Sunday Bulletin

First Sunday after Christmas (Year A)
Sunday, December 30, 2007

In this Bulletin ...

Growing through Faith, Commitment and Action
Parish News
Prayers Of Intercession
Sick and Shut-In Members
Hymn: Long time ago in Bethlehem
Hymn: What Child is this
Hymn: De Virgin Mary had a Baby Boy
Hymn: Joy to the World
Today's Services
Activities This Week

Dear People of God,

As we approach the close of 2007, we reflect, as a parish family on the past twelve months.

During the year, we accomplished many things through God’s grace. Among them were the collating and computerization of our membership list and the successful implementation of programmes exploring Christian giving, Discipleship and Stewardship development. We established a Development Fund Committee to canvass and harness talents in our Parish and we reviewed our current mission in our Outreach Projects. We also renovated the interior of the Church, the Old Court House and the Curatage. We were guided throughout the year by our theme “Growing through Faith, Commitment and Action”, as we increasingly had a better understanding of God’s mind and sought to grow towards what God wants us to be for His glory and His kingdom as the people of God.

At our retreat this year, our representatives reviewed our current mission within the context of our rolling three year strategic plan. We examined different areas of the life of our Church which will work together to create a deeper sense of awareness, involvement and the commitment of our members to congregational life under the theme, “One family – each one, reach one, for the renewal and growth of our Church”. As indicated, for 2008 our worship and witness will be grounded by prayer, sustained by faith and focused on reaching out and attracting to our Church and community, the un-churched and the un-baptised.

God’s purpose is our goal; reconciliation and healing, justice and equity, love and shalom (peace). This informs our vision statement; “A Church reconciled to God, aware of its identity and healing the community through the proclamation of the Good News of the gospel of Christ”. The critical question that we are to ask ourselves is: Am I a person of faith and committed to the Lord? It will require the participation of all of us, God’s Spirit filled people, to achieve the renewal of our congregational life for the growth of our Church.

To all who gave of their time, their talent, their treasure and resources, thanks to you and praise be to God for His working through you by the power of the Spirit. God bless us all as we continue to actively engage in the Mission and Ministry of the Church in 2008.

Grateful thanks to all who gave for Gift Day, as we were able to realize approximately 2.8 million dollars from 285 persons.

We extend a warm welcome to all those visiting with us today!


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

We express condolences to the family of Isolyn Petgrave who died last week Thursday.

Service schedule for January 6, 2008 - Epiphany of our Lord

  • 6:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist
  • 8:00 a.m. Sung Eucharist & Sermon
  • 5:00 p.m. Solemn Evensong & Organ Recital
    (100th Anniversary of the Royal Schools of Music)
    Guest Organist: Dr. Richard Beckford Assoc.
    Prof. of Music, South Carolina University U.S.A.)

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING 2008 will be held on January 27, following the 7:30 Eucharist. We urgently need reports from all organizations and groups for presentation at the Congregational Meeting as well as Nomination Forms for election to the Church Committee.

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

Quote for Reflection

Christianity does not teach man to attain an inner ideal of divine tranquility and stoic quite by abstracting himself from material things. It teaches him to give himself to his brother and to his world in a service of love in which God will manifest his creative power through men on earth. - Thomas Merton, Seven Story Mountain.


Did you know?

The dalmatic is the outer liturgical vestment of the deacon worn at Eucharistic services and solemn processions except for penitential services. The chasuble is the principal vestment worn by the priest for the Eucharist covering all the others. The cope is a vestment that is open in front and fastened at the breast with a band or clasp. It is worn for processions but the priest must change into chasuble for the Eucharistic prayer.

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.

Activities this week ...

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

Shut-In Members

  • Frederick Green
  • Dorissa Russell
  • Rebecca Forbes
  • Coretta Sewell
  • Roslyn Purville

Sick Members

  • Veta McMillan
  • Winnette Reynolds
  • Lois Bayliss
  • Myrtle Jones
  • Ronald Townsend
  • Enid Anderson
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Prayers Of Intercession

First Sunday after Christmas

Leader:

Holy Father, we pray that the church may proclaim your light in dark times, that we may come to your light and recognize your light. May we reach out to all who are in darkness. May the church show forth the good news of the gospel. We pray for all preachers of the word and ministers of sacraments, for all who study the Scriptures. We pray especially for our Bishops and clergy.
Christ, Light of the world,

All:

scatter the darkness from before us.

 

Leader: We remember areas of the world where darkness seems to triumph, places of exploitation and cheap labour, places where the land is raped and forests are destroyed, places where the water is polluted and the air is foul, places where the sea is over-fished and the land is be coming desert. We pray for ecologists and all who seek to care for our world. We pray especially for the Environmental Foundation.
Christ, Light of the world,
All:

scatter the darkness from before us.

 

Leader: We remember in sorrow broken relationships, divisions in our community, acts of selfishness and greed. We pray for generosity of spirit, for our homes and our loved ones.
Christ, Light of the world,
All:

scatter the darkness from before us.

 

Leader: We pray for all who are in doubt and despair, for all who have lost confidence in themselves or in others. We pray for inner city communities afflicted by crime and violence. We pray for the depressed and all who walk in darkness. We remember before you friends and loved ones in sickness. We pray especially for …
Christ, Light of the world,
All:

scatter the darkness from before us.

