Sunday Bulletin

Twenty Second Sunday after Pentecost (Year C)

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Growing through Faith, Commitment and Action
Parish News
Order of Service
Activities This Week

Dear People of God,

From the opening hymn to the closing prayer we assemble every Sunday to give thanks. We give thanks to God for what God has done for us in Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit as we and the whole creation have been reconciled and given new life and new hope. These are just some of the gifts which we have received from a generous God. All that we are, all that we have and all that we can become are gifts coming from a gracious God.

Thanksgiving at harvest is the setting which gives us the opportunity as a community to praise and thank God who has provided through the abundance of the earth and the whole creation for our nourishment and welfare. To say thanks in response to a gift we have received, helps us to understand that gifts are freely given and undeserved. We received from God not because of any goodness in us . We received because God’ s very nature is one of benevolence. It is the very nature of God to be generous, giving, loving, forgiving, caring and generous. We say ‘thank you’ in our interpersonal relationship to acknowledge that the giver has gone beyond all expectations and that in receiving there is a unique relationship between the two persons.

On this Harvest Sunday we celebrate and acknowledge with thanksgiving all of God ’ s gifts to us as the Lord of creation, the source of goodness and love, the author of life. The appropriate response that we can make is one of worship and thanksgiving in gratitude, and offer our time, our abilities and our monetary treasure as gifts back to God.

We extend a warm welcome to all those visiting with us today as we celebrate Harvest.

Sirrano Kitson



We welcome all visitors to St. Andrew Parish Church. We pray that in this our act of worship you may encounter the risen Christ who calls us to proclaim His Word in a broken world.


The Rector, Clergy and Church Committee wish to express appreciation to all who contributed to make this Harvest Thanksgiving and Festival a success.

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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

We wish to express our condolences to Jos. Chambers on the death of his brother Gary, also to Peter Sharpe and family on the death of his mother Kitty Sharpe, funeral service will be Tuesday at 1:00 p.m.

Our Harvest Supper will take place on November 16 at the Church Hall. Remember, the success of the supper depends on our support.

Prayer books are available at the Church office at a cost of $900.00.

The Annual Canon Ralston Smith Lecture will be on Saturday, November 3, at 9:00 a.m. in the Old Court House. Fr. Patrick Cunningham will be the presenter.

St. Luke’s family will be hosting a banquet at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on November 2nd at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available at the church office $4,000.00 each. Mr. Vivian Crawford will be master of ceremonies.

Christmas cake & pudding order forms are available from the Friends of the Sunday School. Cakes will be on sale after all services today.

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

Activities this week ...

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Order of Service

Entrance Hymn: Come, You thankful people, come (St. George)
  1. Come, you thankful people, come,
    Raise the song of harvest-home:
    All is safely gathered in,
    safe before the storms begin;
    God, our Maker, does provide
    For our needs to be supplied:
    Come to God's own temple, come;
    Raise the song of harvest-home.

  2. All the world is God's own field,
    harvests for God ’ s praise to yield;
    Wheat and weeds together sown,
    here for joy or sorrow grown;
    first the blade, and then the ear,
    then the full corn shall appear:
    Harvest giver grant that we
    whole-some grain and pure may be.

  3. For our God, one day, shall come,
    And shall take this harvest home;
    From the field shall in that day
    All offences purge away;
    giving angels charge at last
    In the fire the weeds to cast;
    But the fruitful ears to store
    In the garner evermore.

  4. Even so, God, quickly come,
    to your final harvest-home:
    gathered all your people in,
    Free from sorrow, free from sin;
    there for ever purified,
    in your presence to abide:
    Come, with all your angels come,
    raise the glorious harvest-home.


Opening Greetings


Celebrant: “The soil has given its harvest, God, our God, has blessed us;

May God bless us, and let him be feared to the very ends of the earth.” - Psalm 67.6-7


Celebrant: (+) Blessed be God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all the spiritual blessings of Heaven in Christ.

May God ’ s Name be praised. Alleluia! Alleluia!



We have come together as the family of God in our Father ’ s presence to offer the first fruits of agriculture, industry and commerce, and in science and technology, and above all, ac- knowledging that our harvest is conversion to belief in Jesus through our act of worship.

Hear the words of Jesus:
“My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to complete his work. Do you not say, ‘ Four months more, then comes the harvest ’ ? But I tell you, look around you, and see how the fields are ripe for harvesting. The reaper is already receiving wages and is gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together” (John 4.34-36).

Let us therefore bless the Lord of the harvest, who “ is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and earth were created, things visible and in- visible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for him ” (Col. 2.15-16).


(A moment of silence is kept as a sign of adoration –See Nehemiah 8.6)
Celebrant: Let us Bless the Lord

Praise the Lord!
O Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
and his steadfast love endure forever. Amen. Amen.


