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 : Fax (345) 949 0619
Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church
Today's Scripture: Joshua 24: 1-2a, 14-18 Ephesians 6 : 10-20 S. John 6: 56-69
Today: 9 am Matins; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm E.P.
This Week: Mon (S. Bartholomew) 5 pm Holy Communion; Tues-Fri 12.30 pm Midday Prayers
Next Sunday: 9.00 am Matins; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm Evening 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
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: CHOICE OF THE DAY
Life is full of choices. If you’d like to speak to a customer service adviser press *1. If you’d like to listen to some awful music while you wait press *2. If you’ve dialled the wrong number then this call is costing you an arm and a leg per minute. We’ve all experienced it!
Our Old and New Testament readings today confront us with more choices. Joshua gathers all the people together for a ceremony to renew or ratify the agreement (the covenant) they had made with God when they agreed to be his people. From time to time it is useful to be reminded of just what you have signed up for. And Jesus, too, offers the disciples and us a choice. You’ve heard what I’ve had to say about eating and drinking my flesh and blood; so are you going to follow me or are you going to look for someone else?
Following Jesus, making the decision to model your life on his teaching, is not a maintenance-free choice. It’s not as if we make it and then fly on automatic pilot for the rest of our journey in faith. It’s something that needs to be renewed constantly. It’s not a static decision; it’s a dynamic choice.
We’re constantly renewing this choice for Jesus. We’re tempted and have to make conscious decisions. We’re faced with doubt and have to summon up the vestiges of faith. Under mockery from family or friends we choose to keep our Christian heads held high. When we struggle with prayer we try to keep on going.
But the greatest sign we can give that we are persevering in our choice to opt for Jesus’ promises is when we gather together each Sunday to share communion with God and each other. For the liturgy is our way of ratifying the new covenant which Jesus offers through his death and resurrection. Just as Joshua and the Israelites renewed their covenant in today’s scripture reading, so too we take part in a weekly renewal of our agreement with God. Our “Amen” makes it clear that there is no one other than Jesus to whom we would wish to go.
WORD OF GOD
If you will not serve the Lord,
choose today whom you wish to serve.
WORD FOR TODAY
To celebrate the eucharist is to make a choice: by eating and drinking the body and blood of Christ we profess Jesus to be the Lord of our lives. Today our worship is an act of renewal, a rededication in faith to follow wherever Jesus may lead. Whom else could we possibly follow?
BE STRONG IN YOUR CHRISTIAN FAITH and do not apologise for it. Do not expect an easy ride. There is readiness among people today to see and treasure that which is of lasting value, that which is noble and true, that which is wholesome and good. Be witnesses to Christ, for he is all of this and far more.
IF, BY EATING AND DRINKING the body and blood of Christ and doing my best to treat others as myself, God promises that I will live for ever, then why would I want to look for other alternatives? They surely can only be more burdensome? And equally importantly, why should I be reticent about sharing this with others?
THIS WEEK’S BIBLE READINGS
Mon (S. BARTHOLOMEW, Ap): Isaiah 43: 8-13, Acts 5: 12-16, S. Luke 22: 24-30
Tues: Micah 7: 8-end, Mark 7: 1-13, Acts 9: 1–19a
Wed: Habakkuk 1: 1-11, Mark 7: 14-23, Acts 9: 19b–31
Thurs: Hab 1:12 - 2:5, Mark 7: 24-30, Acts 9: 32-end
Fri: Hab 2: 6-end, Mark 7: 31-end, Acts 10: 1-16
Sat: Hab 3: 2-19a, Mark 8: 1-10, Acts 10: 17-33
NEXT SUNDAY: Deuteronomy 4: 1-2, 6-9, James 1 : 17-end, S. Mark 7: 1-8, 14-15, 21-23