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

7 August 2016

Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church

Today's Scripture: Genesis 15: 1-6     Hebrews 11: 1-3, 8-16     S. Luke 12: 32-40

Today: 9.00 am Matins; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6pm E. Prayer.

This Week: Tues - Fri 12.30 pm Midday Prayers.

Next Sunday: 9.00 am Matins; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6pm E. Prayer.

Advance Notice: Mon 8th Aug (Blessed Virgin Mary) 5 pm Holy Communion.


11th Sunday after Trinity

O God, who declarest thy almighty power most chiefly in showing mercy and pity; mercifully grant unto us such a measure of thy grace, that we, running the way of thy commandments, may obtain thy gracious promises, and be made partakers of thy heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


FAITH IN FOCUS: TIME-TALENT-TREASURE

What exactly are we stewards of? Jesus tells us that we are to remain awake and ready for his return like managers whose boss has gone away for an unknown period.

We are stewards or managers of our time. Imagine that every day someone deposited £1,440 in your bank account and it had to be spent before midnight otherwise it would be transferred to someone else. You would soon learn to make good use of the money and spend it wisely, helping all those people that you knew would benefit from it. In fact, God gives us 1,440 minutes in each day. How do we use them? When midnight strikes have we wasted some of them or left them unused, never to be recaptured? Have we spent some on things that don’t matter in the light of eternity? Using our time well is a sign that we are taking Jesus’ lesson on stewardship seriously.

We are called to be stewards of our talent. God never created anyone with no talent. Some of us have very high profile talents. We may be good at music or sport; we may have a gift for public speaking or painting, for car maintenance or accounting. We also have spiritual gifts and talents that are not so immediately visible. Perhaps we have a natural ability for reaching out to people, for listening, for offering sound advice, for cheering people up, for praying, for building up community. What is your talent and how do you manage it?

Finally, we are stewards of our treasure. Jesus says, “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”. We don’t actually own anything. All our possessions are on trust for the next generation since we can’t take anything with us when we go. We are simply allowed to have use of them. And rich or poor, we have to give an account to God of the way we make use of our material possessions. Do we hoard or are we generous? If we give money to a charity do we think of it as kindness or as justice? Do we put our “treasure” to its best use or do we save all of it for a rainy day?

How we managed our time, our talent and our treasure is what Jesus will ask us when he meets us. And none of us knows when that will be.


WORD OF GOD

Happy those servants

whom, the master finds awake

when he returns.

(Luke 12: 37)


WORD FOR TODAY

Would you be ready to meet God if the call came today? Are there areas of your life that need sorting out, areas that would greatly improve the quality of your daily life? Few of us can answer yes to both questions. Today’s liturgy invites us once more to renewal.


USE WHAT TALENTS YOU POSSESS: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.

(Henry Van Dyke)


TIME IS THE COIN OF YOUR LIFE. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.

(Carl Sandburg)

THIS WEEK’S BIBLE READINGS

Mon: 2 Samuel 3: 12-end, Acts 6, Mark 5: 1-20

Tues: 2 Samuel 5: 1-12, Acts 7: 1-16, Mark 5: 21-34

Wed: 2 Samuel 6: 1-19, Acts 7: 17–43, Mk 5: 35-end

Thurs: 2 Samuel 7: 1-17, Acts 7: 44–53, Mark 6: 1-13

Fri: 2 Samuel 7: 18-end, Acts 7:54 - 8:3, Mark 6: 14-29

Sat: 2 Samuel 9, Acts 8: 4-25, Mark 6: 30-44

NEXT SUNDAY : Jeremiah 23: 23-29, Hebrews 11:29 - 12:2, S. Luke 12: 49-56