Sunday Bulletin

Fifth Sunday in Lent (Year C)
Sunday, March 25, 2007

In this Bulletin ...

Growing through Faith, Commitment and Action
Parish News
Prayers Of Intercession
Sick and Shut-In Members
Hymn: We're Marching To Zion
Hymn: Eternal Light, Shine In My Heart
Hymn: Lift Every Voice And Sing
Today's Services
Activities This Week

Beloved People of God,

We are a people of the community of the baptized who have been Incorporated into Christ. It is through baptism that we are able to share in the benefits of Christ's passion. Today we focus on baptism from Rick Warren's 'The Purpose Driven Life':

Baptism is not an optional ritual, to be delayed or postponed. It signifies your inclusion in God's family. It publicly announces to the world, "I am not ashamed to be a part of God's family." Have you been baptized?

Baptism is pregnant with meaning. Your baptism declares your faith, shares Christ's burial and resurrection, symbolizes your death to your old life, and announces your new life in Christ. It is also a celebration of your inclusion in God's family.

Your baptism is a physical picture of a spiritual truth. It represents what happened the moment God brought you into his family: "Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into Christ's body by one Spirit, and we have all received the same Spirit."

Baptism doesn't make you a member of God's family; only faith in Christ does that. Baptism shows you are a part of God's family. Like a wedding ring, it is a visible reminder of an inward commitment made in your heart. It is an act of initiation, not something you put off until you are spiritually mature. The only biblical condition is that you believe.

Today marks the bicentenary of the abolition of the British Slave trade, which meant that transporting Blacks from Africa for enslavement in the British colonies of the Caribbean including Jamaica after 1808 was now deemed illegal. This took place in 1807, which brought to an end over 300 years of trafficking of human cargo from Africa to the island of Jamaica and other British West Indian territories.

The presence and contribution of the Anglican Church in the anti-slavery struggles has not been adequately publicized. The efforts of a number of clergy and lay people who were at the forefront of the campaign came out of the Church Missionary Society. The Rev. Thomas Clarkson, deacon of the Anglican Church, who became the mobilizer, the energizer and fact finder. William Wilberforce M.P. who was the movement's voice in Parliament, the Rev. Colin Donaldson, Rector of the Parish Church of St. Mary who was imprisoned for three months for publicly objecting to the ill-treatment of slaves. The arrival in February 1825 of the Rt. Rev. Dr. Christopher Lipscomb as the first appointed Bishop of Jamaica. He declared his mandate as "adoption of measures which he thought might improve the spiritual condition of the population and render effective the object of his mission."

The Anglican Church was active in the struggle, let us make it known.


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

Today marks the 200th anniversary of the Parliamentary Abolition of Transatlantic Trade of Africans to Jamaica. The Jamaican national bicentenary will stage an ancestral funeral rites service at the Kingston Harbour.

CONFIRMATION. The Bishop of Jamaica, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Alfred Reid will administer the Sacrament of Confirmation on Palm Sunday, 1st of April at 6:00 p.m. 21 persons will be confirmed, including four from Church of the Ascension, Mona. We continue to pray for the candidates for baptism and confirmation.

Palm Cross Making- Sunday School Students, their parents and other interested persons are reminded to come out on Saturday, March 31, 2007 from 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 noon in the Old Court House to make Palm Crosses for Palm Sunday. We need all the help we can get.

Alpha 2007 will commence on Wednesday 18th April at 5:30 p.m. at the Church Hall and will continue on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. until 4th July.

The church is in need of a Project Coordinator and would welcome volunteers from the church family. St. Clements Mission is looking for volunteers for their music ministry please contact the Church Office.

Rev'd. Canon Ernle Gordon leads a session on the practices of the Anglican Church on Saturday, March 31 from 12:00 noon- 2:00pm at the Church Hall. For further information contact the Young Adults at 868-3291.

DID YOU KNOW?

