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Humanity’s Place in God’s Creation-By Mr. Roy McGregor Youth Minister, GT Charge

Wednesday Jul 08, 2020
 
Please read Genesis 1:26-28 and Colossians 1:15-23

Stewardship and Discipleship (Proclamation of the good news)

The story is told of a young man who was burned out from riding his bike across the country, he stopped at a church and
gave his bike to the caretaker, including everything on it, a backpack tent, saddlebags, and a number of bike tools. Included
among the tools were a couple of gadgets that the caretaker had no idea what they were for. Since then, the caretaker has figured
out what one of them does, but the purpose for the other one still eludes him. Tools that you don’t know the purpose for are
of no use.

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A Gentle Giant of the Faith-Tribute to the late Rev. Ashley Smith

Wednesday Jul 01, 2020
 
The General Secretary of the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands ,Rev. Norbert Stephens  wrote this tribute to the Rev. Ashley Smith: 
On this 27th day of June 2020, we sadly acknowledge the passing of A Gentle Giant of
the Faith, the Rev. Ashley Alexander Smith. Rev. Ashley Smith served the UCJCI, the wider church and
the people of the Caribbean in various capacities since his ordination to the Christian Ministry in the antecedent
Presbyterian Church in Jamaica sixty-five years ago. For forty-one of the sixty-five years he served as
congregational pastor, in rural, inner-city, suburban and regional congregations /charges, namely, Lowe River, Retirement, St. John’s, Hope, St. Paul’s
(Lockett Avenue) and the Presbyterian Church in Grenada. He served as Chair of numerous Synodical committees and as Moderator of Synod for two periods, 1969-1972 and 1979-
1980.

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Billy Graham On Race

Wednesday Jun 24, 2020
 
“For God shows no partiality.” (Romans 2:11) “So God created man in his own image, in the image of
God he created him…” (Genesis 1:27) The Bible is clear that there is no room for racism in God’s plan
for His people. Each person you interact with today, each one you pass on the road or in the store, every single man, woman
and child is a unique creation of God Almighty. He loves them—and you—with a divine love so strong we can’t possibly
comprehend it. While our imperfection, our rebellion and our sin creates a divide between us and the One who created us—and therefore
a division between us and others—God formed a plan to close that gap and draw us back to Him. That plan was Jesus Christ,
who heals and changes our hearts and gives us the ability to love others and God as we should.

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Father’s Day – Boldness- By Mr. Bryan Bothwell

Wednesday Jun 17, 2020
 
Please read Genesis 21: 8 – 21

This is probably not the Bible passage we would seek out to
celebrate Father’s Day! Neither does it immediately epitomize
our popular conception of “boldness”; and today we are
exploring the boldness with which we must live by, daily, if we
would follow and serve Christ. 

Voices of Our Children and Youth 
Fathers play an important role in their children’s life
because fathers are central to the emotional being of their
children. He is a pillar of strength, support and discipline.
(George Town Charge)

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SIGNS AND WONDERS By Mr. Herbert Crawford

Wednesday Jun 10, 2020
 
Do you think that we should pray like that today? I mean the
way they prayed in verses 29–30: “Stretch out your hand to
heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your
holy servant Jesus.”
Should we pray for boldness of witness and signs and wonders
like healing? Or should we pray only for boldness of witness?
Were the signs and wonders specially designed by God to
confirm the authority of the apostles so that after the apostles
have done their work in providing the church with the
foundation of revelation in the New Testament the signs and
wonders cease?

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Tribute to Mrs. Yvonne Miller

Wednesday Jun 03, 2020
 
Mrs. Yvonne Miller was a faithful and dedicated member of the Cayman Islands Regional Mission Council Women’s
Fellowship of the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. In the Handbook of the Women’s Fellowship it is recorded that the
Branch of Gun Bay was formed in 1955 and it was in this organization that Yvonne became a highly active member. Despite the heavy
responsibility of a fulltime job with The Cayman Islands Government Hospital and the raising of her four young sons, Yvonne made time to
participate in all aspects of the Women’s Fellowship. 

Obedience to the Command to Go- By Ms. Camile Watt, Youth Worker (SAV/RY, CIRMC)
The Command to Go is seen given to the disciples at a time in their lives when they grappled with the reality of losing their
Leader. One would say “He is not dead, He is risen”, but their reality at the time presented many emotions and challenges as
they were faced with a crisis.

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Pentecost 2020

Thursday May 28, 2020
 
Today we join the Church universal in the celebration of Pentecost, one of the high festivals of the Church. It marks the
birth of the Church which took place in the midst of the Pax Roma and after the Crucifixion, Resurrection and Ascension of
Jesus. After Jesus ascended from the Mount of Olives, the Apostles and Disciples returned to the Jerusalem as an uncertain group.
They were uncertain about their long term future and they were intimidated by the vicissitudes in the daily activities. 

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You Will Be My Witnesses! by Rev. Godfrey Meghoo

Wednesday May 20, 2020
 
Please read Acts 1:6-14
For several weeks now many families are worshipping at home instead of in churches because of a dangerous virus. The first
Christians had to worship in secret because of the danger of persecution and the threat of death.
For about 300 years, Christian corporate worship took place mainly in the homes of believers. According to Acts ch. 4 the
believers regularly gathered in homes scattered around the city as well as in the Temple courts until the authorities started the
first persecution against them. After the Temple had been destroyed in AD 70, a new persecution instigated by the Roman
Empire made matters worse for the believers. It was not until 300 years later during the reign of the Roman Emperor
Constantine that Christianity became a ‘religio licita’, a ‘legally allowed religion’. 

CMC Popular Report
The meeting of the Central Mission Council (CMC) of the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands was held on
May 8, 2020. The Council received the reports of the four (4) Regional Mission Councils, the three (3) Commissions of
Synod, three (3) Auxiliaries, the United Church Mission Enterprise (UCME), the International University of the
Caribbean (IUC), the Finance Committee of Synod, and the General Secretary. The meeting was held virtually using the
Zoom platform.

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A Reflection on Discipleship By Mr. Ormond Williams

Wednesday May 13, 2020
 
It is said that what we do will always speak more loudly than what we say. This does not negate the importance of what we
say but it shows how all aspects of our lives must be in alignment. This approach is also applicable to the disciple of
Jesus Christ. There are many people who would never read the Bible but they would certainly study our lives. And the way we
live will determine whether they read the Holy Scriptures or decide on a personal journey with Jesus Christ.

Far too many disciples of Jesus Christ still have a Christian journey that is limited to Sunday – that mountain-top
experience. But during the week and as the week wears on the glorious shine of the mountain-top experience fades
to expose the fragile human nature we all possess. We become stumbling blocks to those who need to hear the
Word of God and to see in Christ’s disciples a lifestyle that emulates that of Jesus Christ. What we do must not betray what we say as the disciples of Christ.

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Mother's Day Messsage - by Ms. Angela Martins

Friday May 08, 2020
 
During these weeks of being locked down it has been a different time for us as mothers. Nothing seems the same as we knew it. We
have struggled to find balance at times. We are mothers working from home, mothers homeschooling our children, women who just
became a mother, mothers with young children and without our helpers, mothers who are daughters caring for elderly parents, mothers who are sisters
who can only see parents and siblings on video chat, mothers without enough money to buy food, mothers with no transportation, mothers needing to find another place to live.
Mothers with nothing but prayer in these dark days of Covid-19.

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