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

16 July 2017

Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church

Today's Scripture: Isaiah 55: 10-13     Romans 8: 1-11      S. Matthew 13: 1-9, 18-23

Today: 9.00 am Matins; 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 : 9.00 am Matins; 9.30 am Holy Eucharist; 6.00 pm EP


Collect for Fifth 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: TIME TO SOW

Sometimes when a person dies young, people say that although they had a short life they nevertheless managed to pack a lifetime into it. What they mean, of course, is that the person lived their life in such a way as to make the most of every opportunity.

Today we are reminded in our scripture readings that God never lets anybody pass through this world without giving them the opportunity to know him and to make the decision to love him in return. His word is efficacious: it does what it sets out to do; it always has an effect.

So when we hear the parable of the sower we once again hear God telling us that each day he speaks to us and waits for a response on our part. It would be a pointless exercise for God to create people and then never give them the chance of knowing him. We presume that if someone lived all their life on a desert island and never heard of Jesus, God would use some other way of alerting them to his existence and would judge them according to the way they responded to their limited understanding.

Of course, it’s different for us. We have chance after chance to hear the word of God and to know of God’s plan for each of us in Jesus Christ. What matters for us is the sort of soil we provide that will either help the word to grow or will smother it.

Do we live life on the edge of the path, never really letting the word get a hold? Are we on the rocks of life, where we are so absorbed in getting and having, in making a good impression and having a good time, that our response to God is soon forgotten? Or perhaps we would like to make a better start to things, but the people we are with make this difficult, like the thorns which choke the seed?

Wherever we are, we can be sure that God gives us the chance to receive the seed of his word in rich and fruitful soil at some time in our life. But since we don’t live for ever, it would be a pity to let the sower pass when we were otherwise engaged.

WORD OF GOD

As the rain and the snow come down from the heavens

and do not return without watering the earth...

so the word that goes from my mouth

does not return to me empty. (Isaiah 55:10-11)


WORD FOR TODAY

God’s word is not a take it or leave it affair. It is not just one more drop in a sea of opinions. It is the truth, the word that brings life. Everyone is given the opportunity to respond to this word according to their own lights. How much have I taken it to heart and how central is it to my daily decisions?


IN THE LITURGY God speaks to his people and Christ is still proclaiming his Gospel. (Vatican II)




THE REASON THAT THE SCRIPTURES continue to be read in the liturgical assembly is that their meaning and power may be intensified and that their author (ultimately, as we believe, God himself) be made more present. "Christ is present in his word, since it is he himself who speaks when the holy scriptures are read in the church". (William Skudlarek)



THIS WEEK'S READINGS

Mon: Ezek 1: 1-14, 2 Cor 1: 1-14, Luke 19: 28-40

Tues: Ezek 1:15 - 2:2, 2 Cor 1:15 - 2:4, Luke 19: 41-end

Wed: Ezek 2:3 - 3:11, 2 Cor 2: 5-end, Luke 20: 1-8

Thurs: Ezek 3: 12-end, 2 Corinthians 3, Luke 20: 9-19

Fri : Ezek 8, 2 Corinthians 4, Luke 20: 20-26

Sat: 1 Sam 16: 14-end, Luke 8: 1-3, Mark 15:40 - 16:7

NEXT SUNDAY : Isaiah 44: 6-8, Romans 8: 12-25, S. Matthew 13: 24-30, 36-43