Sunday Bulletin

Second Sunday after the Epiphany (Year C)
Sunday, January 14, 2007

In this Bulletin ...

Growing through Faith, Commitment and Action
Parish News
Prayers Of Intercession
Sick and Shut-In Members
Hymn: Behold the Goodness of Our Lord
Hymn: With Grateful Hearts Our Faith Professing
Today's Services
Activities This Week

Beloved Friends,

What is the motive for us to love God? Are we able to love God without any intention for our desires to be satisfied? Do we wish to encounter God because of what we feel when we experience him? If we do, then when the feeling wanes, does the love die and do we lose a great deal of interest in God as we sometimes do with persons who we say we love?

This is both a spiritual and a human reality that we should acknowledge. The basic fiber which initiates and generates our growth is our capacity to receive and give what shaped and created us; love. It is our capacity to love, which gives us the desire to relate and to be in relationship as human persons. There are times when there is transference of our human experience and exposure of love to God. However, we must recognize that our love for God was initiated by God not us. "We love God because he first loved us" John 4:18b

What are the indicators, that tell us that we are loving God and growing in the faith of Christ? May I suggest these questions for our reflection and action.

ARE YOU SENSITIVE TO GOD'S PRESENCE? Genesis 24:16, John 14:15-16
"If the soul of the believer is in a healthy condition he will take occasion to frequently come into God's presence on purpose to have communion with Him"
A.W. Pink

ARE YOU MORE LOVING? John 13: 34-35
"The more a person loves, the closer he approaches the image of God"
Martin Luther

ARE YOU CONSISTENTLY GUIDED BY THE WORD OF GOD?
"Your word is a lantern to my feet and a light to my path" Psalm 119:105

DOES PENITENCE LEAD YOU TO PEACE? 1 John 1:8-9
"Create in me a pure heart O God, and renew a right spirit within me" Psalm 51:10

ARE YOU READY TO ACCEPT FORGIVENESS AND TO FORGIVE?
Read Matthew 5:23-24:Luke17;3-4

DOES WORSHIP LEAD YOU TO GIVE OF YOUR TIME AND SELF FOR SERVICE TO GOD AND HIS PEOPLE? 1 John 4:20-21
Can anyone in whom the Spirit of the Lord abides remain unfeeling toward the needs of the Church and indifferent to its Ministry?

As we place all our dreams and desires, fears and faults, hopes and happiness into the hand of God and seek God with an attentive heart, we shall experience love, joy and peace. My prayer for us is that all our seeking and desiring will find satisfaction and fulfilment in God's love.

We welcome all those visiting with us today especially the KC Lodge.


Sirrano Kitson

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"Growing through Faith, Commitment and Action"

 

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Parish News

Flowers at the foot of the altar are given by Mrs. Bernice Stephens in commemoration of her 99th Birthday.

We express condolences to the family of Mrs. Daphne Barriff who died recently. Her funeral service will be on Friday, January 19 at 2:30 p.m.
Also to the family of Mr. Aubrey Saunders who died last week.

REMINDERS!

(a) CONGREGATIONAL MEETING on Sunday, January 28 immediately following the 7:30 Eucharist. We need reports from all organizations and groups as well as nomination forms for election of members to the Church Committee for 2007.

(b) ORGAN RECITAL here on Sunday, January 28 at 5:00 p.m. Contribution $1,000 in aid of our Outreach Programme.

(c) Rev. Canon Ernle Gordon will lead a discussion on The History Of the Anglican Church, its Principles and Current Issues on Saturday, January 20, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Church Hall, Ellesmere Road.

The Annual Ecumenical Marian Service will be held here at St. Andrew's on Wednesday of this week, commencing at 7:00 p.m. This is being held in collaboration with Holy Cross Church and is part of the programme for observance of The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

REMEMBER THE DORCAS BASKET.

Did You Know?

The Mission of the Church is the Mission of Christ
The Five Marks of Mission

  • To proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God.
    (Mark 6: 6-13)

  • To teach, baptize and nurture new believers.
    (Matthew 28: 18-20)

  • To respond to human need by loving service.
    (Matthew 25: 31-46)

  • To seek to transform the unjust structure of society.
    (Luke 4: 18-19)

  • To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth.
    (Genesis 2: 15)

Mission as celebration and thanksgiving

An important feature of Anglicanism is our belief that worship is central to our common life. But worship is not just something we do alongside our witness to the good news: worship is itself a witness to the world. It is a sign that all of life is holy, that hope and meaning can be found in offering ourselves to God (Rom. 12: 1). And each time we celebrate the Eucharist, we 'proclaim the Lord's death until he comes' (1 Cor. 11: 26). Our liturgical life is a vital dimension of our mission calling; and although it is not included in the Five Marks, it undergrids the form of public witness listed there.

 

Activities this week ...

