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
Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church
Today's Scripture: Ezekiel 2: 1-5 2 Corinthians 12: 2-10 S. Mark 6: 1–13
Today: 9 am Matins & Litany; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm E.P.
Tues - Fri
S. Alban's Summer Camp 8.30am - 12.30pm: Midday Prayers at 12.15 pm;
Sat 10 am Prison
Next Sunday: 9.00 am Matins and Litany; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm E.P.
5th Sunday after Trinity
Grant, O Lord, we beseech thee, that the course of this world may be
so peaceably ordered by thy governance, that thy Church may
joyfully serve thee in all godly quietness; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
FAITH IN FOCUS: PROPHECY ON BRICK STREET?
No one wants to think of Mrs Blatherthorpe at 37 Brick St as a prophet. That's because she's just ordinary, like everyone else on Brick St. We expect prophets to be a bit more spectacular, perhaps with long straggly hair, a wooden staff and a book of blessings and curses. But it's not to be.
Prophets are not fortune-tellers. They are spokespeople. Rather than predict the future, they tell us what God wants us to know about the present. In the bible the only predicting they ever did was about the birth of the Messiah. Usually they were in the thick of it announcing the mind of God and denouncing corrupt practices.
And contrary to popular opinion, they did not die out in biblical times. They are alive and well and living somewhere close to you today. For prophecy is what God demands of all Christians (speaking up for their faith) and is a gift that is given in special measure to certain chosen individuals.
The word prophet comes from two Greek words that mean to speak on behalf of. So a prophet speaks on behalf of God. And prophets are found in the most unlikely of circumstances. Besides Mrs Blatherthorpe at number 37 there may be a number of politicians, religious leaders, sports men and women, teachers, parents, celebrities and entertainers whose words are God-centred when they speak up publicly about issues that affect our life. But what today's gospel shows us is that the people on Brick St will never accept Mrs Blatherthorpe because a prophet is rarely accepted in his or her own territory.
To be keyed-in to prophecy means keeping an ear out for those people who are unafraid of bringing God's word to bear in situations of injustice and exploitation and whose actions support the poor, the vulnerable and the needy. It also means being faithful to our baptismal promise to be prophets ourselves by the way we live our lives and are prepared in big ways and small to stand up for what is right and what comes from God. Like Mrs Blatherthorpe at number 37.
WORD OF GOD
Whether they listen or not,
this set of rebels shall know
there is a prophet among them.
WORD FOR TODAY
Where would you look today if you were trying to find a prophet? God never ceases to send men and women to us who are capable of speaking up for his cause. They are certainly here among us, but how do we know who they are?
IT IS NO USE ARGUING with a prophet; you can only disbelieve him. (Winston Churchill)
WE HAVE MADE THIS MEMORIAL to commemorate those who have fought already, and to train those who shall fight hereafter.
(Chapel of Modern Martyrs, St Paul's Cathedral)
REMEMBER THAT YOU MAY BE THE ONLY COPY of the gospels that some people will ever see.
THIS WEEK’S BIBLE READINGS
Mon : Nehemiah 12: 27-47, 2 Corinthians 1: 1-14, Luke 19: 28-40
Tues: Nehem 13: 1-14, 2 Cor 1:15 – 2:4, Luke 19: 41–end
Wed: Nehem 13: 15-end, 2 Cor 2: 5-end, Luke 20: 1–8
Thurs: Esther 1, 2 Corinthians 3, Luke 20: 9-19
Fri: Esther 2, 2 Corinthians 4, Luke 20: 20-26
Sat: Esther 3, 2 Corinthians 5, Luke 20: 27-40
NEXT SUNDAY: Amos 7: 7-15, Ephesians 1: 3-14, S. Mark 6: 14–29