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

7 January 2018

Welcome to  St Alban’s Anglican Church 

Today's Scripture:  Isaiah 60: 1-6     Ephesians 3: 1-12     S. Matthew 2: 1-12

SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY (EPIPHANY) - 9.00 a.m. Matins; 9.30 a.m. HOLY EUCHARIST Dr. Anthony Garrett at Refreshments; 6 p.m. Evening Prayer with Dr. Garrett speaking.

This Week: Tues - Fri 12.30 pm Midday Prayers.

Next Sunday - 2nd Sunday after Epiphany: 9.00 a.m. Matins; 9.30 a.m. HOLY EUCHARIST; Dr. Anthony Garrett at Refreshments; 7 pm Cayman Keswick Convention (First Baptist).


EPIPHANY

O GOD, who by the leading of a star didst manifest thy only-begotten Son to the Gentiles: Mercifully grant, that we, which know thee now by faith, may after this life have the fruition of thy glorious Godhead; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

FAITH IN FOCUS: MODERN-DAY MAGI

The Epiphany is the feast of the catholicity of the Church. This means that the Church is for everyone, in all places and at all times. The opposite of catholic is exclusive. But the Church is not exclusive; itís all embracing and catholic. We don't stand like nightclub bouncers at our church entrances, deciding on who should be let in and who should be excluded. We stand there to welcome in anyone of any race, colour or creed who wants to know more about Jesus Christ, the God who became one of us.

And so the wise men entered the stable at Bethlehem at the end of their star-led journey to find this new king and to pay him homage. The Magi from the East show that Christ's message was not just for the neighbours, but for the ends of the earth. Epiphany is Christ's manifestation to the whole world, far and wide.

You and I are called on today to be both stars and wise men. It was a star that led the Magi to know where to find Jesus. In a world that seems so often to flounder in a sea of darkness we are called to shine, to shed our light on the difficult task of making sense of life. We are to offer the wisdom of God to a world that seeks true meaning.

We must presume that, when the Magi left, they returned home to tell other people about what they had seen and heard. It would be pointless to keep it to themselves. So too with us. We cannot leave it to those with theology degrees to let the world know what a difference believing in Jesus makes. We must be Magi, wise men and women.

A simple test of how we are doing as Magi in the 21st century is to ask ourselves how many people we brought to Christ last year. What sort of advert are we for Christianity? Are we ashamed of the Good News or proud to let others know how much it means to us? And at the end of this new year how many people will we have led to Jesus by the light of the way we live?


WORD OF GOD

Arise. shine, your light is come and the glory of the Lord rises upon you;

See, darkness has covered the earth and thick darkenss is over the peoples,

but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you.

Nations will come to your light, and kings to

the brightness of your dawn.

(Isaiah 60:1-3)


WORD FOR TODAY

Today marks the last event in the Christmas story. The arrival of the wise men represents the flowering of God's plan as people from East and West come to know of the wonders God works in the birth of Jesus. As we finally pack away the Christmas decorations our challenge is to keep the hope of new life alive in our hearts and minds.





THIS WEEKS BIBLE READINGS

Mon: Genesis 1: 1-19, Matthew 21: 1–17, 1 Cor 1: 1-17

Tues: Gen 1:20 - 2:3, Matthew 21: 18-32, 1 Cor 1: 18-end

Wed: Genesis 2: 4-end, Matt 21: 33-end, 1 Corinthians 2

Thurs: Genesis 3, Matthew 22: 1-14, 1 Corinthians 3

Fri: Genesis 4: 1-16, 25-26, Matt 22: 15-33, 1 Cor 4

Sat: Genesis 6: 1-10, Matthew 22: 34–end, 1 Corinthians 5

NEXT SUNDAY: 1 Samuel 3: 1-20, Revelation 5: 1-10, S. John 1: 43-end