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

25 December 2016

Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church

Today's Scripture: Isaiah 9: 2-7     Titus 2: 11-14     S. Luke 2: 1-20

Today: 9 am Matins; 9.30 am CHRISTMAS EUCHARIST; 6pm Evening Prayer

This Week: Mon (S. Stephen, deacon, protomartyr), Tues (S. John, Apostle, Evangelist), Wed (The Holy Innocents) 12.30 pm Holy

Communion

Next Sunday (Circumcision of Christ): 9 am Matins; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6pm EP


Christmas Day

Almighty God, who hast given us thy only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and as at this time to be born of a pure Virgin: Grant that we being regenerate, and made thy children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by thy Holy Spirit; through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit, ever one God, world without end.


FAITH IN FOCUS: IF YOU LIKE... THEN YOU’LL LOVE

If you like the turkey and the stuffing, the mince pies and the Christmas cake, then you’ll love the Bread of Life. It is a food which takes away the hunger of loneliness, weariness and isolation. It’s a daily diet which satisfies and sustains when all other products make you feel bloated or still famished. And today is the day to partake of the Bread of Life. For today a saviour has been born to us; he is Christ the Lord.

If you like the pre-prandial sherry or bubbly, the hot punch, the Chardonnay with the fish and the Shiraz with the meat, then you’ll love the Wine of Gladness. It’s vintage stuff that takes you beyond feeling just heady and leads you to a deep sense of joy that mere pleasure can never know. And today the Wine of Gladness is decanted for Christians everywhere. For today a saviour has been born to us; he is Christ the Lord.

If you like the carols, the Christmas songs, the seasonal hymns and the Christmas spectaculars, then you’ll love the Eternal Song of Praise. For a child has come whose birth caused angels to sing, and whose life is a song to the everlasting praise of God. And today is a day to make yourself part of that chorus. For today a saviour has been born to us; he is Christ the Lord.

If you like the life and laughter, the party games, the jokes in the crackers and the fun around the table, then you’ll love the Life Which Never Ends. For this is a way of living that makes sense of our existence, which fosters and promotes all that is good about being human, and which unites us with those who have gone before us in faith. And today is a perfect opportunity to sign up to that way of living once more. For today a saviour has been born to us; he is Christ the Lord.

And if you like giving and receiving, if you’re meticulous about getting the right sort of gift wrapping for your presents or are the type who can’t wait to rip the package open to see what’s inside, then you’ll love The Gift. And at Christmas our Giving God gives us the greatest gift that we could ever wish for, in an act of self-giving that encourages us to respond in kind. For today a saviour has been born to us; he is Christ the Lord.

Have a very Happy Christmas!


WORD OF GOD

The people that walked in darkness

has seen a great light;

on those who live in a land of deep shadow

a light has shone. (Isaiah 9:1)


A BABY IS GOD'S OPINION that the world should go on. (Karl Sandburg)


I AM NOT ALONE at all, I thought. I was never alone at all. And that, of course, is the message of Christmas. We are never alone. Not when the night is darkest, the wind coldest, the world seemingly most indifferent. For this is still the time God chooses. (Taylor Caldwell)


LET US REMEMBER that the Christmas heart is a giving heart, a wide-open heart that thinks of others first. The birth of the baby Jesus stands as the most significant event in all history, because it has meant the pouring into a sick world of the healing medicine of love which has transformed all manner of hearts for almost two thousand years... Underneath all the bulging bundles is this beating Christmas heart. (George Matthew Adams)


THIS WEEK'S READINGS

Mon (S. Stephen, d.m.): 2 Chron 24: 20-22, Acts 7: 51-end, S. Matthew 10: 17-22

Tues (S. John, Ap.Ev): Exodus 33: 7-11a, 1 John 1, S. John 21: 19b-end

Wed (Holy Innocents): Jeremiah 31: 15-17, 1 Corinthians 1: 26-29, S. Matthew 2: 13-18

Thurs: Isaiah 57: 15-end, John 1: 1-18, Coloss 1: 1-14

Fri: Isaiah 59: 1-15a, John 1: 19-28, Coloss 1: 15-23

Sat: Isaiah 59: 15b-end, John 1: 29-34, Coloss 1:24 - 2:7

NEXT SUNDAY : Numbers 6: 22-end, Galatians 4: 4-7, S. Luke 2: 15-21