Sunday Bulletin

Sixth Sunday of Easter (Year C)
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Mothers' Day

In this Bulletin ...

Growing through Faith, Commitment and Action
Parish News
Prayers Of Intercession
Sick and Shut-In Members
Hymn: Awake, Arise, Lift Up Your Voice
Hymn: Faith Of Our Mothers
Hymn: With Joy We Meditate The Grace
Today's Services
Activities This Week

Dear People of God

This week I share with you an article on the Principles of Tithing. "The New Testament passages that establish principles for giving do not mention tithing. This suggests that the principle of tithing was not carried over into the church. In passages where giving is encouraged, it is done in response to needs. As a practical response to those needs, however, regular, sacrificial and proportionate giving is encouraged. Christians need to become informed, respecting the needs of the local church for the support of Pastors, missionaries, and other church officers. Their regular support, along with the payment of property bills or rent, the utilities and other long or short term financial commitments requires careful stewardship so that the integrity of the Church's witness in the community is maintained.

The clearest teaching about giving in the New Testament is in Paul's letters to the Corinthians, where he encourages them in their collection of funds for the Jerusalem church. The Corinthians had a tendency to "talk big" about giving, but were slow to act. In 1 Cor. 16:2, Paul suggested:

"On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income."

This disciplined structure for giving would ensure that money was set aside for the needs of the church, and is thoroughly consistent with Old Testament patterns of giving. No specific percentage is mentioned. Rather, each one was expected to give according to his ability on any particular week (or for us, day period), in relation to whatever material blessing he had then received from God.

In 2 Cor. 8,9 Paul pleads with the Corinthian church to give generously. It is interesting that he did not place the Corinthians under any sense of obligation (8:8; 9:7). Instead, he pointed to the generosity of the Macedonian churches, who had given "as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability" (8:3). Jesus was not impressed with the vast amounts that the rich contributed to the temple treasury, since "they all gave out of their wealth: (Mark 12:44). It was the sacrificial giving of the widow that won the Lord's praise."

The heart of Paul's argument is in 8:9 which states:

"For you know the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich."

We extend a warm welcome to all mothers on this their special day, and to all others worshipping with us.


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 Monique Blake on her Special Awards at UTCWI: Academic Excellence, Preaching, Church & Development, Religion & Liberation, and Philosophy.

The flowers at the foot of the altar are given in memory of Aldine Vickers - Henry by members of her family on the first anniversary of her death. Also, the flowers at the pulpit are in memory of Victor Woodstock, beloved husband, father and grandfather.

Ascension Day May 17, 2007, Holy Eucharist at 5:30 p.m.

Kindly support the St. Clement's Mother's Day Brunch at the Pollyanna Restaurant today between the hours of 11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Did you know?

The greeting of Peace, which dates from early Christian practice of the infant Church, should make peace with our neighbour before bringing our gifts to the altar:

(Matthew 5:23)

Activities this week ...

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

Shut-In Members

  • Hubert Pink
  • Orinthia Fender
  • Verona Rambana
  • Carmen Brown

Sick Members

  • Bishop Alfred Reid
  • Dennis Rainford
  • Edna Brassington
  • Winsome Allison
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Prayers Of Intercession

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Leader: Lord, we put our trust in you, and in you is our rest. We pray for all pilgrim peoples as they journey through this world, for all seekers, for those who search for truth and integrity. May we and your whole church live as those travelling into your love and deeper into your presence. We pray today for places of pilgrimage, and places of special holiness, retreat centres and for all who act as guides to others on their pilgrimage.
God, as you call us to you,
All: guide us in our journey.
Leader: We remember before you all who are homeless, all who have been made refugees by war and oppression. We pray for the homeless and those who sleep out in our cities. We pray for those who travel who use public transportation.
God, as you call us to you,
All: guide us in our journey.
Leader: We give thanks for our homes and places of security, where we find love, rest and refreshment. May your Spirit be at home in our homes, may your ways be known to us and may we walk in them. We pray for guidance in our journey through life, for ourselves, our families and our loved ones.
God, as you call us to you,
All: guide us in our journey.
Leader: Lord of peace, give rest to the weary, the worn and the
fearful; give peace to the anxious, the troubled and the
distressed. We pray for all who have lost courage or hope in their journey, all whose way seems dark and threatening. We pray for the troubled in body, mind or spirit, for all who are ill, especially …………………………………………………
God, as you call us to you,
All: guide us in our journey.
Leader: We give thanks for all who have come to their journey's end on earth: may they find rest and peace and life in you. We pray for the day when we will be one with them in your eternal kingdom………………………….
God, as you call us to you,
All:

guide us in our journey.

