THE PARISH OF ST. PAUL WITH ST. JOHN 8th December, 2013 Second Sunday of Advent Lectionary A The Rt. Rev’d C. Leopold Friday: Bishop of the Windward Islands THE REVEREND CANON O. SAMUEL NICHOLS Rector Home Telephone: 784-458-4332 Office: 784-457-5163 E-Mail: [email protected] THE REVEREND MRS. VERBINA C. GONSALVES Deacon Home Telephone: 784-456—8834 Ms. Joye Browne (457-4128) & Ms. Alice Mandeville (458- 4355) Wardens ORGANIST: Mrs. ANITA NANTON Education— Sanctification— Fellowship— Evangelism Today’s Celebrant & Preacher: Canon O. Samuel Nichols THE ORDER OF SERVICE 392 Introit Hymn Opening Sentence Greetings & Collect for Purity The Kyrie Pg. 97 Pg.101 Pg.102 COLLECT FOR THE DAY Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sin, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. THE LESSONS FOR TODAY Old Testament Lesson Isaiah 11:1-10 Psalm 72:1-8 New Testament Lesson Romans 15:4-13 Gradual Hymn 42 Gospel Matthew 3:1-12 THE SERMON The Nicene Creed Pg.104 The Intercession Pg.107 The Act of Penitence and Absolution Pg.123 The Peace Pg.125 ANNOUNCEMENTS Offertory Hymn 48 Offertory Prayer Form B Pg.126 Eucharistic Prayer The Lord’s Prayer The Breaking of Bread Invitation Communion Hymns – Blessing of the Children Post-Communion Prayer Recessional Hymn Church Old Testament St. Paul’s: Lay Readers St. John’s: Suenel Fraser Form B Form I Form C Pg.135 Pg.144 Pg.145 Pg.145 607, 256, 393 200 Prayer III 34 DISMISSAL READERS FOR TODAY Psalm New Testament Lay Readers Lay Readers Elso Ross Michael Goodluck Building on the Foundation: Our Hope for Tomorrow The Rector’s Message 8th Dec. 2013 The Right to Hope We must agree when we look both into ourselves and at human history, that hope is essential and we may wonder why it is so seldom that philosophers and theologians speak about it, its root, and its justification. They don't ask what kind of force it is that creates and maintains hope, even if everything seems to contradict it. Instead, they devaluate hope by calling it wishful thinking or utopian fantasy. But nobody can live without hope, even if it were only for the smallest things which give some satisfaction even under the worst of conditions, even in poverty, sickness, and social failure. Without hope, the tension of our life toward the future would vanish, and with it, life itself. Therefore I want to ask the question: Do we have a right to hope? Is there justified hope for each of us, for nations and movements, for mankind and perhaps for all life, for the whole universe? Do we have a right to hope, even, against hope? Even against the reality of death? The men of the Old Testament tried to maintain the hope for Israel within the many catastrophes of its history. And later on, they struggled as individuals for their personal hope, and finally there grew a hope in them for the rebirth of the present world and a new state of all things. It is the hope of the church for "the new heaven and the new earth" and of the individual to enter this new earth and new heaven Hopes have to struggle with continuous attacks of hopelessness, attacks against the faith in a meaning of life and against the hope for life's fulfillment. There are in the Old Testament outcries of despair about life. There is also a tremendous struggle about hope in the New Testament. The church had to fight with hopelessness, because the expectations of the Christians for the early return of the Christ. Hope is not certainty. Hoping often implies waiting. "Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him," says the psalmist (Ps. 37:7). Waiting demands patience, and patience demands stillness within one's self. There are two kinds of waiting, the passive waiting in laziness and the receiving waiting in openness. He who waits in laziness, passively, prevents the coming of what he is waiting for. He who waits in quiet tension, open for what he may encounter, works for its coming. Such waiting in openness and hope does what no will power can do for our own inner development. What gives us the right to such hope after all our failures? Again there is only one answer: waiting in inner stillness, with posed tension and openness toward what we can only receive. Such openness is highest activity; it is the driving force which leads us toward the growth of something new in us. And the struggle between hope and despair in our waiting is a symptom that the new has already taken hold of us. Certainly, if we could only hope for ourselves, it would be a poor and foolish hope. Eternity is the ground and aim of every being, for God shall be all in all. Weekly Church Notices WELCOME to the Parish of St. Paul, Calliaqua with St. John, Belair. We are so pleased that you chose to worship with us today and it is our hope that you were blessed by Word and Sacrament and hope that you would come again. 