Sunday Bulletin

Second Sunday of Easter (Year C)
Sunday, April 15, 2007

In this Bulletin ...

Growing through Faith, Commitment and Action
Parish News
Prayers Of Intercession
Sick and Shut-In Members
Hymn: Be Still For The Presence of The Lord
Hymn: Christ Is Risen! Hallelujah!
Hymn: Jesus, Stand Among Us
Hymn: How deep the Father's love for us
Today's Services
Activities This Week

My Beloved Friends,

The purpose of the 'Greeting of Peace' in the liturgy, is to signify reconciliation with other people as we prepare to make an offering to God in obedience to Matthew 5: 23-24. In the exchange of peace we intentionally signify that God's forgiveness is made manifest in the experience of Shalom. In this act we are set free, forgiven and have the opportunity for a new beginning. We are called to discard the old life and its cycle of sin, shame and guilt and walk in the new life of the love of God and the joy and peace of Christ.

The early church placed great emphasis on reconciliation. An unwillingness to forgive one's neighbour openly would attract the discipline of the church. Here the injunction from Matthew is applicable. "If you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother/sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother/sister and then come and offer your gift." A person who was recalcitrant and did not intend to be reconciled to his neighbour was considered to have disqualified himself from participation in the Eucharist and from receiving communion.
(1 Corinthians 11: 27-29.)

The body can only express what our inner attitude really is. It is the inner state of the soul of our thoughts which will affect the way we approach the greeting of peace. However, it is not merely a gesture, but must be a heartfelt act in obedience to the call of the Lord to be reconciled one with the other. We need to recognize that this is an action of the whole community at worship. As we enter into the act of penitence together, we are assured of God's forgiveness through the proclamation of the absolution and express our gratitude to God for his mercy and what He has done for us. These are the actions of the whole church and not only a matter of one's own individual salvation. The exchange of peace is also an affirmation of the reconciled community to the Lord, and affirms the Lord's voice in the words "Peace be with you"(Hebrew: shalom alechem.)

The giving and receiving of the peace, help to shape and form the community of faith which itself is oriented toward the presence of the Lord in his assembled community of which He is the host. The exchange of peace is not a social function nor is it just an expression of an individual's goodwill. It requires a predisposition of penitence, reconciliation and a willingness to live the fruit of the spirit; love, joy, peace … as described by Paul in Ephesians 5: 22-25.

We extend a warm welcome to all our visitors. The peace of God be with you all.

Sincerely 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 Mrs. Pearl Stern, who will be celebrating her 90th birthday on the 18th of April and also to Mrs. Kathleen Neysmith who recently celebrated her 97th birthday.
To Brad Hamilton for winning six (6) medals and Dominic Walters for winning seven (7) medals at the recent CARIFTA swim meet.

Condolences: To Mrs. Lona Brown on the death of her mother Dorothy Omess, the family of Marion Marshall, the family of Leo Justin Whyte and to Mrs. Karlene Jennings on the death of her father.

Alpha 2007 begins on Wednesday, April 18 at the Church Hall and continues on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. until July 4.

Please support the Women's Auxiliary Fish Fry on April 20 at the Church Hall.

The Rector and the Reception Committee is inviting all Newly Confirmed, to a Reception on Saturday April 21 at 9:00 a.m. at the church.

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

  • Madge Nelson
  • Ivy Levy
  • Monica Berry
  • Madge Berry
  • Lucille Berry

Sick Members

  • Wycliffe Williams
  • Robert Sayle
  • Myrtle Osbourne
  • Millicent Smith
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Prayers Of Intercession

Second Sunday of Easter

Leader: We pray for all who witness to your resurrection, for those who speak of your presence, for preachers of the word and ministers of the sacraments;
for those who reveal your presence by the way they live.
We pray for all who are in doubt and for all who are seeking you. We pray for unity in the church and in the world.
We call to you,
All: my Lord and my God.
Leader: We come today with the oppressed peoples, with all who have lost their freedom, all who have lost hope. We pray for all who have been taken hostage, all who have been imprisoned because of their beliefs; that in the darkness they may find your love.
We call to you,
All: my Lord and my God.
Leader: We pray for any fellowship to which we belong,
for communities and clubs, for welfare organizations, for social groups, for those with whom we share our worship.
We give thanks for your appearing in the Upper Room, and pray for our homes and loved ones.
We call to you,
All: my Lord and my God.
Leader: We remember all who are despairing, those who doubt their abilities.
We pray for all who lack confidence, those afraid to trust themselves or others.
We remember all who are lonely, all who are fearful.
We pray for those in sickness………………………..

looking to you in hope,
O risen Christ.
We call to you,

All: my Lord and my God.
Leader: Risen Lord, in you is our hope;
in life, in death and to eternity our hope is in you.
We rejoice with all who have entered into the fullness
of life eternal.
We pray especially for loved ones departed…….
may we with them have a share in your eternal
We call to you,

my Lord and my God.

