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

4 February 2018

Welcome to  St Alban’s Anglican Church 

Today's Scripture:  Proverbs 8: 1, 22-31     Colossians 1: 15-20     S. John 1: 1-14

SEXAGESIMA - 2nd Before Lent: 8.35 a.m. Matins; 9.00 a.m. Church School; 9.30 a.m. HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 p.m. Evening Prayer.

This Week: Tues-Fri 12.30 pm Midday Prayers.

Next Sunday - Quinquagesima: 8.35 a.m. Matins; 9.00 a.m. Church School, 9.30 a.m. HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 p.m. Evening Prayer. Please bring in your Palm Crosses to make ashes.

Sexagesima

O LORD God, who seest that we put not our trust in any thing that we do: Mercifully grant that by thy power we may be defended against all adversity; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



FAITH IN FOCUS: SIGN OF THINGS TO COME

From time to time we can all end up asking what's the point of life and whether it's worth all the effort. We take our fair share of knocks and it's easy to stay down rather than pick ourselves up and dust ourselves down.

Thatís why the cures that Jesus worked came as such a bombshell to a people that had grown cynical about life. St Mark tells us that from the outset of his ministry Jesus attracted large crowds eager to see him perform cures on those who were sick.

Of course, Jesus was no doctor. But it was as if, for the crowd, these miracles validated his preaching claims. Anyone can preach, but someone who can back up their preaching with healing is surely worth listening to. And for Jesus these cures were not the be-all and end-all of his mission. They were signs of something else: the setting up of the kingdom of God.

From the start Jesus never claimed any credit for these miracles. He was up-front about where he got his power from: his Father. And it was his Father who had sent him to inaugurate a new way of life, a new style of living according to the values of the kingdom which was about to come.

Two thousand years on the Church continues this mission of proclaiming the kingdom to a world that is often as weary as Jesus's listeners. In the midst of war, scandal, opposition and sheer human frailty we keep in mind that we are not trying to compete with other agencies, with governments or lifestyle promoters. Our message is radically different from any other. It says that God intends us to live in a way that puts others first, that thrives on self-sacrifice after the fashion of Christ and that has no time for the self-centred idealism of much of what advertisers and spin-doctors present us with today. For Christians are in the world but not of it. That's because, warts and all, they are part of the kingdom of God. And as Jesus's audience found out, despite the problems that each day might bring, the kingdom is very near.


WORD OF GOD

All things were created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.(Coloss 1: 16f)


WORD FOR TODAY

Whenever Jesus encountered suffering he always brought relief. This was a sign that he was establishing the kingdom of God on earth. In our prayer and worship today we ask for that healing presence of Christ and we renew our baptismal pledge to work for the coming of God's kingdom.


A MIRACLE IS NOT THE BREAKING OF THE LAWS of the fallen world; it is the re-establishment of the laws of the kingdom.

(Archbishop Anthony Bloom)


THIS WEEKS BIBLE READINGS

Mon: Genesis 29:31 - 30:24, 2 Tim 4: 1–8, John 19: 1-16

Tues: Gen 31: 1-24, 2 Timothy 4: 9-end, John 19: 17-30

Wed: Gen 31:25 - 32:2, Titus 1, John 19: 31-end

Thurs: Genesis 32: 3-30, Titus 2, John 20: 1-10

Fri: Genesis 33: 1-17, Titus 3, John 20: 11-18

Sat: Genesis 35, Philemon, John 20: 19-end

NEXT SUNDAY: 2 Kings 2: 1-12, 2 Corinthians 4: 3-6, S. Mark 9: 2-9