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Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost (Year B)
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As we look at the life of Jesus, we will see that gratitude was his attitude. In the Gospels, we see repeated incidents in which Jesus expressed his thanks. In many situations, it had to do with food. Before feeding the five thousand and the four thousand, he gave thanks. After the Emmaus road journey with the two disciples, he gave thanks before the meal and was recognized. On the return of the disciples after being sent out two by two, he gave thanks for the power of God, revealed. In his ministry, Jesus expressed his gratitude for simple things.
At this time of our Harvest celebration we give thanks to God for the simple things which we so often take for granted; the produce of the earth which gives nourishment to the whole body. Although we may think that we have become very technologically sophisticated, we are still dependent on God for the air we breathe, for the rain to water the seeds which have been planted to nourish the soil. It is God who swells the seeds and multiplies the fruits and vegetables, sustains life and gives hope with the light of each new day. The response required of us is gratitude not attitude. "Father, we offer to you these gifts you have given us, this bread, this wine this money". All of us have unique gifts to bring to the Father's presence for the furtherance of his purpose. God's call is for us to build his Kingdom.
On the occasion of our Harvest celebration we pause, as members of the Christian community of St. Andrew, to reflect on the past year. We have celebrated our 340th year of witness and what we have achieved over these many years. We have experienced the enabling grace of God through the efforts, ability, time and gifts, which have sustained our Ministry here at St. Andrew. Tuesday Charity does not attract much attention, however it provides an opportunity for ministry to those in great need. We have seen the presence and power of God working in and through our Church as we seek to fulfill our Christian call, to strengthen our witness and to make the Body stronger. All gifts have the same source: God the giver of all good gifts. In gratitude we give thanks to God for his blessings, his love and his redeeming grace.
Our Annual Supper will be on the 17th of November. Please support it through your purchase of tickets and gifts and invite your friends and neighbours to do the same. This is our premier social event for the church family and an opportunity for fun and fellowship.
The Annual Business Retreat will be on November 3-4. Pray for the event and offer your suggestions/concerns to the leaders of your various groups, so that they in turn may represent your thoughts at the retreat.
We extend a warm welcome to all those who are visiting with us today especially Rev. Fr. Michael Allen our Celebrant and Preacher at the 9: 45 a.m. service.
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Fruits of Holiness
Help us to grow in self-control,
The St. Andrew Settlement requires the services of a Nurse three days per week. Contact Mr. Jos. Chambers at 923-9162 for further details.
Congratulations to our Sunday School students who participated
in the St. Andrew Deanery Sunday School Council Bible Reading
DATES TO REMEMBER
The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
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This Week at St. Andrew's
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