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

5 November 2017


Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church

Today's Scripture: Micah 3: 5-end     1 Thessalonians 2: 9-13      S. Matthew 24: 1-14

Today: 8.35 am Matins & Litany; 9.00 am Church School; 9.30 am Holy Eucharist; 6.00 pm E.Pr.

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

Next Sunday (Remembrance Sunday): 8.35 am Matins; 9.00 am Short Ch Sch; 9.25 am Holy Eucharist; 10.50 am Civic Service

(Memorial Cross); 6.00 pm EP


Collect for Twenty-First Sunday after Trinity

GRANT, we beseech thee, merciful Lord, to thy faithful people pardon and peace; that they may be cleansed from all their sins, and serve thee with a quiet mind; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


FAITH IN FOCUS: LET YOUR SOUL DO THE WALKING

There has never been so much information around as there is today. Just think of how much junk mail arrives through your letterbox or inbox trying to get you to part with your money.

Then when you go out there’s no shortage of posters on walls, in shop windows, billboards, on buses and taxi cabs. Newsagents are bursting with papers and magazines to keep you informed on every conceivable topic. The Yellow Pages let your fingers do the walking. The television has jumped on the bandwagon and flashes information in every corner of the screen at the same time as the presenter is trying to get his or her point over. And then, of course, there’s the vast information highway that opens up once you log on to the internet.

Faced with all of this communication glut, where do we look to for information we can trust? How do we make sure that we don’t miss out on the really important things of life? Who can we trust to give us the truth?

St Paul praises the people of Thessalonika in today’s reading for accepting that what he preached was from God and for living as a community, a cell of the Church, dedicated to following this message of God. Their guide in moral and religious matters was the word of God proclaimed in their community worship.

Although the same is true for us Christians today, we somehow seem more removed from the scriptures than previous generations. When we come across some moral dilemma we are just as likely to rely on what we hear from some agony aunt on Facebook as we are to turn to the scriptures. And the endless stream of opinion from daily cable channels are destined to have a cumulative effect on our thoughts and actions.

Each time we come to church God promises to nourish us with his word and his sacraments if we keep our ears and hearts open. If we let our souls do the walking, it may save us a lot of time and heartache.


WORD OF GOD

As soon as you heard the message

that we brought you as God’s message,

you accepted it for what it really is,

God’s message and not some human thinking.

(I Thess 2:13))

WORD FOR TODAY

Where do we look to in order to find guidance in our lives? We can count on all the human wisdom in the world, or we can turn to the scriptures where Jesus has unfolded the message from God.


The true hypocrite is the one who ceases to perceive his deception, the one who lies with sincerity. (Andre Gide)


THIS WEEK'S READINGS

Mon: Isaiah 1: 1-20, Matthew 1: 18-end, Revelation 1

Tues: Isaiah 1: 21-end, Matthew 2: 1-15, Revelation 2: 1-11

Wed: Isaiah 2: 1-11, Matthew 2: 16-end, Revelation 2: 12-end

Thurs: Isaiah 2: 12-end, Matthew 3, Revelation 3: 1-13

Fri: Isaiah 3: 1-15, Matthew 4: 1-11, Revelation 3:14-end

Sat: Isaiah 4:2 - 5:7, Matthew 4: 12-22, Revelation 4

NEXT SUNDAY: Amos 5: 18-24, 1 Thessalonians 4: 13-end, S. Matthew 25: 1-13