(Silence may be kept)

All: Lord Jesus Christ, who promised that in you we would find peace, give us that peace which the world cannot give, the deep peace of God which passes all understanding. In all our troubles and anxieties, keep us calm and hopeful; grant that we may know we abide in you and in your peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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Hymn: Awake, Arise, Lift Up Your Voice

  1. Awake, arise, lift up your voice,
    let Easter music swell;
    rejoice in Christ, again rejoice
    and on His praises dwell.

  2. Oh, with what gladness and surprise
    the saints their Savior greet;
    nor will they trust their ears and eyes
    but by his hands and feet,

  3. those hands of liberal love
    indeed in infinite degree,
    those feet still free to move and bleed
    for millions and for me.

  4. His enemies had sealed the stone
    as Pilate gave them leave,
    lest dead and friendless and alone
    he should their skill deceive.

  5. O Dead arise! O Friendless stand by
    seraphim adored! O Solitude again
    command your host from heaven restored!

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Hymn: Faith Of Our Mothers

  1. Faith of our mothers, living yet
    In cradle song and bed time prayer,
    In nurs'ry love and fireside love,
    Thy presence still pervades the air:
    Faith of our mothers, living faith,
    We will be true to thee till death.

  2. Faith of our mothers, lavish faith,
    The fount of childhood's trust and grace,
    O may thy consecration prove
    The well-spring of a nobler race:
    Faith of our mothers, lavish faith,
    We will be true to thee till death.

  3. Faith of our mothers, guiding faith,
    For youthful longing youthful doubt,
    How blurred our vision, blind our way,
    Thy providential care without:
    Faith of our mothers, guiding faith,
    We will be true to thee till death.

  4. Faith of our mothers, Christian faith,
    In truth beyond our man-made creeds,
    Still serve the home and save the church,
    And breathe thy spirit through our deeds:
    Faith of our mothers, Christian faith,
    We will be true to thee till death.

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Hymn: With Joy We Meditate The Grace

  1. With joy we meditate the grace
    of our High Priest above;
    His heart is made of tenderness,
    it overflows with love.

  2. Touched with a sympathy within,
    He knows our feeble frame;
    He knows what sore temptations mean,
    for He has felt the same.

  3. He, in the days of feeble flesh,
    poured out His cries and tears;
    and now exalted feels afresh
    what every member bears.

  4. He'll never quench the smoking flax,
    but raise it to a flame;
    the bruised reed He never breaks,
    nor scorns the meanest name.

  5. Then let our humble faith address
    His mercy and His power;
    we shall obtain delivering grace
    in the distressing hour.

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Today's Services

Sixth Sunday of Easter

6:30 a.m.
HOLY EUCHARIST
(Book of Common Prayer)
7:30 a.m.
SUNG EUCHARIST and SERMON
Processional 136
First Reading Acts 14:8-18
[Mrs. Jacqueline Mighty]
Psalm 67 [BCP page 549]
(All Stand)
Second Reading Revelation 21:22 - 22:5
[Ms. Stephanie Grant]
Gradual 264 [Children leave for Sunday School]
Gospel John 14:23 - 29
Sermon Mrs. Elsie Aarons
The Prayers of Intercession  
Offertory 498
Communion 387,
With Joy We Meditate The Grace,
418
Hymn Faith Of Our Mothers
Recessional

Awake, Arise, Lift Up Your Voice

9:45 a.m.
MORNING PRAYER and SERMON
Processional 136
Christ Our Passover [BCP page 37]
Psalm 67 [BCP page 549]
(Refrain) "Let the peoples praise you,
O God, alleluia; let all the peoples praise you, alleluia."
(All Sit - No Gloria)
First Reading Acts 14:8-18
Benedictus [BCP page 40]
Second Reading John 14:23 - 29
Hymn 264
Sermon Rev. Fr. Michael Allen
Hymn Faith Of Our Mothers
Hymns

498,
Awake, Arise, Lift Up Your Voice

6:00 p.m.
FELLOWSHIP GROUP SERVICE

CONDUCTED BY THE GALILEE GROUP


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Activities This Week

Monday
May 14

5:30 p.m.

Bible Study

Tuesday
May 15

9:00 a.m.

Holy Eucharist

Wednesday
May 16

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 17
5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
6:30 p.m.

Senior Choir Rehearsal
Ascension Day
Church Committee Meeting

Friday
May 18
9:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist
Saturday
May 19
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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