The Cayman Islands are within the ancient Episcopal Jurisdiction

 of The Bishop of London granted him by the Crown in 1634

St Alban’s (Grand Cayman) & St Mary’s (Cayman Brac)

Church & Office - 461 Shedden Road

P O Box 719, Grand Cayman KY1-1103, CAYMAN ISLANDS

Tel  (345) 949 2757

www.ChurchofEnglandCayman.com

Rector@ChurchofEnglandCayman.com

25 December 2015

Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church 

Today's Scripture: Isaiah 52:7-10     Hebrews 1: 1-12     S. John 1: 1-14

CHRISTMAS DAY: 9 a.m. Matins; 9.30 a.m. CHRISTMAS EUCHARIST; Sat S. Stephen’s Day: 12.30 p.m. HC.

This Sunday - S. John's Day: 9 a.m. Matins; 9.30 a.m. Holy Eucharist; 6 p.m. Evening Prayer


Christmas Day

Almighty God, who hast given us thy only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and as at this time to be born of a pure Virgin: Grant that we being regenerate, and made thy children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by thy Holy Spirit; through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit, ever one God, world without end.


TODAY’S INTERCESSIONS
Almighty God, we pray thee to inspire continually Christ’s holy catholic Church, that is, the whole congregation of faithful people dispersed throughout the whole earth, and especially for the Church of England and the Cayman Church;
Bestow thy gracious gift O Lord upon our sovereign Lady, Queen Elizabeth, and all the royal family; upon the ministers of God’s holy Word and sacraments; upon the Parliaments, Legislative Assemblies, Magistrates, Governors and Clergy of Her realms: that all and every one of them, in their several callings, may serve truly to thy glory, and the edifying and well governing of thy people.
Direct, O Lord, all the people of this realm and especially of the Cayman Islands, that they may live in thy true faith and fear, and in brotherly charity one to another.
And, that there may never be wanting a succession of persons duly qualified for thy service, guide and prosper all schools, colleges and universities; that therein true religion and sound learning may for ever flourish.
Grant, O Lord, that by the ministering of the gospel, the poor, the humble and the forgotten may know that they are at home with thee, that sickness may be turned into health, and sorrow into joy.
Here we give thee unfeigned praises for mercies already received; for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for thine inestimable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ, for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.
We praise thee for all those who have departed this life in the faith of Christ, and pray that we may have grace to direct our lives after their good example; that this life ended, we may be made partakers with them of the glorious resurrection in the life everlasting.
All these our prayers and praises we humbly offer to Thee our heavenly Father through Jesus Christ our blessed Lord and Saviour. Amen


FAITH IN FOCUS: A HOLE IN ETERNITY

Christmas is like no other day. It’s different because it’s special. Special, of course, because it is the day of the Lord’s birth. Special because it allows us to take part in a sacred mystery, in the unfolding of God’s plan for the world.

In a real sense Christmas is much more than any other weary day in the grinding passing of time. In a real way eternity, timelessness, enters into time. The Christmas feast punches a hole into eternity, lets heaven’s time mingle with ours and allows us to savour the reality of God’s taking human form. Our 21st century becomes caught up and sanctified in God’s eternity.

For there never has been a time when God did not love you and me, even before we were born. God’s love, made manifest in Bethlehem, is eternal. It is part of the very divine nature, and is constant and unchanging. It transcends the boundaries of time.

Today Jesus, the eternal Word, enters into the world which he created in order to reclaim the hearts and minds, the very souls, of those who have forgotten their identity.


BIBLE READINGS SATURDAY & SUNDAY

Sat - S. STEPHEN : 2 Chron 24: 20-22, Acts 7: 51-end, Matt 10: 17-22

SUNDAY (S.JOHN, Ap) : Exodus 33: 7-11a, 1 John 1, S. John 21: 19b-end