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 February 2018

Welcome to  St Alban’s Anglican Church 

Today's Scripture:  Genesis 17: 1-7, 15-16     Romans 4: 13-end     S. Mark 8: 31-end

2nd Sunday in 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: 8.35 a.m. Matins; 9.00 a.m. Ch School, 9.30 a.m. HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 p.m. E P


2nd Sunday in Lent

Almighty God, who seest that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies, and inwardly in our souls; that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


FAITH IN FOCUS: HOW FAR WILL YOU GO?

Imagine you felt you were called by God to do something that everyone else thought was stupid. Imagine you received God’s call to up sticks and move from your home, travelling to the middle of nowhere just to show how much faith you had. And imagine, when you got there, that God asked you to prove your faith by believing Him in something completely impossible – like having a baby when you were far too old.

Unbelievable? Yes, certainly in today’s climate. But that’s what happened to Abraham. Mercifully, God found that Abraham would do whatever was asked of him. This is one of the reasons we refer to Abraham as our ‘Father in Faith’.

But before we think we have got away with it, we need to remember that during this Lent God will ask something of us that will give us an opportunity to show our faith. We won’t necessarily be asked to do the impossible but we will have six weeks in which we can show that we are prepared to grow in the faith we profess. How far will we go?

For Lent is not simply a time for giving up things or doing something extra. It’s a journey of renewal. There is no doubt that during Lent God will use the ordinary circumstances of our lives in order to reveal the depth of his concern for us and to seek our loving response. This will be different for each one of us. It might be the reminder that we really ought to devote more time to our prayer. It might be the nagging realisation that there is unfinished business with family members that we ought to set right once and for all. It might be that during Lent we will come to see the selfishness that has caught hold of us and take steps to remedy it.

We each know that we are capable of being much better people than we allow ourselves to be. God has given us a greatness that we are only too prepared to hide. And Lent is our annual season for renewing ourselves in spirit, for controlling those aspects of our character that make us less than loveable, and realising that although we live in this passing world there is another which will never end.


WORD OF GOD

And Abraham fell on his face and laughed, and said to himself, “Shall a child be born to a man who is a hundred years old? Shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?” (Genesis 17:17)


WORD FOR TODAY

What does our faith mean to us? Is it a set of facts to believe or an adventure to live a life that seems to defy all odds? God brought Abraham to the brink of trust in order to reward him. What is God asking of us this Lent and are we ready to take the risk?

LIFE IS VERY SIMPLE: we are living in a world that is absolutely transparent to God and God is shining through it all the time. This is not a fable or a nice story. It is true. God manifests himself everywhere, in every thing, in people and in things and in nature and in events. You cannot be without God. It's impossible. Simply impossible. (Thomas Merton)


PERHAPS WE SHOULD REMEMBER that at the Transfiguration God's voice was heard from the cloud. And today too it is in the clouds and mists of life that we most closely approach God. Religion is not an answer book but an invitation to search for God in the complications, scandals, sorrows, disappointments and roughness of life. Thank God that he is also there in our moments of joy. (Eileen Morin)


THIS WEEKS BIBLE READINGS

Mon: Genesis 43: 16-end, Hebrews 1, John 6: 41-51

Tues: Gen 44: 1-17, Hebrews 2: 1-9, John 6: 52-59

Wed: Gen 44: 18-end, Hebrews 2: 10-end, John 6: 60-end Thurs: Gen 45: 1-15, Hebrews 3: 1-6, John 7: 1-13

Fri: Genesis 45: 16-end, Hebrews 3: 7-end, John 7: 14-24

Sat: Gen 46: 1-7, 28-end, Hebrews 4:1-13, John 7: 25-36

NEXT SUNDAY: Exodus 20: 1-17, 1 Corinthians 1: 18-25, S. John 2: 13-22