Sunday Bulletin

Third Sunday of Easter (Year C)
Sunday, April 22, 2007

In this Bulletin ...

Growing through Faith, Commitment and Action
Parish News
Prayers Of Intercession
Sick and Shut-In Members
Hymn: Thine Is The Glory
Hymn: Lord Jesus Christ
Hymn: Christ Arose
Today's Services
Activities This Week

Dear People of God,

On Easter day during the celebration of the Holy Eucharist we renewed our baptismal vows (BCP 263 - 266). One very vital rationale for this renewal of our baptismal vows is that it enables us to constantly focus on what God did for us and our obligation to the commitment we made to God at baptism, affirmed at confirmation and renewed each time we receive the sacrament.

The renewal of vows is that act in which we are called by God's presence in the assembled community to renew our covenant. In this covenant we publicly state that our life in Christ is a continuous experience of God's grace and that our obligations must be renewed and expressed in daily life. The following are the vows and promises we made:

    1. To live in the faith of Christ into which we were baptized.
    2. To promote and practise the Apostle's Teaching, fellowship, The Lord's Supper and a life of prayer.
    3. To persevere in resisting evil and repent of our sins.
    4. To witness in our daily lives to God's saving work in Christ.
    5. To seek and serve Christ by loving our neighbour as ourselves.
    6. To put our whole trust in God's grace and love.

The vows we have made to God are binding which means that we are to be conscious of them as we are held accountable to God. With each vow we consented with a commitment of Will not feelings. In this act we surrender all aspects of our lives completely to God. Although this is not accomplished overnight, there must be a deliberate effort on our part to make time to be with God in prayer and mediation, to examine what God has given to each of us, especially the new life of faith and our response to give of our time, abilities and monetary-treasure.

The nature and value of the Kingdom of God require all that we have; everything. God desires our loving response to His generosity. God's generosity can always be seen most clearly in retrospect. Examine your life; search to see God's generous hand in it. God is faithful, generous, giving, loving, forgiving and gracious.

Remember what God demands is only ten percent (minimum) of all our time for worship and witness; ten percent (minimum) of our abilities, to serve and work to build His kingdom; ten percent (minimum) of our money for service, mission and ministry. Is there anything of value that happens in human life and the life of the church without these three currencies?

We welcome all our visitors today. Special welcome to the members of the Jamaica Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, celebrating their 75th anniversary who are worshipping with us at the 9:45 service.

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 Annual General Meeting of the Friends of the Sunday Schools will be held on April 29 in the Courthouse immediately after the
7:30 a.m. service. All members of the congregation interested in joining our organization are invited to attend.

Sunday May 6 will be celebrates as Diocesan Children Sunday.

St. Clements Mission Development Centre will be having a Mother's Day Brunch on May 13th at the Pollyanna Restaurant between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The cost, $1,000.00 for adults and $600.00 for children. Proceeds are in aid of the Skills Training and Home Work Projects.

Did you know?

The Easter Candle or Pascal Candle represents Christ, the light of the world (John 8:12). At the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday night or at the early service on Easter Sunday, a new fire, symbolizing our eternal life with Christ, is kindled and lights the Candle. The Easter Candle is blessed by the Celebrant who then inscribes it in a cross, tracing the Greek letter alpha above the cross, the letter omega below, and the numerals of the current year between the arms of the cross. Finally, the Celebrant then fixes five grains of incense in the cross re representing the five wounds of Christ.

 

Activities this week ...

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

Shut-In Members

  • Hilda Witter
  • Oswald & Vera Cohen
  • Clarice Cox
  • Maisie Foster

Sick Members

  • Daphne Graham
  • Myrtle Osbourne
  • Dennis Rainford
  • Iris Daley
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Prayers Of Intercession

Third Sunday of Easter

Leader: Lord, you are the Lord of life, in your presence is the
fullness of joy. We pray to you for all whose vocations
have been frustrated by illness, oppression, opposition
or circumstance: may they not lose hope, and discover
that in every situation you are there and call them. We
pray for those who preach your word in areas
where there is little or no response, all who witness to
you among opposition and violence. We pray for all
who celebrate the Holy Communion and who minister
the sacraments.
God of hope,
All: fill us with joy and peace in believing.
Leader: We give thanks for lively and vital communities. We
pray for the individuals that help to restore and hold
together community life. We pray for people in areas
where community has broken down; for down-town
areas of fear and poverty, for those who have left
home with nowhere to go. We remember all who sleep
rough and the organizations that care for them.
God of hope,
All: fill us with joy and peace in believing.
Leader: We give thanks for those who share their lives with us,
our families, our friends and our neighbours. We pray
for any who are finding life difficult or distressing, for
those whose relationships are breaking down, for homes where there is sorrow and darkness.
God of hope,
All: fill us with joy and peace in believing.
Leader: Lord, bless all who work hard for little or no reward, all
who find no rest from their toil or their fear. We pray
for all whose lives are full of guilt, regret and remorse,
for those who have lost faith in themselves or in the
world around them. We pray for all those who have been involved in accidents or acts of violence. We remember friends and loved ones who are ill.
God of hope,
All: fill us with joy and peace in believing.
Leader: Lord, we give thanks that you will seek us out
and bring us safely home. We pray for those you have
enfolded in the love and peace of your kingdom.
We pray especially for …………………………….
We pray that you will keep them in life and joy
everlasting.
God of hope,
All:

fill us with joy and peace in believing.

