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Meet the Rector, Father Keith N. Cartwright
The Venerable Archdeacon Keith Nathaniel Cartwright was born in Nassau, New Providence, The Bahamas on Maundy Thursday 3rd April, 1958 to Catechist Raphael and Chlorine Cartwright. Archdeacon Cartwright is the eldest of the Cartwright’s three children. Archdeacon Cartwright was baptized and confirmed at St. Agnes Anglican Church. The Archdeacon recounts that he began serving around St. Agnes’ altar at the age of 6. Cartwright’s formal education began at St. John’s Preparatory School from 1964-1969, later matriculating to St. John’s College in 1969 where he graduated in 1976. While at St. John’s, Cartwright served as the school’s Head Boy.
Gospel: Luke 1:57-80
The time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son. Her neighbours and relatives heard that the Lord had shown His great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her. On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him Zechariah after his father. But his mother said, “No; he is to be called John.” They said to her, “None of your relatives has this name.” Then they began motioning to his father to find out what name he wanted to give him. He asked for a writing tablet and wrote, “His name is John.” And all of them were amazed. Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue freed, and he began to speak, praising God. Fear came over all their neighbours, and all these things were talked about throughout the entire hill country of Judea. All who heard them pondered them and said, “What then will this child become?” For, indeed, the hand of the Lord was with him. Then his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke this prophecy: “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for He has looked favourably on His people and redeemed them. He has raised up a mighty Saviour for us in the house of His servant David, as He spoke through the mouth of His holy prophets from of old, that we would be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us. Thus He has shown the mercy promised to our ancestors, and has remembered his Holy covenant, the oath that He swore to our ancestor Abraham, to grant us that we, being rescued from the hands of our enemies, might serve Him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before Him all our days.” And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare His ways, to give knowledge of salvation to His people by the forgiveness of their sins. By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” The child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness until the day he appeared publicly to Israel.
COLLECT FOR THE NATIVITY OF JOHN THE BAPTIST
Almighty God, by whose providence your servant John the Baptist was wonderfully born, and sent to prepare the way of your Son our Saviour by preaching repentance: Make us so to follow his teaching and holy life, that we may truly repent according to his preaching; and, following his example, constantly speak the truth, boldly rebuke vice, and patiently suffer for the truth’s sake; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
COLLECT FOR THE SECOND SUNDAY AFTER THE PENTECOST
O Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your Holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your loving-kindness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
COLLECT FOR THE THIRD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
Almighty God, you have built your Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone: Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their teaching, that we may be made a holy temple acceptable to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Readers for Respective Masses Needed
Wednesday at 12:30 p.m.
Saturday at 9:00 a.m.
If you are interested in reading at either mass, please place you name and number on the sign up sheet located at the southern Church door or contact the Church Office at 325-2640 at your earliest convenience.
Offering Envelopes for Adults & Children
For 2022 are now available for collection at the back of the Church. Please collect yours today! All persons 18yrs old and over and working are asked to visit or call the Church Office (325-2640) to establish a membership profile and be assigned offering envelopes.
THE 2022 ENVELOPES WILL COME INTO EFFECT ON SUNDAY, 2nd JANUARY 2022. Everyone is encouraged to stay current with his/her envelopes. Thank you to everyone who has given to the Mission and Ministry of the Church over the past year.
THE REWARD OF TITHING
Tithing is as meaningful to you as it is to those who benefit from your contribution. Tithing brings:
Tithing is a concrete way to acknowledge God’s presence into our lives. Serving is response to God’s grace and generosity, brings a happiness that can not be achieved through more self centered activities.
Tithing is a way of sharing concern for others throughout the world. As we become sensitive to others’ needs, we grow closer to Christ. It is an important way to express your gratitude to God for the gifts and blessings you have received. To renew your faith and grow closer to Christ. To help your Church remain strong and fulfill its mission. Give with a loving and generous heart.
God will reward you with joy and fulfillment. The measure you give will be the measure you get back.” (Luke 6:38)
Sunday, June 26th, 2022
HOLY DAYS THIS WEEK
St. Irenaeus of Lyons:
Teacher of the Faith 202 AD
St. Peter and St. Paul: Apostles
Patronal Festival of St. Peter’s Churches in Port Plymouth-Green
Turtle Cay, Knowles-Cat Island, Simms-Long Island, Bowen
Sound-Andros, and St. Simon by the Sea in Treasure Cay-Abaco.
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Members are encouraged to continue to pray for Christian Unity during the week that ends this Tuesday, 25th January, 2022 (Feast of the Conversation of St. Paul). Please remember the work of the Bahamas Christian Council, the Caribbean Council of Churches, and The World Council of Churches.
A suggested prayer is as follows:
Almighty Father, whose blessed Son before His passion prayed for His disciples that they might be one, as you and He are one: Grant that your Church, being bound together in love and obedience to you, may be united in One Body by the One Spirit, that the world may believe in Him whom you have sent, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
St. Agnes Bible Study Meeting
Bible Study will resume this Wednesday,
16th February, 2022 via Zoom at 6:00 p.m. sharp!
Meeting ID: 823 8330 0876
For more information please contact Camille King or St. Agnes Bible Study WhatsApp Group chat.
