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

12 March 2017

Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church

Today's Scripture: Genesis 12: 1-4a, Romans 4: 1-5, 13-17 OR S. John 3: 1-17

Today: 9.30 am Matins; 6 pm Evening Prayer

This Week: Tues - Fri 12.30 pm Midday Prayers; Sat 10 am Prison Ministry.

Next Sunday: 8.35 am Matins; 9.00 am Church School; 9.30 am Holy Eucharist; 6.00 pm Evening Prayer


Second Sunday In Lent

ALMIGHTY God, who seest that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies, and inwardly in our souls; that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

FAITH IN FOCUS: MOVE ALONG, PLEASE!

We call Abraham our “father in faith” and put him up as a role model to be followed. In today’s scripture God tests his faith. He tells him to leave his home, his family, and all his familiar surroundings, and go off on a long journey to a place that God will point out to him. This will be a promised land where he and his descendants will prosper.

This type of faith, being prepared to journey through life wherever God guides us, is very different from the cosier style that Peter often wanted in the Gospel account. It means being prepared to be uprooted time and time again by the events of life and the demands that God makes upon us. It’s a journey rather than a destination. And we all feel more comfortable arriving somewhere than we do setting out into the unknown.

Lent is a small stage in this lifelong journey of faith. What is God trying to tell you and me this Lent? How are we being asked to move along on the journey rather than stay comfortably still where we feel secure?

For God never asks us to stand still. God’s greatest delight is for us to grow, to move into an ever-deeper relationship with him. Once we reach a certain level in our faith, it is time not to build a shelter, but to move on to the next stage. And Lent is a mini stage on this long journey.

Even though the final destination is clearly beyond our sight, where is it that God is calling us to be at the end of these forty days? None of us knows. But the one certain thing is that if we’re to be faithful to God, then we’ll have to move.

WORD OF GOD

Leave your country, your family and your father’s house, for the land I will show you. (Genesis 12:1)


WORD FOR TODAY

Faith in Jesus is an adventure. It’s about taking risks and chances, about moving forward into uncharted waters. Once we feel on top of our faith, it’s a sure sign that we’ve started to rest on our laurels and are beginning to miss out on the excitement.


THOSE WHO SEEK VENGEANCE must dig two graves: one for their enemies and one for themselves. (Chinese Proverb)


THE BEST WAY to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend. (Abraham Lincoln)


ANGER IS A VERY SLIPPERY, a very dangerous thing to get involved in because - what does it serve? Who does it serve? Does it just make me feel better, or does it change things? Very often people get caught up in anger which gives them a feeling of energy, but doesn’t actually change them or anything else. That’s what has got to be looked at. And it’s because of that, I think, that forgiveness is always put before us as what we have got to work towards. But, the trouble is that in a sentimental society, people sometimes think forgiveness is just shrugging your shoulders and just saying: “Oh, well that’s alright then.” And it’s not that. It can’t be that. ... The work of forgiveness has to be between the people most hurt and the people who have been doing the most hurting. (Rowan Williams)


THIS WEEK'S READINGS

Mon: Jeremiah 7: 21-end, John 6: 41-51, Hebrews 1

Tues: Jeremiah 8: 1-15, John 6: 52-59, Hebrews 2: 1-9

Wed: Jeremiah 8:18 - 9:11, John 6: 60-end, Hebrews 2: 10-end

Thurs: Jeremiah 9: 12-24, John 7: 1-13, Hebrews 3: 1-6

Fri : Jeremiah 10: 1-16, John 7: 14-24, Hebrews 3: 7-end

Sat: Jeremiah 10: 17-24, John 7: 25-36, Hebrews 4: 1-13

NEXT SUNDAY : Exodus 17: 1-7, Romans 5: 1-11, S. John 4: 5-42