do not be afraid, I am

In another month and a half we will start the hurricane season. The season is a time of living on the edge. Yet, it is also a time of heightened preparation. In the midst of living on the edge and the preparation is the voice of the silent God in Jesus Christ who says, “do not be afraid, it is I” or more precisely “do not be afraid, I am.” In this latter sense, the reader is transported back to the liberation of the people of Israel in the book of Exodus. There God announces the divine name as I AM (Exodus 3). In the Gospel according to John Jesus is announced as the I am in chapter 6. Faced with a storm at sea the disciples surrendered to I AM and got to shore safely. In a similar way we too will be caught in the storms of life; not just during the hurricane season but throughout our lives. Trust in the presence of God, as the disciples did, while still working for peace and calm, is sufficient to get us safely through the storms of life.

 

Easter Vigil 2017

Visioning Prayer 2017

Almighty and ever-living God, ruler of all things in heaven and on earth, and by whose grace we have been called into a goodly fellowship of faith: Send down upon our bishops, other clergy, and all your faithful people an outpouring of your Holy Spirit for the renewal and mission of your Church. Give us a vision of where you would lead your Church, and so discern new things that you are doing in your Church and the world. By your grace, save us from unnecessary distractions, so that we may be able to determine your will for us, go forward perceiving that which is right, and have the courage to pursue the same, to the end that we may utilise the gifts which you have given to each of us for the furtherance of your will in simplicity, confidence and steadfastness; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Collect for Independence

O God our Father, whose will it is that your people should live in ordered societies; inspire the people of this nation with the spirit of justice, truth and love; and so guide our leaders, and all who make decisions on our behalf, that they may direct our affairs in righteousness and peace; that we may live in peace and harmony and to your honour and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God now and forever.
Amen.

Dear Valued Customer:
 
                                                   NWC CUSTOMER CENSUS MAPPING UNDERWAY IN KSA
Please be advised that the National Water Commission (NWC) is now conducting a Customer Census Mapping Project
in Kingston and St. Andrew as the start of an island wide service improvement effort.  The project involves a door-to-door survey of existing and potential NWC customers and mapping them using global positioning system (GPS) devices. All project activities will be done between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. daily. All project representatives will also be properly identified.
The project will ultimately result in better water and wastewater service delivery, improved responsiveness to complaints, and better customer service.  We urge your full cooperation and assistance in facilitating this Customer Census Mapping Project as we work to continuously improve our service to you our valued customers.
 
The Customer Census Mapping Project will last for several months in the KSA and will later be implemented in other parishes.
For further information, you may contact the Community Relations Department (Eastern) at 733-5636-7 or the Corporate Public Relations Department at 929-1128, 929-5430-5 or

pr@nwc.com.jm

Why do we call Good Friday “good”?

Why do we call Good Friday “good”, when it is such a dark and bleak event commemorating a day of suffering and death for Jesus?  For Christians, Good Friday is a crucial day of the year because it celebrates what we believe to be the most momentous weekend in the history of the world.  Ever since Jesus died and was raised, Christians have proclaimed the cross and resurrection of Jesus to be the decisive turning point for all creation.  Paul considered it to be “of first importance” that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and was raised to life on the third day, all in accordance with what God had promised all along in the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3).  On Good Friday we remember the day Jesus willingly suffered and died by crucifixion as the ultimate sacrifice for our sins (1 John 1:10).  It is followed by Easter, the glorious celebration of the day Jesus was raised from the dead, heralding his victory over sin and death and pointing ahead to a future resurrection for all who are united to him by faith (Romans 6:5).  Still, why call the day of Jesus’ death “Good Friday” instead of “Bad Friday” or something similar?  Some Christian traditions do take this approach: in German, for example, the day is called Karfreitag or “Sorrowful” in English.  In fact, the origin of the term “Good” is debated: some believe it developed from an older name, “God’s Friday.”  Regardless of the origin, the name Good Friday is entirely appropriate because the suffering and death of Jesus, as terrible as it was, marked the dramatic culmination of God’s plan to save his people from their sins.

(adapted from: http://www.christianity.com/god/jesus-chirst/what-s-so-good-about-good-friday.html)

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