Sunday Bulletin

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost (Year C)
Sunday, August 12, 2007

In this Bulletin ...

Growing through Faith, Commitment and Action
Parish News
Prayers Of Intercession
Sick and Shut-In Members
Psalm 33: 12-15; 18-22
Hymn: I Cannot Tell
Hymn: Sweet Sacrament Divine
Hymn: O Bread of Heaven
Hymn: This is My Desire
Today's Services

Dear People of God

Would God really want anyone to die? This question plagues us at the death of a loved one or close friend. We would prefer that a loved one not die except when we see how a disease is causing their rapid deterioration. However, the question remains unanswered and affects how we mourn the loss of a loved one.

When we look at Mark 8:31-33 we read where Jesus predicts his own death. The usually impetuous Peter took him aside and rebuked him. Jesus responded, “ Get behind me, Satan! ” We can well understand how Peter would have been feeling. In fact, we may have even chastised someone who we know was verbalizing their impeding death. “ Don ’ t be so negative ” we say. However, it is clear from the scriptures that God ordained the death of Jesus in order to garner our salvation. So, every Easter we celebrate the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus.

What of our friends and loved ones- does God want their death? In the scriptures we encounter Jesus raising various persons from the dead- Jairus ’ daughter, the widow ’ s son and, the most popular of all, Lazarus. It is in the recounting of the story of Lazarus that we find a scripture that many of us easily quote, “ Jesus wept. ” So, if Jesus can weep at the death of a loved one and can raise people from the dead, why then does he allow death? The question that naturally follows this is- If Jesus can heal persons, why then does he not heal when we pray?

There could be any number of answers that would satisfy our intellects but none that will soothe our hearts and souls when we have lost our loved ones. What we know is this- God is love. Thus, be comforted in the fact that a loving God understands the pains we feel. After all he witnessed the death of his beloved Son that wrought our salvation. Our love for a deceased friend or loved one will last for years and we may feel a sense of intense loss on special occasions- birthdays, wedding anniversaries, Christmas, or at special places- church, bedrooms, Burger King. However, these are usually less intense as time progresses.

When we lose loved ones let us not be afraid to mourn their loss. Take consolation in the scripture which says, “ Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted. ”“ The longer grief work is delayed, the more painful and costly to a person ’ s mental and spiritual health grief will be. ” (Howard Clinebell) However, we do not mourn as those without hope for Christ has conquered death. Thus like Job we say, “ The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away: Blessed be the name of the Lord, ” and we pray, “ Into paradise may the angels lead you. At your coming may the Martyrs receive you, and bring you into the Holy city, Jerusalem. ” (BCP, 373)

Thus instead of ‘ Would God really want anyone to die? ’ We say, Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?...Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Cor. 15:55-7)

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.

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.

Confirmation Classes are scheduled to commence on Wednesday, September 12 for Adults and Friday September 14 for Juniors.

Did you know?

The communion of saints is the whole family of God – the living, the dead, those we love, those we hurt – all bound together in Christ by Spirit, Sacrament, Prayer and Praise.

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

  • Phyllis Ashby
  • Ellen Rob
  • Altimont Ramsay
  • Vivienne Bromfield

Sick Members

  • Vincent Maxwell
  • Joyce Harris–Barrett
  • Selvyn Stewart
  • Daphne Graham
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Prayers Of Intercession

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Leader: Lord, we come to you for guidance. We pray for pilgrims and seekers, all who strive for a better world. We ask your blessing on all who are seeking to extend their vision, their sensitivities or their horizon. We remember all who are seeking to live disciplined lives, all who are new to the faith, all who are learning of you. Lord, guide our Bishops, priests and deacons and all who in the church are leaders and teachers.
Lord, we put our trust in you.
All: You are our hope and salvation.
Leader: We give thanks for all who have built up our world: we pray for builders and architects, for city planners and members of government, for genetic engineers and all research workers. Lord, give us the wisdom to build on firm foundations. We ask your blessing upon all who live in poverty, those who live in squalid surroundings, all who live without much hope or vision.
Lord, we put our trust in you.
All: You are our hope and salvation.
Leader: We give you thanks for all who have extended our vision, who have increased our capacity to under stand and to love. We pray for all who have shared their vision with us, for preachers and teachers, for artist and craftspeople, for our friends and our loved ones.
Lord, we put our trust in you.
All: You are our hope and salvation.
Leader: We pray for whose vision and abilities are restricted through illness or weakness. We remember all who are losing mobility or agility, all who suffer from a stroke or multiple sclerosis, especially those who find it hard to communicate, and those who cannot look after themselves. We pray for loved ones who are ill…
Lord, we put our trust in you.
All: You are our hope and salvation.
Leader: You, Lord, will bring us to the Promised Land where sorrow and pain are no more, but life and joy are everlasting. We come to you and seek your blessing upon our loved ones who have entered into the fullness of your peace...
Lord, we put our trust in you.
All:

You are our hope and salvation.

