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Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost (Year B)
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My Dear Friends,
What is it that defiles us? What is it that purifies us? There appears to be a moral revolution occurring amongst us. We are sometimes quite confused about what is right or wrong in our world today. Perhaps we actually feel certain about the wrongness or rightness of some things; but then we wonder if we are the only ones who regard such things as wrong or right. We then call out for someone or some institution or group to speak for or against the particular things to reassure us that our moral compass is working properly.
Are we concerned about this anymore? Do we find that questions such as these are relevant to us? What is it that defiles us? What is it that purifies us? We most certainly do, even when we deny that this is the case. A lot of our conversations today express a concern for the rules that govern the way we live. In a sense we suggest that disregarding these rules or living by them will some how defile or purify us. No doubt this concern is what generated the reaction of the Pharisees in today's gospel reading.
How does Jesus respond to their concern? "You hold your rituals and ceremonies in high esteem, but where is your heart?" Do we think that our ritual actions are what bring us close to God? Perhaps our performance of rituals and ceremonies, both social and religious, are quite exemplary; but where is our heart? We examine our spontaneous reactions to people and to circumstances; when we reflect on how we relate to our brothers and sisters, with whom we live, work and worship; do our relationships suggest that our heart is close to God?
May these questions deepen our reflections and transform our lives.
We extend a warm welcome to all those visiting with us today. Special welcome to Sister Molly Walton guest preacher at 7: 30 and 9: 45 a.m. services. Also to members of the Jamaica Physiotherapy Association who are worshiping with us at our 7: 30 a.m. service as part of their celebration of Physiotherapy week.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Forgive Me, O Lord
"Forgive me, O Lord, for all of my sin, Please make my heart pure and cleanse me within; To You I confess, my ways have been wrong; Restore now my joy and fill me with song. "
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CONGRATULATIONS to students who were successful in the CXC and other examinations. To those who were not, we assure you of our prayers and very best wishes as you pursue your goals.
THANKSGIVING SERVICE for the life of the late Beverley Muir is scheduled for Tuesday September 5, 2006 at 2:00 p.m.
PLEASE NOTE that today we resume our regular schedule of services - 6:30 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
CONFIRMATION CLASSES will commence on Wednesday, September 13 for Adults and Friday, September 15 for Juniors.
"HAPPENING"- a Christian experience. The Education and Youth Department of the Diocese invites our young members to "HAPPENING", September 15 to 17 in Kendal, Manchester. Cost: $3,500 plus $500 for transportation. Please call the church office for further details.
Please remember to pray for our sick and shut-in members.
Are You Interested?
Are you interested in Sunday School Ministry at - St. Clement's Mission, St. Thomas' Mission and St. Andrew Parish Church?
We need Confirmed individuals, especially men, to be role models for our young male students.
Areas of Ministry include - Teaching, Nursery, Library, Steward, Music, Dance, being a "Friend" and others.
If you are interested please call the Church Office for further
Prayers Of Intercession
Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
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Hymn: Be Thou My Vision
Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
Riches I heed not, nor vain empty praise,
High King of heaven, my victory won,
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