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

2 April 2017

Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church

Today's Scripture: Ezekiel 37: 1-14     Romans 8: 6-11     S. John 11:1-45

Today: 8.35 am Matins; 9.00 am Church Sch; 9.30 am Holy Eucharist; 6.00 pm Evening Prayer

This Week: Tues - Fri 12.30 pm Midday Prayers; Wed 5.00 pm Evening Prayer foll. by Church Council meeting.

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


Fifth Sunday In Lent (Passiontide begins)

We beseech thee, Almighty God, mercifully to look upon thy people; that by thy great goodness they may be governed and preserved evermore, both in body and soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

FAITH IN FOCUS: THE DEADENING EFFECT

When the teacher asked her if she was looking forward to heaven, Molly replied that she wasn’t sure. “The problem is, Miss, if it goes on for ever it might get boring.”

We can’t quite get our minds around the idea of everlasting life. We automatically think about years, months, days, hours, minutes and seconds. Well, the life after death is certainly eternal and will go on for ever. But when Jesus offers us everlasting life he is as much concerned with the quality of life as with its duration.

From a human point of view we can feel sorry for Lazarus who was called back from the grave to face more years of humdrum domestic life with Martha and Mary. No matter how happy we are with our family and friends, with what we do at work or in our leisure time, most of us still feel a deep down yearning for something else. We are content up to a point but there is always something out there calling us to a better quality of life. This richer form of life is life with God, and what we yearn for, if only we knew it, is union with God.

The bible is littered with people who in various ways have become hidebound in their own little circles and whom God is able to release and unbind so that they can live life to the full. So when Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead it is to point out that God can unbind us from the shrouds that we choose to wear daily. It’s to show us that there is a more fulfilling and exciting life than sometimes we are led to believe.

Lent reminds us that to be raised in Christ is to enjoy the really good things of life, to taste the very sweetness of existence. And it reminds us that money, sex, power and applause can have a deadening effect on life. There is more to life than all of these and Christians measure success in different terms. For them, eternal life has already started.

If you want to live life now at a deeper level, an enduring or eternal life, then live the life that Christ offers. It sets you free from the shroud of competition, anxiety and outward appearance. And it’s so devoid of deadening influences that it lasts for ever.


WORD OF GOD

I am now going to open your graves;

I mean to raise you from your graves, my people,

and lead you back to the soil of Israel.

(Ezekiel 37:13)


WORD FOR TODAY

From time to time we all run out of puff. We become just a little less enthusiastic about things than we used to be. God promises to give us his Spirit to revive us, to breathe fresh life into us when we seem to be sagging. All we have to do is ask.


MY FRIEND, DURING YOUR TRIALS and sufferings,when you see only one set of footprints,those footprints are mine.It was then that I carried you. (Footprints poem)


THE SADNESS OF DEATH gives way to the bright promise of immortality. Lord, for your faithful people life is changed not ended. When the body of our earthly dwelling lies in death we gain an everlasting dwelling place in heaven.

(Roman Preface)


THIS WEEK'S READINGS

Mon: Jeremiah 21: 1-10, John 11: 28-44, Heb 11: 17-31

Tues: Jer 22: 1-5, 13-19, Jn 11: 45-end, Heb 11:32 - 12:2

Wed: Jer 22:20 - 23:8, John 12: 1-11, Hebrews 12: 3-13

Thurs: Jeremiah 23: 9-32, Jn 12: 12-19, Heb 12: 14-end

Fri : Jeremiah 24, John 12:20-36a, Hebrews 13: 1-16

Sat: Jeremiah 25: 1-14, John 12: 36b-end, Hebrews 13: 17-end

NEXT SUNDAY : Isaiah 50: 4-9a, Philippians 2: 5-11, S. Matthew 26:14 - 27.end