Gloria In Excelsis

[BCP pg. 102]


Celebrant: The Lord is here!
People: His Spirit is with us!

Let us pray




The Collects

[BCP pg. 191 & 180]




First Reading: Deuteronomy 8:1-3,6-10 [David Clarke]
Psalm: 65:9-14 [BCP pg. 547]

The seed that falls on good ground, will yield a Fruitful harvest.


Second Reading:

James 1:17-18, 21-27 [Karlene Gordon]


Sequence Hymn: We thank thee for this island (Aurelia)
  1. We thank thee for this island
    Of rivulets and wood;
    So rich in trees and flowers
    And victuals fair and good;
    The green blade gives the gold’n corn
    An ear on every shoot;
    The ground gives us provisions,
    The trees give us their fruit.

  2. We thank Thee for our seasons,
    And rich fruits that they bring;
    The citrus in the winter,
    The sugar-cane in spring;
    Then mango, plums and ackee
    The naseberry and pear,
    The coconut and breadfruit
    That never cease to bear.

  3. We thank Thee that Jamaica
    Is such a fertile isle;
    We hate to think that people
    Would make her full of guile;
    We conquer Thy creation
    And plant in spite of storms:
    Help us to conquer passion
    And self in all its forms.

  4. Let us be Christian people
    With hearts of godly love,
    With songs of light and gladness,
    And joy in Thee above.
    Help us to love our neighbour
    And win our Master ’ s praise,
    And find a home in heaven
    When end our earthly days.

The Gospel Acclamation:

Alle, alle, alle, alleluia



Matthew 6.25-33


The Apostle’s Creed:

[BCP pg. 106]


Prayers of Intercession
Gifts-Light, Water and Soil, representing the three principal elements of creation will be presented.
The Choir leads the Congregational Response:


Congregational Response:
That the earth may be filled with the glory of God as the waters cover the sea.


First Presenter:

The Gift of Light.


We present before your altar O God, this gift of light. In the beginning your Word commanded, “ let there be light ” and there was light.


O Sovereign Lord in whom there is no darkness and from whom is the Light of Life; we thank you for the gift of light. From her you made the Sun to rule the day and the moon and stars to rule the night. The lights of the heavens have become for us “ signs and seasons and for days and years ”.


Congregational Response:
That the earth may be filled with the glory of God as the waters cover the sea.


Second Presenter:

The Gift of Water.


We present before your altar, O God, water. In the beginning your Word commanded and she brought “ forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth ” .


Heavenly Father, we thank you for water, symbol of life. From it you created the ‘ great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, of every kind, with which the waters swarm, and every winged bird of every kind ” .


Congregational Response:
That the earth may be filled with the glory of God as the waters cover the sea.


Third Presenter:

The Gift of Soil.


We present before your altar, O God, the soil of the earth. In the beginning your Word commanded that she bring “ forth vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit with the seed in it ” .


O God who made the heavens and the earth; we thank you for the gift of Mother Earth. From her humanity was created and from her we receive “ plants yielding seed of every kind, and trees of every kind bearing fruit with the seed in it. From the earth came all living creatures of every kind: cattle and creeping things and wild animals of the earth of every kind ” .


Congregational Response:
All we can do is nothing worth unless God blesses the deed; Vainly we hope for the harvest-tide till God gives life to the seed; Yet nearer and nearer draws the time, the time that shall surely be. When the earth shall be filled with the glory of God as the waters cover the sea.


The Act of Penitence

[BCP pg. 123]


The Confession

Form ‘ B ’ [BCP pg. 124]


The Peace





Offertory Hymn: God of the Farmlands (Beatitudo)

God of the farmlands, hear our prayer,
God of the growing seed, O bless the fields,
For to your care we look in all our need

God of the rivers in their course,
God of the swelling sea, where we must strive
With nature ’ s force, our guardian ever be.

God of the dark and somber mine,
God of its hard won store, your love through toil
And peril shine, your strength our hope secure.

God of the city ’ s throbbing heart,
God of its industry, bid greed and base
Deceit depart, give true prosperity.

Source of authority and right,
God of all earthly power, to those who govern
Grant your light, your wisdom be their dower.

God of the nations, women, men,
God of each humble soul, we seek your gracious
And aid again: O come and make us whole.


Canticle of Creation

(Benedicite, Music by J. Maunder)- The Choir


Offertory Prayer



My sisters and brothers in Christ, let us offer our work and worship to our Heavenly Father, asking for grace to transform the world we live.