(Silence may be kept)

All: Holy God, make us aware of your coming to us, make us sensitive to your presence and alert to your call, that we may know that we dwell in you and you in us, and that we may give ourselves to you in love and service; 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 33: 12-15; 18-22

  1. How blest the people God the Lord
    Has chosen for his own!
    From heaven the Lord looks down, beholds
    All people from his throne.

  2. From where he sits enthroned, he sees
    The dwellers in all lands.
    He fashions all the hearts of them,
    Their works he understands.

  3. See how the Lord ’ s eye is on those
    Who wait on him indeed,
    To pluck their lives away from death,
    Feed them in time of need.

  4. Our soul waits for the Lord, our help,
    Our shield, our confidence.
    Indeed, our hearts rejoice in him,
    His Name our sure defense.

  5. Lord, let your loving-kindness be
    Upon us all our days,
    As we have put our thrust in you
    And in your love always.

  6. 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: I Cannot Tell

  1. I cannot tell why He, whom angels worship,
    should set His love upon the sons of men,
    or why, as Shepherd, He should seek the wanderers,
    to bring them back, they know not how or when.
    But this I know, that He was born of Mary,
    when Bethlehem ’ s manger was His only home,
    and that He lived at Nazareth and laboured,
    and so the Saviour, Saviour of the world, is come.

  2. I cannot tell how silently He suffered,
    as with His peace He graced this place of tears,
    or how His heart upon the cross was broken,
    the crown of pain to three and thirty years.
    But this I know, He heals the broken-hearted,
    and stays our sin, and calms our lurking fear,
    and lifts the burden from the heavy-laden,
    for yet the Saviour, Saviour of the world, is here.

  3. I cannot tell how all the lands shall worship,
    when, at His bidding, every storm is stilled,
    or who can say how great the jubilation
    when all the hearts of men with love are filled.
    But this I now, the skies will thrill with rapture,
    and myriad, myriad human voices sing,
    and earth to heaven, and heaven to earth, will answer:
    At last Saviour, Saviour of the world, is King!

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Hymn: Sweet Sacrament Divine

  1. Sweet Sacrament divine,
    Hid in thy earthly home,
    Lo! round thy lowly shrine,
    With suppliant hearts we come;
    Jesus, to thee our voice we raise,
    In songs of love and heartfelt praise,
    Sweet Sacrament divine.

  2. Sweet Sacrament of peace
    dear home of every heart,
    where restless yearning cease,
    and sorrows all depart,
    there in thine ear all trustfully
    we tell our tale of misery,
    Sweet Sacrament of peace.

  3. Sweet Sacrament of rest,
    Ark from the ocean's roar,
    Within thy shelter blest
    Soon may we reach the shore,
    Save us, for still the tempest raves;
    save lest we sink beneath the waves
    Sweet Sacrament of rest.

  4. Sweet Sacrament divine,
    earth's light and jubilee,
    in thy far depths doth shine
    thy Godhead's majesty
    sweet light, so shine on us, we pray,
    that earthly joys may fade away
    Sweet Sacrament divine.

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Hymn: O Bread of Heaven

  1. O bread of heaven, beneath this veil
    Thou dost my very God conceal:
    I love thee and adoring kneel;
    Each loving soul by thee is fed
    With thy own self in form of bread.

  2. O food of life, thou who dost give
    The pledge of immortality;
    I live; no, 'tis not I that live;
    God gives me life, God lives in me:
    He feeds my soul, he guides my ways,
    And every grief with joy repays.

  3. O bond of love, that dost unite
    The servant to his living Lord;
    Could I dare live, and not requite
    Such love, then death were meet reward:
    I cannot live unless to prove
    Some love for such unmeasured love.

  4. Beloved Lord in heaven above,
    There, Jesus, thou awaites me;
    To gaze on thee with changeless love;
    Yes, thus, I hope, thus shall it be:
    For how can he deny me heaven
    Who here on earth himself hath given?

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Hymn: This is My Desire

This is my desire, to honour You:
Lord, with all my heart I worship You.
All I have within me, I give You praise:
all that I adore is in You.
Lord I give You my heart, I give You my soul;
I live for You alone.
Every breath that I take, every moment I'm awake;
Lord, have Your way in me.

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Today's Services

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

6:30 a.m.
HOLY EUCHARIST
(Book of Common Prayer)
8:00 a.m.
SUNG EUCHARIST and SERMON
Processional 631 (verses 1-3, 9-10)
Old Testament Genesis 15: 1-6
[Mr. Alvaro Casserly]
Psalm 33: 12-15; 18-22 (All Stand)
Epistle Hebrews 11: 1-3; 8-16
[Mrs. Joyce James]
Gradual I cannot tell
Gospel Luke 12: 32-40
Sermon Rev. Fr. Michael Allen
The Prayers of Intercession  
Offertory 282
Communion Sweet Sacrament Divine,
399,
O Bread of Heaven,
This is my desire
Recessional

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6:00 p.m.
HOLY EUCHARIST and SERMON
Introit 226
Old Testament Genesis 15: 1-6
Psalm 33: 12-15; 18-22
Gradual I cannot tell
Gospel Luke 12: 32-40
Sermon Rev. Fr. Michael Allen
Offertory 399
Recessional

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