 

Leader: We remember all who have passed through the darkness of death, and are alive with you in glory. We give thanks for the saints and all who have shone out as lights in our world. We pray for friends and loved ones who have enriched our lives and are now departed from us…
Christ, Light of the world,
All:

scatter the darkness from before us.

(Silence may be kept)

 

All: Almighty God, who through the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ has caused a great light to shine in the darkness of our world; grant that we may walk by that light, be known as children of the light, and bring your light to the world; through him who is the true light that lightens all, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Hymn: Long time ago in Bethlehem

  1. Long time ago in Bethlehem
    So the holy Bible say,
    Mary’s Boy Child, Jesus Christ
    Was born on Christmas Day.

    Refrain:
    Hark now, hear the angels sing
    A new King born today,
    And man will live forever more
    Because of Christmas Day
    Trumpets sound and angels sing,
    Listen to what they say
    That man will live forever more
    Because of Christmas Day.

  2. While shepherds watched their flocks
    by night
    Dem see a bright new, shining star,
    Dem hear a choir sing,
    The music seem to come from afar.
    Refrain

  3. Now Joseph and his wife Mary
    Come to Bethlehem that night
    Them find no place to born she Child
    Not a single room was in sight.
    Refrain

  4. By and by they find a little nook
    In a stable all forlorn
    And in a manger cold and dark
    Mary’s little Boy was born.
    Refrain

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Hymn: What Child is this

  1. What child is this, who, laid to rest,
    on Mary’s lap is sleeping?
    Whom angels greet with anthems sweet,
    while shepherds watch are keeping?

    Refrain
    This, this is Christ the King,
    whom shepherds guard and angels sing:
    haste, haste to bring Him praise,
    the babe, the Son of Mary.

  2. Why lies He in such mean estate,
    where ox and ass are feeding?
    Good Christians fear: for sinners here
    the silent Word is pleading.
    Refrain

  3. So bring Him incense, gold, and myrrh,
    come, peasant, king, to own Him.
    The King of kings salvation brings,
    let loving hearts enthrone Him.
    Refrain

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Hymn: De Virgin Mary had a Baby Boy

  1. De Virgin Mary had a baby boy,
    De Virgin Mary had a baby boy,
    De Virgin Mary had a baby boy,
    And they say that His name was
    Jesus.

    Refrain:
    He come from the glory
    He come from the glorious kingdom;
    He come from the glory
    He come from the glorious kingdom;
    Oh yes! believer.
    Oh yes! believer.
    He come from the glory
    He come from the glorious kingdom.

  2. De angels sang when the baby born,
    De angels sang when the baby born,
    De angels sang when the baby born,
    And proclaimed Him the Saviour
    Jesus.
    Refrain

  3. De wise men saw where the baby born,
    De wise men saw where the baby born,
    De wise men saw where the baby born,
    And they saw that His name was
    Jesus.
    Refrain

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Hymn: Joy to the World

  1. Joy to the world! The Lord is come:
    Let earth receive her King.
    Let every heart prepare him room,
    And heav’n and nature sing,
    And heav’n and nature sing,
    And heav’n, and heav’n and nature sing.

  2. Joy to the earth, the Saviour reigns!
    Your sweetest songs employ
    While fields and floods
    Rocks, hills and plains
    Repeat the sounding joy,
    Repeat the sounding joy,
    Repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

  3. He rules the world
    with truth and grace,
    and makes the nations prove
    the glories of his righteousness,
    And wonders of his love,
    And wonders of his love,
    And wonders, wonders of his love.

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Today's Services

First Sunday after Christmas

6:30 a.m.
HOLY EUCHARIST
7:30 a.m.
SUNG EUCHARIST and SERMON
Processional 59
Old Testament Isaiah 61:10-62:3
[John Thompson]
Psalm 147:13-21
Refrain: The Word was
made flesh and dwelt
among us.
(All Sit–No Gloria)
Epistle Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7
[Joan Cummings]
Gradual De Virgin Mary had a Baby Boy
Gospel John 1:1-18
Sermon Rev. Monique Blake
The Prayers of Intercession  
The Offertory Hymn Joy to the World
Hymns During Communion

65,
Long time ago in Bethlehem,
What Child is this

Recessional

594

9:45 a.m.
HOLY EUCHARIST and SERMON
Processional 59
Old Testament Isaiah 61:10-62:3
Psalm 147:13-21 [BCP page 663]
Epistle Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7
Gradual De Virgin Mary had a Baby Boy
Gospel John 1:1-18
Sermon Rev. Monique Blake
The Offertory Hymn Joy to the World
Hymns During Communion

65,
Long time ago in Bethlehem

Recessional

594

11:00 a.m.
SHUT-IN SERVICE
6:00 p.m.
HOLY EUCHARIST and SERMON
Introit 59
Old Testament Isaiah 61:10-62:3
Psalm 147:13-21 [BCP page 663]
Gradual 65
Gospel John 1:1-18
Sermon Rev. Dr. Veront Satchell
Offertory 62
Recessional Joy to the World

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Activities This Week

Tuesday
January 1

8:00 a.m.

Holy Name

Wednesday
January 2

6:30 a.m.
7:30 a.m.
5:15 p.m.

Holy Eucharist
Property & Building
Women’s Auxiliary

Thursday
January 3

5:30 p.m.

Senior Choir Rehearsal

Friday
January 4

9:00 a.m.

Holy Eucharist

Saturday
January 5

11:00 a.m.
2:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m.
Little Brothers of St. Andrew
Youth Choir Rehearsal
Youth Fellowship

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