Sunday Bulletin

Fifth Sunday of Easter (Year C)
Sunday, May 6, 2007

In this Bulletin ...

Growing through Faith, Commitment and Action
Parish News
Prayers Of Intercession
Sick and Shut-In Members
First Reading: Acts 13:44-52
The Gospel Reading: John 13:31-35
Hymn: I Serve A Risen Savior
Hymn: Saviour Like A Shepherd
Hymn: O Let the Son of God Enfold You
Hymn: Jesus Shall Take The Highest Honour
Hymn: O, Lord Whose Saving Name
Hymn: Tell Me the Stories of Jesus
Gloria
Today's Services
Activities This Week

Beloved People of God,

Sometimes we hear about the challenges and difficulties of life that many of us have to face, and the choices that we make with what we have. With this in mind, I quote from an article by the 'Parish Publishing':

"We occasionally hear poverty romanticized, as though growing up poor somehow makes us better people. In reality, however, neither poverty nor plenty are, by themselves, guarantors of good character. Too often, in fact, poverty crushes the human spirit and robs us of the hope that makes us strive to succeed.

Someone who experienced both poverty and plenty put it "I've been rich and I've been poor, and I like rich better."

Jesus sat one day in the temple and watched people drop their gifts of money into the treasury. He noticed an impoverished widow drop in two small coins, all that she had. This woman was having a hard way to go. Without a husband, she was dependent in that society on the capricious whims of charity.

There is painting of this widow by artist A.D. Rhan, which pictures her dropping her coins with one hand, while holding a child's hand with the other. That work of art drew me up short, for it made me realize that I have always pictured this woman with not only herself to feed, but small children as well. And that casts a different light on her story, for we can imagine what reasonable arguments might have run through her head as she debated what to do about the temple offering. But the fact is, she chose to give all she had. Jesus instantly understood the powerful significance of what she had done, and pointed her action out to his disciples as an example of real sacrifice.

It is important to notice that Jesus does not in any way condemn the other givers for the size of their gifts; he simply makes the point that the meaning of a gift is best measured by what is left after the gift is made. In terms of buying power, the widow's offering was insignificant, but the devotion that motivated her gift was phenomenal. The gift the widow gave to the temple treasury was not just two small copper coins; it was a gift of devotion and faith. By giving to the temple the only money she had - the cost of her family's next meal - she was expressing a devotion to God that is quite rare.

Those people who Jesus saw in the temple making substantial contributions of cash were not wrong, but what they were giving came out of much larger abundance … they had plenty left. The widow gave until she had nothing left, was giving something of herself. We need the kind of devotion that is self-giving, that is costly in the deeper sense of the word. We need the kind of devotion to God's causes that makes people willing to give of themselves, but we also need the widow's gift.

We extend a warm welcome to all our visitors worshipping with us today.


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

This month we focus on the Home for Girls. We welcome the management committee and the girls who are worshipping with us at the 7:30 a.m. Eucharist.

At the Annual General Meeting of the Friends of the Sunday Schools held on Sunday April 29, 2007, the following persons were elected to the Executive:

  • Bruce James - President
  • Denise Kitson - Vice-President
  • Donna Evelyn - Secretary
  • Lorna Fraser - Assistant Secretary
  • Rosemarie Evelyn - Treasurer
  • Jacqueline Mighty - Assistant Treasurer
  • Lorna Cover - P.R. Officer
  • Ava Haynes - Assistant P.R. Officer

Christ Church Vineyard Town will be having a Gospel Concert at the U.W.I Assembly Hall on Sunday May 27, 2007 at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $1000.00 each and are available at the Church Office. Proceeds are in aid of building a church hall.

We express condolences to Mr. Clifford Strudwick on the death of his uncle Gilbert Gardner who was 97 years old.

Activities this week ...

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

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Prayers Of Intercession

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Leader: Lord, we rejoice that we abide in you and in your great love;
you accept us when we find it hard to accept ourselves or
each other. We pray that you will strengthen the fellowship
of your people, that you will sustain us in our unity and help
us to know we are one in you. We pray for all who are
striving to realize the unity that you give to your church. We
pray for inter-church relationships and all groups that help to
break down barriers.
Lord, lead us from despair to hope,
All: from division to wholeness.
Leader: Lord, we remember before you all areas of ethnic violence
and racial hatred, for all places where there is division,
strife and animosity. We pray for the United Nations and for
all who work for peace and unity, for all peoples that work
for the building up of community and fellowship. We
remember all who are scorned, rejected or belittled by
others.
Lord, lead us from despair to hope,
All: from division to wholeness.
Leader: We give thanks for our own homes and their love. We pray
for homes of strife and discord, homes where there is
neglect, abuse or violence. We remember homes where
there is no love or where love is betrayed. We pray for
all families suffering from a breakdown in their
relationships, and for those who have lost a grip on life.
Lord, lead us from despair to hope,
All: from division to wholeness.
Leader: We pray for all who are psychologically impaired, for those
whose lives are torn apart by memories and fears, anger
and conflict. We pray for all who have suffered from any
form of breakdown. We ask your blessing on loved ones
and friends who are suffering at this time: we pray
especially for ……………………………………………
Lord, lead us from despair to hope,
All: from division to wholeness.
Leader: We look forward to the day when we will share fully in the
communion of saints, when we will be one in the spirit and one in the Lord. We pray for loved ones departed, for all who have gone before us in faith, and for the day when we will share with them in your kingdom.
Lord, lead us from despair to hope,
All:

from division to wholeness.

