Sunday Bulletin

Twenty First Sunday After Pentecost (Year B)
Sunday, October 29, 2006

In this Bulletin ...

The Gifts of Faith, Hope and Charity
Parish News
Prayers Of Intercession
Hymn: Lord, I Was Blind: I Could Not See
Hymn: All Heaven Declares
Hymn: God Has Spoken
Hymn: Be Still, for the Presence of The Lord
Today's Services
This Week at St. Andrew's

Beloved Friends,

This week I thought I would share with you a particularly profound article which I found, written by Rev. Dr. Peter Cook, Rector of St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church. Two Things We Can Learn From The Collect For Purity I wonder what the heavenly community think when some of us start to pray. "Oh! Here comes what's-her-name. When she's on the phone with her friends she rattles on for hours, but praying to our Heavenly Father she hardly gives two sentences." Or again, "Here's what's-his-face. Boy does he use colorful language when he's at home, but up here you would think he's an aspiring student of Shakespeare!" I am not knocking Shakespeare. His was the language of the age our Prayer Book was written. The Collects composed from Cranmer, are sheer music to tongue and ear. How they use multiple phrases to reach around the amazing grace of God is pure poetry. Collects such as the Collect for Purity offer only the very best to God in prayer.

What more perfect prayer of repentance is there than that. "Almighty God, unto whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love thee, and worthily magnify thy holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord." We can learn two things from this prayer. First, if the prayer of a righteous man has great power in its effects (James 5:16), what better prayer Is there to put us in right-standing with God, and before we make our petitions and intercessions known to him.

The second thing we learn from the Collect of Purity is this. What better prayer to remind us that we can't keep secrets from God. We can't fool him. When you think about it, it is amazing how our reluctance to pray, or our attempt to put pious words to our prayers really are attempts to hide things from, or to fool God. Is it even conceivable - for us to forget how smart God is? Far better to do what the Psalmist often does, and that is just to let it all hang out, both the good stuff (praise) and the bad (complaints). God knows - we have both anyway. Perhaps we might be more honest if prayer sometimes went like this. "Lord, you know the problems I have at home - with the family. I just don't know how or where to start. If you can't deal with it I don't know who can. Please. And maybe when you've finished, let me be just flabbergasted and amazed."

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


Sirrano Kitson

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The Gifts of Faith, Hope and Charity

Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us the gifts of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

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Parish News

CONGRATULATIONS to all those celebrating birthdays or other anniversaries this week. We offer special prayers for the Rt. Rev. E. Don Taylor and the Rt. Rev. Alfred C. Reid who today celebrate the Forty-fifth Anniversary of their Ordination to the Sacred Priesthood.

We commemorate All Saints Day on Wednesday with Holy Eucharist at 5:30 p.m. and All Souls' Day on Thursday with Holy Eucharist at 9:00 a.m. Your loved ones will be remembered.

REMEMBER OUR ANNUAL SUPPER, November 17, 2006. We need your help with: sale of tickets to friends and neighbours, cakes for the Cake Stall, other contributions in cash or kind.

Next Sunday, the first in November, a second collection will be taken at all our services. We appreciate your response to this special appeal and ask for your continued support.

Church Women United extends an invitation to a celebration of World Community Day on Saturday November 4, 2006 from 9:30 a.m. - 12 noon at the Church Hall, 16 Ellesmere Road.

A member living in Mona is seeking assistance with transportation to the 7:30 a.m. service. Please contact the church office.

This week at St. Andrew's ...

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Prayers Of Intercession

Twenty First Sunday after Pentecost

Leader: We praise you for all men and women of vision, all who through their insight have built up your church and world. We pray for writers, musicians and craftspeople, for church synods and councils, for our bishops and all who minister to us.
Lord, open our eyes,
All: that we may behold your glory.
Leader: Bless, O Lord, all who are inventors and research workers, all who seek to improve and enhance our world and our country, all planners, builders and manufacturers; Lord, grant to each insight into what effect they are having on the world.
Lord, open our eyes,
All: that we may behold your glory.
Leader: We thank you for all who through their goodness have provided for us, all who provided for our schooling and our care. We pray for the National Health Service, for doctors, dentists and nurses, and all medical facilities. We pray for all our friends and loved ones.
Lord, open our eyes,
All: that we may behold your glory.
Leader: We pray for all who have lost vision, all for whom the future looks bleak, all who have lost their way, all who through lack of insight are in trouble. We pray for all whose sight is impaired and all who are blind, for all who write in Braille, and for the Society for the Blind. We pray for the sick and home bound.
Lord, open our eyes,
All: that we may behold your glory.
Leader: We give thanks for all whose vision is now lost in clear sight, all who behold your glory. We pray for loved ones departed…………………………..
Lord, open our eyes,
All:

that we may behold your glory.

