Sunday April 11 2021  Easter 2

 The Lesson:  Castino Sands / Alton McKenzie

 Reader:  A Reading from the word of God written in the Book of Acts, chapter 4, verses 32 to 35

Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.

Reader:  The word of the Lord

The Epistle: David Knowles / Anthony Dean

 Reader:  A Reading from the word of God written in 1 John, chapter 1, verses 1 to verse 2 of chapter 2

We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life– this life was revealed, and we have seen it and testify to it, and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us– we declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete. This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him while we are walking in darkness, we lie and do not do what is true; but if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

Reader:  The word of the Lord

 The Gospel   John 20: 19 – 31

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”  But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.” A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.

The Intercessions: Thomas Evans / Lawrence Antonio

Leader: In peace, we pray to you, Lord God. [Pause …………….]

Leader: For all people in their daily life and work;

All: for our families, friends and neighbours, and for those who are alone.

Leader:  For this community, our country, and the world;

All: for all who work for justice, freedom and peace.

Leader: For the just and proper use of your creation;

All: for the victims of hunger, fear, injustice and oppression.

Leader: For all who are in danger, sorrow, or any kind of trouble;

All: for those who minister to the sick, the friendless and the needy.

Leader: For the peace and unity of the Church of God;

All: for all who proclaim the gospel, and for all who seek the  truth.

For the Anglican Church in the Province of The West Indies, especially for the Church in the Bahamas; for Howard, Bishop of Jamaica and our Archbishop, Laish our Bishop, Drexel and Gilbert, our Assistant Bishop; for Crosley and Chester, our Clergy; for our Lay Readers and Eucharistic Ministers; for members of the parish vestry, and for all who hold office in this congregation;

All: for all who serve God in the church.

Leader:  For our own needs, and for others for whom you have called us to pray. [Pause …………………]

Leader: Hear us, Lord;

All: For your mercy is great.

Leader:  We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of life.  [Pause ……………….]

Leader:  We exalt you, O God our king;

All: and praise your name for ever and ever.

We give thanks for all those who have died in the peace of Christ, and for the promise of your eternal kingdom.   [Pause………………..]

Leader:   In Christ you have called us to eternal glory;

All: to you be praise for ever and ever. Amen.

 The Element Bearers Today

7:15     Felix & Ormanic Bien-Aime & family
10:30    Lynden & Nadia Bethel & family

 7:00 pm  Solemn Evensong, Sermon and Benediction

The Officiant                               Jackie Mycklewhyte
Exodus 14: 5 – 22                        Masko Archer
John 14:  1 – 7                              Sidney Sawyer

Sunday April 18 2021  Easter 3

 The Lesson:  Jayvin Mycklewhyte / Beyonce Scott

Reader:  A Reading from the word of God written in the Book of Acts, chapter 3, verses 12 to 19

Peter addressed the people, “You Israelites, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we had made him walk? The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our ancestors has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you handed over and rejected in the presence of Pilate, though he had decided to release him. But you rejected the Holy and Righteous One and asked to have a murderer given to you, and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. And by faith in his name, his name itself has made this man strong, whom you see and know; and the faith that is through Jesus has given him this perfect health in the presence of all of you. “And now, friends, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. In this way God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, that his Messiah would suffer. Repent therefore, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out.”

Reader:  The word of the Lord

The Epistle: Arthur Bostwick / Vaughnisha Bethel

Reader:  A Reading from the word of God written in 1 John, chapter 3, verses 1 to 7

See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure. Everyone who commits sin is guilty of lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. You know that he was revealed to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. No one who abides in him sins; no one who sins has either seen him or known him. Little children, let no one deceive you. Everyone who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.

Reader:  The word of the Lord

The Gospel   Luke 24:36 – 48

Jesus himself stood among the disciples and said to them, “Peace be with you.” They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate in their presence.  Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.

The Intercessions: Form B    Chinara Grant / Sidney Sawyer

 The Element Bearers Today

7:15     Wilma Marshall & family
10:30    Tamika Dean & family

 7:00 pm  Solemn Evensong, Sermon and Benediction

The Officiant                              Sidney Sawyer
Exodus 18: 1 – 12                       Vonise Bethel
John 21:  15 – 25                        Masko Archer

Sunday April 25 2021  Easter 4 – Good Shepherd Sunday

 The Lesson:  Andrea Francis / Sharon Ferguson

Reader:  A Reading from the word of God written in the Book of Acts, chapter 4, verses 5 to 12

The rulers, elders, and scribes assembled in Jerusalem, with Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly family. When they had made the prisoners stand in their midst, they inquired, “By what power or by what name did you do this?” Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders, if we are questioned today because of a good deed done to someone who was sick and are asked how this man has been healed, let it be known to all of you, and to all the people of Israel, that this man is standing before you in good health by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead. This Jesus is `the stone that was rejected by you, the builders; it has become the cornerstone.’  There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved.”

Reader:  The word of the Lord

The Epistle: Cher Strachan / Elva Lightbourn

Reader:  A Reading from the word of God written in 1 John, chapter 3, verses 16 to 24

We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us– and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help? Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action. And by this we will know that we are from the truth and will reassure our hearts before him whenever our hearts condemn us; for God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. Beloved, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have boldness before God; and we receive from him whatever we ask, because we obey his commandments and do what pleases him. And this is his commandment, that we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. All who obey his commandments abide in him, and he abides in them. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit that he has given us.

Reader:  The word of the Lord

The Gospel   John 10: 11 – 18

Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away—and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. The hired hand runs away because a hired hand does not care for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it up again. I have received this command from my Father.”

The Intercessions: Pat Francis / Winifred Butler

Let us join our hearts and voices in prayer to the Lord, our Father and Shepherd:

For our parish community, that together we may live the gospel of the Good Shepherd in a spirit of peace and concern for one another: let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord have mercy.

For our Bishops, Priests, Deacons, Catechists and Lay Readers that they may lead the Church to God through Christ the “sheepgate”: let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord have mercy.

For all who govern and conduct the affairs of our nation, that they may enact laws and public policies which uphold the sacred dignity of every person as a child of God: let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord have mercy.

For those who speak for the persecuted and who suffer with the oppressed, that Christ, who gives his life for his sheep, may be their power and strength: let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord have mercy.

For the sick, the suffering, the recovering, and the dying, that, by Christ’s sufferings, they may be healed: let us pray to the Lord:

All: Lord have mercy.

For our deceased relatives and friends, that they may dwell forever in the house of God: let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord have mercy.

For the prayers we now make in the silence of our hearts [pause ………..]: let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord have mercy.

That joining with the Blessed Virgin Mary, Blessed Joseph her spouse, Blessed Matthew and John the Baptist our patrons and all the saints, we may commit our lives fully to the risen Christ our Good Shepherd and show his love to each other, let us pray to the Lord.

Father of love and Lord of life, hear our Easter prayers. Give us the vision of faith and the courage of hope to embrace the life of the Risen Christ, “and have it to the full.”  We ask this in the name of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit as the one God for ever and ever.  Amen.

 The Element Bearers Today

7:15     Pamela Rutherford & family
10:30    Sonia Thompson & family

 7:00 pm  Solemn Evensong, Sermon and Benediction / St. Mark Ev

The Officiant                              Khayl Seymour
Isaiah 52: 7 – 10                        Christopher Saunders
Mark 16: 15 – 20                        Iris Finlayson