(Silence may be kept)

All: Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Father, give us wisdom and
faith to trust in you. When we cannot see your presence,
when the way is full of darkness and doubt, increase our
faith and help us to know that you will never leave us or
forsake us, for you are ever with us, Jesus Christ our Lord,
to whom with the Father and the Holy Spirit be all honour
and glory, now and for ever.
Amen.
Leader: We pray that adults will remember that children are a gift
from God. Help them not to abuse children in any way and
remind children that they are to have respect for adults,
especially their parents, teachers and those who care for
them.
Father in Heaven,
All: Hear our prayer.
Leader: We pray for parents, especially of our Sunday school children. We pray that you will help them to encourage their
children's faith in Christ. Let them make their homes a
place where children feel safe and know that they are part
of a family.
Father in Heaven,
All: Hear our prayer.
Leader: We pray for all who have responsibility for care and
protection of children. We remember the police, judges,
and social workers, the Children's Advocate and persons
who work with the Child Development Agency.
Father in Heaven,
All: Hear our prayer.

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First Reading: Acts 13:44-52

The next Sabbath after Paul first spoke in the synagogue at Antioch of Pisid'ia, almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord. But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy; and blaspheming, they contradicted what was spoken by Paul. Then both Paul and Barnabas spoke boldly, saying, "It was necessary that the word of God should be spoken first to you. Since you reject it and judge yourselves to be unworthy of eternal life, we are now turning to the Gentiles. For so the Lord has commanded us, saying, 'I have set you to be a light for the Gentiles, so that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.'" When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and praised the word of the Lord; and as many as has been destined for eternal life became believers. Thus the word of the Lord spread throughout the region. But the Jews incited the devout women of high standing and the leading men of the city, and stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and drove them out of the region. So they shook the dust off their feet in protest against them, and went to Iconium. And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.

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The Gospel Reading: John 13:31-35

At the last supper, when Judas had gone out, Jesus said, "now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, 'Where I am going, you cannot come.' I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another,"

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Hymn: I Serve A Risen Savior

  1. I serve a risen Saviour,
    He's in the world today;
    I know that He is living,
    Whatever men may say.
    I see His hand of mercy,
    I hear His voice of cheer;
    And just the time I need Him,
    He's always near.

    Refrain:
    He lives, He lives,
    Christ Jesus lives today!
    He walks with me and talks with
    me Along life's narrow way
    He lives, He lives, Salvation to impart!
    You ask me how I know He lives?
    He lives within my heart.

  2. In all the world around me
    I see his loving care,
    And though my heart grows weary
    I never will despair;
    I know that He is leading,
    Through all the stormy blast,
    the day of His appearing
    Will come at last.

    Refrain:

  3. Rejoice, rejoice, O Christian,
    lift up your voice and sing
    eternal hallelujahs to Jesus Christ
    the King! The hope of all who seek
    Him, The help of all who find,
    none other is so loving, so good
    and kind.

    Refrain:

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Hymn: Saviour Like A Shepherd

  1. Saviour, like a shepherd lead us,
    Much we need Thy tenderest care;
    In Thy pleasant pastures feed us,
    For our use Thy folds prepare:
    Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus!
    Thou hast bought us, Thine we are.

  2. We are Thine, do Thou befriend us, 4.
    Be the guardian of our way;
    Keep Thy flock; from sin defend us,
    Seek us when we go astray:
    Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus!
    Hear your people when they pray.

  3. Thou has promised to receive us
    Poor and sinful though we be;
    Thou hast mercy to relieve us,
    Grace to cleanse and power to free:
    Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus!
    Let us early turn to Thee.

  4. Early let us seek Thy favour,
    Early let us do Thy will;
    Blessed Lord and only Saviour,
    With Thy love our bosoms fill:
    Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus!
    Thou hast loved us, love us still.

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Hymn: O Let the Son of God Enfold You

  1. Let the Son of God enfold you
    With His Spirit and His love;
    let Him fill your heart and satisfy your soul.
    O let Him have the things that hold you, and
    His spirit, like a dove, will descend upon your life
    and make you whole.

    Refrain:
    Jesus, O Jesus, come and fill Your lambs;
    Jesus, O Jesus, come and fill Your lambs.

  2. Come and sing this song with gladness,
    as your hearts are filled with joy;
    lift your hands in sweet surrender to His name.
    O give Him all your tears and sadness,
    give Him all your years of pain, and you'll enter
    into life in Jesus' name.