(Silence may be kept)

All: Christ, our risen Lord, no tomb can
keep you, no door is closed to you,
no heart is barred to you, no mind is shut off from you.
Come lead us out of darkness into
light, out of doubt into faith, out of
death into life eternal:
Jesus Christ our risen Lord.

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Hymn: Be Still For The Presence of The Lord

  1. Be still, for the presence of the Lord,
    The Holy One, is here;
    Come bow before Him now
    With reverence and fear:
    In Him no sin is found -
    We stand on holy ground.
    Be still, for the presence of the
    The Holy One, is here.

  2. Be still, for the glory of the Lord,
    Is shining all around;
    He burns with holy fire,
    With splendour He is crowned:
    How awesome is the sight -
    Our radiant King of light!
    Be still, for the glory of the
    Is shining all around.

  3. Be still, for the power of the Lord
    Is moving in this place:
    He comes to cleanse and heal,
    To minister His grace -
    No work too hard for Him.
    In faith receive from Him.
    Be still, for the power of the
    Is moving in this place.

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Hymn: Christ Is Risen! Hallelujah!

  1. Christ is risen! Hallelujah!
    Risen our victorious Head;
    Sing His praises; hallelujah!
    Christ is risen from the dead.
    Gratefully our hearts adoreHim,
    As His light once more appears;
    Bowing down in joy before Him,
    Risen up from grief and tears.

    Christ is risen! Hallelujah!
    Risen our victorious Head;
    Sing His praises; hallelujah!
    Christ is risen from the dead.

  2. Christ is risen! All the sadness
    Of His earthly life is o'er;
    Through the open gates of glad
    He returns to life once more.
    Death and hell before Him
    He doth rise the victor now,
    Angels on His steps attending,
    Glory round His wounded brow.

    Christ is risen…

  3. Christ is risen! Henceforth never
    Death or hell shall us enthral;
    We are Christ's, in Him for ever
    We have triumphed over all;
    All the doubting and dejection
    Of our trembling hearts have
    'Tis His day of resurrection;
    Let us rise and keep the feast.

    Christ is risen ...

Repeat verse 1

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Hymn: Jesus, Stand Among Us

  1. Jesus, stand among us in Thy risen power,
    Let this time of worship be a hallowed hour.

  2. Breathe the Holy Spirit into every heart;
    Bid the fears and sorrows from each soul depart.

  3. Thus with quickened footsteps
    We'll pursue our way,
    Watching for the dawning of eternal day.

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Hymn: How deep the Father's love for us

  1. How deep the Father's love for us,
    How vast beyond all measure,
    That He should give His only Son
    To make a wretch His treasure.
    How great the pain of searing loss -
    The Father turns His face away,
    As wounds which mar the chosen one
    Bring many sons to glory.

  2. Beyond the man upon a cross,
    My sin upon His shoulders;
    Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice
    Call out among the scoffers.
    It was my sin that held Him there
    Until it was accomplished;
    His dying breath has brought me life
    I know that it is finished.

  3. I will not boast in anything,
    No gifts, no power, no wisdom;
    But I will boast in Jesus Christ,
    His death and resurrection.
    Why should I gain from His reward?
    I cannot give an answer,
    But this I know with all my heart,
    His wounds have paid my ransom.

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Today's Services

Second Sunday of Easter

6:30 a.m.
(Book of Common Prayer)
7:30 a.m.
(Corporate for Brotherhood of St. Andrew)
Introit 602 (Parts 1 & 3)
First Reading Acts 5:12a, 17-22, 25-59
[Mr. Godfrey Perkins]
Psalm 118: 19-24 [BCP page 626]
(Refrain) "Give thanks to the Lord,
for He is good; His mercy endures
Epistle Revelation 1:9-19
[Mr. Nevin Woolcock]
Gradual Jesus, stand among us
Gospel John 20:19-31
Sermon Dr. David Kuck
The Prayers of Intercession  
Offertory 142
Communion 400, 413,
How deep the Father's love for us;
Be Still for the Presence of the Lord

Christ is Risen! Hallelujah!

9:45 a.m.
Processional 602 (Parts 1 & 3)
Christ our Passover

[BCP Page 37]

Psalm 118: 19-24
First Reading Acts 5:12a, 17-22, 25-59
Benedictus [BCP Page 40]
Second Reading John 20:19-31
Hymn Jesus, stand among us
Sermon Dr. David Kuck
Hymns 142, Christ is Risen! Hallelujah!
6:00 p.m.
Introit 602 (Parts 1 & 3)
Old Testament Acts 5:12a, 17-22, 25-59
Psalm 118: 19-24
Gradual Jesus, stand among us
Gospel John 20:19-31
Sermon Rev. Major Sirrano Kitson
Offertory 142

Christ is Risen! Hallelujah!

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Activities This Week

April 16

5:30 p.m.

Bible Study

April 17

9:00 a.m.
5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.

Holy Eucharist
CFFC Meeting
Finance Committee

April 18

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

Holy Eucharist
Grounds & Environs Committee
Grief Support

April 19
5:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m.

Senior Choir Rehearsal
Church Committee

April 20
9:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist
April 21
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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