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

31 December 2017

Welcome to  St Alban’s Anglican Church 

Today's Scripture:  Isaiah 61:10 - 62:3     Galatians 4: 4-7     S. Luke 2: 15-21

SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS DAY - 9.00 a.m. Matins; 9.30 a.m. HOLY EUCHARIST 9.00 a.m., Evening Prayer 6 p.m.

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

Next Sunday - EPIPHANY: 9.00 a.m. Matins; 9.30 a.m. HOLY EUCHARIST; Dr. Anthony Garrett at Refreshments; 6 pm Evening Prayer with Dr. Garrett speaking.


SUNDAY AFTER 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: MOTHERHOOD, MEDITATION AND MODELLING

It seems such an obvious thing to say, but Mary is the Mother of God. It’s obvious because we hear it said so many times in our lives, yet astounding when we pause to think what it really means. “Bearer of God” was the very first title officially given to Mary by the Church several centuries after her death. A God who is so powerful that he could have chosen to come down to earth as some sort of spectacular phantasm, to arrive here with armies and cohorts, or at least to come here already grown as an adult, this God chose to become a baby that was carried by a young girl and nurtured in a primitive village of the Middle East. We honour Mary for being chosen, one of our own human race, to co-operate with God in this mysterious and mystifying reality. For she is the Mother of Jesus, and Jesus is God.

Yet she can’t have been just any kind of girl. It must have taken a special personality to be attentive to what God was asking of her. Religious art traditionally depicts Mary in prayer when the angel announced she was to be the mother of Jesus. Just carrying Jesus for nine months wasn’t enough. Mary had to enter in faith into God’s plan, even though she didn’t understand its full implications. And this meant that she had to be the sort of reflective person that is open and attentive to God’s presence and voice. St Luke tells us that she pondered all these things in her heart. Her life of meditation must have thrown up so many strange and frightening questions. But in prayer she talked with God.

Mary is a model of our response in faith to God. She is the pattern of trust and surrender that is demanded of all those who are baptised into Christ’s Church. One of the more recent titles given to the Virgin Mary was “Mother of the Church”. For what she did to serve God in her life is what is demanded of each of us: to be attentive to what God is asking of us personally, to place our trust in God’s powerful presence and grace, and then to find God in all the circumstances of our lives as we respond in Christ to the challenges that meet us daily.


WORD OF GOD

As for Mary, she treasured all these things and pondered them in her heart.

(Luke 2:19)


WORD FOR TODAY

As our New Year begins we are only too aware that the song of peace on earth that the angels sang on the first Christmas night finds echoes only in bloodshed in many parts of our world. As Mary brought Christ into the world, we pledge ourselves to be instruments of peace wherever we encounter discord, bringing that peace of Christ to our families, our workplace and our world.




THIS WEEKS BIBLE READINGS

Mon (CIRCUMCISION OF CHRIST): Numbers 6: 22-end, Galatians 4: 4–7, S. Luke 2: 15- 21

Tues: Ruth 1, Coloss 2: 8-end, S. John 1: 35-42

Wed: Ruth 2, Coloss 3: 1-11, John 1: 43–end

Thurs: Ruth 3, Colossians 3: 12 - 4:1, John 2: 1-12

Fri: Ruth 4: 1-17, Colossians 4: 2-end, John 2: 13-end

Sat: Jeremiah 23: 1-8, Matthew 20: 1–16, 1 John 3

NEXT SUNDAY (celebrated as EPIPHANY): Isaiah 60: 1-6, Ephesians 3: 1-12, S. Matthew 2: 1-12