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

14 August 2016

Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church

Today's Scripture: Jeremiah 23: 23-29         Hebrews 11:29 - 12:2         S. Luke 12: 49-56

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

This Week: Mon (Blessed Virgin Mary) 5pm Holy Communion, Tues - Fri 12.30 pm Midday Prayers, Sat 10 am Prison Ministry.

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


12th Sunday after Trinity

Almighty and everlasting God, who art always more ready to hear than we to pray, and art wont to give more than either we desire or deserve: Pour down upon us the abundance of thy mercy; forgiving us those things whereof our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things which we are not worthy to ask, but through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Lord.


FAITH IN FOCUS: NOTHING BUT TROUBLE?

Maybe it’s because most of us get our first impressions of Jesus while we are still young that we tend to think of him as a gentle person. After all, the meek and mild image seems to fit in well with what we want to say to small children.

But when we grow up it’s a different matter. Do we still think of Jesus as the quiet, gentle mannered preacher who never spoke a word in anger? If we do, then we’re in for a shock in today’s gospel.

The Jesus whom we glimpse today is full of passion and single-minded about his mission. He’s the activist from heaven, the zealous, fiery, frustrated messenger of change. Do you think I’ve come to bring peace? No, he says. If you listen to me then the trouble will really start. My message brings not peace but division.

To believe in Jesus is to accept a whole set of values that threatens many people, a life so radical that it looks down on what others deem success, an all-consuming dedication to fight all sorts of evils which makes more enemies than friends. Even your own family will be divided, says Jesus. That’s because the message you bring and the life you live will prove too much for them.

The temptation of human frailty is constantly to downgrade the demands of the gospel. Our tendency is to pass off Christianity as if it were as domesticated as bingo, as socially acceptable as a round of golf and as unthreatening as a rubber cutlass.

Over the next five or six weeks St Luke will present us with some of the social implications of following Jesus, showing us that the values which society considers normal are often far from Christianity. We will see Jesus calling us to give our lives for others with no thought of reward. And we will be called upon to be so outspoken that it will stick in people’s throats. Not very comforting? Perhaps not, but that’s what Jesus promises us in today’s uncompromising gospel.


WORD OF GOD

Do you suppose that I am here to bring peace on earth?

No, I tell you, but rather division. Luke 12: 51


WORD FOR TODAY

Are you a little on the reticent side when it comes to talking about your religion? Do you think that religion like politics is best kept a private matter? Or are you the sort who wants everyone to know you are a Christian and that they too can live life on a different level if they follow Jesus? Are you here for peace or division? You may get a surprise in today’s gospel.


FEAR LOOKS; FAITH JUMPS. Faith never fails to obtain its object. If I leave you as I found you, I am not God’s channel. I am not here to entertain you, but to get you to the place where you can laugh at the impossible.

Smith Wigglesworth

JESUS OF NAZARETH always comes asking disciples to follow him--not merely “accept him,” not merely “believe in him,” not merely “worship him,” but to follow him: one either follows Christ, or one does not. There is no compartmentalisation of the faith, no realm, no sphere, no business, no politic in which the lordship of Christ will be excluded. We either make him Lord of all lords, or we deny him as Lord of any. Lee Camp


THIS WEEK’S BIBLE READINGS

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

Tues: 2 Samuel 12: 1-25, Acts 9: 1-19a, Mark 7: 1-13

Wed: 2 Samuel 15: 1-12, Acts 9: 19b–31, Mk 7: 14-23

Thurs: 2 Sam 15: 13-end, Acts 9: 32–end, Mark 7: 24-30

Fri: 2 Samuel 16: 1-14, Acts 10: 1-16, Mark 7: 31-end

Sat: 2 Samuel 17: 1-23, Acts 10: 17-33, Mark 8: 1-10

NEXT SUNDAY : Isaiah 58: 9b-end, Hebrews 12: 18-end, S. Luke 13: 10-17