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Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Year C)
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Jamaicans are thankful having been spared the full effects of hurricane Dean. However, Dean has still left in its wake a path of devastation as many Jamaicans lost power, light, water, furniture, appliances and hope. While the utility companies are hard at work to restore water and light to the nation and the government has outlined various ways in which it will seek to assist persons financially, no agency has come forward attempting to restore the hope of many Jamaicans who are at this time distraught.
As Anglicans at the offices of Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer we say, Blessed be the Spirit of God in whom is our hope and joy. (BCP, 35, 62) It is this hope that the nation needs. It is noteworthy that this hope is not connected with material possessions or services that enable one to be comfortable while on the earthly pilgrimage. Instead, it is a hope that is resident in the Triune God whom we profess whenever we repeat any of the creedal statements.
We, who have such a hope, are called to share it with the nation. The church is responsible for restoring the hope of Jamaicans. This has been our job and will always be our job. So, while we provide the material goods to those in need, our primary responsibility is to facilitate their experience with the God who is the source of our hope. It is the God that has enabled us to overcome in the midst of inner and outer turmoil that we commend to persons who are homeless, roofless and hopeless at this time. It is through God in Jesus Christ that they will be able to mentally and emotionally overcome the adversities that they face. Having prevailed, their hopelessness will be converted to optimism. Hence we continually pray, May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing through the power of the Holy Spirit. (BCP, 48, 73)
Friends, while we are thankful that we have been spared yet again, let us also be facilitators of hope for those in the nation that are despondent. While we give material and financial assistance to persons in need, let us also aid in their encounter with the source of our hope- God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.
A warm welcome to all visitors worshipping with us today!
Monique (Asst. Curate)Back to Top
"Growing through Faith, Commitment and Action"
Almighty God, by your grace you have given us new life in
(A Prayer for Renewal and Mission)Back to Top
Flowers in the sanctuary are given by Kelvin Roberts in loving memory of his wife Maureen.
Next Sunday, September 2, we return to our regular service schedules: 6:30 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Please be reminded that next week Sunday being the first Sunday of the month a second collection will be collected.
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