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

www.churchofenglandcayman.com

rector@churchofenglandcayman.com

1 January 2017

Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church

Today's Scripture: Numbers 6: 22-end     Galatians 4: 4-7     S. Luke 2: 15-21

Today: 9 am Matins; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6pm Evening Prayer

This Week: Tues-Thurs 12.30 pm Midday Prayers, Fri (The Epiphany) 5.00 pm Holy Communion

Next Sunday (Baptism of Christ): 9.30 am Matins; 6pm EP


Circumcision of Christ

Almighty God, who madest thy blessed Son to be circumcised, and obedient to the law for man: Grant us the true circumcision of the Spirit; that our hearts, and all our members, being mortified from all worldly and carnal lusts, we may in all things obey thy blessed will; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord.


FAITH IN FOCUS: WHOLLY FAMILY

At first sight to think of the Holy Family doesn’t seem such an attractive proposition. To some it may appear rather sugary and idealistic with its overtones of domestic bliss that are far from normative in any family home over the Christmas holidays, when relations are forced to live at close quarters and stress and tension have a field day. Yet the feast is about the incarnation, the birth of Jesus into a fully human family.

Families, whether they are nuclear with two parents and children, single parents with children, or couples who are childless, are the school of life. It’s in the family that we learn love, and in the Christian family that we learn of the existence of grace. Grace shows itself in care and gratitude, in respect and love. Not just common-o'-garden fondness, but God’s own love. That’s why we learn to praise, because we recognise traits of God’s creativity in our children, and it’s why we’re quick to forgive because we realise that we are passing on the same forgiveness that our parents brought us from God. Families are holy when their members are there for each other.

Each of us is called to “parent” other people, whether our flesh and blood or simply people who cross our paths. We’re called to bring people to life, to encourage, to support those in our wider Christian family of the Church, and those we are related to through the family of the human race.

The Holy Family probably seemed unremarkable until Jesus started his preaching. And in this it mirrors most of our families. Holiness is not to be found in any particular demeanour but in being wholly there for each other in playing and praying, in loving and living, in disagreeing and reconciling, in rejoicing and sorrowing together. Not just a group of individuals, but wholly family.


WORD OF GOD

God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. (Gal 4:4-5)


WORD FOR TODAY

As an infant Jewish boy, Jesus (through the action of his parents) obeyed the command of the God of Moses  and was circumcised. By this act he began his submission to the Law of God, which he would keep in letter and spirit until he hung on the Cross thirty years later. 

 

Also by this act, he shed the first drop of his blood as the second Adam, the Representative of Man, and Jewish Messiah, for the human race; thirty years later on the Cross he would truly shed his blood to establish the new covenant, the saving relation between God and man. (Peter Toon)


THE BIRTH OF THE BABY JESUS stands as the most significant event in all history, because it has meant the pouring into a sick world of the healing medicine of love which has transformed all manner of hearts for almost two thousand years.(George Matthew Adams)


THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS come to an end on January 6th, and the season of the Epiphany begins. But Epiphany not only ends Christmas, it also fulfils it by celebrating the revelation of the Christ to the whole world.


THIS WEEK'S READINGS

Mon: Isaiah 60: 1-12, John 1: 35-42, Coloss 2: 8-end

Tues: Isaiah 60: 13-end, John 1: 43-end, Coloss 3: 1-11

Wed: Isaiah 61, John 2: 1-12, Coloss 3:12 - 4:1

Thurs: Isaiah 62, John 2: 13-end, John 4: 7-26

Fri (EPIPHANY): Isaiah 60: 1-6, Ephesians 3: 1-12, S. Matthew 2: 1-12

Sat: Isaiah 63: 7-end, 1 John 3, Titus 2: 11-14; 3: 4-7

NEXT SUNDAY : Isaiah 42: 1-9, Acts 10: 34-43 OR S. Matthew 3: 13-end