Ushers for Next Sunday, 3rd July, 2022
Mass 7:00 a.m.
Kyron Strachan, Paula Balfe
Herbert Stuart, Duane Miller
Inez Johnson, Garnell Kemp
Independence Sunday 2022
Sunday, 10th of July, 2022 we will celebrate our 49th Anniversary of Independence of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas at our 7:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Masses. Members are asked to wear colours of our Bahamian Flag. Let us pray for our Bahamas as we together celebrate 49 years of governing our own affairs.
St. Agnes Parish Upcoming News & Events
Thelma Balfour, Dame Marguerite Pindling
Brent I. Smith, Henry Williams Jr.
Goran Bethell, Gina Dean, Alexander Greene
Pharrin Moxey, Lady Sheila Sabola
Tamara Bullard, Ronald Coakley
Catherine Coakley, Simone Hall, Wynter Hepburn
Brandon Miller, Brenda Samuels
Deborah Bethel, Charlene Knowles, Shevon Ramsey
Tazmyn Sawyer, Monique Rahming
Juliette Seymour, Rondeno Smith, Ian Thompson
Veronica Cooper, Monique Gomez Paulette Lightbourne, Tyler Sawyer
Mr. & Mrs. Everette Burrows (40yrs)
Mr. & Mrs. Percy Knowles (46yrs)
Mr. & Mrs. Gurney Armstrong (47yrs)
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Newbold (25yrs)
Mr. & Mrs. Neil Brathwaite (26yrs)
Mr. & Mrs. Henry Williams (3yrs)
Mr. & Mrs. James Frazer Jr. (5yrs)
Mr. & Mrs. Devain Saunders (27yrs)
The Anglican Theological Institute
The Anglican Theological Institute is offering a short course in Evangelism on Mondays from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. The course will run for 6 weeks from Monday, 20th June, 2022. This course will be taught by Rodney Williams. The cost is $50.
St. Agnes 177th Anniversary of Dedication
Will be held on Sunday, 18th July, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. with Solemn Evensong, Sermon, Indoor Procession, and Benediction. All of our Parish Groups: ACW, ACM, CYM, Sunday School, Choirs, Ushers, and Altar Servers are expected to turn out in full force for our Dedication Festival. Persons who still have an income, and have not yet done so, are asked to make their sacrificial offering in the 177th Anniversary Gift Envelope.
St. Agnes Youth Group
The Youth Department wishes to advise that the CYM Youth Group meetings are suspended as we break for the summer. Youth Group will resume in September 2022. The exact date and time will be shared at a later date. Thank you for your continued support.
St. Agnes Senior Choir Practice
Will be held this Thursday at 6:00 p.m. in the Church. All choir members are asked to attend. We are inviting persons to join the senior choir particularly the men of the Church. All protocols are to be observed.
Diocesan Patronal Festival 2022
Our Annual Diocesan Patronal Festival Service will be held this afternoon at Christ Church Cathedral at 5:00 p.m. All Ministries of our Church are asked to be in attendance dressed in full uniforms. The service will take the form of Solemn Evensong, Sermon and Benediction, following all safety protocols. Our presence and prayers are expected.
St. Agnes Living Legends 2022
Members of the Church who will be 70 years of age by 30th November, 2022 are asked to contact the Church Office at (325-2640). We would like to honour you as one of our Living Legends. Deadline to submit your name is the 19th August, 2022.
St. Agnes Sunday School
Continues this morning at the 10:30 a.m. service. Parents are asked to have their children attend. All protocols are being observed.
No Solemn Evensong Service
There will be NO evensong service this evening. Our next Solemn Evensong service will be held next Sunday, 3rd July, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.
St. Agnes Youth Offering Envelopes 2022
The envelopes for our Youth came into effect on Sunday, 2nd January, 2022. If your child did not receive a box for 2022 please contact the Church Office (325-2640) or the Sunday School Superintendent Desiree Stuart.
FORWARD DAY BY DAY
For May 2022 – July 2022 is still available. Those members who have not yet received a copy please contact the Church Office.
St. Agnes Covid Protocols for Church Services
All persons must wear facial masks.
All persons must enter the Church through the Main Entrance Door ONLY.
All persons must have their temperature checked. (Abnormal temperature individuals will be respectfully asked to withdraw).
All persons on entering the Church must PRINT their names, and give their telephone contacts in registering for each service.
All persons MUST SANITIZE THEIR HANDS.
All persons should collect their Sunday Bulletin at THE DOOR.
All persons will be escorted FROM THE DOOR to their seats. Front filled first. ( Please cooperate).
NO PHYSCIAL CONTACT IS ALLOWED (No hand shaking or hugging etc.).
When going up for Communion please do so six feet apart.
If you are able to do so, you may place your collection, your envelope, your tithes in the Collection Box by the Chancel Gate.
When taking Communion hold your open hand out to receive the Body of Christ. (Communion will be given in one kind at the present time).
You may leave the Church after the service through any exit door.
Please take your bulletin home with you.
Please sanitize your hands as you leave the Church.
Please NO gathering after Church services.
Please cooperate with these protocols.