Sunday Bulletin

Solemn Mass
The Epiphany of Our Lord (Year A)
Sunday, January 6, 2008
8:00 a.m.

Celebrant and Preacher:
The Rt. Rev. and Hon. Alfred C. Reid, D.D., O.J.
The Lord Bishop of Jamaica & The Cayman Islands

Your glory, Christ, is manifest:
All peoples, Lord, by you are blest;
whom, with the Father, we adore,
and Holy Spirit evermore. Amen.

In this Bulletin ...

Order of Service
Parish News
Activities This Week

Dear People of God,

The New Year has dawned with its possibilities and new opportunities. We look to the future with renewed hope which has its foundation in God who is the Alpha and Omega; the beginning and the end. As Christians all our plans and resolutions must connect with God’s plan for us, individually and collectively. St. Paul tells us that at just the right time, God sent his Son into the world, so that all of us might receive adoption as his children (Gal. 4:4-5). Whether or not you believe it or accept it, God has a special plan for all of us and we have a special role in God’s plan. It is a unique “calling” that only you alone can fulfill. God has given each and everyone of us precise talents and personality traits which make us a part of a multi-coloured, beautiful and intricate mosaic which reveals His love and glory. We discover our role in God’s plan through prayer and worship, trust and surrender so that we become receptive to His presence and willing to do His will.

Last year the Lord who promised to be with us, stood with us as we faced two elections and a hurricane. We did not face the storms of life alone. God is faithful and will continue to be with us in our planning and decision making. The many challenges that beset us as a people, demand our collective will to abandon what is divisive and promote what is inclusive. Family life, neighbourliness and community life are an important mix in nation building. Let us resolve to act with respect towards each other, which is a value added attitude and protect out children from physical, sexual, emotional and verbal abuse. The most vulnerable in our society are in constant need of special care. These are the elderly poor, the homeless, children and young teenagers who have been abandon and left to fend on their own.

As a Christian community, let us pledge to renew, and deepen our worship experience and prayer life as we seek to know the Lord a little more in our journey of faith. Let us call upon Him for wisdom to discern His will for us and ask for His guidance as we navigate the uncharted months of the new year.

Our annual congregational meeting will be on January 27, and you are reminded to nominate members of the congregation who are willing to serve if elected to the Church Committee. The theme for our focus is: One family- Each one, Reach one, for the renewal and growth of our Church.

In accordance with our tradition of many years, we welcome the Rt. Rev. & Hon. Alfred C. Reid and Mrs. Reid to our service, and thank the Lord Bishop for being our celebrant and preacher. We welcome all our visitors especially The Queens’ School Past Students.


Sirrano Kitson

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Parish News

Flowers at the foot of the altar are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Winston Anderson by his wife Enid and their children.

We express our condolences to the family of Everald Tennant who died recently and Isolene Petgrave whose funeral service will be on Wednesday, at 9:00 a.m.

Prayer Books are available at the church office at a cost of $900.

2008 Christian Diaries for sale. Call 826-0528 for information.

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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The Epiphany of Our Lord

Order of Service

THE EPIPHANY PROCESSION - Musical
The Lord Bishop will lead members of the Sunday School to the Manger where they will offer gifts of incense, wine and gold.

Station At The Manger (All Soul’s Chapel)
Hymn: Away in a Manger (vs. 1 only) - MP 47

Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,
the little Lord Jesus, laid down his sweet head;
the stars in the bright sky look down where he lay;
the little Lord Jesus asleep in the hay.

Bishop: Three wonders mark this holy day as the Church is joined to her bridegroom, this day a star leads the wise men to the manger.
People:

Alleluia!

 

First Presenter: The Gift -Incense

 

Bishop: Blessed are you Lord our God, King of the universe; as you are enthroned upon the praises of your people, accept from us the sign of incense, a symbol of our worship; may your holy angels bring our prayers before your throne of praise.
People:

Lord we worship You.

