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
Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church
Today's Scripture: Isaiah 43: 1-7 Acts 8: 14-17 S. Luke 3: 15-17, 21-22
Today: 8.35 am Matins; 9am Church School; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm E.P
This Week: Tues - Fri 12.30 pm Midday Prayers; Tues 5.30 pm Church Council meets.
Next Sunday: 8.35 am Matins; 9 a.m. Church School; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm E.P.
1st Sunday after Epiphany - Baptism of Christ
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: FROM THIS DAY FORWARD
Baptisms are rather like marriages. Not only are they family and community affairs that are accompanied by festivity, but they also work at a deeper level.
When two people marry, the words of the ceremony make it clear that they are embarking on something that will last a lifetime. In sickness and in health means that you cannot simply say that you are married and then do nothing about it. You have to work at a marriage, especially when unforeseen problems arise. That’s why people say that a wedding takes only a day, but a marriage takes for ever.
In the same way, our baptism is not something that is over in a day. The ceremony may only take half an hour, but our baptism is something that stays with us for a lifetime. Even though we sometimes speak about “having the baby done”, baptism is not a static thing, something over and done with, but it’s a dynamic reality. We carry our baptism with us even when we don’t feel it!
It’s a sad fact that if people do not work at their marriage, then the marriage can go stale. And the same is true with our baptism. If we’re not careful we can wake up one morning and find that our baptism has gone dead because we have not been giving it the care and attention it needs. Baptisms need plenty of fresh air and exercise!
Baptism means believing that only God’s life can bring us true happiness. It means living by the beliefs and promises that we made years ago (or agreed to later, if we were baptised as babies). We were anointed to become members of God’s family that is the Church, committed to telling others about the sort of God we have and the sort of promises held out to those who serve God.
At the start of this new year, it might be worth taking a look at what new Christians promise at their baptism (or what their godparents promise on their behalf). Ask at church for a copy; see what you agreed to; decide where you need to improve! Has your baptism put on so much weight because you have never exercised it? How do you proclaim your faith at home and at work? Does your life teem with that deep down joy that God promises to those who have been reborn with water and the Spirit? The feast of the Lord’s Baptism tempts you to ask a few questions....
WORD OF GOD
While Jesus after his own baptism was at prayer,
heaven opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him.
WORD FOR TODAY
Our baptism is something we have to say “yes” to each day. It is the challenge to look at the world with eyes that see beyond the obvious and to respond to God’s invitation to live according to the values of his kingdom.
IN ONE FORM OR ANOTHER the Church is the only society which points people to God through Jesus Christ. By Baptism and the response of faith individuals exercise their membership and in so doing commit themselves to God. (Peter Mumford)
CHRISTIANS ARE not born. They are baptised.
THIS WEEK’S BIBLE READINGS
Mon: Genesis 1: 1-19, Matt 21: 1-17, 1 Corinthians 1: 1-17
Tues: Genesis 1:20 - 2:3, Matthew 21: 18-32, 1 Cor 1: 18-end
Wed: Gen 2: 4-end, Matthew 21: 33-end, 1 Corinthians 2 Thur: Genesis 3, Matthew 22: 1-14, 1 Corinthians 3
Fri: Gen 4: 1-16, 25-26, Matt 22: 15-33, 1 Corinthians 4
Sat: Gen 6: 1-10, Matthew 22: 34-end, 1 Corinthians 5
NEXT SUNDAY : Isaiah 62: 1-5, 1 Corinthians 12: 1-11, S. John 2: 1-11