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

www.churchofenglandcayman.com

rector@churchofenglandcayman.com

9 July 2017

Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church

Today's Scripture: Zechariah 9: 9-12     Romans 7: 15-25a      S. Matthew 11: 16-19, 25-30

Today[Summer Schedule]: 9.00 am Matins; 9.30 am Holy Eucharist; 6.00 pm Evening Pr.

This Week: Tues-Fri 12.30 pm Midday Prayers, Wed 5 pm EP foll. by Church Council Meeting

Next Sunday : 9.00 am Matins; 9.30 am Holy Eucharist; 6.00 pm EP


Collect for Fourth Sunday after Trinity

O God, the protector of all that trust in thee, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us thy mercy; that, thou being our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we finally lose not the things eternal: Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ's sake our Lord.


FAITH IN FOCUS: DON’T BE FOOLED

A pensioner waiting at the bus stop with several heavy bags of shopping noticed a young man whose face was covered in tattoos and whose ears, eyebrows and nose were pierced with rings. When the bus arrived, the man helped her on with her shopping. When she got off, he did the same before getting back on the bus and continuing on his journey. She commented how ashamed she felt at forming a bad opinion of the man from no evidence other than his looks. And looks, of course, can easily fool us.

No doubt some of the Jews under occupation thought it farcical that their liberator would come riding on a donkey. And when Jesus started talking about being gentle and humble of heart it probably seemed as if he had lost the plot.

Yet it was this very gentleness and humility that would win over the hearts and minds of even the hardest sinners. For they recognised that Jesus was not there to create an atmosphere around himself. He had no edge. His words brought an inner calm. He invited them to look into their own hearts and to respond accordingly.

For gentleness is not the same as weakness. Ask any doctor. The gentleness of the surgeon’s hands produces the most amazing results. Ask those who follow Gandhi. His peaceable style brought about a cultural and political revolution. Ask conscientious objectors who serve on the front line of battle as medics. They can be powerful witnesses. And humility is not the same as self-deprecation. It means boasting about God rather than ourselves, giving the credit to the true source of all our gifts, the origin of our successes.

Being gentle and humble of heart means that we still find ourselves in the thick of things. But what we don’t do is to bully others into doing what we want them to do or go around blowing our own trumpet and looking for accolades. Don’t be fooled by Christians who are gentle and humble. They are among the most effective of people. But their daily yoke is shared by an unseen helper; and their burdens seem lighter.

WORD OF GOD

See now, your king comes to you;

he is victorious, he is triumphant,

humble and riding on a donkey.

(Zechariah 9:9)


WORD FOR TODAY

Few things can seem so ludicrous as a king riding triumphantly on a donkey. Yet it is by overthrowing the values of the world that Jesus breaks the cycle of evil and establishes peace and justice. For him, humility and gentleness will conquer all.


EVERYONE THINKS his own burden is heavy.

(French proverb)


WE CAN EASILY MANAGE if we will only take, each day, the burden appointed to it. But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday's burden over again today, and then add the burden of the morrow before we are required to bear it.

(John Newton)



THIS WEEK'S READINGS

Mon: Job 33 , Romans 14: 13-end, Luke 17: 20-end

Tues: Job 38, Romans 15: 1-13, Luke 18: 1-14

Wed: Job 39, Romans 15: 14-21, Luke 18: 15-30

Thurs: Job 40, Romans 15: 22-end, Luke 18: 31-end

Fri : Job 41, Romans 16: 1-16, Luke 19: 1-10

Sat: Job 42, Rom 16: 17-end, Luke 19: 11-27

NEXT SUNDAY : Isaiah 55: 10-13, Romans 8: 1-11, S. Matthew 13: 1-9, 18-23