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


3 April
2016

Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church

Today's Scripture: Acts 5: 27-32     Revelation 1: 4-8     S. John 20: 19-end

Today: 8.35 am Matins; 9 am Church Sch; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm Evening Prayer

This Week: Monday - Annunciation (transferred) 5.00 pm Holy Communion; Tues-Fri 12.30 pm Midday Prayers;

Saturday 10 a.m. Prison Ministry.

Next Sunday: 8.35 am Matins; 9.00 am Ch School; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm EP


First Sunday after Easter

Almighty Father, who hast given thine only Son to die for our sins, and to rise again for our justification: Grant us so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness, that we may alway serve thee in pureness of living and truth; through the merits of the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord.


FAITH IN FOCUS: SHALOM

After the tumultuous events of Holy Week, Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem and his subsequent trial and execution, where were the disciples? Not out on the streets preaching and teaching, not mounting a campaign to prove the innocence of the dead Jesus, but all huddled together in a rented room with the doors locked.

They were afraid. Perhaps they feared that the guards would come and look for them as they had done for their master. The gospel simply says the doors were locked "for fear of the Jews".

What Jesus says to them, when like a ghost he appears in the locked room, is "Shalom". They would have known this to be the usual greeting which people exchanged on meeting. Yet Jesus says to them a second time "Shalom".

Shalom doesn't simply mean "peace". It means that deep-down feeling of health, prosperity, security and freedom. It is a positive thing rather than just the absence of disquiet. Shalom is that unshakeable sensation that we are held in the palm of God's hand and nothing can ever separate us from him.

When we feel afraid or disquieted it's a comfort to know that even the disciples found it hard to be calm all the time. When we begin to doubt the substance of our faith, when we become discouraged and think we're getting nowhere, Jesus has one simple word for us: "Shalom".

Faith in the risen Lord does not mean that everything becomes rosy, that we wander through life with no problems or concerns. You could argue that the more a person believes, the deeper the questions and doubts that arise. But what it does mean is that we are able to view the same realities from a different perspective, through a different lens. The fact that Jesus is risen from the dead means that we no longer face things alone. We no longer are held in the grip of anxiety and fear. Jesus rose not to abandon us but to be by our side. He is as present to us today as he was in that room with the disciples.

And, whatever our fears are, his presence offers us Shalom.


WORD OF GOD

Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you." (S. John 20:21)


WORD FOR TODAY

The early Church grew through the witness of the apostles. Today God calls you and me to be witnesses to the power of the resurrection in our lives. It is through the quality of our relationships with each other that people will come to see that Jesus is risen and active in our world. Every one of us can share in making this a reality.


A PERSON WHO NEVER HAS DOUBTS about their faith is a person who has never been graced with the gift of trust.

(Renee Berry)


THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES is really the account of how the Church grew and spread in the days and years that followed the resurrection of Jesus. It’s wonderful to see how the apostles became transformed from frightened men, huddling together in a locked room, into forthright preachers of the word of God, empowered by the Holy Spirit.... Because of our baptism, each of us is called to keep this message alive in our world today.


THIS WEEK’S BIBLE READINGS

Mon (ANNUNCIATION): Isaiah 7: 10-14, Hebrews 10: 4-10, S. Luke 1: 26-38

Tues: Exodus 15:22 - 16:10, Col 1: 15-end, John 20: 11-18

Wed: Exodus 16: 11-end, Col 2: 1-15, John 20: 19-end

Thurs: Exod 17, Col 2: 16 - 3:11, John 21: 1-14

Fri: Exod 18: 1-12, Col 3:12 - 4:1, John 21: 15-19

Sat: Exod 18: 13-end, Col 4: 2-end, John 21: 20-end

NEXT SUNDAY: Acts 9: 1-20, Revelation 5: 11-end, S. John 21: 1-19