The word liturgy means the work of the people; it means all of us are involved in worship. Whenever one is to be baptized, whether as an infant or adult, there are six vows that one undertakes to keep. It is these vows that help to serve as a standard by which one assesses her/his commitment to Christ. When you are baptized, you are challenged with the goal of fighting valiantly against all evil and continuing Christ's faithful servant to your life's end. The congregation has an important role to play in the development of the newly-baptized as it is charged with ensuring that we do all in our power to encourage the person and to ensure that the child is brought to the Bishop for confirmation. The tasks that we are to accomplish when we come together for Eucharist is summed up on page 101 in our prayer book. In the prayers of intercession the first option is Form A which calls for extempore prayer.

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.

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Prayers Of Intercession

Fifth Sunday in Lent

Leader: We give thanks for all who are contemplatives: for
those who teach others to mediate, for all who have
shown us how to be silent before you. Lord, in the
stillness of our minds, renew us; in the quiet of our
hearts, restore us. We pray for all who are caught up in
hyperactivity, all who seek to justify themselves by
work, all who cannot be still.
Lord, we come to you.
All: Change us and we shall be changed.
Leader: We pray for communities that are oppressed, for areas
where community living is breaking down. We pray
for fractured and fragmented peoples, remembering
the refugees and war-torn peoples of our world. We
pray for all who risk their lives in caring for others.
All: Change us and we shall be changed.
Leader: Lord, we are grateful for places of rest and peace; we
thank you for our homes and all who care for us. We
pray for all who are overworked in their caring for
others. We ask your blessing on all who have shared
their time and their love with us.
Lord, we come before you.
All: Change us and we shall be changed.
Leader: Lord, we pray that through your cross and passion we
my come to know the power of your resurrection. We
remember before you all suffering peoples, all who are
struggling or despairing at this time, all who are facing
darkness or death. We remember today those who were
shackled and transported by force from their native
land, Africa, to the West Indies.
Lord, we come before you.
All: Change us and we shall be changed.
Leader: We give thanks for all who have passed through pain and
suffering and are now where sorrow and pain are
no more, for all who have experienced the power of
your resurrection. We pray especially for ……………..
Lord, we come before you.
All:

Change us and we shall be changed.

(Silence may be kept)

All: Almighty God, we give you thanks for your great love
towards us and the whole world, love revealed in our
Lord Jesus Christ, who by his death destroyed death,
and who has for us opened the gate of glory. We pray
that, sharing in the fellowship of the suffering of our
Lord, we may come to know the power of his
resurrection; through the same 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: We're Marching To Zion

  1. Come, we that love the Lord,
    And let our joys be known;
    Join in a son with sweet accord,
    Join in a song with sweet accord,
    And thus surround the throne,
    And thus surround the throne.

    Refrain:
    We're marching to Zion
    Beautiful, beautiful Zion;
    We're marching upward to Zion,
    The beautiful city of God.

  2. Let those refuse to sing,
    Who never knew our God;
    But children of the heav'nly King,
    But children of the heav'nly King,
    May speak their joys abroad,
    May speak their joys abroad.

    Refrain:

  3. The hill of Zion yields
    A thousand sacred sweets,
    Before we reach the heav'nly fields,
    Before we reach the heav'nly fields,
    Or walk the golden streets,
    Or walk the golden streets.

    Refrain:

  4. Then let our songs abound,
    And every tear be dry;
    We're marching thro' Immanuel's ground,
    We're marching thro' Immanuel's ground,
    To fairer worlds on high,
    To fairer worlds on high.

    Refrain:

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Hymn: Eternal Light, Shine In My Heart

  1. Eternal light, Shine in my heart;
    eternal hope, lift up my eyes;
    eternal power, be my support;
    eternal wisdom, make me wise.

  2. Eternal life, raise me from death;
    eternal brightness, make me see;
    eternal Spirit, give me breath;
    eternal Savior, come to me,

  3. Until by your most costly grace,
    invited by your holy word,
    at last I come before your face
    to know you, my eternal God.