 

Second Presenter: The Gift -Wine

 

Bishop: Blessed are you Jesus the Christ of God; as you turned water into wine at the wedding of Cana; so transformed our lives with the Wine of your Spirit.
People:

Lord we praise You

 

Third Presenter: The Gift - Gold

 

Celebrant: Blessed are you Holy Spirit, the Lord the giver of life who proceeds from the Father; as you manifest your creative power of the Father and the Son in the lives of your people; may this offering of gold, be the giving of ourselves, our lives and our work, a symbol of a reasonable, holy, lively sacrifice.
People:

Lord, we give ourselves to You.

 

The Manger is incensed as the people sing ...

Be near me, Lord Jesus; I ask You to stay
Close by me for ever and love me, I pray;
Bless all the dear children in Your tender care,
And fit us for heaven to live with You there.

 

Bishop: Let us pray
We pray You, Lord, to purify our hearts that they may be worthy to become your dwelling–place. Let us never fail to find room for you, but come and abide in us that we also may abide in you, for as at this time you were born into the world for us, and live and reign, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, now and forever.
People:

Amen. - Archbishop William Temple

 

INTROIT HYMN: Father, in whom we live - Diademata

Father, in whom we live,
In whom we are, and move,
The glory, power, and praise receive
Of Thy creating love.
Let all the angel throng
Give thanks to God on high;
While earth repeats the joyful song,
And echoes to the sky.

Incarnate Deity,
Let all the ransomed race
Render in thanks their lives to Thee,
For Thy redeeming grace.
The grace to sinners showed
Ye heavenly choirs proclaim,
And cry: Salvation to our God,
Salvation to the Lamb!

Spirit of Holiness,
Let all Thy saints adore
Thy sacred energy, and bless
Thine heart—renewing power.
Not angel tongues can tell
Thy love’s ecstatic height,
The glorious joy unspeakable,
The beatific sight.

Eternal, Triune Lord!
Let all the hosts above,
Let all the sons of men, record
And dwell upon Thy love.
When heaven and earth are fled
Before Thy glorious face,
Sing all the saints Thy love hath made
Thine everlasting praise.

OPENING SENTENCE

Bishop: For the God who said, “Out of darkness light shall shine,” has caused his light to shine in our hearts,
People:

The light which is knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
- II Corinthians 4:6

 

Bishop: (+) Blessed be God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Alleluia! Alleluia!
People:

And blessed be His Kingdom, now and forever. Amen.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

 

Bishop: The Lord be with you
People:

And also with you

 

Bishop:

Let us pray
The Epiphany [BCP page 160]

 

MINISTRY OF THE WORD (sit)

 

First Reading:

Isaiah 60:1-6,9

 

Psalm:

72:1-2,10-17 [BCP page 558]
Refrain: Justice shall flourish in his days — and peace shall last forever.

 

Second Reading:

Ephesians 3: 1-12

 

Gradual Hymn:

O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness
(A & M 77)

 

The Alleluia’s is sung before and after
Gospel:

Matthew 2:1-12

 

Sermon:

The Lord Bishop of Jamaica

 

Pause for quiet reflection

 

The Nicene Creed

[BCP page 104]

 

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

Leader:
As wise men from various nations were called to worship before
the Christ child, open our ears to your call, and open our eyes to
your glory. We offer you all that we are, ourselves, our souls, our
bodies. We offer you all that we possess, for all things come from
you. We offer you our joys and our sorrows. We pray for all
seekers, for all who walk in the darkness and look for the light.
We pray for your Church, that it may be drawn ever towards you.
We pray for our bishops, Alfred, Harold, Howard and Robert.
We pray for the clergy.
Jesus, Light of the world,
All: Give us your light and your peace.

Leader:
Lord God, we pray that the rulers of this world may serve your
kingdom, that the kingdoms of the world may become the
kingdom of Christ our Lord, that the resources of the world may
be used for the relief of those in need, and to your praise and
glory. We remember all who are suffering from tyranny and
the victims of violence.
Jesus, Light of the world,
All: Give us your light and your peace.

Leader:
We pray for all who work in our local communities, for a sharing
of talents and awareness of needs. We thank you for the gifts you
have given to us, and we seek to use them aright. May our homes
be places where the Christ abides and is always welcomed.
We remember all who have been driven out of their homes by
poverty, war or abuse.
Jesus, Light of the world,
All: Give us your light and your peace.

