Sunday Bulletin

Second Sunday in Lent (Year C)
Sunday, March 4, 2007

In this Bulletin ...

Growing through Faith, Commitment and Action
Parish News
Prayers Of Intercession
Sick and Shut-In Members
Hymn: Come, Thou Fount Of Every Blessing
Hymn: Holy, Holy, Holy
Hymn: God Is Our Strength
Today's Services
Activities This Week

Beloved People of God,

Lent is the single period in which the Universal Church expresses its practice of discipline and abstinence. It is a time of preparation. Advent is also another period which prepares us for the Christmas Epiphany celebration. The Lenten journey prepares us for the celebration of the Resurrected One. Our fasting and prayers, reading and meditation on the Holy Scriptures (the Bible), reception of the Sacraments, and our acts of charity can enable us to focus more on our relationship with our Lord and enrich that relationship. There are many Christians who make a sacrificial giving up of things that they enjoy. However, whatever we do we must relate to our intention for Lent, which is spiritual growth. There is the need for us to recognize that although God is ultimately responsible for spiritual growth, it is necessary for us to nurture the seed of faith. This is clearly seen in Isaiah 61:11 where God's role in relating to His people is analogous to that of a farmer who prepares the soil of our hearts to receive the seed of faith.

During the month of March, we focus on the St. Andrew Settlement in Majesty Gardens, an outreach project of the St. Andrew Parish Church. The St. Andrew Parish Church is the driving force behind the Settlement, whose mission is to aid the development of the Majesty Gardens community, through spiritual, educational and physical activities. Services offered by the Settlement includes health care, basic school, medical and dental care, feeding programme for the elderly and training for young men and women. There is a mission house used for worship, Sunday School meetings, the preparation of Baptism and Confirmation. Our intention as a presence in this community is to attract men and women through social services, to know and experience the saving grace of God. It is in this regard that we are challenged as a church.

We want to take this opportunity to thank you for your support over the years. However, increased funding is urgently needed to support all the project activities in a more efficient way. We therefore crave your support, especially during this month and welcome any suggestion you might have pertaining to how we can continue to contribute to this community. Special focus for this month is the Easter Bun Sale that is being launched today.

Special welcome to members of the Liguanea Lodge who are worshipping with us at 7:30 a.m.

Yours in Christ

Sirrano Kitson

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"Growing through Faith, Commitment and Action"

Almighty God, by your grace you have given us new life in
Jesus Christ and by your Spirit you have called us to
Proclaim Him as Saviour by word and action. Teach
us to walk in your way more trustfully, to accept
your truth more faithfully and to share your life
more lovingly. By the power of the Holy Spirit guide
us in our work for the church, so that we may come
as one family to the Kingdom of the Father, where
you live and reign forever. Amen.

(A Prayer for Renewal and Mission)

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Parish News

The new Church Committee will be inducted during the 7:30 Eucharist this morning.

Our Synod representatives, Mrs. Andrea Chin See and Miss Greta Bogues, invite suggestions and/or recommendations which you might want to submit as resolutions at Synod in April. Please give this serious thought and make your submissions next week.

You are reminded of the Youth Retreat to be held at the Church Hall on Saturday, March 10, 2007 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The Lenten Devotions started last Thursday and continue until Holy Week when we celebrate the Maundy Thursday liturgy.

Healing Conference 2007 is scheduled for the weekend May 25-27 at the Starfish Trelawny. You are asked to register NOW with payment of half the Conference Fee. Further information is available from the church office.

Today, being the first Sunday of the month, we continue our Second Collection which will help finance and support our church and ministry. Your response last year was heartwarming and we look forward to your continued support.

Activities this week ...

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Please remember to pray for our sick and shut-in members and for the families who have lost loved ones.

Shut-In Members

  • Edna Brassington
  • Vivienne Bromfield
  • Clara McGilchrist
  • Marguerite Maxwell
  • Mary Scott

Sick Members

  • Norma Urquhart
  • Irvin Facey
  • Daphne Graham
  • Robert Sayle
  • Alma Louise Williams
  • Hilda Witter
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Prayers Of Intercession

Second Sunday in Lent

Leader: Mighty God, you are a very present help in all our
troubles, we put our trust in you. Teach us your ways,
O Lord, and show us your paths. Guide your church,
that it may lead others to behold your love and glory.
We pray for those who care for seekers, wanderers and
the lost: bless all who work as counsellors, Samaritans,
and in marriage guidance. We pray for all who are
persecuted for their faith.
Lord, we put our hope in you.
All: You are our protector and our shield.
Leader: Loving Father, we remember before you all who are
refugees, all who have been driven out of their homes
by violence or disaster. We pray for those who have
had their homes repossessed, for those who have never
known the shelter of a home. We ask you to guide and
strengthen all who work with the homeless.
Lord, we put our hope in you.
All: You are our protector and our shield.
Leader: We give thanks for all who have provided for us: we
give thanks for parents and loved ones. We ask your
blessings upon our families and community, upon all
who seek to strengthen the bonds of family life and
love. We pray for any who are suffering from a break-
down in their relationships.
Lord, we put our hope in you.
All: You are our protector and our shield.
Leader: Lord, you are our strength in times of weakness, you
are our hope in times of darkness. We pray for all who
are finding life hard and the outlook bleak. We
remember friends and loved ones who are ill,
especially ………….
Lord, we put our hope in you.
All: You are our protector and our shield.
Leader: We rejoice in the hope that our earthly bodies may be changed and become like your glorious body. Change us, Lord, and we shall be changed. We pray for all our loved ones departed this life, that they may now share in the glory that shall be revealed to us……….
Lord, we put our hope in you.

