Pastor’s Message: Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost; Independence, Jamaica 54th

My brothers and Sisters in Christ, as we continue to reflect on our 200 years of Influence, we need to consider this ‘influence’ as our evangelism, making aware, making known to others the good news of salvation. This ‘influence’, as we stand in the midst of the community of Mandeville, is that when others see and encounter us, they see the Christ whom we proclaim. How we are seen and encountered says much of who we are in Christ. The vibrant future can only be when, in our evangelism, we bring others to Christ and make them welcomed in the family of God, the Church. “When we receive God’s love in our own experience, it is not meant for us to keep it to ourselves. His Love in Jesus is for the whole world, and Christians are ‘sent’ (the root meaning ‘mission’) to take to others what Jesus has brought to them.” We find this evangelism thrust in the post communion prayers; “Send us now into the world,” and “Send us out to do the work you have given us to do.” (Pg 148) “To evangelise is to present Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit, that men and women shall come to put their trust in God through him, to accept him as their Saviour, and serve him as their King in the fellowship of his Church.” (Archbishop William Temple.) We as a country celebrates fifty-four years of our Independence, and have in many ways been influential in many areas, giving us the possibility of having a vibrant future if we only live in love, unity and peace with each other. ‘Out of many one.’ One love

Yours in Christ

Fr. Barry

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