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
2 July 2017
Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church
Today's Scripture: Jeremiah 28: 5-9 Romans 6: 12-end S. Matthew 10: 40-end
Today: 8.35 am Matins; 9.00 am Church School; 9.30 am Holy Eucharist; 6.00 pm Evening Pr.
This Week: Tues-Fri 12.30 pm Midday Prayers, Sat 10 am Prison Ministry
Next Sunday [Summer Schedule]: 9.00 am Matins; 9.30 am Holy Eucharist; 6.00 pm EP
Collect for Third Sunday after Trinity
O Lord, we beseech thee mercifully to hear us; and grant that we, to whom thou hast given an hearty desire to pray, may by thy mighty aid be defended and comforted in all dangers and adversities; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
FAITH IN FOCUS: EUCHARIST: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
PAST: 2,000 years ago on a Thursday evening Jesus ate what was probably a Passover meal with his disciples in the Upper Room. This meal was a memorial of how God had freed the Jewish people by liberating them from slavery and providing them with a promised land. During his meal Jesus told the disciples that from now on they were to eat this meal not in remembrance of Moses and the Exodus but in memory of him. For the bread that they would eat was his body that the next day would be nailed to the cross, and the wine that they would drink was his blood that on the same Friday would be shed on Calvary.
PRESENT: Today we Christians have a living memorial of that saving action of Christ. It is the eucharist. Over the centuries Christians have never ceased to follow that command of Jesus at the Last Supper. They have gathered together, listened to God’s word in the scriptures and then, when they have taken, blessed and broken the bread, they have shared communion by eating and drinking what Christ tells us is his body and blood. In this sacrament of the eucharist Jesus is really present to those who receive him. His flesh is real food and his blood is real drink because both of them nourish, they sustain us and keep us spiritually healthy. As we eat and drink from the one bread and cup the eucharist becomes a sign of the unity that we share and at the same time it also makes us one in Christ.
FUTURE: The eucharist is food for our journey, medicine for our health and strength for our future. Not simply about the past and present it directs us towards two futures. The first future means that the eucharist is a sign of our commitment to building up the kingdom of God here on earth. So receiving the eucharist is not just an act of devotion; it commits us to action. Through the grace of the Holy Spirit we pledge ourselves to playing our full part in the Church’s work of bringing about a world in which justice, peace and holiness reign. And the second future is in the afterlife. The eucharist is a pledge of the heavenly banquet that God has promised to those who listen to the voice of his Son. What we experience in the food of the eucharist is a foretaste of an eternal feast with God.
The feast of the Body and Blood of Christ allows us to thank God for this wonderful gift.
WORD OF GOD
He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me. (Matthew 10:40)
WORD FOR TODAY
The eucharist that we
celebrate is the very food that nourishes us on our Christian
journey of life. It’s not so much a reward as a medicine, not just
for good people
but for those who know their faults and want to be better.
PEOPLE WILL FORGET WHAT YOU SAID, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
(Bonnie Jean Wasmund)
WHOEVER PRACTISES HOSPITALITY entertains God himself.
THIS WEEK'S READINGS
Mon: Job 27 , Romans 11: 25-end, Luke 15: 1-10
Tues: Job 28, Romans 12: 1-8, Luke 15: 11-end
Wed: Job 29, Romans 12: 9-end, Luke 16: 1-18
Thurs: Job 30, Romans 13: 8-end, Luke 16: 19-end
Fri : Job 31, Romans 13: 8-end, Luke 17: 1-10
Sat: Job 32, Rom 14: 1-12, Luke 17: 11-19
NEXT SUNDAY : Zechariah 9: 9-12, Romans 7: 15-25a, S. Matthew 11: 16-19, 25-30