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
21 August 2016
Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church
Today's Scripture: Isaiah 58: 9b-end Hebrews 12: 18-end S. Luke 13: 10-17
Today: 9.00 am Matins; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6pm E. Prayer.
This Week: Tues, Thurs - Fri 12.30 pm Midday Prayers, Wed (S. Bartholomew, Ap) 5pm Holy Communion.
Next Sunday: 9.00 am Matins; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6pm E. Prayer.
Martin Ankers had to think about his own mortality when he was told he had cancer in both his liver and lungs. It was the second time he had been diagnosed with the disease, and he was told that this time it was probably terminal.
At best, he would undergo intensive chemotherapy to reduce the size of the tumours, followed by two complex operations to remove the cancerous cells. Even then, there would be a one in three chance of the cancer returning.
But his faith was strong enough for him to contemplate death as the chance to be united with his Saviour, and his illness as part of God's ultimate plan. It gave him a peace and a reassurance about the future that could only be described as supernatural.
"Despite a difficult operation in which I lost six pints of blood, I awoke to find a temporary ileostomy bag fitted rather than a permanent one. I was out of intensive care in three days, out of bed in four days and out of hospital in 10 days. The pathology labs found the local tumour had been very aggressive, but had been fully removed.
Later, to my surprise, I actually found myself writing a thank-you prayer to God for my cancer - how else would I have been able to understand and pray for the complexity of emotions bouncing around the heads of others diagnosed with cancer?"
But when a routine scan revealed secondary cancer in his liver and lungs, it was harder to take.
"It was two days before I was due to exchange contracts to buy my first house," he said. "I didn't feel angry with God, but I did feel frustrated. There have been some undulations in my faith journey since then - spells of feeling close to God and feeling spiritually dry. But that's normal for many people."
"What has helped me most is the Bible - verses leapt out of the page at me that I'd hardly noticed before - good Christian books, worship, the practical care of friends and family and the realisation that Jesus suffered pain and was scared of dying in Gethsemane.
"I've been able to talk to people about my faith and about death, which suggests that I may have this for a reason. After all, if Christians automatically had easy lives, how could we appreciate and pray for the pain that others go through?"
courtesy of the Diocese
The Archbishops' Council of the Church of England, 2006
WORD OF GOD
Ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day?” Luke 13: 16
WORD FOR TODAY
The order we like to impose on the world, the Church and our lives may not necessarily be that which God intends. As we see things turned upside down in our lives and our world, could it be that this is God’s way of telling us that his ways are very different from the predictable patterns we have come to expect?
THIS WEEK’S BIBLE READINGS
Mon: 2 Samuel 18: 1-18, Acts 10: 34-end, Mark 8: 11-21
Tues: 2 Sam 18:19 - 19.8a, Acts 11: 1-18, Mark 8: 22-26
Wed(S.Bartholomew): Isa 43: 8-13, Acts 5: 12–16, S. Luke 22: 24-30
Thurs: 2 Sam 19: 24-end, Acts 12: 1–17, Mark 9: 2-13
Fri: 2 Samuel 23: 1-7, Acts 12: 18-end, Mark 9: 14-29
Sat: 2 Samuel 24, Acts 13: 1-12, Mark 9: 30-37
NEXT SUNDAY : Proverbs 25: 6-7, Hebrews 13: 1-8, 15-16, S. Luke 14: 1, 7-14