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

16 April 2017

Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church

Today's Scripture: Jeremiah 31: 1-6     Acts 10: 34-43      S. Matthew 28:1-10

Today (Easter Day): 9.00 am Matins; 9.30 am Holy Eucharist and Recollection of Baptismal Promises; 6.00 pm Evening Prayer

This Week: Mon 12.30 pm Holy Communion; Tues 5.00 pm Holy Communion; Wed - Fri 12.30 pm Midday Prayers

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


Easter Day

Almighty God, who through thine only-begotten Son Jesus Christ hast overcome death, and opened unto us the gate of everlasting life: We humbly beseech thee, that as by thy special grace preventing us thou dost put into our minds good desires, so by thy continual help we may bring the same to good effect; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.

FAITH IN FOCUS: ALIVE!

We can’t begin to imagine what it must have been like for Christ’s followers. They were faced with the fact that although he had been crucified and had died, he was now alive!

The resurrection is a mind-boggling event. It means that the ultimate threat to humanity, death itself, no longer has power over us. That’s because the resurrection is not something that just happened to Jesus. It reaches us too. For we Christians are now alive with a life that goes beyond mere human existence. We are alive in God through Jesus Christ.

To live resurrection life means that we can believe. Life ceases to be futile. We have the faith to recognise that all creation comes from God and is redeemed by Christ’s victory over death. We profess with our tongues and our lives that God is so concerned about us that he sent Jesus to show us how to live and how to usher in the kingdom of God.

To be alive with the life of the risen Jesus means that we are able to trust. Life ceases to be hopeless. We know that God did not abandon Jesus in his hour of need and will not abandon us either. The resurrection gives us a confident expectation that wherever we turn we will find God at our side. Whatever our problem, God promises to be with us until the end of time. Our life will not end in the grave.

Sharing the risen life of Jesus means that we can care. Life ceases to be noxious. God cared about us to the point of giving his all. We too can learn to care about others with a superhuman strength that is made possible only by God’s grace. We can give our all, nothing held back, until it hurts.

Believing, trusting, caring. This is how the resurrection changes us. We become more fully alive to ourselves and to God. Believing, trusting, caring: faith, hope and love. When we live these, then we are fully alive!


WORD OF GOD

They killed Jesus

by hanging him on a tree,

yet three days afterwards

God raised him to life.

(Acts 10:39-40)


WORD FOR TODAY

Our God has triumphed over the powers of darkness as Jesus is raised from death itself. From now on there is no evil which can ever hold permanent sway over us, for we share in the victory of Christ over all that would make us less than human. Christ is risen indeed and we share his new life.



THIS WEEK'S READINGS

Mon in Easter Week: Song 1:9 - 2:7, Acts 2: 14, 22-32, S. Matthew 28: 8-15

Tues in Easter Week: Song 2: 8-end, Acts 2: 36-41, S. John 20: 11-18

Wed: Song 3, Matthew 28: 16-end, 1 Cor 15: 20-28

Thurs: Song 5:2 - 6:3, Luke 7: 11-17, 1 Cor 15: 29-34

Fri : Song 7:10 - 8.4, Luke 8: 41-end, 1 Cor 15: 35-50

Sat: Song 8: 5-7, John 11: 17-44, 1 Cor 15: 51-end

NEXT SUNDAY : Acts 2: 14a, 22-32 , 1 Peter 1: 3-9, S. John 20: 19-end