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OUTSIDE THE PULPIT: Beautiful speeches that bear no fruit

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OUTSIDE THE PULPIT: Beautiful speeches  that bear no fruit

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Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place and I did not know it.” – Genesis 28:16
Was I dreaming when I heard words to the effect, “There are many great speeches delivered but what happens after?”
No, I was not dreaming. It came from Dr Ralph Gonsalves, St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister and chairman of CARICOM, while speaking to reporters at the Global Celebration Ceremony in Independence Square on Thursday, June 5, to commemorate World Environment Day.
I really like Dr Gonsalves for his honesty. For we all know that when we attend some functions from time to time the guest speaker usually gives a very beautiful speech and everybody applauds to show approval publicly.
But what happens afterwards? Usually nothing, because there are people who are good talkers and they love to talk. Those speeches are usually filled with some very beautiful language. We should never forget that any speaker or writer can use the language in order to make himself or herself look good, because they are just talkers.
There are so many regional conferences that have not borne any fruit and I do believe that many great speeches were delivered.
Barbados has been trying for years to get a fishing agreement with Trinidad and Tobago, which involved many meetings or great speeches – yet to no avail.
Even during an interview for a job, the person who is being interviewed can use some very beautiful language, which can fool the interviewing panel.
In the end we should never be fooled by those many beautiful speeches for there are just what they are – speeches!
The Barbados Mothers’ Union will be closing its 100th anniversary celebrations with a Royal Barbados Police Force Band concert tonight at the Prince Cave Hall, District “A” Station, St Michael, at 7:30 p.m. Its 101st anniversary celebrations will start with a thanksgiving church service at St?Michael’s Cathedral on June 22 at 4 p.m.
The preacher will be Bishop Dr John Holder.
The Anglican Men’s Association will be observing Fathers’ Day with a service at the Church of St Matthew, Jackmans, St Michael, on Sunday.
The service will begin at 4:30 p.m. preceded by a procession of witness in the neighbourhood at 4 p.m. Canon Wayne Isaacs will preside over the service and Rev. Joseph King of St Cyprians will be the preacher.
The Mount Tabor Moravian Church, St John, invites the public to its annual Father’s Day luncheon and Chinese auction on Sunday, from 1 p.m. The host pastor is the Rev. Dr Cicely Athill-Horsford.  
The Rev. Sonia Hinds has been appointed priest-in-charge of the Parish of Grace Church, Riviere Doree with St Paul and Christ the King, St Lucia in the Diocese of the Windward Islands.
The appointment takes effect on August 1.
Feast of Title
The Church of the Holy Trinity’s Feast of Title 2014 continues with the theme Moving On In God’s Spirit Of Renewal. Tonight will be Contemporary Worship at 7:30 p.m. The preacher is Rev. Jerome Small and in attendance will be members of the Youth Commission, Youth Group and Sunday School.
On Sunday (Trinity Sunday) there will be Sung Eucharist at 9 a.m. The preacher is Sister Kim Tudor. There will also be a luncheon at noon, a Father’s Day Christian movie at 3 p.m and Songs of Praise at 5 p.m. The reverend is Davidson Bowen and in attendance will be the choirs, Youth Chorale and Trinity Steel.
Patronal Festival
The St Barnabas Church’s Patronal Festival and 175th anniversary celebration continues with the theme Reaching Out To The Next Generation.  “One generation shall praise your works to another and shall declare your power.” – Psalm 145: 4
Tomorrow will be the parish picnic at Farley Hill National Park at 9 a.m. On Sunday (Trinity Sunday) is Holy Eucharist and Baptism at 6:30 a.m.; Holy Eucharist at 9:15 a.m. and Festal Evening Prayer, Procession and Solemn Te Deum at 6 p.m.
The preacher is Rev. Canon Peter Haynes.