Sunday Bulletin

Sunday of the Passion (Year C)
Palm Sunday
Sunday, April 1, 2007

In this Bulletin ...

Growing through Faith, Commitment and Action
Parish News
Hymn: I Will Sing The Wondrous Story
Hymn: Through The Love Of God
Hymn: Father God, The Lord, Creator
Hymn: Hosanna, Loud Hosanna
Hymn: Children Of Jerusalem
Today's Services
Activities This Week

Beloved People of God,

We have journeyed through lent to the Sunday of the Passion, which marks the beginning of Holy week. The events are set in motion on Palm Sunday with the recollection of Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem; but it is also called Passion Sunday as the appointed Gospel for the day is always the passion reading from one of the synoptic gospel.

The custom of carrying palm branches is derived from the Gospel of Mark 11:1-11, Matthew 21:1-11, Luke 19:29-44, John 12:12-19. As Jesus instructs two of His disciples to untie a colt and take it to Him, He sits on it and rides into Jerusalem. The people in response went into the fields and took branches and placed before Him. In fact they probably carried olive branches that grew there, as the nearest city where palms grew naturally was Jericho, which is about seventeen miles away, according to history.

Jesus entered the city with a single purpose: to go the way of suffering in obedience to the will of God. "He was obedient unto death even death on a cross, therefore God hath highly exalted Him," Philippians 2:5-11. Jesus is not a victim of the system or of the hands of Pilate and Caiaphas. He faced the unfolding events resolutely with a faith rooted in the Father's will. In this act, Jesus demonstrates to us the difference between going one's own way and walking God's way. "He shows us how we can be misled by the way things appear to be and how God is in control, even in the darkest times, even when there seem to be no hope." (Bible Reading Fellowship)

The readings of the Passion Gospel from Mark 14:1-72, 15:1-39, and John 18 and 19, take us into the heart of Holy Week. Although the services this week are shaped by the historic events of the last week of Jesus' earthly life, they form the central focus for our celebration of Christ's victory over death.

It is my hope that all of us share in the Holy Week services, identifying with the suffering of the crucified Christ so that we can, with sincerity, rejoice in the Risen Lord at Easter.

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

Congratulations to Miss Orinthia Fender who is celebrating her 101 birthday today April 1st.

On Thursday (Maundy Thursday) members of the Clergy will attend a Chrism Mass (the Cathedral in Spanish Town) and Renewal of Ordination Vows at 10:00 a.m.

Good Friday Services:

  • 8:00 a.m. - Celebration of the Lord's Passion
  • 12:00 noon - Three Hour Meditation

Easter Day Services:

  • 5:00 a.m. - Lighting of the Paschal Candle, Solemn Procession, Sung Eucharist and Sermon.
  • 7:30 a.m. - Sung Eucharist and Sermon
  • 9:45 a.m. - Holy Eucharist and Sermon
  • 4:00 p.m. - Service for Children
  • 6:00 p.m. - Holy Eucharist and Sermon

The 137th Annual Synod of the Church convenes on Tuesday, April 10 and continues through Friday, April 13. Consequently there will be no morning services here during that week. Our Synod representatives are Mrs. Andrea Chin-See and Miss Greta Bogues.

Condolences to Mrs. Valerie Nam and her family on the death of her father Sydney Williams.

Baptism, Weddings and Reconciliation (BCP pg.326) by appointment with the Rector.


Did you know?

The early Christians traced the cross on their foreheads to remind themselves that by baptism they lived a supernatural life in the Body of Christ. The external mark expressed an inner grace, the presence of God Himself.

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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Hymn: I Will Sing The Wondrous Story

  1. I will sing the wondrous story
    Of the Christ who died for me,
    How He left His home in glory
    For the cross of Calvary.

    Yes, I'll sing the wondrous story
    Of the Christ who died for me,
    Sing it with the saints in glory
    Gathered by the crystal sea.

  2. I was lost but Jesus found me,
    Found the sheep that went astray,
    Threw His loving arms around me,
    Drew me back into His way.


  3. I was bruised but Jesus healed me,
    Faint was I from many fall;
    Sight was gone, and fears possessed me,
    By His hand I'm safely led.


  4. Days of sadness still come o'er me,
    Sorrow's paths I often tread,
    But the Savior still is with me,
    By His Hand I'm safely led.


