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 : Fax (345) 949 0619
Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church
Today's Scripture: Acts 4: 5-12 1 John 3: 16–end S. John 10: 11–18
Today: 8.35 am Matins; 9 am Church School; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm E.P.
12.30 pm Midday Prayers; Fri (Ss. Philip & James) 5 pm Holy
Communion; Sat 10 am Prison Ministry.
3rd Sunday after Easter
God, who showest 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: UNIVERSAL MISSION
All disciples of Jesus Christ are called by him to be involved in a universal mission. Both individual Christians and the various parts of Christ’s church stand under the Great Commission: "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you." As Eduard Schweizer correctly points out, the main verb in that sentence, to which all else is subordinate, is make. We who follow Jesus are commissioned to summon men and women of all races and lands to join us in his service. In order to accomplish that, we are to go, to baptize, and to teach. "It has taken [Matthew] a whole gospel to explain what being a disciple means . . . it means following Jesus by obeying his teaching, by accepting his fate of death and resurrection in one’s own life, and by proclaiming him as Son of Man, Lord of the universe" (Meier).
If Jesus is indeed what he claimed for himself, the One to whom all authority in heaven and on earth belongs, then all are to be brought into submission to his sovereignty. "By his death-resurrection, Jesus has received from the Father. . . total power over the universe; this is what enables him to initiate a universal mission" (Meier). It is this universal sovereignty of Jesus, risen from the dead and glorified, that dominates the final scene of Matthew’s Gospel. At his appearance some of the disciples fell on their knees in worship, while others were astounded and knew not what to do. But worshipers and doubters alike were charged: Make the sovereignty of Jesus effective over all creation. The earliest Christian confession was, Christ is Lord. The Great Commission is like unto it, Make Christ Lord. "The rule of Christ over the entire world is associated with universal discipleship" (Schweizer). ...
In the elect man, Jesus, not only all human beings but the whole creation has been elected to receive God’s favor and fulfill God’s will. And it is to be involved in this universal enterprise of God that we Christians are called. John C. Purdy
WORD OF GOD
I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. S. John 10: 16
WORDS FOR WORSHIP
Lord Jesus, you are the stone rejected by the builders that has become the cornerstone ...
Christ Jesus, you are the Good Shepherd who lays down his life for his sheep..
Lord Jesus, you are the image of the unseen God whom one day we will look upon face to face ...
May almighty God have mercy on us, wipe away our sins and lead us like a shepherd into pastures of eternal life.
IF YOU FIND GOD, YOU FIND LIFE. If you miss God, you miss the whole point of living. (Kenneth Pillar)
IN HIS LOVE He clothes us, enfolds and embraces us;
that tender love completely surrounds us, never to leave us. As I saw it, he is everything that is good.
(Julian of Norwich)
THIS WEEK’S BIBLE READINGS
Mon: Deut 9: 1-21, Ephes 4: 1-16, Luke 2: 41–end
Tues: Deut 9:23 – 10:5, Ephes 4: 17–end, Luke 3: 1–14
Wed: Deut 10: 12-end, Ephes 5: 1–14, Luke 3: 15–22
Thurs: Deut 11: 8–end, Ephes 5: 15-end, Luke 4 : 1-13
Fri(Ss Philip & James): Isaiah 30: 15–21, Ephes 1: 3-10, S. John 14: 1–14
Sat: Deut 15: 1–18, Ephesians 6: 10-end, Luke 4: 31-37
NEXT SUNDAY: Acts 8: 26-end, 1 John 4: 7–end, S. John 15: 1–8