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

28 August 2016

Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church

Today's Scripture: Proverbs 25: 6-7     Hebrews 13: 1-8, 15-16     S. Luke 14: 1, 7-14

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

This Week: 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.


14th Sunday after Trinity

Almighty and everlasting God, give unto us the increase of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain that which thou dost promise, make us to love that which thou dost command; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


FAITH IN FOCUS: TOP TABLE

A London-based pastor was boasting about how his church had grown from a handful to thousands of members in such a short time. The interviewer asked him what he thought had brought this about. “A top rate dedicated and qualified management team” he replied. “And what about the Holy Spirit?” asked the interviewer. By then it was too late for the pastor to dig himself out of the hole.

Don’t take the seats on the top table, says Jesus today, because someone more distinguished might have been invited. Of course, there’s always someone more distinguished than us. The problem is that we often fail to recognise it.

A top-table mentality can be very corrosive. As we grow up we naturally take things for granted. We get on in life, we get promotion, we acquire status and position and we find ourselves making decisions that affect other people’s lives. We know we’ve got the top-table mentality when we think that we are owed respect by right. We expect to be given preferential treatment, to be obeyed, to have our opinion carry more weight than other people’s.

Humility does not mean pretending we’re not who we are, denying skills and talents or feigning a type of false modesty. Humility rejoices in what it can do, but knows that it can do nothing without God and others. So humility boasts, but it boasts about God who is the source of all gift and talent.

Humble people don’t stop aiming high. It’s just that when they achieve their goal they know who deserves the credit. And since humble people don’t push themselves forward for the top places, they are not disappointed not to have them. Nor do they suffer the embarrassment of being taken down a peg when they overstep the mark.

Set your sights as high as you like but keep your soul on the ground. The man who fulfilled the cosmic act of salvation did so by humbling himself to become a mere human and although he was God he claimed no glory for himself. It’s those who humble themselves, he said, who will be exalted.


WORD OF GOD

The greater you are,

the more you should behave humbly,

and then you will find favour with the Lord.

(Ecclesiasticus 3:18)


WORD FOR TODAY

What do we have to be proud of? Many things, perhaps. But humility demands not that we pretend our achievements and abilities do not exist, but that we give credit where it is due: to God. If we boast, then let us boast in what the Lord has done for us and through us.


C. GENE WILKES SAYS THAT MANY PEOPLE have a head table mentality. “When given a position, we happily accept the status that goes with it and somehow believe we no longer need to go near the kitchen "[We accept] the myth that those who sit at the head table are somehow more important than those who serve in the kitchen.” Head tables have replaced the towel and washbasin as symbols of leadership among God’s people.


WE CANNOT LIVE FOR OURSELVES ALONE. Our lives are connected by a thousand invisible threads, and along these sympathetic fibres, our actions run as causes and return to us as results.

(Herman Melville)



THIS WEEK’S BIBLE READINGS

Mon: 1 Kings 1: 5-31, Acts 13: 13-43, Mark 9: 38-end

Tues: 1 Kings 1:32 - 2: 4,10-12, Acts 13:44 - 14:7, Mark 10: 1-16

Wed: 1 Kings 3, Acts 14: 8–end, Mark 10: 17-31

Thurs: 1 Kings 4:29 - 5:12, Acts 15: 1–21, Mark 10: 32-34

Fri: 1 Kings 6: 1, 11-28, Acts 15: 22-35, Mark 10: 35-45

Sat: 1 Kings 8: 1-30, Acts 15:36 - 16:5, Mark 10: 46-end

NEXT SUNDAY : Deuteronomy 30: 15-end, Philemon 1-21, S. Luke 14: 25-33