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

8 January 2017

Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church

Today's Scripture: Isaiah 42: 1-9, Acts 10: 34-43 OR S. Matthew 3: 13-end

Today: 9.30 am Matins; 6pm Evening Prayer

This Week: Tues 5.30 - 6 p.m. (in church) Keswick Prayers; Wed-Fri 12.30 pm Midday Prayers

Next Sunday: 8.35 am Matins; 9 am Church School; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 7pm Cayman Keswick Convention meets


1st Sunday after Epiphany

O Lord, we beseech thee mercifully to receive the prayers of thy people which call upon thee; and grant that they may both perceive and know what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfil the same; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


FAITH IN FOCUS: WATER LEVEL

Jesus was baptised in the River Jordan by his cousin, and a voice from heaven pointed him out as the Son of God. Listen to him, it said.

There’s a River Jordan that runs past each of our doors. We know it’s there and we can choose whether to step into it whenever we go out, or else side-step around it. For to step into the river means to immerse ourselves in the business of baptism. That’s not babies and christening shawls, but the nuts and bolts of what makes us tick, how we relate to each other. Baptism commits us to a way of living and breathing.

We say that Jesus’s baptism marked him out in three ways. He was shown to be a priest, a prophet and a king. And each time we baptise a new Christian we tell them that they too are to live as priests, prophets and kings.

To be baptised as priests, as we all are, means to offer God a life that is pleasing. It means to present God with a sacrifice of praise. We are called to make the most of all we do, to use our skills, to bring our needs and those of others to God in prayer, to make our lives acceptable to God. Some deep water here.

Perhaps we would not normally think of ourselves as prophets, but that’s what the baptism rite tells us we are. It’s easy to see how Jesus was a prophet, for prophets tell people what God wishes them to know and act on. By baptism we have become prophets of the Good News whose job it is to proclaim our faith to the world, to say what God has told us whether it’s welcome or not. The temptation, of course, is to stay out of the wet and leave it to those who seem keener than us.

To be thought of as kings (or queens) sounds strange these days. In the days of Christ a king had a kingdom and was responsible for the citizens of that kingdom. As members of the kingdom of God we are called to rule by protecting the weak and vulnerable, serving the cause of right and creating an environment where all can prosper and grow. It means getting involved at the deep end.

To be a priest, prophet and king means to get into that River Jordan each day. Next time you go out, ask yourself how wet your feet are.


WORD OF GOD

I, the Lord, have called you to serve the cause of right; I have taken you by the hand

and formed you. (Isaiah 42:6)


WORD FOR TODAY

Marriages can lose meaning for us if we stop working at them. So too can baptisms. Today we are prompted to renew our commitment to our own baptism and to set about the task of being spokespeople for the kingdom of God in the circumstances of our daily lives.


IT IS NOT OUT OF PLACE to speak of "structures of sin", which are rooted in personal sin and thus always linked to the concrete acts of individuals who introduce these structures, consolidate them, and make them difficult to remove. And thus they grow stronger, spread, and become the source of other sins, and so influence people's behaviour.

(Pope John Paul II, Sollicitudo Rei Socialis, 36).


THE WORST SIN towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them.

(George Bernard Shaw)


THIS WEEK'S READINGS

Mon: Amos 1, 1 Corinthians 1: 1-17, Matthew 21: 1-17

Tues: Amos 2, 1 Corinthians 1: 18-end, Matt 21: 18-32

Wed: Amos 3, 1 Corinthians 2, Matthew 21: 33-end

Thurs: Amos 4, 1 Corinthians 3, Matthew 22: 1-14

Fri: Amos 5: 1-17, 1 Corinthians 4, Matthew 22: 15-33

Sat: Amos 5: 18-end, 1 Corinthians 5, Matthew 22: 34-end

NEXT SUNDAY : Isaiah 49: 1-7, 1 Corinthians 1: 1-9, S. John 1: 29-42