T he 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

25 December 2017

Welcome to  St Alban’s Anglican Church 

Today's Scripture:  Isaiah 62: 6-end, Titus 3: 4–7, S. Luke 2: 1- 20

CHRISTMAS DAY - 9.00 a.m. Matins; 9.30 a.m. CHRISTMAS EUCHARIST 9.00 a.m.

This Week: Tues 26th (S. Stephen) HC 12.30 pm; Wed 27th (S.John) HC 12.30 pm; Thurs (Holy Innocents) HC 12.30 pm.

Next Sunday: 9.00 a.m. Matins; 9.30 a.m. HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm Evening Prayer

Advance Notice: New Year's Day Monday 1st January 2018 - CIRCUMCISION OF CHRIST - 12.30 p.m. HOLY COMMUNION, Tues - Fri Midday Prayers


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: NEVER-ENDING STORY

We all know the Christmas story backwards. From our earliest days we have cherished all the details from the ox and the ass to the Wise Men bearing gifts. And each year we come and celebrate in song and drama as the details unfold of what happened two thousand years ago.

But what if Jesus were to be born today? What if the Incarnation were not just a historical event but a daily birth? What if God asked each of us to be made in his image and likeness and be born into the world, to bring freshness and hope to our surroundings, to be a source of life and joy to those with whom we share our life?

And, of course, he does.

Christmas is the feast of God’s humbleness. It is when God asks the greatest favour of us all. He begs us to be born again, to start all over once more like his baby Son, so that we may be images of his unseen Godhead. He asks us to live in such a way that the eternal goodness of his being may once more become apparent in our world. He trusts us to co-operate with his divine nature by agreeing to portray our human nature at its best.

Christmas is the feast of God’s humanity. There is no aspect of our lives (whether it be ecstasy or pain, glory or humiliation, creativity or frustration) that God is not involved in. Through the birth of his Son he shares our humanity to the full so that we may catch a glimpse of his divinity. There is no concern of ours that is too lowly for God.

So the Christmas story continues in every generation. God never stops offering to be born again in the lives of men and women who are open to his life-giving Spirit. The miracle of Christmas is that God still trusts us enough to be born in us each day. And if we come to church to celebrate Christmas it is not simply that we enjoy the story. It’s because we are answering God’s call to keep telling it by our lives.


WORD OF GOD

A son is given to us

and dominion is laid on his shoulders;

and this is the name they give him:

Wonder-Counsellor, Mighty-God,

Eternal-Father, Prince-of-Peace.

(Isaiah 9:6)


WORD FOR TODAY

Our time of waiting is over. We rejoice that Christ is born on earth and that now there is no darkness so great that it can ever overshadow the Light of our world. The joy of our carols, hymns, songs and prayers proclaims our readiness to walk in the light of God, in the footsteps of his newborn Christ.



THIS WEEKS BIBLE READINGS

Mon (CHRISTMAS DAY): Isaiah 62: 6-end, Titus 3: 4–7, S. Luke 2: 1- 20

Tues (S. STEPHEN, Deacon, 1st Martyr): 2 Chronicles 24: 20-22, Acts 7: 51-end, S. Matthew 10: 17-22

Wed (S JOHN, Apostle & Evangelist): Exodus 33: 7-11a, 1 John 1, S. John 21: 19b–end

Thurs (HOLY INNOCENTS): Jeremiah 31: 15-17, 1 Corinthians 1: 26-29, S. Matthew 2: 13-18

Fri: Jonah 1, Colossians 1: 1-14, John 1: 1-18

Sat: Jonah 2, Coloss 1: 15–23, John 1: 19-28

NEXT SUNDAY: Isaiah 61:10 - 62:3, Galatians 4: 4-7, S. Luke 2: 15-21