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
Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church
Today's Scripture: Exodus 34: 29-end 2 Corinthians 3:12 - 4:2 S. Luke 9: 28-43a
Today: 8.35 am Matins; 9am Church School; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm E. Prayer
Tues, Thurs - Fri 12.30 pm Midday Prayers; ASH WEDNESDAY 9am Matins;
9.30 am Commination,
Imposition of Ashes and Holy Communion.
Next Sunday: 8.35 am Matins; 9am Church School; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm EP
O Lord, who hast taught us that all our doings without charity are nothing worth; Send thy Holy Ghost, and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of charity, the very bond of peace and of all virtues, without which whosoever liveth is counted dead before thee: Grant this for thine only Son Jesus Christ's sake.
FAITH IN FOCUS: THE QUICK FIX
You can’t help feeling sorry for Peter in today’s gospel. He goes with James and John up the mountain to pray with Jesus. But the three disciples don’t appear to have the same sticking power as Jesus, and they begin to nod off. Then an incredible event takes place: the aspect of Jesus’s face becomes changed and his clothing turns a brilliant white as he is transfigured before their very eyes. Heavy with sleep, Peter makes out that Jesus is talking with Moses and Elijah and decides this is so wonderful that he’ll set up three tents for them. In this way he’ll be able to enjoy the scene any time he wants! It was only God’s voice speaking from the cloud (telling them that Jesus was his Son) that made him see sense. There was much more at stake than met the eye.
We can’t laugh at Peter because there’s something of him in all of us. We’d all love to have a deep religious experience on tap. We’d be happy with a God-in-the-box to call on whenever we needed reassurance. We too are quite capable of setting up three tents to contain our God. But, of course, life’s not like that and neither is God.
There is no quick and easy way to faith. It has to be nourished and tended daily. The voice from the cloud tells us that if we want to reach perfection, to receive life and hand it on to the full, then we must listen to the words of God’s Son. And in Lent we will be reminded each week of our need to turn away from those things which are not of God, those things which seem good at the time but which do us only harm in the long term. There is no quick fix, only faith and perseverance.
WORD OF GOD
A voice came out of the cloud, saying, "This is my Son, my Chosen One; listen to him!" (Luke 9:35)
WORD FOR TODAY
The glimpse that the three disciples got of Jesus in glory, on the top of the mountain, is what we too yearn for here on earth. We long to know what we must do for our lives to be fruitful. And the voice from the clouds gives us a clue: “This is my Son, the Chosen One. Listen to him.”
THE MOST TERRIBLE THING about materialism, even more terrible than its proneness to violence, is its boredom, from which sex, alcohol, drugs, all devices for putting out the accusing light of reason and suppressing the unrealizable aspirations of love, offer a prospect of deliverance. (Malcolm Muggeridge)
LET US TREASURE up in our soul some of those things which are permanent..., not those which will forsake us and be destroyed, and which only tickle our senses for a little while. (Gregory of Nazianzus)
THIS WEEK’S BIBLE READINGS
Mon: Genesis 37: 1-11, Galatians 1, John 3: 1-21
Tues: Genesis 37: 12-end, Galatians 2: 1-10, John 3: 22-end
ASH WEDNESDAY: Joel 2: 1-2, 12-17, 2 Corinthians 5: 20b - 6:10, S. Matthew 6: 1-6, 16-21
Thur: Genesis 39, Galatians 2: 11-end, John 4: 1-26
Fri: Gen 40, Galatians 3: 1-14, John 4: 27-42
Sat: Gen 41: 1-24, Galatians 3: 15-22, John 4: 43-end
NEXT SUNDAY: Deuteronomy 26: 1-11, Romans 10: 8b-13, S. Luke 4: 1-13