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
6 August 2017
Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church
Today's Scripture: Daniel 7: 9-10, 13-14 2 Peter 1: 16-19 S. Luke 9: 28-36
Today: 9.00 am Matins & Litany; 9.30 am Holy Eucharist; 6.00 pm Evening Pr.
This Week: Tues - Fri 12.30 pm Midday Prayers
Next Sunday : 9.00 am Matins; 9.30 am Holy Eucharist; 6.00 pm EP
Collect for Eighth Sunday after Trinity
O God, whose never failing providence ordereth all things both in heaven and earth: We humbly beseech thee to put away from us all hurtful things, and to give us those things which be profitable for us; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Heavenly Father, whose Son our Lord Jesus Christ was wonderfully transfigured before chosen witnesses upon the holy mountain, and spoke of the exodus he would accomplish at Jerusalem: grant us strength so to hear his voice and bear our cross that in the world to come we may behold him as he is; who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
FAITH IN FOCUS: CATCHING A GLIMPSE
When preachers preach about the Transfiguration they usually follow a well-trodden path. They talk about the need for setting aside a quiet time for prayer like Jesus and the disciples. They cash in on the fact that the Transfiguration gives us glimpse into the divine nature of Jesus. They show that Jesus gave a boost to the disciples’ faith after predicting his own suffering and death. And then they speak about how Peter, James and John wanted to keep the moment going and not come down from the mountain. They usually finish off by pointing out that we all have to come back down to earth, to the real world where Christians still have plenty to do.
There’s nothing wrong with any of this. But what about the actual experience itself that the three disciples had? Peter, James and John had a profound sense of the presence of God in Jesus. They felt good. So good that they didn’t want it to end.
When did you last have a Transfiguration experience? What are the moments in your life when you’ve felt particularly close to God? There are certain times when we sense that God is really close and that we are lucky to be loved by him. Some people come across it when they fall in love with the one they’re about to share the rest of their life with. Others at the birth of their children. Many people seem to find God near them in the beauty of a country landscape, a mountain view or a coastal sunset.
It’s easy to laugh at Peter who wanted to put up some tents where Jesus, Moses and Elijah could stay and where the three disciples could enjoy and savour the experience. But why should we? For those occasions when we gain a deeper sense of God, those defining moments, increase our faith and bring us great encouragement, not to mention joy. They’re worth keeping hold of.
We can’t conjure up these special moments; they’re gifts from God. What a pity if we didn’t enjoy them when they come our way. For they’re God’s way of saying to us, "This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him."
WORD OF GOD
Rabbi, it is wonderful for us to be here; so let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah. (S. Luke 9: 33)
WORD FOR TODAY
What are the "defining moments" of your life with God? What are the times when you felt God’s presence and support to be close and strong?
SOME CHRISTIANS FEEL that if their life isn’t glorious, something is wrong with their faith. This theology of glory says that if you are not healthy, wealthy, feeling good because of Jesus then something is wrong, either with you or your faith. If you are with Jesus everything is good, great and glorious.
Jesus did not want to stay on top of the mountain. He said no to the mountain-top experience. He is saying that it is good while it lasted, but we must not stay....
...Jesus said no. We must go back down. We must go back down and continue my ministry. We must go back down and encounter all the brokenness of this world and bring a measure of grace to it. We must go, now! (Tim Zingale)
Don’t let your life misrepresent your song. Sing with your voice. Sing with your heart. Sing with your mouth. But most of all sing with your whole life. (St Augustine)
THIS WEEK'S READINGS
Mon: Ezek 28: 1-19, James 2: 1-13, Luke 23: 13-25
Tues: Ezek 33: 1-20, James 2: 14-end, Luke 23: 26-43
Wed: Ezek 33: 21-end, James 3, Luke 23: 44-56a
Thurs: Ezek 34: 1-16, Jas 4: 1-12, Luke 23:56b - 24:12
Fri : Ezek 34: 17-end, James 4:13 - 5:6, Luke 24: 13-35
Sat: Ezek 36: 16-36, James 5: 7-end, Luke 24: 36-end
NEXT SUNDAY: 1 Kings 19: 9-18, Romans 10: 5-15, S. Matthew 14: 22-33