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OUTSIDE THE PULPIT: Enjoy the festival minus guns, lewdness


REV. ERRINGTON MASSIAH

OUTSIDE THE PULPIT: Enjoy the festival minus guns, lewdness

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Praise him in the sound of the trumpet, praise him upon the flute and harp, Praise him in the cymbals and dances. Praise him upon the strings and pipe. Praise him upon the well-tuned cymbals.  Praise him upon the loud cymbals.  Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord. – (Psalms 150: Verses 3 to 6)

THE CURTAIN WILL BE coming down on the Crop Over Festival on Monday and I will be at two of the events this weekend – the Pic-O-De-Crop finals and Grand Kadooment.

On Saturday night I will be in my usual stand which is located at the corner of “Bedstead Street” and “Mattress Street,” St Joseph’s Rectory, Horse Hill, St Joseph.

This stand is very comfortable and enjoyable. On Monday I will be somewhere along Bank Hall, St Michael with my pen and notepad.

I am appealing to one and all to let us have a violence-free weekend.

Please leave out the gun violence.

It is our festival and we must enjoy ourselves without that type of behaviour.

I am also appealing to the female revellers not to expose their body parts. Enjoy yourself without the exposure, please. I am giving support to two veteran bandleaders, Gwyneth Squires and Renée Ratcliffe, who are against revellers taking to the streets in skimpy and revealing underwear for Grand Kadooment.

We must not forget that thong costumes are not for the road; they are for the bedroom.

So, female revellers should remember that children will be on the road watching and you need to be act responsibly. I am sure that there will be some adults who will not agree with me, but what about the moral side of life?

These days we have removed the norms and values in everything. What a pity?

I am at a loss why females would want to wear thongs as costumes. Where is your pride?  I do not think it is too late for those who are planning to wear them to change their minds. Do enjoy the rest of Crop Over.

Flea Market

St Swithun’s Church, St Lucy, will hold a flea market tomorrow starting at 9 a.m. at the church hall. 

Feast Of Title

Christ Church Parish Church will hold its feast of title and dedication festival 2016 from Sunday to August 7.

On the first day, apart from the usual morning services, there will be evensong and procession in the evening at six o’clock with Rev. Luther Johnson as preacher.

On Monday and Tuesday, public holidays, activities will be held at 7 a.m. each day. On Monday will be matins, Eucharist, address and fellowship breakfast to be addressed by Ivan Waterman.

The next day, the Ambassador to CARICOM, Bobby Morris, will lead a lecture and discussion on The Church and Emancipation. 

On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, services will be held nightly at 7:30, with preachers Major Marie Davis, Rev. Clive Thomas and Rev. David Yarde, respectively.

Lecture

The Whitepark Wesleyan Holiness Church will be hosting a lecture presentation on prostate cancer by Lennox Rochester, a cancer survivor, on Sunday at 6 p.m.  

Death

It is with great regret that we learnt of the death of Bishop Randolph George, a former Anglican bishop of Guyana, on July 18 at the age of 92.

Bishop George served as a parish priest in Barbados at St Philip-The-Less, Boscobel, St Peter many years ago.

This column expresses its deepest sympathy to his family.

May he rest in Jesus Christ and rise in Glory.  

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