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
Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church
Today's Scripture: Acts 11: 1-18 Revelation 21: 1-6 S. John 13: 31-35
Today: 8.35 am Matins; 9 am Church Sch; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm Evening Prayer; Cayman Brac 4 pm Holy Eucharist
This Week: Mon 5 pm Holy Comm; Tues-Fri 12.30 pm Midday Pr; 10 am Prison Ministry.
Next Sunday: 8.35 am Matins; 9.00 am Ch School; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST foll by Annual Church Meeting; 6pm Evening Prayer.
Fourth Sunday after Easter with St. George, Patron of England
O Almighty God, who alone canst order the unruly wills and affections of sinful men: Grant unto thy people, that they may love the thing which thou commandest, and desire that which thou dost promise; that so, among the sundry and manifold changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed, where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
FAITH IN FOCUS: PARTY GUESTS
Tom and Joan invited their friends over for a belated housewarming. They had moved in last year with their three little girls, all under five and the youngest just two months old. It had been a struggle to get a mortgage for the house but at last they could look forward to a few years stability until the girls grew bigger and needed their own rooms.
Peter, their banker friend from the city, was there with his young son Gary. A custody battle meant that Peter only saw Gary a couple of times a month, and so he was pleased to have some time with his son and watch him enjoying himself with the other children.
Lucy from over the road was in her first year at university doing modern languages, finding city living very different from the farm on which she was brought up. She was talking to Mike. He had spent time a few years ago in prison and when people at work found out they made his life such hell that he was glad to take voluntary redundancy, though he was now looking for work.
When they came here from France, Jean-Luc and Suzette hoped to start afresh with their rocky marriage. Things were going well until their son, Alex, was arrested for drug possession. Stealing to feed his habit meant it was not long before he was in youth custody.
Bill and Margaret ran the local corner shop and were finding it hard to compete with the newly opened hypermarket. They were there with their middle child, Matt. When Alex went over to chat with Matt, they couldn’t help worrying that where Alex had been, Matt might follow.
No one at the party was “normal”. Yet they all were. Each was capable of love and each was in need of it.
Today Jesus tells us, “By this love (the way I have loved you) you have for one another, everyone will know that you are my disciples”.
WORD OF GOD
By this love you have
for one another,
everyone will know
that you are my disciples. (John 13:35)
WORD FOR TODAY
The love that Jesus showed went to extraordinary lengths, even to the point of death. A Christian’s life ought to reflect this same love. Most of us will not be called on to prove our love by dying, but the distance we are prepared to go is the measure of how much we love like Christ.
IT IS NOT HOW MUCH WE DO, but how much love we put in the doing. It is not how much we give, but how much love we put in the giving. (Mother Teresa)
THIS WEEK’S BIBLE READINGS
Mon(S. Mark, Evangelist): Proverbs 15: 28-end, Ephesians 4: 7-16, S. Mark 13: 5-13
Tues: Numbers 11 : 1-33, Luke 5: 1-11, 1 Peter 1: 13-end
Wed: Numbers 12, Luke 5: 12-26, 1 Peter 2: 1-10
Thurs: Numbers 13: 1-3, 17-end, Luke 5: 27-end, 1 Peter 2: 11-end
Fri: Numbers 14: 1-25, Luke 6: 1-11, 1 Peter 3: 1-12
Sat: Numbers 14: 26-end, Luke 6: 12-26, 1 Peter 3: 13-end
NEXT SUNDAY: Acts 16: 9-15, Revelation 21: 10, 22 - 22: 5, S. John 14: 23-29