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
3 July 2016
Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church
Today's Scripture: Isaiah 66: 10–14 Galatians 6: 1-16 S. Luke 10: 1-11, 16-20
Today: 8.35 am Matins; 9 am Church School; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6pm E. Prayer.
This Week: Tues - Fri 12.30 pm Midday Prayer; Sat 10 a.m. Prison Ministry
Next Sunday: 8.35am Matins; 9am Ch Sch; 9.30am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6pm EP
FAITH IN FOCUS: MAKING PEACE
Peace is complex matter. We tend to think of it as a thing, something that can be won or lost, something that brings about an end to war and terrorism. So we think of peace as a lack of conflict, a time when we don’t have to worry about those unclaimed packages on the train, when arrests on suspicion of terrorism are a thing of the past.
In reality this is not peace; it’s only a type of truce, because peace can never be the absence of something. It’s always the presence of something. Peace is not a static situation where nobody is fighting against anyone else. It is a dynamic thing which has to be worked for, and then supported and maintained by justice.
It doesn’t take a genius to know that the peace God promised through Isaiah two and half thousand years ago has only been enjoyed for very brief periods. Jerusalem is, of course, the centre of daily attacks and outrages. Yet God promises to send peace there like a flowing river. So where is it?
Perhaps we can say two things. The first is that each of us has to play our part in making peace. We may be tempted to think that our individual efforts to be peaceful people can have little effect in Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel and Palestine. Of course, to a degree this is true. But if everyone worked to make their own patch of the world a just and peaceful place, then the chance of global peace would be greater.
The second point is that the Christian Church cannot simply preach peace, sing about it and lament its absence. We have to make representations so that just and equitable decisions are made in our name that affect the lives of others. We have to support those who are fighting for civil and political structures that respect the rights of other people. Everyone is in favour of peace, but we have to work to see that peace does not come at the price of some people’s rights and freedom.
The peace that Jesus promised is one which the world cannot give. Yet even the world’s peace is worth fighting for.
WORD OF GOD
For thus says the Lord:
Now towards Jerusalem I send flowing
peace, like a river,
and like a stream in spate
the glory of the nations.(Isaiah 66: 12)
WORD FOR TODAY
Where is this peace that God promised to send? Either God has not kept the bargain or we have failed to be bearers of peace in the circumstances of our daily lives. For peace is not a thing; peace is peaceful people. And even in the most severe conflicts peaceful people always end up prevailing.
WHERE PEOPLE ARE PRAYING FOR PEACE the cause of peace is being strengthened by their very act of prayer, for they are themselves becoming immersed in the spirit of peace. (John Macquarrie)
THERE ARE TWO POWERS: the sword and the spirit. But the spirit has always vanquished the sword.
THIS WEEK’S BIBLE READINGS
Mon: 1 Sam 5, Lk 20:41 - 21:4, 2 Cor 6:1 - 7:1
Tues: 1 Sam 6: 1-16, Luke 21: 5-19, 2 Cor 7: 2- end
Wed: 1 Samuel 7, Luke 21: 20–28, 2 Cor 8: 1-15
Thurs: 1 Sam 8, Luke 21: 29–end, 2 Cor 8:16 - 9:5
Fri: 1 Sam 9: 1-14, Luke 22: 1-13, 2 Cor 9: 6-end
Sat: 1 Sam 9:15 - 10:1, Luke 22: 14-23, 2 Cor 10
NEXT SUNDAY : Deuteronomy 30: 9–14, Colossians 1: 1-14, S. Luke 10: 25-37