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 : Fax  (345) 949 0619

www.churchofenglandcayman.com

rector@churchofenglandcayman.com

12 April
2015

Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church

Today's Scripture: Acts 4: 32-35 1 John 1:1 – 2:2 S. John 20: 19–end

Today: 8.35 am Matins; 9 am Church School; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm E.P.

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

Next Sunday: 8.35 am Matins; 9 am Church School; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm E.P.

Advance Notice: Church Council Meeting Tuesday 21st 5.30 pm.


1st 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: HURTING THOMAS


It would be so easy to read the passage from today's gospel about "doubting" Thomas and then just presume the lesson to be learnt is that it's all right to have doubts if you hang on to your faith.
But if we look closer we might discover that it's not so much "doubting" Thomas that we see. It's more like "hurting" Thomas. He has invested all the energies of his past three years in something that looks as if it has ended in failure. His words show that he feels more let down than anything. Thomas is not so much the reasoned agnostic as the disheartened follower.
Most parishes have dozens if not hundreds of hurting Thomases. Some of them are young people who desperately want to believe in God, in a sense of purpose to life. They really do have deep spiritual feelings, but they feel that the Church is unable to harness these God-given yearnings. "All my kids have lost their faith" is something we often hear. Maybe they have not lost their faith, but they've probably lost yours.
Of course, there are many other people whose lives take them down paths that make their connection with the Church less than welcoming. It's not that they reject the Church. It's just that they can't see the point of the Church at this particular moment. But they desperately want to be part of the promise.
Interestingly, when Jesus meets Thomas after the resurrection he doesn't start a lesson on the faith with him. He just takes him as he is. In fact, he repeats Thomas's own words back to him... a sign of a wise counsellor.
Maybe the point of today's gospel is to remind us how easy it is to mistake confusion and disappointment for doubt. And perhaps we are being invited as a community to be more sympathetic to those who once worshipped and believed with us but who now feel that they are unable to stand up and profess their faith in God and the Church as in former days. We could start by acknowledging that we too have holes in our hands and our side.

WORD OF GOD

Unless I see the holes that the nails made in his hands and can put my finger into the holes they made, and unless I can put my hand into his side, I refuse to believe.

(John 20: 25)


WORD FOR TODAY

Faith means that, although we cannot see God in the flesh, we are sufficiently receptive to the signs of his risen presence in our world, that not to believe would make no sense. And for Christians the only way forward is by faith.



THAT MAN IS PERFECT IN FAITH who can come to God in the utter dearth of his feelings and desires, without a glow or an aspiration, with the weight of low thoughts, failures, neglects, and wandering forgetfulness, and say to him, "You are my refuge". (George Macdonald)




QUESTION WITH BOLDNESS even the existence of God, because, if there be one, he must approve more of a homage of reason than that of blindfold fear.
(Thomas Jefferson)


THIS WEEK’S BIBLE READINGS

Mon: Deut 1: 3-18, John 20: 1-10, Colossians 1: 1–14

Tues: Deut 1: 19–40, John 20: 11–18, Coloss 1: 15–end

Wed: Deut 3: 18-end, John 20: 19–end, Coloss 2: 1–15

Thurs: Deut 4: 1–14, John 21: 1-14, Col 2:16 - 3:11

Fri: Deut 4: 15–31, John 21: 15-19, Coloss 3:12 – 4:1

Sat : Deut 4: 32–40, John 21: 20-end, Coloss 4: 2-end

NEXT SUNDAY: Acts 3: 12-19, 1 John 3: 1–7, S. Luke 24: 36b–48