Sunday Bulletin

Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost (Year B)
Sunday, October 1, 2006

In this Bulletin ...

Faith Confirmed
Parish News
Prayers Of Intercession
Sick and Shut-In Members
Hymn: We Praise Thee O God
Hymn: Above The Clear Blue Sky
Today's Services
This Week at St. Andrew's

My Beloved Friends,

The purpose of the 'Greeting of Peace' in the liturgy, is to signify reconciliation with other people as we prepare to make an offering to God in obedience to Matthew 5: 23-24. In the exchange of peace we intentionally signify that God's forgiveness is made manifest in the experience of Shalom. In this act we are set free, forgiven and have the opportunity for a new beginning. We are called to discard the old life and its cycle of sin, shame and guilt and walk in the new life of the love of God and the joy and peace of Christ.

The early church placed great emphasis on reconciliation. An unwillingness to forgive one's neighbor openly would attract the discipline of the church. Here the injunction from Matthew is applicable. "If you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother/sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother/sister and then come and offer your gift." A person who was recalcitrant and did not intend to be reconciled to his neighbor was considered to have disqualified himself from participation in the Eucharist and from receiving communion. (1 Corinthians 11: 27-29.)

The body can only express what our inner attitude really is. It is the inner state of the soul of our thoughts which will affect the way we approach the greeting of peace. However, it is not merely a gesture, but must be a heartfelt act in obedience to the call of the Lord to be reconciled one with the other. We need to recognize that this is an action of the whole community at worship. As we enter into the act of penitence together, we are assured of God's forgiveness through the proclamation of the absolution and express our gratitude to God for his mercy and what He has done for us. These are the actions of the whole church and not only a matter of one's own individual salvation. The exchange of peace is also an affirmation of the reconciled community to the Lord, and affirms the Lord's voice in the words "Peace be with you"(Hebrew: shalom alechem.)

The giving and receiving of the peace, help to shape and form the community of faith which itself is oriented toward the presence of the Lord in his assembled community of which He is the host. The exchange of peace is not a social function nor is it just an expression of an individual's goodwill. It requires a predisposition of penitence, reconciliation and a willingness to live the fruit of the spirit; love, joy, peace … as described by Paul in Ephesians 5: 22-25.

We extend a warm welcome to all our visitors. The peace of God be with you all.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Sirrano Kitson

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Faith Confirmed

God of Glory,
you inspire us with the breath of life
which brought to birth a new world in
Christ.
May we who are reborn in him
be transformed by the renewal of our
lives,
that the light of your new creation
may flood the world with your abundant
grace;
through Christ our Lord.
Amen

Faith Confirmed - Peter Jackson & Chris Wright

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Parish News

We express condolences to the family of Marguerite Cooke. Service of Thanksgiving will be on Tuesday 3rd October at 2.30 p.m.

Our Harvest Thanksgiving services will be on 22nd October. Our Annual Supper will be on Friday, 17th November at the Church Hall. Tickets are in circulation at $600 each and we ask for your full support.

Our young adults (18 to 45 yrs.) are invited to the annual Christian Teaching Conference, October 13 to 15 at the Golden Seas Beach Resort in Oracabessa. Cost: $5,000 residential, $1,000 non-residential. Contact Terry-Anne Wilson at 932-6082 for further information.

This week at St. Andrew's ...

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

Shut-In Members

  • Herman White
  • Gerda Dixon
  • Rupert Guthrie
  • Peter Myers

Sick Members

  • Daphne Barriffe
  • Joy Dean
  • Lloyd Smith
  • Harry Graham
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Prayers Of Intercession

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Leader: Strengthen, O Lord, your church in its care for the needy. We pray for all healers and healing communities, for those who practise the laying on of hands, for spiritual guides and counsellors. We remember all who come for forgiveness, hope and comfort; we commit ourselves to your saving power.
Our help is in the Name of the Lord,
All: the Maker of heaven and earth.
Leader: We pray for all who are seeking to reclaim and restore spoiled areas. Give hope to all who live in slums and poor housing, all whose land is exhausted and whose labour is frustrated. Bless all who are caring for and seeking to re-house refugees. We pray for all who are seeking political asylum.
Our help is in the Name of the Lord,
All: the Maker of heaven and earth.
Leader: Lord, teach us to be open and generous in our dealings. May we dedicate ourselves to the service of others and to you. Bless the neighbourhood in which we live and the place where we work. We pray for our friends and our families.
Our help is in the Name of the Lord,
All: the Maker of heaven and earth.
Leader: Lord of all power, support all whose strength is gone, the totally exhausted, the world-weary, all who feel dried up; we think of those who cannot cope on their own. We remember also all who suffer from malnutrition, from hunger and thirst.
Our help is in the Name of the Lord,
All: the Maker of heaven and earth.
Leader: We give you praise for the victory that is ours in Christ Jesus, for the promise of joy and peace in your eternal kingdom. We pray that our loved ones departed may be numbered with your saints in glory.
Our help is in the Name of the Lord.
All:

the Maker of heaven and earth.

