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
19 February 2017
Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church
Today's Scripture: Genesis 1:1 - 2:3 Romans 8: 18-25 S. John 3: 1-8
Today: 8.35 am Matins; 9 am Church School (short); 9.30 am HOLY BAPTISM & HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm Evening Prayer
This Week: Tues - Thurs 12.30 pm Midday Prayers; Fri S. Matthias, Apostle 5 pm Holy Communion
Next Sunday: 8.35 am Matins; 9 am Church School; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm EP
Coming Up: ASH WEDNESDAY 1st March, 9am Matins, 9.30 a.m. HOLY COMMUNION with Commination and Imposition of Ashes.
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.
FAITH IN FOCUS: GET YOUR OWN BACK?
One of the most misquoted phrases from the bible is “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth”. People use it to justify revenge. They think that it means you can get your own back on those who do wrong to you. What they don’t understand is that this phrase in the Old Testament was used to ensure that people did not retaliate wildly against each other. It was intended to set the limits, to stop people looking for a payback that was out of proportion to the offence. So if someone cheats you out of your car, you shouldn’t try and have their home taken away from them. If someone defrauds you of a thousand pounds you shouldn’t try and sue them for a million. Our response should be proportionate. This is not a response favoured by the “no-win-no-fee” lawyers!
Christianity invites us always to be more generous in our response than we need to be. A Roman soldier could demand by law that a Jew must carry his load for approximately one mile. Carry it two, says Jesus. You must forgive your enemies, says the law. Don’t just forgive them, says Jesus: love them and pray for them.
Of course, Christians are mocked for following this teaching of Jesus. It doesn’t rank among the streetwise skills. In fact it runs contrary to a society that prizes assertion, aggressiveness and getting a “piece of the action”. But there’s one obvious ingredient missing from the commonly agreed way of behaving: God. When it comes to loving your enemies, the idea that Christianity is simply nothing more than good manners breaks down. If God, who created us in his own image of goodness and holiness, chooses not to obliterate us when we deface his image in our world, then how can we possibly claim vengeance for the paltry complaints that we have against others?
Anyone can love those who are good to them. It takes a special kind of person to be able to love their enemies.
WORD OF GOD
That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ S. John 3: 6f
SO I CONCLUDE; yes, for people of faith there is the risk of the sin of commission. So we must be humble enough to guard against theocratic error when faith enters the public square. But yes too, there is a greater risk, the sin of omission and we must never again allow the voices of faith to feel excluded from their rightful role. So let the trumpet sound. The voices of faith must and will be heard. Rt Hon Gordon Brown
BAPTISM IS… Baptism is the starting gun of a race of a new life. Baptism is proclaiming in Christ the resurrection of the dead. Baptism is when the old dies and the new arises. In this manner we become saved. Baptism is when we stop living for ourselves and start living for Jesus. Baptism is how we scripturally enter into a relationship with Christ. Baptism is the gavel striking the bench proclaiming forgiveness of sins, the end of the old and the birth of the new. (Anonymous)
THIS WEEK'S READINGS
Mon: Eccles 7: 1-14, John 19: 1-16, 2 Timothy 4: 1-8
Tues: Eccles 7: 15-end, John 19: 17-30, 2 Tim 4: 9-end
Wed: Ecclesiastes 8, John 19: 31-end, Titus 1
Thurs: Ecclesiastes 9, John 20: 1-10, Titus 2
Fri (S. MATTHIAS, Ap): Isaiah 22: 15-end, Acts 1: 15-end, S. John 15: 9-17
Sat: Eccles 11:9 - 12.end, John 20: 19-end, Philemon
NEXT SUNDAY : Exodus 24: 12-end, 2 Peter 1: 16-end, S. Matthew 17: 1-9