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
27 August 2017
Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church
Today's Scripture: Isaiah 51: 1-6 Romans 12: 1-8 S. Matthew 16: 13-20
Today: 9.00 am Matins; 9.30 am Holy Eucharist; 6.00 pm Evening Prayer
This Week: Mon, Holy Matrimony; Tues - Fri 12.30 pm Midday Pr.;Sat 10 am Prison Ministry
Next Sunday : 9.00 am Matins; 9.30 am Holy Eucharist; 6.00 pm Evening Prayer
Collect for Eleventh Sunday after Trinity
O GOD, who declarest thy almighty power most chiefly in shewing mercy and pity: Mercifully grant unto us such a measure of thy grace, that we, running the way of thy commandments, may obtain thy gracious promises, and be made partakers of thy heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
FAITH IN FOCUS: UNLOCKING POTENTIAL
Today’s Gospel has a message about keys. Peter is promised the keys of the kingdom of heaven by Jesus.
Keys, of course, symbolise authority. And when we listen to Jesus’s words we are left in no doubt that Peter, and in fact the Church itself, is being invested with an enormous responsibility, that of exercising authority over the things of God on earth. Whatever you decide, says Jesus, will be agreed in heaven too. And the powers of hell will never get the better of you.
Our experience of authority is often so negative that we think about it only as people telling others what to do, what not to do, how to behave, where not to go etc. Authority becomes one person exercising control over another, being the boss and giving the orders.
But true authority is very different. The word authority comes from a Latin word that is all about growing and increasing (augere/auctoritas). If I exercise authority properly then I deal with people in such a way as to help them reach maturity, so that they grow in stature and increase in wisdom or skill.
The temptation for the Church is to use its authority to castigate others. History has seen periods in which we have excommunicated those who personally opposed us, and even today there are those who speak about the moral authority of the Church as if it were something intended to whip people into shape with.
In that the Church has the keys of authority, then it is so that the door of salvation may be opened to those who seek it. Our authority should consist in helping people to see that the gospel message is the one sure way to grow humanly, to increase in love, truth and compassion, to mature in wisdom. The keys of authority work much better when instead of closing doors they unlock potential.
WORD OF GOD
I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
(S. Matthew 16:19)
WORD FOR TODAY
Keys symbolise the authority that is invested in someone by virtue of the office they exercise. If the Church has been given the keys of the kingdom of heaven by Christ, then it is to open the door to salvation..
YOU CANNOT be a leader, and ask other people to follow you, unless you know how to follow, too.
THE FINAL TEST of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and will to carry on.
(Walter J Lippman)
FAITH IS TAKING THE FIRST STEP even when you don't see the whole staircase. (Martin Luther King)
THIS WEEK'S READINGS
Mon: Proverbs 8: 1-21, Mark 5: 1-20, Acts 6
Tues: Proverbs 8: 22-end, Mark 5: 21-34, Acts 7: 1-16
Wed: Proverbs 9, Mark 5: 35-end, Acts 7: 17-43
Thurs: Proverbs 10: 1-12, Mark 6: 1-13, Acts 7: 44-53
Fri : Proverbs 11: 1-12, Mark 6: 14-29, Acts 7:54 - 8:3
Sat: Proverbs 12: 10-end, Mark 6: 30-44, Acts 8: 4-25
NEXT SUNDAY: Jeremiah 15: 15-21, Romans 12: 9-end, S. Matthew 16: 21-end