(Silence may be kept)

 

All:

Lord our God,
on the way of goodness, if we stumble lift us up; on the way of holiness, if we stray bring us back; on the way of kindness, if we toughen soften our hearts;
that we may draw others to your saving power, by our words and our example;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who with you and the Holy Spirit are one God for ever and ever.
Amen.


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Hymn: We Praise Thee O God

We praise Thee, O God,
for the Son of Thy love,
For Jesus who died
and is now gone above.

Refrain
Hallelujah, Thine the glory!
Hallelujah, Amen!
Hallelujah, Thine the glory!
Revive us again.

We praise Thee, O God,
for Thy Spirit of light,
Who has shown us our Saviour
and scattered our night.

Refrain

All glory and praise
to the Lamb that was slain,
Who has borne all our sins
and has cleansed ev'ry stain.

Refrain

Revive us again
fill each heart with Thy love;
May each soul be rekindled
with fire from above.

Refrain

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Hymn: Above The Clear Blue Sky

Above the clear blue sky,
In heaven's bright abode,
The angel-host on high
Sing praises to their God:
Hallelujah!
They love to sing
To God their King:
Hallelujah!

But God from infant tongues
On earth receiveth praise;
We then our cheerful songs
In sweet accord will raise:
Hallelujah!
We too will sing
To God our King:
Hallelujah!

O blessed Lord, Thy truth
In love to us impart,
And teach us in our youth
To know Thee as Thou art.
Hallelujah!
Then shall we sing
To God our King:
Hallelujah!

O may Thy holy word
Spread all the world around;
And all with one accord
Uplift the joyful sound:
Hallelujah!
All then shall sing
To God their King:
Hallelujah!

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Today's Services

The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

6:30 a.m. HOLY EUCHARIST
7:30 a.m. SUNG EUCHARIST & SERMON
(Corporate for Church Committee)
Introit Above The Clear Blue Sky
Old Testament

Numbers 11: 4-6, 10-16, 24-29
[Mr. Douglas Folkes]

Psalm 19: 7-14 [BCP page 490]
(Refrain) "Your words are spirit Lord,
a light for our lives"
(All Sit - No Gloria)
Epistle James 4: 7-12
[Mr. Owen Streete]
Gradual 182 [Children leave for Sunday School]
Gospel Mark 9: 38-43, 45, 47-48
Sermon Rev. Major Sirrano Kitson
The Prayers of Intercession  
Offertory 243
Communion 344, 404, 408
Recessional We Praise Thee O God
9:45 a.m. MORNING PRAYER & SERMON
Processional Above The Clear Blue Sky
Jubilate

[BCP page 37]

Psalm 19: 7-14 BCP page 490
(All Stand)
First Reading Numbers 11: 4-6, 10-16, 24-29
Benedictus [BCP page 40]
Second Reading Mark 9: 38-43, 45, 47-48
Hymn 182
Sermon Rev. Major Sirrano Kitson
Hymns 243, 169, We Praise Thee O God
6:00 p.m. HOLY EUCHARIST & SERMON
Introit Above The Clear Blue Sky
Old Testament Numbers 11: 4-6, 10-16, 24-29
Psalm 19: 7-14 [BCP page 490]
Gradual 182
Gospel Mark 9; 38-43, 45, 47-48
Sermon Rev. Major Sirrano Kitson
Offertory 243
Recessional We Praise Thee O God

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This Week at St. Andrew's

Monday
October 2

4:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.

Blood Pressure Clinic
Bible Study

Tuesday
October 3

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

Holy Eucharist
Moreton Park Committee

Wednesday
October 4

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

Holy Eucharist
Property and Building Committee
Women's Auxiliary
Grief Support Group
Confirmation Class for Adults

Thursday
October 5

5:30 p.m.

Senior Choir Rehearsal

Friday
October 6
9:00 a.m.
6:00 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
Confirmation Class for Juniors
Saturday
October 7
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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