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Hymn: Lift Every Voice And Sing

  1. Lift ev'ry voice and sing,
    Till earth and heaven ring,
    Ring with the harmonies of liberty;
    Let our rejoicing rise
    High as the list'ning skies,
    Let it resound loud as the rolling sea.
    Sing a song full of the faith
    that the dark past has taught us;
    Sing a song full of hope
    that the present has brought us;
    Facing the rising sun
    Of our new day begun,
    Let us march on till victory is won.

  2. Stony the road we trod,
    Bitter the chast'ning rod,
    Felt in the days when hope unborn had died;
    Yet with a steady beat,
    Have not our weary feet
    Come to the place for which our fathers sighed?
    We have come over a-way
    That with tears has been watered;
    We have come, treading our path
    Through the blood of the slaughtered;
    Out from the gloomy past,
    Till now we stand at last
    Where our white gleam of our bright star is cast.

  3. God of our weary years,
    God of our silent tears,
    Thou who hast brought us thus far on the way;
    Thou hast by thy might,
    Led us into the light,
    Keep us forever in the path, we pray.
    Lest our feet stray from the places,
    Our God, where we met thee;
    Lest our hearts, drunk with the wine of the world,
    We forget thee, Shadowed beneath Thy hand,
    May we forever stand,
    True to our God, true to our native land. (Repeat Verse 1)

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Today's Services

Fifth Sunday in Lent

6:30 a.m.
HOLY EUCHARIST
(Book of Common Prayer)
7:30 a.m.
SUNG EUCHARIST & SERMON
(Corporate for the Women's Working Committee)
Introit Come Ye That Love The Lord
Old Testament

Isaiah 43:16-21
[Mr. Everton Cummings]

Psalm 126 [BCP page 643] (All Stand)
Epistle Philippians 3:8-14
[Mrs. Rosemarie Evelyn]
Gradual 85
Gospel Luke 20:9-19
Sermon Mr. George Briggs
The Prayers of intercession  
Offertory 633
Communion 411, 414, Eternal Light
Recessional Lift Every Voice and Sing
9:45 a.m.
FAMILY EUCHARIST & SERMON
Introit Come Ye That Love The Lord
Old Testament

Isaiah 43:16-21
[Miss Gillian Morrison]

Psalm 126 [BCP page 643]
(Refrain) "The Lord has done
great things for us, and we are
glad indeed.
(All Sit - No Gloria)
Epistle Philippians 3:8-14
[Servers Guild]
Gradual 85
Gospel Luke 20:9-19
Sermon Mrs. Nicola Elliott
The Prayers of intercession  
Offertory 171
Communion In His Presence,
Holy Holy,
El Shaddai
Recessional Lift Every Voice and Sing
6:00 p.m.
HOLY EUCHARIST
Introit 171
Psalm 126 [BCP page 643]
First Reading Isaiah 34:16-21
Magnificat [BCP page 67]
Second Reading Luke 20:9-19
Nunc Dimittis [BCP page 55]
Hymn 85
Sermon Rev. Major Sirrano Kitson
Hymn 23

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Activities This Week

Monday
March 26

9:00 a.m.



5:30 p.m.

Holy Eucharist
(Feast Day) The Annunciation of
Our Lord Jesus Christ to the Virgin Mary


Bible Study

Tuesday
March 27

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

Holy Eucharist
Mother's Union

Wednesday
March 28

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

Holy Eucharist
Grief Support Group
Confirmation Class for Seniors

Thursday
March 29
5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.

Lenten Devotions
Senior Choir Rehearsal

Friday
March 30
9:00 a.m.
6:00 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
Confirmation Class for Juniors
Saturday
March 31
10:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m.
2:00 p.m.
4:30 p.m.
Brotherhood of St. Andrew Committee
Little Brothers of St. Andrew
Youth Choir Rehearsal
Youth Fellowship

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