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Hymn: Through The Love Of God

  1. Through the love of God our Savior all will be well;
    Free and changeless is His favor,
    All, all is well.
    Precious is the blood that heals us;
    perfect is the grace that seals us,
    strong the hand stretched out to shield us;
    all must be well.

  2. Though we pass through tribulation,
    all will be well;
    ours is such a full salvation,
    all, all is well.
    Happy, still in God confiding;
    fruitful, if in Christ abiding;
    holy, through the Spirits guiding;
    all must be well.

  3. We expect a bright tomorrow;
    All will be well;
    Faith can sing, through days of sorrow,
    'All, all is well.'
    On our Father's love relying,
    Jesus every need supplying,
    or in living or in dying,
    all must be well.

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Hymn: Father God, The Lord, Creator

  1. Father God, the Lord, Creator,
    by whose hand we all are fed,
    in Your mercy re-create us
    at the breaking of the bread.

  2. Christ our Lord, be present with us,
    Risen victorious from the dead!
    In Your mercy we know You,
    in the breaking of the bread.

  3. Holy Spirit, God's empowering,
    by whose life the Church is led;
    in Your mercy, send us strengthened
    from the breaking of the bread.

  4. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
    hear our praises - sung and said.
    From our hearts comes our thanksgiving
    for the breaking of the bread.

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Hymn: Hosanna, Loud Hosanna

  1. Hosanna, loud hosanna,
    the happy children sang;
    through pillared court and temple
    the joyful anthem rang;
    to Jesus, who had blessed them
    close folded to his breast,
    the children sang their praises,
    the simplest and the best.

  2. From Olivet they followed
    mid an exultant crowd,
    the victory palm-branch waving,
    and singing clear and loud;
    the Lord of earth and heaven
    rode on in lowly state,
    content that little children should
    on his bidding wait.

  3. "Hosanna in the highest!"
    That ancient song we sing,
    for Christ is our Redeemer;
    earth, let your anthems ring.
    O may we ever praise him
    with heart and life and voice,
    and in his humble presence
    eternally rejoice!

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Hymn: Children Of Jerusalem

  1. Children of Jerusalem
    Sang the praise of Jesus' name;
    Children, too, of modern days,
    Join to sing the Saviors praise:

    Hark,hark,hark! While children's voices sing,
    hark,hark,hark! While children's voices sing
    loud hosannas, loud hosannas
    loud hosannas to our King.

  2. We are taught to love the Lord,
    We are taught to read His word,
    We are taught the way to heaven;
    Praise for all to God be given:


  3. Parents, teachers, old and young,
    all unite to swell the song;
    higher and yet higher rise,
    till hosannas reach the skies:

    Hark, hark, hark…

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Today's Services

Sunday of the Passion (Palm Sunday)

6:30 a.m.
(Book of Common Prayer)
7:30 a.m.
Communion Hymns 105, 408,
Father God,
Through The Love Of God
Second Collection

I Will Sing The Wondrous Story

9:45 a.m.
Processional 98

[BCP Page 36]

Psalm 118:19-29 (All Stand)
First Reading Isaiah 52:13 - 53:12
Benedictus [BCP Page 40]
Second Reading Luke 19:29-40
Hymn Hosanna, Loud Hosanna
Sermon Rev. Major Sirrano Kitson
Hymn 99
Second Collection I Will Sing The Wondrous Story
Recessional 96

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Activities This Week

April 2

9:00 a.m.
6:00 p.m.

Holy Eucharist
Stations of the Cross

April 3

9:00 a.m.
6:00 p.m.

Holy Eucharist
Stations of the Cross

April 4

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

Holy Eucharist
Stations of the Cross

April 5
10:00 a.m.
7:00 p.m.

The Cathedral- Spanish Town
Maundy Thursday Liturgy

Good Friday
April 6
8:00 a.m.
12:00 p.m.
Celebration of the Lord's Passion
Three Hour Meditation
Easter Day
April 8
5:00 a.m.

7:30 a.m.
9:45 a.m.
4:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m.
Lighting of the Paschal Candle,
Solemn Procession,
Sung Eucharist and Sermon.
Sung Eucharist and Sermon
Holy Eucharist and Sermon
Service for Children
Holy Eucharist and Sermon

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