    Refrain:

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Hymn: Jesus Shall Take The Highest Honour

Jesus shall take the highest honour;
Jesus shall take the highest praise,
Let all earth join heaven in exalting the name
Which is above all other names.
Let's bow the knee in humble adoration,
For at His name every knee must bow;
let every tongue confess He is Christ, God's only Son.
Sovereign Lord we give You glory now,
for all honor and blessing and power belongs to You, belongs to You.
All honor and blessing and power belongs to You, belongs to You, Lord
Jesus Christ, Son of the living God.

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Hymn: O, Lord Whose Saving Name

  1. O, Lord whose saving name
    is life and health and rest,
    to whom the children came
    and in Your arms were blessed,
    We seek Your face; Your love be shown,
    Your presence known within this place.

  2. That love be ours to share
    with tenderness and skill,
    with science, faith and prayer
    to work Your sovereign will;
    We praise You, Lord, for banished pain,
    for strength again, for health restored.

  3. When deepest shadows fall
    to quench life's fading spark,
    be near us when we call,
    walk with us through the dark,
    our Light and Way, by grief and loss
    and bitter cross, to endless day.

  4. In God our hope is set,
    beneath whose rule alone
    is peace from fear and fret
    and strength beyond our own.
    His kingdom stands, and
    those this day for whom we
    pray are in His hands.

  5. Join every heart to bring
    our praise to God above,
    whom children's voices sing
    and whom unseen we love.
    O God of grace, for ever more
    Your blessings pour up on
    this place.

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Hymn: Tell Me the Stories of Jesus

  1. Tell me the stories of Jesus I love to hear;
    Things I would ask Him to tell me if He were here:
    Scenes by the wayside, Tales of the sea,
    Stories of Jesus, Tell them to me.

  2. First let me hear how the children Stood 'round His knee
    And I shall fancy His blessing resting on me;
    Words full of kindness, Deeds full of grace,
    All in the love light of Jesus' face

  3. Into the city I'd follow the children's band,
    Waving a branch of the palm tree High in my hand;
    One of His heralds, Yes, I would sing
    Loudest hosannas, "Jesus is King!"

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Gloria

Danny Daniels (MP 174)

Glory, glory in the highest
Glory, to the Almighty;
Glory to the Lamb of God,
Glory to the living Word;
Glory to the Lamb!
Glory, Glory…

Men: I give glory
Women: glory
Men: glory
Women: glory
Men: glory
All: glory to the Lamb!
Men: I give glory…
All: I give glory to the Lamb!

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Today's Services

Fifth Sunday of Easter

6:30 a.m.
HOLY EUCHARIST
(Book of Common Prayer)
7:30 a.m.
SUNG EUCHARIST and SERMON
Processional O Lord Whose Saving Name
First Reading Acts 13:44-52
[Miss Sonya Hamilton]
Psalm 145: 1-9 [BCP page 660]
(Refrain) "I will bless your
name for ever, O God my King."
(All Sit - No Gloria)
Second Reading Revelation 19:1,4-9
[Miss Konika Morrison]
Gradual 201 [Children leave for Sunday School]
Gospel John 13:31-35
Sermon Rev. Fr. Sirrano Kitson
The Prayers of Intercession  
Offertory 131
Communion 411, Savior Like A Shepherd,
O Let The Son of God Enfold You,
Jesus Shall Take The Highest Honour,
Tell Me The Story Of Jesus
Recessional

I Serve a Risen Saviour

9:45 a.m.
MORNING PRAYER and SERMON
Processional O Lord Whose Saving Name
Christ Our Passover [BCP page 37]
Psalm 145: 3-9 [BCP page 660]
(All Stand)
First Reading Acts 13:44-52
Benedictus [BCP page 40]
Second Reading Revelation 19:1,4-9
Hymn 201
Sermon Rev. Fr. Sirrano Kitson
Hymn 131
Second Collection 203
Hymn

I Serve a Risen Saviour

6:00 p.m.
HOLY EUCHARIST & SERMON
Processional O Lord Whose Saving Name
First Reading Acts 13:44-52
Psalm 145: 3-9 [BCP page 660]
Gradual 201
Gospel John 13:31-35
Sermon Rev. Major Sirrano Kitson
Offertory 131
Recessional

I Serve a Risen Saviour


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Activities This Week

Monday
May 7

5:30 p.m.

Bible Study

Tuesday
May 8

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

Holy Eucharist
Home for Girls
St. Andrew Settlement

Wednesday
May 9

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

Holy Eucharist
Grief Support Group
Alpha
Young Adults

Thursday
May 10
5:30 p.m.

Senior Choir Rehearsal

Friday
May 11
9:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist
Saturday
May 12
10:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m.
2:00 p.m.
4:30 p.m.
Brotherhood of St. Andrew
Little Brothers of St. Andrew
Youth Choir Rehearsal
Youth Fellowship

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