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
5 March 2017
Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church
Today's Scripture: Genesis 2: 15-17; 3:1-7 Romans 5: 12-19 OR S. Matthew 4: 1-11
Today: 9.30 am Matins; 6 pm Evening Prayer
Next Sunday: 9.30 am Matins; 6.00 pm Evening Prayer
O Lord, who for our sake didst fast forty days and forty nights: Give us grace to use such abstinence, that, our flesh being subdued to the Spirit, we may ever obey thy godly motions in righteousness and true holiness, to thy honour and glory, who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end.
FAITH IN FOCUS: GIVE UP GIVING UP
We can’t help thinking of Lent as a time for “giving up” things. Ever since we were small we have been told that Lent is a time for giving up sweets, giving up watching TV, giving up cakes, giving up alcohol, giving up....
There’s nothing wrong with giving up things. It can be a good way of concentrating our minds on higher issues. Of course, the bible warns us about giving up things whilst not doing anything about those in need. There’s no point in doing without food and drink if you don’t also clothe the naked and release the oppressed, says God.
So what makes giving up good or bad is the motive behind it. But better than “giving up things” is “giving up self”. Rather than miss out on the movie, bypass the brandy or pass on the pudding, think of giving up something of your own self and handing it on to others.
It doesn’t take a genius to realise that if each one of us did one small thing to help a person in need during Lent, then we could do much to alleviate the plight of the naked and oppressed. For today’s naked and oppressed are the homeless, those struggling to make ends meet, those who will die of starvation, those whose basic human rights are denied them, those who face the world alone and confused, and those who find it hard to survive.
Our Lenten fast takes flesh if we are prepared to give something of ourselves to another person. It does not have to be someone thousands of miles away. Our giving can be a few minutes of “quality time” with a young person who feels that adults don’t really care, or a visit to an elderly person who craves for human contact, the touch of a human hand and a chat with somebody who is bothered and who will listen.
So, by all means, give something up for Lent. But like Christ who fasted for forty days in the desert, make it a gift of yourself.
WORD OF GOD
As by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by one man’s obedience many will be made righteous.
WORD FOR TODAY
During Lent we follow Christ in his self-denial. We purge ourselves of all the obstacles we know get in the way of our being the sort of people God has called us to be. For by dying to self we will rise to a greater quality of life.
WHAT MAKES RESISTING TEMPTATION DIFFICULT, for many people, is that they don't want to discourage it completely.
(Franklin P Jones)
I COUNT HIM BRAVER who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self.
THIS WEEK'S READINGS
Mon: Jeremiah 4: 19-end, John 5: 1-18, Galatians 3:23 - 4:7
Tues: Jeremiah 5: 1-19, John 5: 19-29, Galatians 4: 8-20
Wed: Jeremiah 5: 20-end, John 5: 30-end, Galatians 4:21 - 5:1
Thurs: Jeremiah 6: 9-21, John 6: 1-15, Galatians 5: 2-15
Fri : Jeremiah 6: 22-end, John 6: 16-27, Galatians 5: 16-end
Sat: Jeremiah 7: 1-20, John 6: 27-40, Galatians 6
NEXT SUNDAY : Genesis 12: 1-4a, Romans 4: 1-5, 13-17 OR S. John 3: 1-17