Leader:
We pray for families where children are suffering, where children
are ill. We pray for children who suffer from violence, abuse or
neglect, we remember all who are struggling for justice and
freedom we pray for all who are in sorrow, pain or distress;
We remember especially ….
Jesus, Light of the world,
All: Give us your light and your peace.

Leader:
We pray for all who have lost children, for lives that have been
cut short by accidents, by crime, or by illness; may they have the
fullness of life in your kingdom. Give hope and strength to all
parents who mourn, and bring a new light into their darkness...
Jesus, Light of the world,
All: Give us your light and your peace.

Silence may be kept

All: O God, who by the leading of a star revealed your
Son to the nations of the world; lead us to a clearer
vision of your presence, and the nations into the ways
of unity and peace; Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

 

ACT OF PENITENCE

[BCP page 123]

 

PEACE

‘Form A’ [BCP page 124]

 

OFFERTORY
Liturgical Dance

Offertory Hymn: O Worship the King (A&M 167)

Remain Standing
Offertory Prayer

 

Celebrant: 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 in.
All:

Father, we offer… [BCP page 126]

 

Sursum Corda (Lift up your hearts) [BCP page126]
Sanctus & Benedictus [BCP page131]
Eucharistic Rite ‘A’ [BCP page 135]

Acclamations
Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.

 

Bishop: With Him and in Him and through Him,
...in songs of everlasting praise:
All:

Blessing and honour and glory and power
Be yours for ever and ever. Amen.

 

The Lord’s Prayer [BCP page 144]
COMMUNION

Breaking of Bread [BCP page 145]
The Invitation

Agnus Dei [BCP page 145]

Hymns during Communion: Here is bread MP 842,
Emmanuel MP 121, 169 A&M , Father we adore You MP 139

  1. Here is bread, here is wine,
    Christ is with us He is with us;
    Break the bread, drink the wine
    Christ is with us here.

    Refrain:
    In this bread there is healing,
    In this cup there’s life for ever;
    In this moment, by the Spirit
    Christ is with us here.

  2. Here is grace, here is peace,
    Christ is with us He is with us;
    Know his grace, find His peace
    Feast on Jesus here.
    In this bread…

  3. Here we are, joined in one,
    Christ is with us He is with us
    We’ll proclaim, ‘til He comes
    Jesus crucified.
    In this bread...

Emmanuel, Emmanuel,
His name is called Emmanuel
God with us, revealed in us
His name is called Emmanuel.

  1. Father, we adore You,
    Lay our lives before You:
    How we love You!

  2. Jesus, we adore You,
    Lay our lives before You:
    How we love You!

  3. Spirit, we adore You,
    Lay our lives before You:
    How we love You!

Post Communion Prayer [BCP page 148]

PONTIFICAL BLESSING

Bishop: The Lord be with you
People: And also with you
Bishop: Our help is in the name of the Lord
People: The maker of heaven and earth
Bishop: Blessed be the Name of the Lord.
People:

From this time forth and for evermore.

 

Bishop:

May God the father keep you in all your days.
May Christ shield you in all your ways.
May the Spirit bring you healing and peace.

And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father,
The Son and the Holy Spirit, be upon you and remain with you
forever.

People:

Amen.

 

Welcome & Notices

Hymn: Father, let me dedicate (A&M 72)


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Activities This Week

Monday
January 7

5:30 p.m.

Bible Study

Tuesday
January 8

9:00 a.m.
5:30 p.m.

Holy Eucharist
St. Andrew Home for Girls

Wednesday
January 9

6:30 a.m.
7:30 a.m.
4:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m.

Holy Eucharist
Property and Building
St. Andrew Care Centre
Confirmation Class - Seniors

Thursday
January 10

5:30 p.m.

Senior Choir Rehearsal

Friday
January 11

9:00 a.m.
6:00 p.m.

Holy Eucharist
Confirmation Class - Juniors

Saturday
January 12

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

 

Blessed Andrew, pray for us!


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