Bulletin

Feast of the Holy Name (Year C)
New Year's Day
Monday, January 1, 2007

In this Bulletin ...

2007 - Growing through Faith, Commitment and Action
Prayers Of Intercession
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, the St. Clement's Mission, the 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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2007

"Growing through Faith,
Commitment and Action"

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Prayers Of Intercession

The Holy Name of our Lord Jesus Christ

Leader: The good news of incarnation shows dramatically God's love for a fallen world. Let us pray to the God of wonder, saying:
All: Lord, hear our prayer.
Leader: For the church, the Diocese of Jamaica, our Bishops - Alfred, Harold, Howard and Robert, St. Andrew Parish church family those who bare the name Christian here and throughout the world, let us pray to the Lord.
All: Lord, hear our prayer.
Leader: For God's blessing of peace upon all nations, especially Jamaica and our inner city communities, and upon all who dwell therein, let us pray to the Lord.
All: Lord, hear our prayer.
Leader: For those who rejoice during this holiday season: friends, relatives and neighbours, generous givers and gracious receivers, let us pray to the Lord.
All: Lord, hear our prayer.
Leader: For those who mourn during this holiday season, the grief-stricken and the despondent, the lonely and the forgotten, ( especially N..) let us pray to the Lord.
All: Lord, hear our prayer.
Leader: For all who find life harsh, those without home or shelter, those without food or clothing, let us pray to the Lord.
All: Lord, hear our prayer.
Leader:

For those who have gone before us, family, friends and neighbours, mighty saints and repentant sinners, let us pray to the Lord.

(Silence may be kept)

All: As shepherds were astonished by your marvels, O God, so too do we stand in awe of your goodness. Be merciful to us today in our need that we may learn to be your compassion in our world. We ask this through Christ the Lord.
Amen.

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Today's Services

The Holy Name of our Lord Jesus Christ

11:00 p.m.
(December 31, 2006)
SUNG EUCHARIST & SERMON
Introit 594
Old Testament

Exodus 34:1-8

Psalm 8
(Refrain) "How great is your name,
O Lord our God through all the earth.
"
Epistle Romans 1:1-7
Gradual 196
Gospel Luke 2:15-21
Sermon Rev. Dr. David Kuck
The Prayers of Intercession  
Offertory 65
Communion 62, 66, 432
Recessional 60
7:30 a.m. (January 1, 2007)
SUNG EUCHARIST & SERMON
Processional 64
Old Testament

Exodus 34:1-8

Psalm 8
(Refrain) "O Lord our governor,
how exalted is your Name
in all the world!
"
Epistle Romans 1:1-7
Gradual 196
Gospel Luke 2:15-21
Sermon Rev. Major Sirrano Kitson
The Prayers of Intercession  
Offertory 65
Communion 62, 66, 432
Recessional 72

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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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