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
30 July 2017
Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church
Today's Scripture: 1 Kings 3: 5-12 Romans 8: 26-39 S. Matthew 13: 31-33, 44-52
Today: 9.00 am Matins; 9.30 am Holy Eucharist; 6.00 pm Evening Pr.
This Week: Tues - Fri 12.30 pm Midday Prayers
Next Sunday : 9.00 am Matins; 9.30 am Holy Eucharist; 6.00 pm EP
Collect for Seventh 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 religion, nourish us with all goodness, and of thy great mercy keep us in the same; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
FAITH IN FOCUS: NONE THE WISER?
There are lots of jokes about the genie in the bottle who offers people three wishes. Whatever the joke, the punch-line is always the same: the people end up squandering their good fortune or getting more than they bargained for.
What made Solomon wise was the fact that he knew his own weaknesses and sought make himself a better person. He didn’t ask for fame or wealth. Knowing that he was young and unskilled in government, he asked God to make him into a really good king for his people.
For wisdom isn’t about being worldly wise or streetwise. It’s not a question of intelligence or even being a clever person. Wisdom is about looking at yourself and the world and seeing what God sees. And when you look at yourself and see what is missing, it’s about doing something to make up the gap.
Jesus knew only too well that people set their priorities in all sorts of different directions. Yet he tells them that if they were really wise they would forget about all the trivialities of life and seek to live in the kingdom of God. To know the importance of this is to possess a pearl of great price. A pearl of such price, he says, that we ought to be prepared to lose everything else in order to possess it.
Some people don’t know where to look for this pearl of great price. So their search takes them to Tarot cards and Feng Shui and they end up none the wiser. Others have glimpsed the pearl but were unaware of its value, so they stop going to church because they have to take their children to sport on Sunday mornings. And then there are those who know how valuable a gift lies within their grasp and they struggle daily to possess it. Which are you?
WORD OF GOD
I give you a heart wise and shrewd
as none before you has had
and none will have after you.
(I Kings 3:12)
WORD FOR TODAY
A good way of knowing
want you want out of life is to think of what you would write on
your own epitaph. Would it differ from what those who do not know
would write? Jesus tells us that true wisdom is available to those who ask for it. And it is only to be found in God’s word.
THE NATURAL MEANING of the words is, that the Gospel does not receive from us the respect which it deserves, unless we prefer it to all the riches, pleasures, honours, and advantages of the world, and to such an extent, that we are satisfied with the spiritual blessings which it promises, and throw aside every thing that would keep us from enjoying them. (Calvin)
TELL ME WHAT YOU ARE BUSY ABOUT and I will tell you what you are.
THIS WEEK'S READINGS
Mon: Ezek 14: 12-end, 2 Cor 11: 1-15, Luke 22: 24-30
Tues: Ezek 18: 1-20, 2 Cor 11: 16-end, Luke 22: 31-38
Wed: Ezek 18: 21-32, 2 Cor 12, Luke 22: 39-46
Thurs: Ezek 20: 1-20, 2 Corinthians 13, Luke 22: 47-62
Fri : Ezekiel 20: 21-38, James 1: 1-11, Luke 22: 63-end
Sat: Ezek 24: 15-end, James 1: 12-end, Luke 23: 1-12
NEXT SUNDAY (TRANSFIGURATION): Daniel 7: 9-10, 13-14, 2 Peter 1: 16-19, S. Luke 9: 28-36