(Silence may be kept)

 

All:

Lord, open our eyes to your presence. Grant us a vision to see what we can achieve: as your love touches us may we reach out to others. Lord, stretch our capabilities, extend our vision and increase our sense of purpose, that we may grow in our service of you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, are one God for ever.
Amen.


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Hymn: Lord, I Was Blind: I Could Not See

Lord I was blind: I could not see
In thy marred visage any grace;
But now the beauty of thy face
In radiant vision dawns on me.

Lord, I was deaf: I could not hear
The thrilling music of thy voice;
But now I hear Thee and rejoice,
And all Thine uttered words are dear.

Lord, I was dumb: I could not speak
The grace and glory of Thy name;
But now, as touched with living flame,
My lips Thine eager praises wake.

Lord, I was dead: I could not stir
My lifeless soul to come to thee;
But now, since Thou hast quickened me,
I rise from sin's dark sepulcher.

Lord, thou hast made the blind to see.
The deaf to hear, the dumb to speak,
The dead to live; and lo, I break
The chains of my captivity.

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Hymn: All Heaven Declares

All heaven declares
the glory of the risen Lord;
who can compare
with the beauty of the Lord?
For ever He will be
the lamb upon the throne;
I gladly bow the knee,
and worship Him alone.

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Hymn: God Has Spoken

God has spoken by His prophets,
spoken His unchanging word;
each from age to age proclaiming
God the One, the righteous Lord;
in the world's despair and turmoil
one firm anchor still holds fast:
God is King, His throne eternal,
God the First and God the Last.

God has spoken by Christ Jesus,
Christ, the everlasting Son;
brightness of the Father's glory,
with the Father ever one:
spoken by the Word incarnate,
Life before all time began,
Light of light to earth descending,
God, revealed as Son of Man.

God is speaking by His Spirit
speaking to our hearts again;
in the age-long word expounding
God's own message, now as then.
Through the rise and fall of nations
one sure faith is standing fast:
God abides, His word unchanging,
God the First and God the Last.

(Repeat verse one)

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Hymn: Be Still, for the Presence of The Lord

Be still,
for the presence of the Lord,
the Holy One, is here;
come bow before Him now
with reverence and fear:
in Him no sin is found -
we stand on holy ground.
Be still,
for the presence of the Lord,
the Holy One, is here.

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Today's Services

The Twenty First Sunday after Pentecost

6:30 a.m. HOLY EUCHARIST
7:30 a.m. SUNG EUCHARIST & SERMON
(Corporate for Women's Auxiliary)
Introit 266
Old Testament

Isaiah 59:1-4, 9-19
[Miss Kirby Clarke]

Psalm 13 [BCP page 482]
(Refrain) "Give Light To My Eyes Always"
(All Sit - No Gloria)
Epistle Hebrews 5: 12-6: 1, 9-12
[Mrs. Minnette Mitchell]
Gradual Lord I Was Blind: I Could Not See
[Children leave for Sunday School]
Gospel Mark 10: 46-52
Sermon Rev. Major Sirrano Kitson
The Prayers of Intercession  
Offertory God Has Spoken
Communion 314,
Be Still, For The Presence Of The Lord,
All Heaven Declares
Recessional 196
9:45 a.m. MORNING PRAYER & SERMON
Processional 266
Venite

[BCP page 36]

Psalm 13 [BCP page 482]
(All Stand)
First Reading Isaiah 59: 1-4, 9-19
Benedictus [BCP page 40]
Second Reading Mark 10: 46-52
Hymn Lord I Was Blind: I Could Not See
Sermon Rev. Major Sirrano Kitson
Hymns All Heaven Declares
6:00 p.m. HOLY EUCHARIST & SERMON
Introit 266
Old Testament Isaiah 59: 1-4, 9-19
Psalm 13 [BCP page 482]
Gradual Lord I Was Blind: I Could Not See
Gospel Mark 10: 46-52
Sermon Rev. Major Sirrano Kitson
Offertory God Has Spoken
Recessional 24

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This Week at St. Andrew's

Monday
October 30

5:30 p.m.

Bible Study

Tuesday
October 31

9:00 a.m.
4:00 p.m.

Holy Eucharist
Mother's Union

Wednesday
November 1

6:30 a.m.
5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m

Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist, All Saints' Day
Grief Support Group

Thursday
November 2

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

Holy Eucharist, All Souls Day
Senior Choir Rehearsal

Friday
November 3
9:00 a.m.
6:00 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
Confirmation Class for Juniors
Saturday
November 4
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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