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


20 December
2015

Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church

Today's Scripture: Micah 5: 2-5a     Hebrews 10: 5-10     S. Luke 1: 39-47

Today: 8.35am Matins; 9am Ch Sch; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm E.P.; 6.45 Carol singing at Pines and Hospital.


This Week
: Mon, St. Thomas, Ap., 5.00 pm Holy Communion; Tues-Wed 12.30 pm Midday Prayers; Thurs (Christmas Eve)7.30 p.m.

Service of 5 Lessons and Carols; Fri (CHRISTMAS DAY) 9 a.m. Matins; 9.30 a.m. CHRISTMAS EUCHARIST; Sat (S. Stephen, 1st

Martyr) 10 am Prison Ministry of Lessons and Carols; 12.30 pm Holy Communion.

Next Sunday (S. John's Day): 9am Matins; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm E.P.

Advance Notice: Mon (Holy Innocents) 12.30 pm Holy Communion; Tues-Thurs 12.30 pm Midday Prayers; Fri (Circumcision of Christ)

12.30 pm Holy Communion

Fourth Sunday In Advent

O Lord, raise up (we pray thee) thy power, and come among us, and with great might succour us; that whereas, through our sins and wickedness, we are sore let and hindered in running the race that is set before us, thy bountiful grace and mercy may speedily help and deliver us; through the satisfaction of thy Son our Lord, to whom with thee and the holy Ghost be honour and glory, world without end.


FAITH IN FOCUS: JUMPING THE GUN

We live in an instant society. If we wish to speak to Australia we pick up the phone. If we want to know about the traffic in Times Square we go to the web camera. If we require a Chinese Banquet then we order a take away.

Maybe that’s why we can’t wait for Christmas. The store displays are up in October. The festive street lights are switched on in November. Even our schools have moved on following the success of their Nativity Plays.

Not so with the Church. One of the loveliest seasons is that of Advent because, in a world that cannot wait, it teaches us to savour the promise that is to come. Advent is a time of preparation, of readying ourselves, of longing expectation for one of the most important feasts of the year.

In just a few days we will come face to face with what it means for God to have shared our human lot. Knowing that we could not make it by ourselves, God agreed to enter into our world of time. The baby in the manger is God’s human matrix, God’s pattern for how to be fully a man or woman. And by coming as a defenceless child God endured all our limitations. There is no depth to which God will not stoop, for he consented to be like you and me.

Not long now. Just a few days. Days to cherish the never-ending goodness of our God. Days to thank him for bothering with us.

WORD OF GOD

The Lord has repealed your sentence;

he has driven your enemies away.

The Lord, the king of Israel, is in your midst;

you have no more evil to fear. (Zephaniah 3:15)


WORD FOR TODAY

As Christmas draws near we have a choice. Will it just be a time of eating and drinking and merrymaking? Or will it be our opportunity to respond to God’s generosity in becoming like us and showing us how to really live life to the full?



THIS WEEK’S BIBLE READINGS

Mon (S.Thomas,Ap): Hab 2: 1-4, Eph 2:19-end, S. John 20: 24-29

Tues: Mal 2: 1-16, Matt 19: 13-15, 2 Pet 1:16 - 2:3

Wed: Mal 2:17 - 3:12, Matt 19: 16-end, 2 Pet 2: 4-end

Thur: Mal 3:14 - 4.end, Matt 23: 1-12, Rev 1: 1-8

Fri(CHRISTMAS DAY): Isa 52: 7-10, Heb 1: 1-12, S. John 1: 1-14

Sat(S.STEPHEN): 2 Chron 24: 20-22, Ac 7: 51-end, S. Matt 10:17-22

NEXT SUNDAY (S. JOHN) : Exod 33: 7-11a, 1 John 1, S. John 21: 19b-end