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


17 April
2016

Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church

Today's Scripture: Acts 9: 36-end     Revelation 7: 9-end     S. John 10: 22-30

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

This Week: Tues-Fri 12.30 pm Midday Prayers.

Next Sunday: 8.35 am Matins; 9.00 am Ch School; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm EP; 4.00 pm Holy Eucharist

Cayman Brac (pending arrangement).

Advance Notice: Monday 25th Apr (St. Mark's Day) 5pm Holy Communion


Third Sunday after Easter

Almighty God, who shewest to them that be in error the light of thy truth, to the intent that they may return into the way of righteousness: Grant unto all them that are admitted into the fellowship of Christ's religion, that they may eschew those things that are contrary to their profession, and follow all such things as are agreeable to the same; through our Lord Jesus Christ.


FAITH IN FOCUS: CARING

Today is a day of prayer for vocations, but it’s much more than that. It is about the call God makes to each one of us to care.

There’s an advert on TV which shows an ordinary person washing the feet of an elderly lady. Nothing extraordinary about that. But it goes on to say that if you can do this, you could have a job as a carer.

Strange, isn’t it, that we should need such a thing as institutionalised care? For care is at the heart of the Christian’s vocation. And in a world where looking after your own interests counts as number one, going out of your way for others is considered an optional oddity. Yet we are called to care for each other like Jesus, the Good Shepherd, cares for us.

You and I are called to be a Good Shepherd and there’s no shortage of opportunities, paid and unpaid. Good Shepherds really care about their children, spend time with them and keep supporting them even when they fail. In our schools they are those teachers who are interested in the students more than in their subject, who go that extra mile to bring out the hidden talents of the young people entrusted to them. They are the doctors and nurses in our hospitals who can see beyond the trying circumstances of red tape and bureaucracy to the face of the sick person who stands before them fearful and hurting. Good Shepherds are those countless people in local and national government whose motives spring from a burning desire for the welfare of their communities rather than political fame and fortune. And, of course, there is no shortage of Good Shepherds to be found in those who dedicate their lives as priests or religious for the service of the Gospel.

So Good Shepherd Sunday is not about sheep, grass and mountains. It’s about real life. And while Jesus really is the Good Shepherd, his work requires others to follow in his footsteps. Including you and me; if we care.


WORD OF GOD

They will never hunger or thirst again...

because the Lamb who is at the throne

will be their shepherd...

and God will wipe away all tears from their eyes.

(Revelation 7:16-17)


WORD FOR TODAY

The good news for today is that none of us can ever be lost unless we go out of our way to look for the wrong track. The image painted by the scriptures is of a God who shepherds us to where the grass is greener, to a life that has an enduring, eternal quality. Our task is to listen out for the shepherd’s voice.


WHEN OUR EYES SEE OUR HANDS DOING the work of our hearts, the circle of Creation is completed inside us, the doors of our souls fly open and love steps

forth to heal everything in sight. (Michael Bridge)


OUR GREATEST CHALLENGE at the beginning of the 21st century is poverty. Our greatest debt is the debt to our brothers and sisters. Our greatest hope is our common humanity and solidarity. And our greatest strength is our commitment to work together. (Cormac Murphy-O’Connor)


THIS WEEK’S BIBLE READINGS

Mon: Exodus 32: 1-14, Luke 2: 41-end, Ephesians 4: 1-16

Tues: Exodus 32 : 15-34, Luke 3: 1-14, Ephesians 4: 17-end

Wed: Exodus 33, Luke 3: 15-22, Ephesians 5: 1-14

Thurs: Exod 34: 1-10, 27-end, Luke 4: 1-13, Ephesians 5: 15-end

Fri: Exod 35:20 - 36:7, Luke 4: 14-30, Ephesians 6: 1-9

Sat: Joshua 1: 1-9, Ephes 6: 10-20, John 15: 1-8

NEXT SUNDAY: Acts 11: 1-18, Revelation 21: 1-6, S. John 13: 31-35