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

30 April 2017

Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church

Today's Scripture: Acts 2: 14a, 36-41     1 Peter 1: 17-23      S. Luke 24: 13-35

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

This Week: Mon (Ss. Philip & James, Apostles) 5.00 pm Holy Communion; Tues - Fri 12.30 pm Midday Prayers.

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


2nd Sunday after Easter

Almighty God, who hast given thine only Son to be unto us both a sacrifice for sin, and also an ensample of godly life: Give us grace that we may always most thankfully receive that his inestimable benefit, and also daily endeavour ourselves to follow the blessed steps of his most holy life; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

FAITH IN FOCUS: DAY TRIP TO EMMAUS

We’re all on our way to Emmaus like the two disciples in today’s gospel. We’re all busy going somewhere, doing something important, our days filled with chores and charms, with pleasure and pain.

And when the journey gets long and tiresome we become dejected. We end up thinking that it all depends on us, that things are going to the dogs, that the effort isn’t worth it, that other people we thought we could rely on have let us down.

Just like the disciples. They’d put great stock in Jesus, but now he was dead and the whole thing was over. And like them we fail to see Jesus approaching and walking by our side, bothered about what bothers us, encouraging us when courage falters.

And it takes the story of the scriptures to give us new heart, to remind us that God has promised to be with us to the end of time, through thick and thin, to speak the words which make life bearable, worthwhile, liveable. It takes God’s word to warm our hearts once more, to make us burn with gratitude.

Then when we reach Emmaus, like the disciples, it is in the breaking of the bread that our whole lives make sense. We take the bread and wine and with it we present all our hopes and fears, our joys and tears, that God may redeem and renew us at our very core. We bless God for the indescribable tenacity with which he surrounds us with his loving care, with his never ending offer of forgiveness and new start. As we break the bread and pour the wine, we ask God to break us and use us for his purposes that we may speak the word to others. And in sharing the food of life we become one body in Christ; in fact, we become the very thing that we eat: the Body of Christ.

And all of this wonder is repeated every time we consciously set out on the journey to Emmaus. Wherever it may be, we go there daily.


WORD OF GOD

The whole House of Israel can be certain

that God has made this Jesus,

whom you crucified,

both Lord and Christ. (Acts 2:36)



WORD FOR TODAY

God has made Jesus both Lord and Christ. Jesus is confirmed as the long-awaited Messiah, the one who was to set his people free. As Lord he holds sway over all things. Still basking in the joy of the resurrection, the Church today commends us to the attentive care of the Good Shepherd. By following him we will come to no harm.

LISTENING IS AN ATTITUDE OF THE HEART, a genuine desire to be with another which both attracts and heals. (J. Isham)


THIS WEEK'S READINGS

Mon (Ss. PHILIP & JAMES, Ap): Isaiah 30: 15-21, Ephesians 1: 3-10, S. John 14: 1-14

Tues: Deut 5: 22-end, Ephes 1: 15-end, Luke 1: 26-38

Wed: Deuteronomy 6, Ephes 2: 1-10, Luke 1: 39-56

Thurs: Deut 7: 1-11, Ephes 2: 11-end, Luke 1: 57-end

Fri : Deut 7: 12-end, Ephes 3: 1-13, Luke 2: 1-20

Sat: Deuteronomy 8, Ephes 3: 14-end, Luke 2: 21-40

NEXT SUNDAY : Acts 2: 42-end , 1 Peter 2: 19-end, S. John 10: 1-10