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

23 April 2017

Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church

Today's Scripture: Acts 2: 14a, 22-32     1 Peter 1: 3-9     S. John 20: 19-end

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

This Week: Tues (S. Mark, Evang.) 5.00 pm Holy Communion; Wed - Fri 12.30 pm Midday Prayers; Sat 10 am Prison Ministry

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


1st Sunday after Easter - S. George, martyr

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 puremess of living and truth; through the merits of the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

FAITH IN FOCUS: PASS IT ON!

Bill was a barber but wasn’t one of the brightest or most tactful people around. But he always took the priest’s sermon to heart. One was about the need for every Christian to witness to their faith in Jesus, at home, on the street and at work. So Bill decided to take the plunge. After he had lathered up a customer for a shave, he stood with the cut-throat razor and said, “Are you ready to meet your maker?” The man fled with his face covered in shaving soap!

Nevertheless, it is still wrong to think that passing on the good news (“evangelising” as it’s called) is something that is for the professionals, for those who have trained for many years or those who hold prestigious degrees. For in St. Matthew's gospel Jesus commands all of his followers to go out and meet people, to teach them, making them disciples and baptising them. (S. Matthew 28: 16-20).

This command of Jesus is sometimes called the Great Commission. It’s the most fundamental aspect of Christian life, witnessing to what we believe. If we stop witnessing then clearly we will die out. If there was no one who first introduced us to Christ, or introduced our parents and grandparents, then we would not be Christians ourselves.

Many of us feel uncomfortable about certain types of witnessing to Christ. Groups of hymn-singing Christians in the middle of the market on Saturday morning can do as much damage as good. Yet we each have a duty as Christians to bring the good news to those around us. How do we do it?

The most basic way is by example. People notice. They notice the way we do or don’t talk about others, the way we are prepared to volunteer our time to help others, the way we treat others on our street or at work. And if they know that we do this out of our belief in God and our faith in Christ then this attracts others. They may then get to the point of asking us about our faith, why we bother to go to church, why we believe what we do believe. It’s then that we have another opportunity to tell people the good news. If there are things that we can’t explain we can always offer to put them in touch with people who can. And just in case we think that we can’t cope alone, Jesus tells us today that as we undertake this spreading of this good news he will always be at our side.


WORD OF GOD

Thomas answered Him, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20: 28)


WORD FOR TODAY

Christ’s resurrection and ascension are not things of the past. They are very much present and powerful in our world today if we allow them to affect our vision of life and to guide us in our search for the ultimate meaning of our common existence. Jesus promises to be with us until the end of time.


RECEIVE EVERY DAY as a resurrection from death, as a new enjoyment of life; meet every rising sun with such sentiments of God’s goodness, as if you had seen it, and all things new-created upon your account: and under the sense of so great a blessing! (William Law)


THIS WEEK'S READINGS

Mon: Josh 1: 1-9, Ephesians 6: 10-20, John 15: 1-8

Tues (S. MARK, Evang): Proverbs 15: 28-end, Ephes 4: 7-16, S. Mark 13: 5-13

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, Col 3:12 - 4:1

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

NEXT SUNDAY : Acts 2: 14a, 36-41 , 1 Peter 1: 17-23, S. Luke 24: 13-35