1. The Hurricane Season is now officially over. We thank God for sparing us from the rigours of Hurricanes. We must, nonetheless, continue to take care of His creation and do all we can to mitigate the effects of bad weather. 2. The P.C.C. Will meet on Monday 9th December at 5:30pm at the Parish Hall. 3. Christmas Greetings– The Clergy, all members of Parish Church Council and Leaders of Organizations are reminded to submit your Christmas Greetings to the Church Office as soon as possible. 4. THE RECTOR IS ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS FOR PERSONS DESIROUS OF SERVING on the Parish Council Church. 5. We have available Parish T-shirts (round neck) as well as a limited quantity of quantity of Hymnals and Prayer Books. Invest now. Those who have not yet paid up for T-shirts are asked to do so now. 6. God’s Garden Invites you to our Christmas Production “JESUS – The reason for the season”, on Saturday 21st Dec, 2013, at 4 p.m. at the Parish Hall. Tickets on sale (adults: $5.00 & Children: $2.00). We encourage you to come and support our children. 7. The Ordination of Mr. Haniff Johnson and Ms. Alison Samuel to the Holy Order of Deacons takes place on Wednesday 18th December 2013, being the first Ember Day in the season of Advent at the St. George’s Cathedral Kingstown, at 5pm. 8. The Service for the Institution of Rev’d Eleanor Glasgow Priest in Charge of the Parish of St. James with St. Mary will take place on Monday 13th January 2014, being the Feast of St. Hilary at St. James Parish Church Layou, at 5pm. 9. Please read this Bulletin, then pass it on to a friend or relative. If you wish to sponsor the Church Bulletin, please call into the Church Office at 457-5163. PRAYER CORNER Your prayers are asked for the sick of the Parish, both at home and in the hospital. Pray that God will restore them to a sound and pristine health. Sick & Shut-ins Geneva Adams Withfield Bess Chinyelu Browne Marcelle Neverson Cornelia Cox Anita David Lewistina Farrell Stanley French Adella John Cindy Hogan Rosalie Davis Becenta Haywood George Haywood Sydney Joseph Cynthia John Theresa Quashie Helen Joseph Mildred King Jeremy Grant Ezekiel Clarke Miriam Gurley Alfred Mandeville Inez Mandeville Hugh Marshall Elmina Martin Ardon Mc Cree Beatrice Noel Adella Smart Elaine Ollivierre Cheryl Peter Mary Phillips Reid Violet Revierre Susan Sinson Sarah Spencer Dorothy Ryan Vera Smart Clara Sandy Carl Stephens Nola Thomas Amanda Robinson G. Barrow Frank Garraway, Agnes London Isabella Browne Sarah Commissiong Ena Malcolm Kathleen Jones Elsa Scott Sylvina John Naomi Bennette Randolph Russell Rita Williams Iona Marksman Josephine Thomas Please keep the Church informed of the condition of the above persons St. Paul’s: St. John’s: 24th Nov 24th Nov Att: 165 Att: 75 Financial Corner $1958.13 $ 540.00 WEEKLY SERVICES & ACTIVITIES Sunday Solemn High Mass - St. Paul Sunday School - St. Paul Tuesday Mass Bible Study A.C.W.A. Mothers’ Union 7:00am 3:30p.m St. Paul St. Paul 3rd Tuesday St. John Wednesday Deacon’s Mass Bible Study Choir Practice St. Paul St. John St. Paul Thursday Morning Prayer Mothers’ Union St. Paul St. Paul Friday Mass God’s Garden & Homework Club IMPAC+ Youth Ministry Saturday Confirmation Class Altar Servers Practice Altar Servers Practice Youth Ministry Mon Tue Wed Thurs Friday Sat Jl 3”1-2,9-17 Nah 1:1-13 Ob 15-21 Zeph 3:1-13 Is 24:14-23 Zech 14:12-21 Isaiah 11:1-10 Romans 15:4-13 St. John St. John 6:00a.m 5:00pm 5:00pm 1st & 3rd Tuesday 6:00am 5:00pm 5:30pm 6:00am 2nd & Last Thursday St. Paul 6:00am 5:00pm 6:30pm St. Paul St. John St. Paul’s St. John 9:30am 1:00pm 4:30p.m 4:30 pm THE LIVING WORD: 106:1-18 1 Pet. 1:1-12 121 1 Pet. 1 13-25 119:145-176 1 Pet. 2:1-10 131 1 Pet. 2:11-25 140 1 Pet 