Sunday Bulletin

First Sunday after Christmas Day (Year C)
New Year's Eve
Sunday, December 31, 2006

In this Bulletin ...

Collect for the First Sunday after Christmas
Parish News
Order For Solemn Mass and Procession
Prayers Of Intercession
Sick and Shut-In Members
Hymn: Go, Tell It On The Mountain
Hymn: Sing De Chorus
Hymn: Child in the Manger
Today's Services
This Week at St. Andrew's

Beloved Friends,

The months of this year have passed so unwittingly that we have arrived at the end of the year wondering, "Where did all the months go!" As a liturgical community we are guided by different seasons of the church which are informed by the life and ministry of Jesus; his birth, death, resurrection, ascension and the gift of the Holy Spirit. There are the Advent, Christmas and Epiphany seasons, which end on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday. Lent and Holy Week lead us to Easter then through Ascension to Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit. The Sundays after Pentecost (the Trinity period) are called Ordinary time as the readings send us back into our ordinary (daily) lives, after we have encountered the Risen Christ and been empowered by the gift of the Spirit.

"As we enter 'ordinary time', we see both the world and ourselves anew, discerning things that need changing, things that need affirming and things that call for thanksgiving." (New Proclamation)

We are presently enjoying the twelve days of Christmas, which will end on the Feast of the Epiphany, the visit of the Wise Men to Jesus with their gifts.

On this the last Sunday of the year we pause as a Parish family to thank God for his leading graced presence which has enabled us to carry forward the work of Christ through various Outreach projects including Tuesday Charity, St Andrew Settlement, St. Clement's Mission, Home for Girls and the Care Centre. These areas of Ministry of our Church have been supported through partnerships and the sharing of our resources for the benefit of those in need and in fulfillment of our baptismal commitment to serve others in Christ. Remembering the words of our Lord, "Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me." (Matthew 25:40)

We also say farewell to our much loved Fr. Robert McLean who has been our Curate over the last three years. I have found him to be a faithful pastor and a caring priest, one who loves to read and reflect on the spiritual life and the life of the Mystics. He has been very supportive of me over the past twelve months and has helped me to identify and calm troubled waters before they intensified. We will miss him as he goes to assume leadership of the St Andrew's Albert Town Cure of five congregations.

Our Annual Congregational meeting will be in January and you are reminded to nominate persons from the congregation who are willing to serve if elected to the Church Committee. Out of our Annual Parish Planning Retreat, a theme emerged to galvanize and direct us through the coming year, which will be another challenging one for us. However, the task ahead is not beyond our capacity as the One who has called us is the One who enables us to do His will. What is asked of us is the commitment of our time and energy and the pledge of our talent and resources.

I thank God for every soul here at our Church and especially for those committed to being in the Lord's House, on the Lord's Day, at the Lord's Table. May God bless you abundantly according to his riches in Glory.
Theme "Growing through Faith, Commitment and Action".

Sincerely yours in Christ,


Sirrano Kitson

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Collect for the First Sunday after Christmas Day

Almighty God, you have poured upon us the new light of your incarnate Word: Grant that this light, enkindled in our hearts, may shine forth in our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

Collect for First Sunday after Christmas Day - BCP page 159

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Parish News

Flowers at the foot of the altar are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Winston Anderson by his wife and children.

NEW DAYLIGHT bible reading notes for January to April, 2007 are now available. This is the third issue for the current year. A new year begins in May 2007 and due to the current rate of exchange, the annual subscription will be increased from $900 to $1,390. Please indicate your acceptance NOW so that orders may be placed in time.

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING 2007 will be held on January 28, following the 7:30 Eucharist. We urgently need reports from all organizations and groups for presentation at the Congregational Meeting as well as Nomination Forms for election to the Church Committee.

Mr. Donald Hossack - Organist, Marilyn Brice McDonald and Christine McDonald will be featured in a Recital here at the Parish Church on Sunday, January 28, 2007 at 5:00 p.m. Contribution is $1,000 and part of the proceeds will be donated to the Church.

This week at St. Andrew's ...

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

Shut-In Members

  • Irene Foster
  • Selvin Stewart
  • Lloyd & Merceline James
  • Iris Daley

Sick Members

  • Daphne Barriffe
  • Hesna Jamel
  • Stafford Haughton
  • Jennifer Lake
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Order For Solemn Mass and Procession

Ghetto Carol Young Adults' Choir
(The ministers and servers enter the Sanctuary as the choir sings)
V. Let us proceed in peace
R. (+) In the name of Christ. Amen.
Hymns for the Procession 64, 594 (A&M)
STATION AT THE MANGER
V. The Lord be with you
R. And also with you
V. Let us pray
Holy Jesus, to deliver us from the power of darkness
You humbled yourself to be born among us
and lay in a manger.
Let the light of your love always shine in our hearts,
and bring us at the last to the joyful vision of your beauty,
for you are now alive and reigns with the Father
and the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever.
People: Amen.
AT THE MASS
OPENING SENTENCE
For as the earth brings forth its shoot, and as the earth causes what is sown in it to spring up, so the Lord God will cause righteousness and peace to spring up before all the nations
  (Isaiah 61:11)
Celebrant: (+) Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel
People: May all the earth be filled with God's glory
Celebrant: Light has sprung up for the righteous
People: And joyful gladness for those who are true
hearted.
Celebrant: Glory to God in the highest
People: And peace to God's people on earth.
THE TRISAGION
Holy God, holy and mighty, holy and immortal One, have mercy up on us (x 3)

