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 : Fax : (345) 949 0619

rector@churchofenglandcayman.com

29 Jan 2017

Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church

Today's Scripture: 1 Kings 17: 8-16     1 Corinthians 1: 18-end      S. John 2: 1-11

Today: 8.35 a.m. Matins; 9.00 a.m. Church Sch; 9.30 a.m. Holy Eucharist; 6 p.m. Evening Pr.

This Week: Tues - Wed, Fri 12.30 pm Midday Prayers; Thurs CANDLEMAS 5 pm Holy Communion; Sat 10 am Prison Ministry at Northward.

Next Sunday: 8.35 a.m. Matins; 9.00 a.m. Church School; 9.30 a.m. Holy Eucharist; 6 p.m. EP.


4th Sunday after Epiphany



O God, who knowest us to be set in the midst of so many and great dangers, that by reason of the frailty of our nature we cannot always stand upright: Grant to us such strength and protection, as may support us in all dangers, and carry us through all temptations; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION (This Thursday February 2nd)

Candlemas is the last of the Feasts of the Church which refer back to the Christmas season. It comes 40 days after Christmas to reflect the fact that Jewish children were brought to the Temple 40 days after their birth to be dedicated to God. This event in Jesus’ life is related in the Bible and this is what is celebrated in the choice of the passages for the Feast. The Feast is called Candlemas because candles were traditionally blessed during this service by the sprinkling of holy water.


WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?

Jewish parents had to “buy back” their first-born son from the Lord to whom he belonged. This was done on the 40th day after his birth by offering two turtle doves or a pair of pigeons and, by so doing, the mother was ritually purified after giving birth. This is what is being celebrated on the feast of the Presentation of the Lord. But when Mary and Joseph took Jesus to the Temple they met two elderly people, Anna and Simeon. It was these two characters who publicly confirmed what Mary and Joseph had known in the secret of their hearts: that this child was no ordinary baby but one destined to be a light for the nations, to save many and to be responsible for delivering God’s people


WHAT’S GOING ON IN S. LUKE 2: 22-40 ?

This is the record of the actual event in the gospel of Luke. Mary and Joseph went from their home to the Temple in Jerusalem to dedicate Jesus to God and to bring an offering. The importance of this event is underlined by two prophetic announcements from two older people: a man and a woman.

Simeon praises God recognising in Jesus the person who has been sent by God to bring salvation to the people. His words are a prayer which forms the ‘Nunc Dimittis’ in Christian worship. The fact that he makes this prophecy makes the point to the reader that Jesus is the end point of prophetic hopes and vision about God’s plan. So Simeon, having seen and touched Jesus can say that his life is over because he has ‘seen salvation’. Simeon tells Mary that the unfolding of Jesus’ life will bring both joy and sorrow and that, as his mother, she will suffer too. ...

...Anna, the other prophetic figure gives praise and thanks to God and tells the news about the child Jesus to others.

The story concludes with Jesus, Mary and Joseph going home to Nazareth. Luke concludes this section by reminding us that Jesus had a childhood, in which he had to learn, grow and respond to God. By the time he is a man he is physically strong, mentally and psychologically prepared and confident in God, ready to begin his ministry.


WHAT’S GOING ON IN HEBREWS 2: 14-END ?

Hebrews picks up the thought about the humanity and divinity of Jesus. Jesus was God, but as a human being he had to be brought to the Temple as it was the custom and religious requirement of his time and place. So he had to do as other Jewish children did. Yet he is connected to the idea of God’s holy priesthood in Malachi, and so he is also seen as the ultimate high priest of God’s people, whose vocation is to sacrifice himself for those in whose service he lives and works.


THIS WEEK’S BIBLE READINGS

Mon: Hosea 9, 1 Corinthians 12: 12–end, Matthew 27: 11-26

Tues: Hosea 10, 1 Corinthians 13, Matthew 27: 27-44

Wed: Hosea 11: 1-11, 1 Cor 14: 1–19, Hebrews 4: 11–end

Thurs (PRESENTATION OF CHRIST IN THE TEMPLE) : Mal 3: 1-5, Heb 2: 14-end, S. Luke 2: 22-40.

Fri: Hosea 13: 1–14, 1 Cor 16: 1-9, Matthew 28: 1-15

Sat: Hosea 14, 1 Corinthians 16: 10-end, Matt 28: 16-end

NEXT SUNDAY: Isaiah 58: 1-12, 1 Corinthians 2: 1-end, S. Matthew 5: 13-20