(Silence may be kept)

All: Lord, you came down to lift us up, you became human
that we might share in the divine, you died that we
might rise to life immortal. Help us to live as those
who believe and trust in you, and grant that we may
live to your praise and glory, Christ our Lord, who
rose for us and now lives and reigns with the Father
and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

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Hymn: Thine Is The Glory

  1. Thine is the glory, Risen, conquering Son;
    Endless is the vict'ry Thou o'er death hast won.
    Angels in bright raiment, Rolled the stone away,
    Kept the folded grave-clothes, Where Thy body lay.

    Refrain:

    Thine is the glory,
    Risen, con-qu'ring Son;
    Endless is the vict'ry
    Thou o'er death hast won.
    Amen.

  2. Lo! Jesus meets us, Risen, from the tomb;
    Lovingly He greets us, Scatters fear and gloom;
    Let His church with gladness Hymns of triumph sing,
    For her Lord now liveth; Death hath lost its sting.

  3. No more we doubt Thee, Glorious Prince of Life!
    Life is naught without Thee; Aid us in our strife;
    Make us more than conqu'rors, Through Thy death-less love;
    Bring us safe through Jordan With Thy power and love.

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Hymn: Lord Jesus Christ

  1. Lord Jesus Christ, You have come to us,
    You are one with us, Mary's Son;
    cleansing our souls from all their sin,
    pouring Your love and goodness in:
    Jesus, our love for you we sing -
    living Lord!

  2. Lord Jesus Christ, now and every day
    teach us how to pray, Son of God;
    You have commanded us to do this
    in remembrance, Lord, of You:
    into our lives Your power breaks through-
    living Lord!

  3. Lord Jesus Christ, You have come to us,
    born as one of us, Mary's son;
    led out to die on Calvary,
    risen from death to set us free:
    living Lord Jesus, help us see
    You are Lord!

  4. Lord Jesus Christ, I would come to you,
    Live my life for You, Son of God;
    all Your commands I know are true,
    Your many gifts will make me new:
    into my life Your power breaks through -
    Living Lord!

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Hymn: Christ Arose

  1. Low in the grave He lay, Jesus my Savior!
    Waiting the coming day, Jesus my Lord!

    Refrain:

    Up from the grave He arose,
    With a mighty triumph o'er His foes;
    He arose a Victor from the dark domain,
    And He lives forever with His saints to reign,
    He arose! He arose!
    Hallelujah! Christ arose!

  2. Vainly they watch His bed, Jesus my Savior!
    Vainly they seal the dead, Jesus my Lord!

    Refrain:

  3. Death cannot keep his prey, Jesus my Savior!
    He tore the bars away, Jesus my Lord!

    Refrain:

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Today's Services

Third Sunday of Easter

6:30 a.m.
HOLY EUCHARIST
(Book of Common Prayer)
7:30 a.m.
SUNG EUCHARIST and SERMON
Processional 137
First Reading Acts 9:1-19a
[Mr. Franklin Williams]
Psalm 33:1-11 (All Stand)
Epistle Revelation 5:6-14
[Mrs. Jennifer Cheeseman]
Gradual Christ Arose
Gospel John 21:1-14
Sermon Rev. Fr. Michael Allen
The Prayers of Intercession  
Offertory 218
Communion 412, 192,
Lord Jesus Christ
Recessional

Thine is the Glory

9:45 a.m.
FAMILY EUCHARIST, BAPTISM and SERMON
(Programmes will be provided)
6:00 p.m.
HOLY EUCHARIST & SERMON
Processional 137
First Reading Acts 9:1-19a
Psalm 33:1-11
Gradual Christ Arose
Gospel John 21:1-14
Sermon Rev. Major Sirrano Kitson
Offertory 218
Recessional

Thine Is The Glory


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Activities This Week

Monday
April 23

5:30 p.m.

Bible Study

Tuesday
April 24

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

Holy Eucharist
Mother's Union

Wednesday
April 25

6:30 a.m.


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

Holy Eucharist
(Saint Mark The Evangelist)

Fundraising Committee
Alpha
Grief Support Group
Reception Committee

Thursday
April 26
5:30 p.m.

Senior Choir Rehearsal

Friday
April 27
9:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist
Saturday
April 28
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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