Sunday Bulletin

Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost (Year B)
Sunday, September 3, 2006

In this Bulletin ...

Forgive Me, O Lord
Parish News
Are You Interested?
Prayers Of Intercession
Sick and Shut-In Members
Hymn: Be Thou My Vision
Today's Services
This Week at St. Andrew's

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,

Robert McLean

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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. "

Our Daily Bread - Fitzhugh

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Parish News

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.

This week at St. Andrew's ...

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

Shut-In Members

  • Kitty Sharpe
  • Coretta Sewell
  • Roslyn Purville
  • Sherman Bentley

Sick Members

  • Ralph Hall
  • Joy Dean
  • Ina Barrett
  • Gloria Sinclair
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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 information.
Telephone: 926-6692 or 968-9366.

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Prayers Of Intercession

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Leader: Holy God, make us holy; give us power to resist evil, give us strength to do what is right.
Lord, make us a generous people, a hospitable people. We pray for the church working in areas of hatred, where Christians are facing hostility and violence, where to become a Christian is to risk loss and rejection.
Holy and Strong One,.
All: hear our prayer.
Leader: Protect, O Lord, all who are working for liberty and freedom, all who are risking their lives for justice and peace. We pray for all peace-makers and peacekeepers, for all who seek to reconcile divided communities or people.
Holy and Strong One,
All: hear our prayer.
Leader: God of love, we pray for all homes where love has grown cold, for all people where life has become dull routine, for all who are bored or tired of life, for all betrayed by a loved one or a friend; Lord, that we may never take anyone for granted, that we may not misuse the power and freedom we have.
Holy and Strong One,
All: hear our prayer.
Leader: We pray for all who have become bankrupt or are in great debt; we remember the world's poor, all being treated with contempt, all who have nothing to call their own. We pray for all who have suffered from a heart attack or stroke, all who are on a life support machine, all who are struggling to survive.
Holy and Strong One,
All: hear our prayer.
Leader: Bless our loved ones departed who are renewed and restored to the fullness of life and are inheritors with the saints in light; may we share with them in the glory that is to come.
Holy and Strong One,
All:

hear our prayer.

(Silence may be kept)

 

All:

Make clean our hearts, O God, and renew a right spirit within us, that we may seek to serve you in joy and gladness and bring others into the glory of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit one God for ever.
AMEN.


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Hymn: Be Thou My Vision

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Nought be all else to me, save that Thou art -
Thou my best thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord; Thou my great Father and true Friend to me;
Thou in me dwelling, and I join with Thee.

Riches I heed not, nor vain empty praise,
Thou mine inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of heaven, my Treasures Thou art.

High King of heaven, my victory won,
May I reach heaven's joys, O bright heav'n's Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.

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Today's Services

The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

6:30 a.m. HOLY EUCHARIST
7:30 a.m. SUNG EUCHARIST & SERMON
Introit 222
Old Testament

Deuteronomy 4: 1-9
[Mrs. Audrey Brown]

Psalm 15 [BCP page 483]
(All Stand)
Epistle Ephesians 6: 10-20
[Miss Minette Brown]
Gradual 325 [Children leave for Sunday School]
Gospel Mark 7: 1-8, 14-15, 21-23
Sermon Sister Molly Walton
The Prayers of Intercession  
Offertory 331
Communion 403, 414, 415
Second Offering 264
Recessional Be Thou My Vision
9:45 a.m. MORNING PRAYER & SERMON
Processional 222
Venite

[BCP page 36]

Psalm 15 [BCP page 483]
(All Stand)
First Reading Deuteronomy 4: 1-9
Benedictus [BCP page 40]
Second Reading Mark 7: 1-8, 14-15, 21-23
Hymn 325
Sermon Sister Molly Walton
Hymns 331, Be Thou My Vision
6:00 p.m. HOLY EUCHARIST & SERMON
Introit 222
Old Testament

Deuteronomy 4: 1-9

Psalm 15 [BCP page 483]
Gradual 325
Gospel Mark 7: 1-8, 14-15, 21-23
Sermon Rev. Major Sirrano Kitson
Offertory 331
Recessional Be Thou My Vision

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This Week at St. Andrew's

Monday
September 4

5:30 p.m.

Bible Study

Tuesday
September 5

9:00 a.m.
5:30 p.m.

Holy Eucharist
Moreton Park Committee

Wednesday
September 6

6:30 a.m.
7:30 a.m.
5:00 p.m.
5:15 p.m.
5:30 p.m.

Holy Eucharist
Property and Building Committee
Sunday School Executive
Women's Auxiliary
Grief Support Group

Thursday
September 7

5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.

Supper Committee
Senior Choir Rehearsal

Friday
September 8
9:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist
Saturday
September 9
11:00 a.m.
2:00 p.m.
4:30 p.m.
Little Brothers of St. Andrew
Youth Choir Rehearsal
Youth Fellowship

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