
Lord, you are our hope.
All: Our strength is in you.
Leader: We rejoice with those who have triumphed, with all in your nearer presence. We join with all who have found their strength in you. We pray for loved ones who are in your glorious kingdom.
Lord, you are our hope.
All:

Our strength is in you.

(Silence may be kept)

 

All:

Mighty God, in you is our hope and our strength, you are a very present help in all our troubles. Grant that putting on the whole armour of God we may be able to stand against the powers of darkness and proclaim your saving gospel of love and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever.
AMEN.


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Today's Services

The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

6:30 a.m. HOLY EUCHARIST
8:00 a.m. SUNG EUCHARIST & SERMON
Introit 174
Old Testament

Joshua 24: 1-2a, 14-25
[Mrs. Daphne Grant]

Psalm 34: 15-22 [BCP Page 509]
(All Stand)
Epistle Ephesians 5: 21-33
[Mr. Deryke Smith]
Gradual 182
Gospel John 6: 60-69
Sermon Rev. Dr. David Kuck
The Prayers of Intercession  
Offertory 197
Communion 388, 390, 411, 399
Recessional 255
6:00 p.m. HOLY EUCHARIST & SERMON
Introit 174
Old Testament

Joshua 24: 1-2a, 14-25

Psalm 34: 15-22 [BCP Page 509]
Gradual 182
Gospel John 6: 60-69
Sermon Rev. Fr. Robert McLean
Offertory 197
Recessional 255


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