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
Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church
Today's Scripture: Jeremiah 31: 7-14 Ephesians 1: 3-14 S. John 1: 10-18
Today(2nd Sunday after Christmas Day): 9am Matins; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm E.P
This Week: Tues, Thurs, Fri 12.30 pm Midday Prayers; Wed, THE EPIPHANY 5 pm Holy Communion, Sat 10 am Prison Ministry.
Next Sunday: 8.35 am Matins; 9 a.m. Church School; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm E.P.
Advance Notice: Tues, 12th January, 5.30 pm Church Council meets; Fri 15th Jan. Potluck supper 7.30 pm at church.
Collect for Circumcision of Christ until Epiphany
Almighty God, who madest thy blessed Son to be circumcised, and obedient to the law for man: Grant us the true circumcision of the Spirit; that, our hearts, and all our members, being mortified from all worldly and carnal lusts, we may in all things obey thy blessed will; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
FAITH IN FOCUS: TAKING THE TREE DOWN
Did you have a Christmas tree, and, if so, how long did you keep it up? Just until Boxing Day or did you leave it for the whole 12 days of Christmas?
Epiphany (January 6) has become associated with the end of the Christmas season, with vacuuming up all the pine needles from the carpet, carefully storing the lights and decorations back in the loft and finding a safe place for wrapping paper that will come in handy next year. Yet the feast of Epiphany isn’t really about endings. It’s about beginnings.
The word “epiphany” is from the Greek word that means “showing/display/manifestation”. When the wise men arrive from distant parts with their gifts for Jesus, the gospel is showing us that the glory of God, in the baby, is being acknowledged by people from the ends of the known earth. God’s glory is being made manifest.
We can easily fall into the old trap of thinking that Epiphany is about the past, about events that happened 2,000 years ago. Of course, that’s only part of the picture. All feasts are about today, not just the past. But how are we to understand Epiphany?
Quite simply, each of us today is being called to be an “epiphany” for the world. By celebrating this feast we ask God to unite us with Jesus, as shining examples of Christ’s love for the world. We ask that we may be so close to Jesus that we become stars leading others to get to know God’s Son.
So the feast of the Epiphany, like all feasts, looks to the future. When the baby was born in Bethlehem, God revealed his eternal plan of salvation and showed us how to live so that we might enjoy everlasting life. Jesus is the light of the world and by following him humanity is able to be refashioned and renewed in God’s image.
This too is our future. Are we prepared to live in a way that brings light to others? To “display” the type of God we have? To let people see God’s glory? In a nutshell, are we ready not only to celebrate the Epiphany in church but also to “be” an epiphany of God in the world?
SINCE EPIPHANY MEANS “TO REVEAL”, in many western Churches, it is remembered as the three wise men who bring gifts. They therefore “reveal” Jesus as the Lord and King to the world. When it comes to a few eastern Churches, the Theophany commemorates Jesus’ baptism as Epiphany, which is marked by the Magi visit that is connected to Christmas. The Theophany or Epiphany occurs on January 19th in this tradition.
THIS WEEK’S BIBLE READINGS
Mon: Ruth 3, Coloss 3:12 - 4:1, John 2: 1-12
Tues: Ruth 4: 1-17, Colossians 4: 2-end, John 4: 7-26
Wed(THE EPIPHANY): Isaiah 60:1-6, Ephesians 3: 1-12, S. Matthew 2: 1-12
Thur: Baruch* 1:15 - 2:10, Matthew 20: 1-16, 1 John 3
Fri: Baruch* 2: 11-end, Matthew 20: 17-28, 1 John 4: 7-end
Sat: Baruch* 3: 1-8, Matthew 20: 29-end, 1 John 5: 1-12
NEXT SUNDAY : Isaiah 43: 1-7, Acts 8: 14-17, S. Luke 3: 15-17, 21-22
*Alternative readings: Thurs Jer 23:1-8, Fri Jer 30:1-17, Sat Jer 30:18 - 31:9