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


6 December
2015

Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church

Today's Scripture: Malachi 3: 1-4     Philippians 1: 3-11     S. Luke 3: 1-6

Today: 8.35am Matins & Litany; 9am Ch Sch; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm E.P. This Week: Mon 12-12.45 Ministers' Assoc.

Public Meeting, GT Town Hall; Tues-Fri 12.30 pm Midday Prayers; Saturday 10 a.m. Prison Ministry.

Next Sunday: 8.35am Matins ; 9am Ch Sch; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm E.P.


Second Sunday In Advent

Blessed Lord, who hast caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience and comfort of thy holy Word, we may embrace and hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou hast given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ.


FAITH IN FOCUS: BACK TO THE FUTURE

If ‘things ain’t what they used to be’, then Christianity makes no bones about proclaiming that one day they surely will be once more. For in Advent we walk in the shadow of a wonderful promise, that one day the rule of God will hold sway over all creation and life will be restored to that perfect balance that God intended us to have from the beginning.

That’s why Advent carries with it a tremendous sense of yearning and longing. We look back to the initial peace and tranquillity of God’s creation (as symbolised in the story of the Garden of Eden) and we remember the coming a of the Messiah in Bethlehem with the powerful promise of a kingdom where the meek and the humble shall rule.

But Advent is not locked in the past. It’s about now. We look around at ourselves and at our world and ask whether we can play a more active role in establishing the justice of God’s kingdom in our lives, on our street, in our family, in the place where we work. For Advent is also about change, changing ourselves and our world, and it beckons us to be renewed.

And like all feasts and seasons Advent has a future dimension to it. We look forward, beyond the Christmas scene, to the coming of Christ as he takes possession of this world once more and subjects all creation to the rule of God. None of us knows how or when this will happen, but Christians eagerly await the blessing that God’s coming again will bring.

Advent asks of us that we never lose sight of what God has offered us in Christ. It demands a rebuilding programme in our lives as we straighten our ways and smooth our roads for God. And it invites us to watch joyfully for the day, that day when the salvation promised us will be ours, when Christ will come again in his glory.


WORD OF GOD

The Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. (Malachi 3:1)


WORD FOR TODAY

Without God we would be left to our own devices, but Advent reminds us that God is always closer to us then we can ever imagine. The next few weeks call on us to take stock of how much or how little we rely on God in the daily decisions of our lives.


THE TERMS FOR 'SALVATION' in many languages are derived from roots like salvus, saos, whole, heil, which all designate health, the opposite of disintegration and disruption. Salvation is healing in the ultimate sense; it is final cosmic and individual healing. (Paul Tillich)


THIS WEEK’S BIBLE READINGS

Mon: Isaiah 30: 1-18, Matt 14: 1-12, 1 Thessalonians 1

Tues: Isaiah 30: 19-end, Matt 14: 13-end, 1 Thess 2: 1-12

Wed: Isaiah 31, Matt 15: 1-20, 1 Thess 2: 13-end

Thur: Isaiah 32, Matt 15: 21-28, 1 Thess 3

Fri: Isaiah 33: 1-22, Matt 15: 29-end, 1 Thess 4: 1-12

Sat: Isaiah 35, Matt 16: 1-12, 1 Thess 4: 13-end

NEXT SUNDAY : Zephaniah 3: 14- end, Philippians 4: 4-7, S. Luke 3: 7-18