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: Jeremiah 23: 1-6 Ephesians 2: 11-end S. Mark 6: 30–34, 53-end
Today: 9 am Matins; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm E.P.
12.30 pm Midday Prayers; Wed (S. Mary Magdalene) 5 pm Holy Communion;
Sat 10 am Prison Ministry,
12.30 pm (S. James, Ap) Holy Communion.
Next Sunday: 9.00 am Matins; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm E.P.
7th Sunday after Trinity
Lord of all power and might, who art the author and giver of all good
things: Graft in our hearts the love of thy name, increase in us true
nourish us with all goodness, and of thy great mercy keep us in the same; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
FAITH IN FOCUS: BLACK SHEEP
A wise man once said that anyone can be kind to a poor person who deserves it. But what marks out a great person is how they react to the undeserving poor. In other words, most of us have an instinctive response when we read a newspaper story of some innocent person who has been left homeless. But our reaction is usually different when we read of someone who has made themselves homeless through drink or drugs. We say it’s their own fault, it’s self-inflicted and they should have thought about the consequences before embarking on this course of action.
If you ever spend a holiday in the countryside and get the chance to watch a sheep-farmer at work, you’ll notice that most of his time is spent with those sheep who have got themselves into some sort of mess. The common or garden sheep does not claim so much of his time. So it’s the lamb who won’t suckle properly at the ewe, the ram that’s got his horns stuck in a boundary fence and the yearling that’s wandered off to the edge of the mountain quarry that get all the attention.
When God looks at his people he loves all the sheep of his flock. But he has a particular concern for those who have got themselves into difficulty. Today through Jeremiah he berates the shepherds that have allowed the sheep to be scattered, and Jesus looks out on the crowd and sees sheep without any shepherd at all.
If God is going to be able to pasture his flock in our day, then it must be through the Church taking seriously its shepherding role. How do we react to those in our flock who have got themselves into a mess? Do we denounce the unfashionable of our society, the beggars, the homeless, those addicted to drugs or alcohol, those who are refugees or asylum seekers? Or do we see it as part of our calling to rehabilitate those who have wandered onto a barren track? And if so, how do we go about it without throwing in the towel and blaming it all on the social services or the lack of government funds?
How we react to the “undeserving” is the acid test of our shepherding skills. We may not presume to know God's assessment about a "black sheep" of the family; but we have been told of His mind on the lost sheep that needs bringing back into the fold.
WORD OF GOD
I will raise up shepherds
to look after them and pasture them;
no fear, no terror for them any more;
not one shall be lost.
WORD FOR TODAY
Sometimes we can try so hard to practise our religion that we fail to enjoy the view en route. Today God reminds us that his overarching love for us will never fail. We form part of a flock that he will provide for always. Although we can’t afford to rest on our laurels, we can take a bit of a break on Christ’s.
IT IS EASY in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after your own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson)
THIS WEEK’S BIBLE READINGS
Mon : Jeremiah 26, 2 Corinth 11:1-15, Luke 22: 24-30
Tues: Jer 28, 2 Corinthians 11: 16–end, Luke 22: 31–38
Wed (S. Mary Magdalene): SongSol 3: 1-4, 2 Cor 5: 14-17, S. John 20: 1–2, 11-18
Thurs: Jer 30: 1-11, 2 Corinthians 13, Luke 22: 47-62
Fri: Jer 30: 12-22, James 1: 1-11, Luke 22: 63-end
Sat (S. James, Ap): Jeremiah 45: 1-5, Acts 11:27 - 12:2, S. Matthew 20: 20-28
NEXT SUNDAY: 2 Kings 4: 42-end, Ephesians 3: 14-end, S. John 6: 1-21