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: Amos 7: 7-15 Ephesians 1: 3-14 S. Mark 6: 14–29
Today: 9 am Matins & Litany; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm E.P.
This Week: Tues - Fri 12.30 pm Midday Prayers.
Next Sunday: 9.00 am Matins and Litany; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm E.P.
6th Sunday after Trinity
O God, who hast prepared for them that love thee such good things as
pass man's understanding: Pour into our hearts such love toward thee,
we, loving thee above all things, may obtain thy promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
FAITH IN FOCUS: SING A SONG OF JUSTICE
The guest speaker told the guests at the black-tie affair that their fashionable function was all very fine but they were so inward-looking that they failed to see in their own very districts the sort of needy people they were always giving second-hand items to. “Take the noise of your songs away from me; I won’t listen to the melody of your harps. Instead, let justice roll down like the waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” The local politician, Amaziah, was not thrilled; he told the speaker, Amos, to push off.
Amos was never one to pull his punches. He told it as he saw it. And what he saw was a bunch of people who took refuge in a dangerous complacency. They had fine venues to gather in; they had lovely clothes, all the latest songs and all the politically most correct platitudes that tripped off the lips. But it took place in an atmosphere of comfortable self-congratulation.
The constant danger with well-heeled social activism is that because it is centred on the gathering of the great and the good, we can end up forgetting about the actual plight of God’s people “on the other side of the tracks”, or in prison. Now, true worship requires conversion, and conversion includes our active care and concern for the world’s needy. So worship doesn’t operate in a vacuum. It presupposes that Christian worshippers are also vigorous in charity, wherever it is required: on our doorstep, in our society and in our world.
Our churches would probably be empty if we turned our services into black-tie affairs or political rallies. But our songs, our prayers and our symbols speak loudly about the central act of Jesus in setting us free by his death on the cross. Liturgy is about liberation. It proclaims that in water, oil, bread and wine Christ offers all people freedom to live as God intended.
The Eucharist should be the liberating adventure of the whole Church, the sacrament that frees us from our unhealthy self-absorption and melts our self-satisfied cold isolation from the cries of the voiceless. Our worship is in spirit and truth only when it unites us into a bond of believers who agonise for a Church of charity and a world in which God’s righteousness prevails.
WORD OF GOD
Go away, seer;
get back to the land of Judah;
earn your bread there,
do your prophesying there.
WORD FOR TODAY
Prophets deliver their message come what may. They are consistent whatever the weather. What about us? Are there aspects of our faith we are reluctant to talk about? Are there areas of our life that we keep our faith separate from? How faithful are we to our calling as prophets of the Good News?
THE LITURGY not only proclaims the justice of God's kingdom as something that needs doing, but it actually renders it present, not as one of our achievements but as a gift of God. In its presence we are confronted with that which we are called to be, with that which God would make us be, if we were to permit it. Saying "Amen" to any liturgical prayer is really saying "Anathema" to all that is opposed to God's kingdom.
THIS WEEK’S BIBLE READINGS
Mon : Esther 4, 2 Corinthians 6:1 - 7:1, Luke 20:41 - 21:4
Tues: Esther 5, 2 Corinthians 7: 2–end, Luke 21: 5–19
Wed: Esther 6: 1-13, 2 Cor 8: 1-15, Luke 21: 20–28
Thurs: Esther 6:14 - 7.end, 2 Corinthians 8:16 - 9:5, Luke 21: 29-end
Fri: Esther 8, 2 Corinthians 9: 6-end, Luke 22: 1-13
Sat: Esther 9: 20-28, 2 Corinthians 10, Luke 22: 14-23
NEXT SUNDAY: Jeremiah 23: 1-6, Ephesians 2: 11-end, S. Mark 6: 30–34, 53-end