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

13 August 2017

Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church

Today's Scripture: 1 Kings 19: 9-18     Romans 10: 5-15     S. Matthew 14: 22-33

Today: 9.00 am Matins; 9.30 am Holy Eucharist; 6.00 pm Evening Pr.

This Week: Tues (BLESSED VIRGIN MARY) Holy Communion 5 p.m, Wed - Fri 12.30 pm Midday Prayers

Next Sunday : 9.00 am Matins; 9.30 am Holy Eucharist; 6.00 pm EP


Collect for Ninth 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 good without thee, may by thee be enabled to live according to thy will; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


FAITH IN FOCUS: WALKING ON WATER

From time to time God calls each of us to walk on water. Physically, perhaps not, but symbolically it’s something we have to do to prove our faith in Jesus. Not that these occasions are simply all in the mind; they are very real and demand that same leap out of the boat and into the water that Peter had to do on Lake Galilee.

By walking on water we mean that sometimes things are demanded of us that require a superhuman effort, that seem absolutely impossible by human standards or that just appear to be plain foolhardy or beyond what anyone could ever expect of us. But it is at these moments that we show whether our faith in Jesus is just words or whether, when necessary, we can translate it into action.

Walking on water is not always a headline grabbing event. Does the car mechanic have the guts to put his faith first and not ring the vehicles or give false test certificates just to earn a bit more? Does the husband away on business have the strength of character not to get involved with the woman eyeing him up on the other side of the bar? Does the young widowed mother of three have what it takes to carry on doing her best for her children when life seems to keep slapping her in the face? Does the criminal have the moral fibre to admit guilt and accept the consequences of the law? Is your faith strong enough to stand poor preaching, indifferent worship or inadequate pastoral care? Do you walk on water in the face of friends and family who mock you for trying to be a Christian in a world that has little time for God?

Fortunately these walking on water incidents don’t happen to us every day. But by being faithful in the small things of life we train ourselves for when our faith is tested at its roots. Peter eventually sank beneath the waves, not because of the storm but because at the time he was all show and little faith. Whatever storms come our way we know that God will never let us drown, but we can be sure that he will give us plenty of opportunity to get our feet wet.


WORD OF GOD

But the Lord was not in the wind...

not in the earthquake...

not in the fire.

And after the fire there came a sound

of a gentle breeze.

(I Kings 19:11-13)


WORD FOR TODAY

Elijah found God in the most unexpected of places and events, and Jesus asked Peter to do the unthinkable: to walk on water. Our faith is measured by how we respond to God’s call in circumstances that everyone else would give up on.


THE MORE TRANQUIL a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom.(James Allen)


SOON SILENCE WILL HAVE PASSED into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation. Tooting, howling, screeching, booming, crashing, whistling, grinding, and trilling bolster his ego. His anxiety subsides. His inhuman void spreads monstrously like a grey vegetation. (Jean Arp)


THIS WEEK'S READINGS

Mon: Ezek 37: 1-14, Mark 1: 1-13, Acts 1: 1-14

Tues(THE BVM): Isa 61: 10-end, Gal 4: 4-7, S.Luke 1:46-55

Wed: Ezek 39: 21-end, Mark 1: 21-28, Acts 2: 1-21

Thurs: Ezek 43: 1-12, Mark 1: 29-end, Acts 2: 22-36

Fri : Ezek 44: 4-16, Mark 2: 1-12, Acts 2: 37-end

Sat: Ezek 47: 1-12, Mark 2: 13-22, Acts 3: 1-10

NEXT SUNDAY: Isaiah 56: 1, 6-8, Romans 11: 1-2a, 29-32, S. Matthew 15: 10-28