Sunday Bulletin

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost (Year C)
Sunday, August 5, 2007

In this Bulletin ...

Growing through Faith, Commitment and Action
Parish News
Prayers Of Intercession
Sick and Shut-In Members
Psalm 41: 1-11
Hymn: God Is Our Strength
Hymn: Jamaica Land of Beauty
Hymn: Lift Every Voice and Sing
Today's Services

Dear People of God

Many of us have heard the saying, “ Life is not a bed of roses. ” I have also heard it said that even a bed of roses has thorns. Our lives are filled with opportunities for growth as we overcome various challenges. These challenges include death, various illnesses, difficult work environments, uncomfortable homes and a multiplicity of other issues we wished were not there. Our forebears were confronted with enslavement under oppressive conditions as were many other races and peoples in the history.

However, life is not only filled with challenges. We are graced with success, good friends and happiness. Unfortunately, for most of us it is not in the good times that we feel the need to reach out to others or even to God. We need to change this. When we feel that we cannot make it without some external intervention we call out to God. And what is God ’ s response? The psalmist says in Psalm 138:3, “ When I called, you answered me, you increased my strength within me. ” This too is our experience. However, when we call out to God it is usually because we want our situation to change. Instead, we experience a change on the inside to help us cope with what is happening on the outside.

When Jesus felt that he could not go on he too called out to God and said, “ If it is possible let this cup pass from me. ” He never stopped there. He also said, “ Yet not my will but yours be done. ” And God strengthened him so that he could die. Three days after his death he rose from the dead and eventually ascended into heaven. It is because God strengthened him that we now are able to profess our Christian faith. It is also because God strengthened our ancestors that we are emancipated. We too can be strengthened by God to deal with our difficulties.

When we call on God let us also remember the life of Jesus and the words of Augustine who said, “ All ask whatever they wish to ask, but the answer they receive is not always what they want to hear. The man [or woman] who serves you best is the one who is less intent on hearing from you what he [ or she] wills to hear than on shaping his [or her] will according to what he [or she] hears from you. ” So, let us call out to God and be strengthened as we face all our experiences– good and bad.

A warm welcome to all visitors worshipping with us today!

Monique (Asst. Curate)

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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

It is customary in our parish for the Choir, Sunday School and Youth Fellowship to take holiday during the month of August. The Rector will also be on holiday during the month of August. They will resume on the first Sunday in September. Rev. Michael Allen and Rev. Deacon Monique Blake are responsible for services, and pastoral care and any emergencies.

Please be reminded that during the month of August the times for Services will be: 6:30 a.m. 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. At all Services there will be the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. There will be no mid-week services during the month of August.

Flowers at the foot of the altar are given in memory of Percy Lincoln Miller on the 10th anniversary of his passing, by Joyce Miller, his widow, children and grand-children.

Condolences to Mrs. Helen Myers and her family on the passing of her husband, Peter Myers.

There will be a Diocesan service at the National Arena on Sunday, October 7, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. during the visit of the Archbishop of York and Primate of England, the Most Rev. and Rt. Hon. John Sentamu, as part of the Diocese ’ s commemoration of the 200th Anniversary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade.

There will be an organ recital at Church of Ascension this evening at 4:00 p.m. All are invited. Admission is free.

Confirmation Classes are scheduled to commence on Wednesday, September 5 for Adults and Friday September 7 for Juniors.

Did you know?

A sacrament is an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace, given by Christ as sure and certain means by which we receive that grace. The Anglican Church recognizes seven sacraments: confirmation, ordination, Christian marriage, confession and absolution, the anointing of the sick and the two great sacraments of the Gospels– Baptism and the Holy Eucharist.

We are inviting you to share your thoughts and suggestions relating to our ministry here at St. Andrew's. Please email your comments to us at standrewch@cwjamaica.com.

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

Shut-In Members

  • Arthur Crooks
  • Jemima Austin
  • Maurice Boreman
  • Kitty Sharpe

Sick Members

  • Daphne Graham
  • Lauraine McKenzie
  • Millicent Townsend
  • Sheila Panton
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Prayers Of Intercession

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Leader: All things come from you, O Lord, all goodness and good gifts:may we see your love and grace in all that is about us; help us to enjoy the world with the great love that you have for the world. May your church be seen as good stewards of your creation, using its resources to the benefit of others and to your glory. We pray for Jamaica in its forty-fifth year of Independence.
Lord of all creation,
All: keep us in your love.
Leader: We pray that we will all remember that life cannot be bought or sold. We remember all who are not paid fairly for their work. We pray for places of deprivation, the world ’ s poor, for street children and dwellers in shanty towns, for nations of the develop- ing world. We ask you to bless all who are working for fair trade and justice.
Lord of all creation,
All: keep us in your love.
Leader: We give thanks for all that you have given to us: may we use what we have received for the benefit of others and to your glory. We pray for all who have enriched our lives by their care and generosity. Bless our homes and our loved ones, keep us in your peace. May the community in which we live be an accepting and hospitable community.
Lord of all creation,
All: keep us in your love.
Leader: Lord of all goodness, we remember before you all suffering peoples: the war-torn and the weary, the malnourished and the starving, all driven out of their homes and off their land by the greed of others, all who have been robbed of their livelihood or their health. We pray for friends and loved ones in difficulty at this time, remembering all who are ill or unable to cope on their own…
Lord of all creation,
All: keep us in your love.
Leader: We give thanks for all who, though poor in the eyes of the world, are precious in your sight. We pray for all who have departed this life, remembering before you especially…
Lord of all creation,
All:

keep us in your love.