Father, we offer… ‘ B ’ [BCP pg. 126]


The Eucharistic Prayer

[BCP pg. 126]


Eucharistic Rite

‘ A ’ [BCP pg. 131]


The Lord ’ s Prayer

[BCP pg. 144]


Breaking of Bread









Hymns during Communion  
  1. My God, thy table now is spread,
    Thy cup with love doth overflow;
    Be all thy children thither led,
    And let them thy sweet mercies know.

  2. O let thy table honored be,
    And furnished well with joyful guests;
    And may each soul salvation see,
    that here its sacred pledges tastes.

  3. Drawn by thy quickening grace, O Lord,
    In countless numbers let them come
    And gather from their Father ’ s board
    The Bread that lives beyond the tomb.

  4. Nor let thy spreading Gospel rest
    Till through the world thy truth has run,
    Till with this Bread shall all be blessed
    Who see the light or feel the sun.

  1. Let us talents and tongues employ,
    Reaching out with a shout of joy;
    Bread is broken, the wine is poured,
    Christ is spoken and seen and heard.

    Jesus lives again, earth can breathe
    Again, pass the Word around:

  2. Christ is able to make us one,
    At the table he sets the tone,
    Teaching people to live to bless,
    Love in word and in deed express.

  3. Jesus calls us in, sends us out,
    Bearing fruit in a world of doubt,
    Gives us love to tell, bread to share:
    God (Immanuael) everywhere!
    (Linstead Market)

  1. This is my Father ’ s world,
    And to my listening ears
    All nature sings, and ‘ round me rings
    The music of the spheres.
    This is my Father ’ s world:
    I rest me in the thought
    Of rocks and trees, Of skies and seas
    His hand the wonders wrought.

  2. This is my Father ’ s world,
    The birds their carols raise,
    The morning light, the lily white,
    Declare their maker ’ s praise.
    This is my Father ’ s world:
    He shines in all that ’ s fair:
    In the rustling grass I hear Him pass,
    He speaks to me everywhere.

  3. This is my Father ’ s world,
    O let me ne ’ er forget
    That though the wrong seems oft so strong,
    God is the ruler yet.
    This is my Father ’ s world:
    The battle is not done;
    Jesus who died shall be satisfied,
    And earth and heaven be one.
    (Terra Beata)

Post Communion Prayer



Anthem Let the mountain shout for joy - Choir
(Music by Evan Stephens)
(Congregation stands)  

May God be gracious to us and bless us



And make his face to shine upon us.


Celebrant: Let us pray.

O God who in the Old Covenant commanded your people to bring the first fruits of their labour to your Temple. We thank you for the harvest of the New Covenant whereby we become your children; through the death and resurrection of Him who was born of the Virgin Mary, Jesus your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.





Celebrant: Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son.

and they shall name him Emmanuel,”
which means, “ God is with us.”


The Blessing



The Great Amen

Music by Audley Davidson


Welcome & Notices



Mission Hymn God of the earth and sky (Darwall’s 148th)
  1. God of the earth and sky,
    Lord of the hills and plains,
    Ruler of night and day,
    Bright sun and cooling rains,
    O bounteous Lord, to Thee we raise,
    Our harvest hymn of joyful praise.

  2. Mid dancing azure seas,
    Upheld by Thy command,
    Our lovely islands rise,
    In tropic splendour planned,
    And we are stewards of Thy grace
    Until we see Thee face to face.

  3. Thine is the fruitful field,
    Thy broad-leaved plantain Thine;
    Banana, slender cane,
    Tall palm and lowly vine.
    Thine own, O Lord, we bring to thee;
    Of all Thy bounty rich and free.

  4. Star-apples, purple-dyed,
    ‘ Mid leaves of bronze and green;
    With ackees ’ scarlet hue,
    Sweet citrus gold is seen.
    Thou matchless Artist! Here may we
    Thine own eternal beauty see.

  5. God of love! Not alone
    In nature ’ s form we find
    That Thou art great and good,
    And merciful and kind:
    For Jesus died, that we might come
    To share our heavenly Father ’ s home.

  6. As we with thankful hearts
    These festive anthems sing,
    And gladly to Thy House
    Our harvest offerings bring
    O, help us, Blessed Trinity,
    Ourselves to consecrate to Thee.

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Activities This Week

October 29

5:30 p.m.

Bible Study

October 30

9:00 a.m.
4:00 p.m.

Holy Eucharist
Mother’s Union

October 31

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

Holy Eucharist
Reception Committee
Confirmation Class– Seniors

November 1

5:30 p.m.

Holy Eucharist
(All Saints’ Day)

November 2

9:00 a.m.

6:00 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
(All Souls’ Day)

Confirmation Class– Juniors

November 3

9:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m.
2:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m.
Lecture - Old Court House
Little Brothers of St. Andrew
Youth Choir Rehearsal
Youth Fellowship

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