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: 2 Kings 4: 42-end Ephesians 3: 14-end S. John 6: 1-21
Today: 9 am Matins; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm E.P.
This Week: Tues-Fri 12.30 pm Midday Prayers.
Next Sunday: 9.00 am Matins; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm E.P.
8th Sunday after Trinity
O God, whose never-failing providence ordereth all things both in
heaven and earth: We humbly beseech thee to put away from us all
things, and to give us those things which be profitable for us; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
FAITH IN FOCUS: ACTION REPLAY
Think what it was that Jesus did in the sight of the 5,000. He took the bread (and fish). He said a blessing of thanks to God. He broke the bread. And he gave it to the disciples to hand it out.
Ring any bells? Of course it does. Those four actions, (taking, blessing, breaking and giving) are exactly what Jesus did at the Last Supper. After the resurrection the apostles continued to repeat these actions when they gathered together to remember their Lord. And right down to today they are the same actions that Christians perform when they celebrate the Eucharist.
We take the bread and wine. Not only physically presenting it and preparing it on the altar, but also recalling that these elements were given to us first by God and now we refashion them and set them before God.
In a prayer of thanksgiving we then bless God for creating and redeeming us in Christ, and we ask God’s blessing upon the bread and wine that by the power of the Holy Spirit it may become for us the body and blood of Christ.
We break the bread that is to be shared in communion. Communion is not first and foremost just about me and God, about my host or wafer. St Paul tells us that the bread is made from grain scattered on the hillside, and that we share in the one loaf and one cup in order to become one body in Christ.
Finally, the priest and other ministers give the body and blood to us in communion. Because we share a unity and peace with each other as brothers and sisters in Christ, we move forward together to eat and drink the food of life, to share communion with God and each other.
These four actions, take-bless-break-give, are the key to understanding what Christians do when they celebrate the Eucharist. Our “Amen” when we receive communion is a sign of our readiness as a community to actually become what we eat: the Body of Christ, the Church.
WORD OF GOD
Give it to the people to eat, said Elisha,
for the Lord says this:
They will eat and have some left over.
(II Kings 4:43)
WORD FOR TODAY
The feeding of the 5,000 is etched on our memories. Jesus gives the crowd bread and fish to eat. But the postscript is easily overlooked. When everyone had finished there were 12 hampers left over. God always gives us much more than we need or ever dare to ask for.
WHOSE BREAD I eat, his song I sing.
THERE IS IN EVERY MIRACLE a silent chiding of the world, and a tacit reprehension of them who require or who need miracles.
THIS WEEK’S BIBLE READINGS
Mon : Jer 31: 23-25, 27-37, James 2: 1-13, Luke 23: 13-25
Tues: Jeremiah 32: 1-15, James 2: 14-end, Luke 23: 26–43
Wed: Jeremiah 33: 1-13, James 3, Luke 23: 44–56a
Thurs: Jer 33: 14-end, James 4: 1-12, Luke 23:56b - 24:12
Fri: Jeremiah 35, James 4:13 - 5:6, Luke 24: 13-35
Sat: Jeremiah 36: 1-18, James 5: 7-end, S. Luke 24: 36-end
NEXT SUNDAY: Exodus 16: 2-4, 9-15, Ephesians 4: 1-16, S. John 6: 24-35