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
20 August 2017
Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church
Today's Scripture: Isaiah 56: 1, 6-8 Rom 11: 1-2a, 29-32 S. Matthew 15: 10-28
Today: 9.00 am Matins; 9.30 am Holy Eucharist; 6.00 pm Evening Pr.
This Week: Thurs (S. Bartholomew, Ap) Holy Communion 5 p.m; Fri 12.30 pm Midday Pr.
Next Sunday : 9.00 am Matins; 9.30 am Holy Eucharist; 6.00 pm EP
Collect for Tenth Sunday after Trinity
LET thy merciful ears, O Lord, be open to the prayers of thy humble servants; and that they may obtain their petitions make them to ask such things as shall please thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
FAITH IN FOCUS: DRESS CODES
A sign on the shop door at the beach read, “No shirt: No Shoes: No Service”. The message was simple enough. They had decided the sort of people they wanted in their store and they dictated even the way the people were to dress.
But scripture shows that it’s not so easy to say who’s in or out of favour with God. Isaiah reports today that God will fill his house with heathen foreigners; Paul says that God is showing his mercy to the pagans and Jesus, after ignoring the Canaanite woman for a while, suddenly relents and shows favour to her although she had completely failed the dress code.
The Church has never been made up of the “right sort” of people. Hardly surprising, you might think, since it was never intended for good, respectable and upright citizens. The Church was founded for a bunch of sinners who know how weak they are but who desperately want to be made better. For the Church is not a club. It’s a community of those whom God has chosen to raise from their poverty, to enrich their brokenness with the luxury of his word, that they may respond with the service of their lives.
So never be ashamed of being part of the Church and never consider yourself to be a second class member. The worse you are, the more you qualify. Samaritans and Canaanites, people whom others look down on, are part of the backbone of Christ’s Church. For only the mercy of God can qualify us to enter the building. Only because God cares does he constantly offer us his Word of Life and only through his persistent seduction are we drawn to his altar.
It is God who calls us to be Church, not we the Church who invite him to be our God.
WORD OF GOD
I will make foreigners
joyful in my house of prayer.
Their holocausts and sacrifices
will be accepted on my altar,
for my house will be called
a house of prayer for all the peoples.
WORD FOR TODAY
The bible constantly reminds us that God wants all people to know him, to love him and to be saved for everlasting life. And although we may have fixed ideas on the sort of people who live acceptable lives, God often views things differently because he sees beyond the obvious and the external.
GOD'S FAVOUR IS AN INTERESTING thing really. The only reason Mary was special was because God chose to show grace to her. This is why we don't "worship" Mary. She is a nobody who became a somebody because God was gracious to her. We need to worship God who made her somebody through his marvellous grace, not Mary who would have remained a nobody without God. (David Elvery)
MAY THAT BRIGHT AND GENTLE LADY, the Blessed Virgin Mary, overcome you with her sweetness, and revenge herself on her foes by interceding for their conversion!
(John Henry Newman)
THIS WEEK'S READINGS
Mon: Proverbs 1: 1-19, Mark 2:23 - 3:6, Acts 3: 11-end
Tues: Proverbs 1: 20-end, Mark 3: 7-19a, Acts 4: 1-12
Wed: Proverbs 2, Mark 3: 19b-end, Acts 4: 13-31
Thurs (S. Bartholomew, Ap): Isaaih 43: 8-13, Acts 5: 12-16, S. Luke 22: 24-30
Fri : Proverbs 3:27 - 4:19, Mark 4: 21-34, Acts 5: 12-26
Sat: Proverbs 6: 1-19, Mark 4: 35-end, Acts 5: 27-end
NEXT SUNDAY: Isaiah 51: 1-6, Rom 12: 1-8, S. Matthew 16: 13-20