You are our protector and our shield.

(Silence may be kept)

All: Holy God, as you have called us, make us holy. Shield us from all that is evil and destructive,
protect us in body and in soul; extend our vision of our purpose and journey that we may know we are your people and citizens of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.

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Hymn: Come, Thou Fount Of Every Blessing

  1. Come, Thou Fount of every blessing,
    Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
    Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
    Call for songs of loudest praise.
    Teach me some melodious sonnet,
    Sung by flaming tongues above;
    Praise His name I'm fixed upon it
    Name of God's redeeming love.

  2. Hither to Thy love has blest me;
    Thou hast bro't me to this place;
    And I know Thy hand will bring me
    Safely home by Thy good grace.
    Jesus sought me when a stranger,
    Wandering from the fold of God;
    He, to rescue me from danger,
    Bought me with His precious blood.

  3. O to grace how great a debtor
    Daily I'm constrained to be!
    Let Thy goodness, like a fetter,
    Bind my wandering heart to Thee:
    Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
    Prone to leave the God I love;
    Here's my heart, O take and seal it;
    Seal it for Thy courts above. Amen. (repeat 1st verse)

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Hymn: Holy, Holy, Holy

  1. Holy, holy, holy, holy
    Holy, holy, Lord God almighty!
    And we lift our hearts before you
    as a token of our love:
    holy, holy, holy, holy.

  2. Gracious Father, gracious Father,
    we're so glad to be Your children, gracious Father;
    and we lift our heads before You
    as a token of our love,
    gracious Father, gracious Father.

  3. Precious Jesus, precious Jesus,
    we're so glad that You've redeemed us, precious Jesus;
    and we lift our hands before You
    as a token of our love,
    precious Jesus, precious Jesus. (repeat 1st verse)

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Hymn: God Is Our Strength

  1. God is our strength from days of old,
    the hope of every nation;
    whose pow'r conceived the universe
    and set the earth's foundation.
    Though hidden from our sight
    in uncreated light, his presence yet is known,
    his wondrous purpose shown
    resplendent in creation!

  2. The Word of Life, before all things
    in primal darkness spoken,
    became for us the Word made flesh
    for our redemption broken.
    His glory set aside,
    for us he lived and died,
    obedient to the death,
    renewed in life and breath,
    to endless glory woken!

  3. That Breath of God, who brooded first
    upon the new creation,
    who lit with light the Virgin's womb
    to hear the world's salvation;
    that Dove, whose shadow graced
    th'anointed Saviour's face,
    now challenges us all
    to recognize the call
    to hope and liberation.

  4. O great Creator, Spirit, Word,
    the well-spring of creation,
    our Alpha and our Omega,
    our hope and our salvation;
    to Father, Spirit, Son,
    the three for ever One,
    and One for ever Three,
    mysterious Trinity,
    be praise and adoration.

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Today's Services

Second Sunday in Lent

6:30 a.m.
(Book of Common Prayer)
7:30 a.m.
Introit God Is Our Strength
Old Testament

Genesis 15:1-12,17-18
[Mr. Alfred McPherson]

Psalm 27:10-18 [BCP page 499]
(Refrain) "The Lord is my light
and my salvation."
(All Sit - No Gloria)
Epistle Philippians 3:17-4:1
[Mrs. Thelma Senior]
Gradual 93 [Children leave for Sunday School]
Gospel Luke 13:31-35
Sermon Mrs. Elsie Aarons
Offertory 188
Communion 348, 415, Holy, Holy
Second Collection 250
Recessional Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
9:45 a.m.
Processional God Is Our Strength
Venite [BCP page 36]
Psalm 27:10-18 [BCP page 499]
(All Stand)
First Reading Genesis 15:1-12,17-18
Benedictus [BCP page 40]
Second Reading Luke 13:31-35
Hymn 93
Sermon Mrs. Elsie Aarons
Second Collection 250
Recessional Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
6:00 p.m.
Introit God Is Our Strength
Old Testament

Genesis 15:1-12,17-18

Psalm 27:10-18 [BCP page 499]
Gradual 93
Gospel Luke 13:31-35
Sermon Rev. Dr. Sirrano Kitson
Offeratory 188
Hymn Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing

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Activities This Week

March 5

4:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.

Blood Pressure Clinic
Bible Study

March 6

5:30 p.m.

Moreton Park Committee

March 7

7:30 a.m.
5:15 p.m.
5:30 p.m.

Property and Building Committee
Women's Auxiliary
Grief Support Group

March 8
5:30 p.m.

Lenten Devotions

March 9
9:00 a.m.
6:00 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
Confirmation Class for Juniors
March 10
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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