(Silence may be kept)

All: O God, from whom all good things come, give us grace to live to your glory; give us respect for each other and for all your creation; fill our lives with a sense of wonder, and give us wisdom in all our dealings: through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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Psalm 41: 1-11

  1. Hear this, all people in the world;
    Now listen well to me,
    Both rich and poor together, all
    Of high and low degree.

  2. My mouth shall speak of ancient lore,
    My heart ponder wise things,
    I will incline my ear to hear,
    And sing truth on the strings.

  3. Why should I fear in evil days,
    When wickedness surrounds,
    The wicked ones who trust their wealth
    And boast how it abounds?

  4. The ransom of our life is more
    Than we could ever save,
    That we might live forevermore
    And never see the grave.

  5. We see that wise and foolish die,
    Not one of them remains;
    Those who come after them in turn
    Inherit all their gains.

  6. Their graves shall be their final homes,
    There, age to age, they lie;
    Though lands were named for them, though praised,
    Still, like the beasts they die.

  7. Give glory to the Father, Son
    And Spirit equally;
    As from the first it was, is now
    And evermore shall be.

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Hymn: God Is Our Strength

  1. God is our strength from days of old,
    the hope of every nation;
    whose pow'r conceived the universe
    and set the earth's foundation.
    Though hidden from our sight
    in uncreated light, his presence yet is known,
    his wondrous purpose shown
    resplendent in creation!

  2. The Word of Life, before all things
    in primal darkness spoken,
    became for us the Word made flesh
    for our redemption broken.
    His glory set aside,
    for us he lived and died,
    obedient to the death,
    renewed in life and breath,
    to endless glory woken!

  3. That Breath of God, who brooded first
    upon the new creation,
    who lit with light the Virgin's womb
    to bear the world's salvation;
    that Dove, whose shadow graced
    th' anointed Saviour's face,
    now challenges us all
    to recognize the call
    to hope and liberation.

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Hymn: Jamaica Land of Beauty

  1. Jamaica land of beauty,
    We promise faithfully
    To serve thee with our talents
    And bring our gifts to thee.
    Jamaica we will always
    In honour of thy name,
    Work steadfastly and wisely
    And never bring thee shame.

    From riverside to mountain
    From cane field to the sea,
    Our hearts salute Jamaica,
    Triumphant, proud and free.

  2. Together in our country,
    In love and brotherhood.
    We'll work and play in freedom,
    As all God's children should,
    With hearts and hands united
    In thanks for everything,
    That God has given unto us,
    Together let us sing,

    From riverside to mountain
    From cane field to the sea,
    Our hearts salute Jamaica,
    Triumphant, proud and free.

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Hymn: Lift Every Voice and Sing

  1. Lift every voice and sing,
    Till earth and heaven ring,
    Ring with the harmonies of liberty;
    Let our rejoicing rise
    High as the list'ning skies,
    Let it resound loud as the rolling sea.
    Sing a song full of the faith
    that the dark past has taught us;
    Sing a song full of the hope
    that the present has brought us;
    Facing the rising sun
    Of our new day begun,
    Let us march on till victory is won.

  2. Stony the road we trod,
    Bitter the chast'ning rod,
    Felt in the days when hope unborn had died;
    Yet with a steady beat,
    Have not our weary feet
    Come to the place for which our fathers sighed?
    We have come over a-way
    That with tears has been watered;
    We have come, treading our path
    Through the blood of the slaughtered;
    Out from the gloomy past,
    Till now we stand at last
    Where our white gleam of our bright star is cast.

  3. God of our weary years,
    God of our silent tears,
    Thou who hast brought us thus far on the way;
    Thou hast by thy might,
    Led us into the light,
    Keep us forever in the path, we pray.
    Lest our feet stray from the places,
    Our God, where we met Thee;
    Lest our hearts, drunk with the wine of the world,
    We forget Thee, Shadowed beneath Thy hand,
    May we forever stand,
    True to our God, true to our native land.

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Today's Services

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

6:30 a.m.
HOLY EUCHARIST
(Book of Common Prayer)
8:00 a.m.
SUNG EUCHARIST and SERMON
Processional God is Our strength from Days of Old
Old Testament Ecclesiastes 1: 12-14;2:18-23
[Mr. Keith Miller]
Psalm 49: 1-11
Epistle Colossians 3: 12-17
[Mrs. Sandra Watson]
Gradual 559
Gospel Luke 12: 13-21
Sermon Rev. Canon Ernle Gordon
The Prayers of Intercession  
Offertory Jamaica Land of Beauty
Communion 396, 414, You are my strength
Recessional

Lift Every Voice and Sing

6:00 p.m.
HOLY EUCHARIST and SERMON
Introit 581
Old Testament Ecclesiastes 1: 12-14;2:18-23
Psalm 49: 1-11
Gradual 250
Gospel Luke 12: 1-11
Sermon Rev. Michael Allen
Offertory Jamaica Land of Beauty
Recessional

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