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

Shut-In Members

  • Lena McDonald
  • Ethel Morrison
  • Lucille Campbell
  • Roslyn Rose

Sick Members

  • Wycliffe Williams
  • Lloyd Smith
  • Angella Evelyn
  • Angela Knight
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Prayers Of Intercession

Second Sunday after the Epiphany

Leader: We give thanks to you, O Lord, for all who enrich our world by their talents and abilities. We pray for those with the gift of healing and for all healing ministries. We pray for those who are visionaries and those who plan our future: may we all exercise the gift of discernment and distinguish the true from the false. We pray for all who are preparing for marriage, for all who have recently fallen in love. We remember homes where there is tension or estrangement and all homes where there is a breakdown in marriage or in relationships.
Lord, come to us
All: and fill us with your love.
Leader: Lord, who has given us this world and all that is in it, help us to use its resources properly, that we do not waste now what should be saved for the future: that the resources of the sea are not over-used, that fossil fuels are not too easily spent. We pray that we take care not to pollute the earth or our environment. Bless all who are seeking to conserve and to protect our natural resources. We pray for countries whose crops have failed, whose harvest is poor, and for all who live in desert places.
Lord, come to us
All: and fill us with your love.
Leader: We rejoice, O God, that you delight in us. You will not leave us desolate: you are God who renews and restores your creation. We pray that we may learn to delight in each other and give our attention and love to each other. Bless our homes and our loved ones with your fullness; renew and restore us in strength and in love. We pray for all who are struggling in their relationships.
Lord, come to us
All: and fill us with your love.
Leader: We pray for all who have been made to feel inadequate or unwanted, for all who feel as if they have run out of energy or hope, for all who feel empty or that life is too much for them. We remember the despairing, the despondent, and all who feel utterly drained. We pray for…………..
Lord, come to us
All: and fill us with your love.
Leader: We rejoice with all who have received of your fullness in your kingdom, all who have been restored and renewed by your love and saving power. We pray for loved ones departed, especially………………..
Lord, come to us
All:

and fill us with your love.

(Silence may be kept)

All: Almighty and everlasting God, you give gifts to all your people: you give us the power and ability to do what you would have us do. Help us to use the gifts you have given us for the benefit of others and to your glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
AMEN.

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Hymn: Behold the Goodness of Our Lord

Behold the goodness of our Lord, How blest it is to be
A company of God's beloved, In holy unity.

Like precious oil upon the head, A healing for our strife,
It flows throughout our common bond, Refreshing all of life.

As dew on Zion's mountaintop Brings freshness to its door,
Our Lord commands this in our midst And brings life evermore.

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Hymn: With Grateful Hearts Our Faith Professing

With grateful hearts our faith professing, We ask You,
Lord, come to our aid, That we, our common
faith confessing, May keep the vows that we have made.

We know that in Your true providing The young and
old to Christ belong; Lord, help us to be
wise in guiding, And make us in example strong.

Give to the parents love and patience, Each home with
Christian graces fill. Protect our children
in temptations, And keep them safe in childhood ill.

Accept, O Lord, our dedication To fill with
love the growing mind, That in this church and
congregation The young a faith for life may find.

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Today's Services

Second Sunday after the Epiphany

6:30 a.m.
HOLY EUCHARIST
7:30 a.m.
SUNG EUCHARIST & SERMON
(Corporate for the Mother's Union)
Introit 372
Old Testament

Isaiah 62: 1-5
[Mrs. Daphne Whitely]

Psalm 96: 1-10 [BCP page 594]
(All Stand)
Epistle 1 Corinthians 12: 1-11
[Mr. Ronald D. Coke]
Gradual 329 [Children leave for Sunday School]
Gospel John 2: 1-11
Sermon Rev. Major Sirrano Kitson
The Prayers of Intercession  
Offertory 171
Communion 387, Behold the goodness of the Lord,
325, 419
Recessional With grateful hearts our faith professing
9:45 a.m.
MORNING PRAYER & SERMON
Processional 372
Venite

[BCP page 36]

Psalm 96: 1-10 [BCP page 594]
(Refrain) "Proclaim the wonders
of the Lord among all the peoples."
(All Sit - No Gloria)
First Reading Isaiah 62: 1-5
Benedictus [BCP page 40]
Second Reading John 2: 1-11
Hymn 329
Sermon Rev. Major Sirrano Kitson
Hymns 171,
With grateful hearts our faith professing
6:00 p.m.
Evening Service will be conducted by
Monday 1 Fellowship Group

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Activities This Week

Monday
January 15

5:30 p.m.

Bible Study

Tuesday
January 16

9:00 a.m.

Holy Eucharist

Wednesday
January 17

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

Holy Eucharist
Grief Support Group
Marian Service
(No Confirmation Class)

Thursday
January 18
9:00 a.m.


5:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m.

Holy Eucharist
(Confession of St. Peter)

Senior Choir Rehearsal
Church Committee Meeting

Friday
January 19
9:00 a.m.
6:00 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
Confirmation Class for Juniors
Saturday
January 20
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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