3:14-:6 137:1-6(7-19) I Pet 4:7-19 LECTIONARY A - PG. 669 Psalm 72:1-8 Matthew 3:1-12 Psalm Psalm Psalm Psalm Psalm Psalm 9:00a.m 3:00p.m Your Health and You by : Dr. Michael Goodluck Restless legs syndrome (RLS), also known as Willis-Ekbom disease (WED), is a common condition affecting the nervous system. RESTLESS LEG SYNDROME It causes an overwhelming, irresistible urge to move the legs, and occasionally the arms. It also causes an unpleasant feeling in the feet, calves and thighs, which is often felt as a crawling or creeping sensation. The sensation is often worse in the evening or at night. Restless legs syndrome is also associated with involuntary jerking of the legs and arms, known as periodic limb movements. Symptoms can vary from being mild to severe. In severe cases, the condition can be distressing and can disrupt daily activities. Some people have symptoms now and again, while others have them every day. Causes of RLS In the majority of cases, there is no obvious cause of restless legs syndrome. Doctors may refer to this as idiopathic RLS, or primary RLS. This type of restless legs syndrome can run in families. Some neurologists (experts in treating conditions that affect the nervous system) share the opinion that symptoms may have something to do with how the body handles a chemical called dopamine. Dopamine plays a role in controlling muscle movement and may be responsible for the involuntary leg movements associated with restless legs syndrome. Some cases of restless legs syndrome are caused by an underlying health condition, such as iron deficiency anaemia, or kidney failure. Doctors may refer to this as secondary RLS. There is also a link between restless legs syndrome and pregnancy and around one in five pregnant women will experience symptoms in the last three months of their pregnancy, although it is not clear exactly why. In this case, it often goes away once the woman has given birth. Treating RLS Mild cases of restless legs syndrome that are not linked to an underlying health condition may not require any treatment other than making a few lifestyle changes, such as: adopting good sleep hygiene - for example, sleeping regular hours and avoiding alcohol and caffeine late at night quitting smoking (if you smoke) exercising regularly during the daytime If the symptoms are more severe, medication may be needed to regulate the levels of dopamine and iron in the body. If restless legs syndrome is caused by iron deficiency anaemia, for example, then iron supplements may be all that is needed to treat the symptoms. Who is affected? As many as one in ten people affected by restless legs syndrome at some point in their life. Women are twice as likely to develop restless legs syndrome than men. The condition is also more common in middle age, but the symptoms can develop at any age, including childhood. If you are able to address the underlying cause of restless legs syndrome, the symptoms will usually go away. However, if the cause is unknown, the symptoms can get worse with time and severely affect the person's life. It's not life-threatening, but it can severely disrupt sleep (insomnia) and trigger anxiety and depression. 16th–24th Novena Dates and Topics for the Novena 2013 - Services begin each morning at 5:30am Monday 16th Dec. Trust Tuesday 17th Dec. Obedience Wednesday 18th Dec. What is Faith Thursday 19th Dec. The Gift of Authentic Faith Friday 20th Dec. The Gift of Faithful Living Saturday 21st Dec The Gift of God’s Word Sunday 22nd Dec The Gift of God’s Eternal Presence Monday 23rd Dec. Opening up to faith Tuesday 24th Dec Increasing our Faith 24th - Christmas Eve Service St. Paul’s - 11: 00 pm 25th - Christmas Day Service - St. John’s - 7:00am 26th - Saint Stephen Day - St. Paul’s - 6:00am 27th - Saint John Day - St. John’s - 6:00am 28th - Holy Innocents - St. Paul’s - 10:00am 31st - New Year’s Eve - St. Paul’s - 11:00pm January 01st New Year’s Day - St. John’s - 7:00am Envelopes Sales Calliaqua 2308.14 1774.29 4154.43 Total Harvest 2013 Belair 905.00 849.82 1754.82 5909.25 We thank St. John’s for a delightful Harvest Cantata which took place on November 24th , 2013. Special thanks to the Sunday School and the Choir of St. John’s and all participating Organizations and individuals. We were truly blessed.