The Collect

 
Old Testament Isaiah 61:10-62:3
[Mr. William Reeson]
Benedictus [BCP page 40]
Epistle Galatians 3: 23-25; 4: 4-7
[Mrs. Shirley Reeson]
Gradual Sing De Chorus
Gospel John 1: 1-18
Sermon Rev. Fr. Robert McLean
The Prayers of Intercession
Offertory 62
Communion 66, 432
Recessional Go tell it on the Mountain

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Prayers Of Intercession

First Sunday after Christmas Day

Leader: We rejoice that we are created in your image, that we are called to be your sons and daughters. May the church at all times reveal your glory and lead many to the glorious liberty that is for the children of God. We pray for all who teach the faith and each of us as we are called to share the faith. We pray for our Bishops and Clergy. We pray for all who are seekers, all who long for you and for a glimpse of your glory.
Lord, we seek you and your love.
All: Come, be known among us.
Leader: We pray for all young people in their search for truth and meaning, that they will not be led astray or directed in wrong paths. Guide and direct all who influence the minds of young people through broadcasting, music and publishing. We pray for young people who have left home and for parents anxious for their well-being.
Lord, we seek you and your love.
All: Come, be known among us.
Leader: We give thanks for our own homes and loved ones, for those who have sought us out when we have gone astray, for those who accepted us even when we ignored their advice. We pray for all families where there is tension and lack of trust, for all who are anxious about loved ones at this time.
Lord, we seek you and your love.
All: Come, be known among us.
Leader: We remember those who have gone astray and cannot find their way back. We pray for street children and those separated from loved ones through war and conflict. We pray for children in care or in hospital, for all who feel unloved or unwanted. We remember especially any who have lost a child or a loved one this week.
Lord, we seek you and your love.
All: Come, be known among us.
Leader: We rejoice that you will bring us home to your eternal kingdom where sorrow and pain are no more. We pray for loved ones departed.
Lord, we seek you and your love.
All:

Come, be known among us.

(Silence may be kept)

All: Lord of all power and might, let us not just suppose you to be in our company, but seek you out until we find you and rejoice in your presence; through Jesus Christ our Saviour, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

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Hymn: Go, Tell It On The Mountain

Refrain
Go, tell it on the mountain,
over the hills and everywhere;
go, tell it on the mountain
that Jesus is His name.

He possessed no riches, no home to lay His head;
He saw the needs of others and cared for them instead.
Go, tell it on the mountain...

He reached out and touched them, the blind, the deaf, the lame; He spoke and listened gladly to anyone who came.
Go, tell it on the mountain...

Some turned away in anger, with hatred in the eyes;
they tried Him and condemned Him, then led Him out t die.
Go, tell it on the mountain...

'Father, now forgive them' - those were the words He said;
in three more days He was alive and risen from the dead.
Go, tell it on the mountain...

He still comes to people, His life moves through the lands;
He uses us for speaking, He touches with our hands.
Go, tell it on the mountain...

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Hymn: Sing De Chorus

Sing de chorus, clap your hand
Beat de Congo, play de pan
Spread de news to all the land
That Jesus is born
Jesus de Saviour is born

Do you know de story
How de King of glory
Came to earth a Baby born in a manger
But de worl' then did not know
That 'twas God on earth below
And treat the Son of God on earth like a stranger.

O great God above us
Truly, you do love us
Your cords of love around us no one can sever
May we always do your loving heart
Sing your praise and glorify you forever.

Do you know de story
How de King of Glory
Came to earth a Baby born in a manger
But de worl' then did not know
That 'twas God on earth below
And treat the Son of God on earth like a stranger.

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Hymn: Child in the Manger

Child in the manger, Infant of Mary,
Came as a stranger born in the stall;
Sweet little Jesus sent down from heaven,
God's gift of new life offered to all.

Prophets foretold Him, Infant of Wonder,
Angels behold Him there on His throne;
Worthy the Saviour of all our praises,
Happy and ever blest are His own. Amen.

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Today's Services

The First Sunday after Christmas Day

6:30 a.m. HOLY EUCHARIST
7:30 a.m. SUNG EUCHARIST & SERMON
(See Order of Service)
9:45 a.m. SUNG EUCHARIST & SERMON
Processional 64
Old Testament

Isaiah 61: 10-62: 3

Psalm 147: 13-21 BCP page 662
(All Stand)
Epistle Galatians 3: 23-25; 4: 4-7
Gradual Child in a Manger
Gospel John 1: 1-18
Sermon Rev. Fr. Robert McLean
The Prayers of Intercession  
Offertory 63
Communion What child is this, 65
Recessional Go tell it on the Mountain
11:30 a.m. SERVICE FOR SHUT-IN MEMBERS
11:00 p.m. HOLY EUCHARIST & SERMON
(Programmes will be provided)

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This Week at St. Andrew's

Monday
January 1

7:30 a.m.

Holy Eucharist
(Feast of the Holy Name of
Our Lord Jesus Chris
t)

Tuesday
January 2

9:00 a.m.

Holy Eucharist

Wednesday
January 3

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

Holy Eucharist
Women's Auxiliary
Grief Support Group

Friday
January 5
9:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist
Saturday
January 6
9:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist
(Feast of the Epiphany)

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