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: Exodus 16: 2-4, 9-15 Ephesians 4: 1-16 S. John 6: 24-35
Today: 9 am Matins & Litany; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm E.P.
12.30 pm Midday Prayers; Thurs (THE TRANSFIGURATION) 5 p.m. Holy
Communion; Sat 10 a.m.
Next Sunday: 9.00 am Matins; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm Evening Prayer.
9th Sunday after Trinity
Grant to us, Lord, we beseech thee, the spirit to think and do always
such things as be rightful; that we, who cannot do any thing that is
without thee, may be thee be enabled to live according to thy will; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
FAITH IN FOCUS: STILL HUNGRY?
A group of pilgrims arrived at their hotel in Rome in the early hours of the morning, because their plane was delayed. Feeling sorry for them and wanting to get their stay off to a good start, the hotel manager provided them with Parma ham and melon for breakfast. He was dismayed when some of them sent it back to the kitchen complaining that “this bacon isn’t cooked properly”. Pearls before swine?
You could argue that whatever the manager gave them would not have been enough to assuage their annoyance at arriving late. There was just no pleasing them. Just like the Israelites in the desert. Moses and Aaron had led them to freedom from the Pharaoh and all they could do was moan about the food: it was better when they were in Egypt. So God provides them food to satisfy them: manna and quails.
Before we point the finger at other people, we could stop and ask ourselves a few questions. Are we really satisfied with our lot in life? When we moan, what’s it about? Deep down what is missing from our lives? What is the main thing that would really improve our quality of existence?
Usually people answer these questions with money. If only I had so many millions, everything would be OK. If I had a better house, could pay off the bills, have a few luxuries, then I’d be content. But we only have to look at the rich and famous to see people whose lives can be empty and shallow. Drugs and alcohol become their attempt to try and fill in the void.
Jesus told the crowd that they would always be hungry, always have that deep down empty feeling inside them, unless they ate the food of life that the Father sends. What he means is that only God can satisfy our longings and yearnings. Only he can fill that inner gap we carry round with us and make sense of why we are here on earth. It is his teachings and our relationship with him that opens us up to the fullness of life. We may search frantically here and there for substitutes, but it is Jesus, the Word of God, who alone can satisfy our real needs. For he is the bread of life.
WORD OF GOD
Why did we not die at the Lord’s hand in Egypt,
when we were able to sit down to pans of meat
and could eat to our heart’s content?
THE REASON THAT WE NEED GOD is because we need to know who we are, where we come from, and where we are going. So in a sense it doesn’t matter whether you become conscious that you are looking for God at the beginning of your journey, or at the end, so long as your journey is leading you back to him. The truth is that God is loving us back into life every minute of every day, whether we know it or we don’t know it.
(Cormac Murphy O’Connor)
WORD FOR TODAY
Why does it always seem to take a disaster before we are able to count our blessings? To know the goodness of God now is a blessing that only a few are able to recognise. At this very moment we are being provided with the bread of life, and with the chance to thank God.
THIS WEEK’S BIBLE READINGS
Mon : Jer 36: 19-end, Mark 1: 1-13, Acts 1: 1-14
Tues: Jeremiah 37, Mark 1: 14-20, Acts 1: 15–end
Wed: Jeremiah 38: 1-13, Mark 1: 21-28, Acts 2: 1–21
Thurs (THE TRANSFIGURATION): Daniel 7: 9-10, 13-14, 2 Peter 1: 16-19, S. Luke 9: 28-36
Fri: Jeremiah 39, Mark 2: 1-12, Acts 2: 37-end
Sat: Jeremiah 40, Mark 2: 13-22, Acts 3: 1-10
NEXT SUNDAY: 1 Kings 19: 4-8, Ephesians 4:25 - 5:2, S. John 6: 35, 41-51