The Cayman Islands are within the ancient Episcopal Jurisdiction

 of The Bishop of London granted him by the Crown in 1634

St Albans (Grand Cayman) & St Marys (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

www.churchofenglandcayman.com

rector@churchofenglandcayman.com

10 December 2017

Welcome to  St Alban’s Anglican Church 

Today's Scripture:  Isaiah 40: 1-11     2 Peter 3: 8-15a     S. Mark 1: 1-8

Today:  8.35 a.m. Matins; 9.00 a.m. Ch School; 9.30 a.m. HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm EP

This Week: Tues - Fri 12.30 pm Midday Prayers

Next Sunday: 8.35 a.m. Matins; 9.00 a.m. Ch School; 9.30 a.m. HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm EP foll. by Carolling at the Pines Retirement Home and the George Town Public Hospital.


2nd 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 ever hold fast, the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou hast given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

FAITH IN FOCUS: MISSED THE BOAT?

The weather forecast was bad, but no one expected what happened next. When the floods hit the cities and towns the waters began to rise like never before and soon many of the buildings were submerged under a thick muddy slime that swept away all in its path. St Thomas’ parish church was no exception and in a brief space of time the water reached the roof.

It was then that someone noticed Canon Blimp who had climbed onto the outside of the St Thomas’ and was now sitting on the roof with the water level at his feet. The emergency services were quickly at the church and they offered to rescue him in their boat. But Canon Blimp told them not to worry. He had complete faith in God and God would save him.

The rescuers went off to try and save others. On their way back they noticed the water was now at his waist and they offered again to get him into the boat, but he said it was important that people should see his faith and how God would save him. Finally, as night fell, they passed him again with water up to his neck but he declined their offer once more.

During the night Canon Blimp drowned and went to heaven. At the gates of heaven he was creating a bit of a stir about how God had let him down in front of all his parishioners. So St Peter went off and informed God about this unhappy new visitor. God told St Peter, “I don’t know what he’s moaning about. Tell him, I sent the boat three times!”

God comes under some peculiar guises. And we look for him in Advent.


WORD OF GOD

Here is the Lord, coming with power...

like a shepherd feeding his flock,

gathering lambs in his arms,

holding them against his breast

and leading to their rest the mother ewes.

(Isaiah 40: 10-11)


WORD FOR TODAY

Is the coming of our God something the church should fear or welcome with open arms? If our scriptures are to be believed then the advent of the Lord is that of a loving God, of someone whose great concern is to free us from what holds us back and to lead us to where we will flourish. The Advent cry of the Church has always been “Come, Lord Jesus, come!”


THE GOSPEL is not good advice but good news.

(Dean Inge)


OUR TIME IS A TIME OF WAITING; waiting is its special destiny. And every time is a time of waiting, waiting for the breaking in of eternity. All time runs forward. All time, both history and in personal life, is expectation. Time itself is waiting, waiting not for another time, but for that which is eternal.

(Paul Tillich)


THE ADVENT MYSTERY is the beginning of the end of all in us that is not yet Christ. (Thomas Merton)


THIS WEEKS BIBLE READINGS

Mon: Isaiah 30: 1-18, Matthew 14: 1–12, 1 Thess 1

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

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

Thurs: Isaiah 32, Matt 15: 21-28, 1 Thessalonians 3

Fri: Isa 33: 1–22, Matthew 15: 29–end, 1 Thess 4: 1-12

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

NEXT SUNDAY: Isaiah 61: 1-4, 8-end, 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-24, S. John 1: 6-8, 19-28