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
31 July 2016
Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church
Today's Scripture: Ecclesiastes 1: 2, 12–14; 2: 18-23 Col 3: 1- 11 S. Luke 12: 13-21
Today: 9.00 am Matins; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6pm E. Prayer.
This Week: Sat (Transfiguration) 12.30 pm Holy Communion.
Next Sunday: 9.00 am Matins; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6pm E. Prayer.
FAITH IN FOCUS: FOUND A PENNY LOST A POUND
The preacher in today’s reading summed it all up: “Vanity of vanities! All is vanity!” The Hebrew word for vanity means “emptiness” or a mere “breath of air”, something that is insubstantial, here today and gone tomorrow. What the preacher is trying to get across is that there is no point in getting involved with working, earning and enjoying possessions if at the same time we miss out on the real happiness of life.
A young man once found a £20 note on the pavement. From that time on he never lifted his eyes from the ground when walking. In the course of 40 years he accumulated 29,516 buttons, 54,172 pins, 7 pennies, a bent back and a miserly disposition. At the same time, he lost the glories of the sunlight, the smiles of friends, the songs of birds, the beauties of flowers, trees, blue skies and all that is worth living for in life: the opportunity to serve his fellow men and women, to spread happiness and to walk with God.
Most of us have to work in order to live. But we don’t have to join the rat race. We need money to buy food and clothes but if we don’t enjoy what we are doing then we live unfulfilled lives. Nothing that we possess actually belongs to us; it passes to the next generation.
Jesus tells us that our life is not made secure by what we own but by our relationship with God and others, particularly with our families. We can become distracted by what the world considers important - money, power, status - and if we are distracted, then our toil and work is like the breath of wind here one minute, gone the next.
It is only through God that my toil, my work, my enjoyment of life can have meaning and purpose. It is in that relationship with God that I can be free to work, free to use the fruits of my labour to serve God and the people around me. In that relationship with God I can be free to love and care, free from the bonds of greed to enjoy life, to discover the beauty of relationships with those who care for me as I am, and the thrill of knowing that when this life is ended, I will be given eternal wealth.
WORD OF GOD
A man who has laboured wisely,
skilfully and successfully
must leave what is his own
to someone who has not toiled for it at all.
WORD FOR TODAY
When we own everything we ever dreamed of, what will we do next? Fulfilment here and life in the hereafter is all that matters. And possessions cannot guarantee this for they are basically hollow. Today’s reading reminds us that seeking after earthly success is nothing more than vanity.
THE PROBLEM with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat. (Lily Tomlin)
THINK about what you want people to say about you after you die, and live backward.
THIS WEEK’S BIBLE READINGS
Mon: 1 Samuel 24, Acts 3: 11-end, S. Mark 2:23 - 3:6
Tues: 1 Samuel 26, Acts 4: 1-12, Mark 3: 7-19a
Wed: 1 Samuel 28: 3-end, Acts 4: 13–31, Mk 3: 1b-end
Thurs: 1 Samuel 31, Acts 4:32 – 5:11, Mark 4: 1-20
Fri: 2 Samuel 1, Acts 5: 12-26, Mark 4: 21-34
Sat (TRANSFIGURATION): Daniel 7: 9-10, 13-14, 2 Peter 1: 16-19, S. Luke 9: 28-36
NEXT SUNDAY : Genesis 15: 1-6, Hebrews 11: 1-3, 8-16, S. Luke 12: 32-40