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: Genesis 3: 8-15 2 Corinthians 4:13 – 5:1 S. Mark 3: 20–end
Today: 8.35 am Matins & Litany; 9 am Ch School; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm E.P.
This Week: Tues, Wed, Fri 12.30 pm Midday Prayers; Thurs, S. Barnabas, Ap HC 5 pm, Sat 10 am Prison Ministry.
Next Sunday: 8.35 am Matins; 9 am Church School; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm E.P.
1st Sunday after Trinity
FAITH IN FOCUS: ON MEDICINE FOR LIFE
There can be nothing sadder than listening to someone who believes that they are not good enough to go to communion. They feel that they are unworthy and they simply stay put in their seat when the rest of the congregation gets up to eat and drink the body and blood of Christ during the celebration of Mass.
Of course none of us is good enough. That's why we say, "Lord, I am not worthy... " just before we approach the altar. We realise that we mere human beings cannot presume to receive such a gift without acknowledging our unworthiness. But beneath this idea of unworthiness there may lie a fatal error.
Communion is not for good people. It's for people who are not very good, who are sinners but who want to get better. The doctrine of the Body and Blood of Christ teaches us that communion is not a reward but a medicine.
When we eat and drink Christ's body and blood we are signing up to be better. Some of the Church's early hymn-writers used a lovely phrase to describe the eucharist: they called it food for the journey. An ancient hymn (O, Esca Viatorum: O, Food of Travellers) makes it clear that the eucharist is not some celebratory picnic on the journey but is the survival rations, the staff of life.
At the Last Supper when Jesus instituted the eucharist he commanded us to eat and drink and to do this in memory of his death and resurrection. God has made an agreement (a covenant) with us through the death and resurrection of Jesus. He will be our God and we will be his people by ratifying the covenant: by eating and drinking in memory of Jesus.
The eucharist is our way of signing-up again and again to the promises of God, showing our renewed commitment and gratefully receiving God's gift. Saint Ignatius of Antioch called the eucharist "the medicine of immortality, the antidote which prevents us from dying so we can live forever in Jesus Christ." Feasting on the Body and Blood of Christ we share in communion here on earth, and we pray that one day we may be found rejoicing together at the everlasting meal of heaven.
WORD OF GOD
The cup of salvation I will raise; I will call on the Lord's name. (Psalm 115:13)
WORD FOR TODAY
Contrary to popular thought, going to Communion is not a sign that we are good. It's a sign that we need to be better. Eating and drinking the body and blood of Christ is the spiritual medicine that helps us stay close to our God.
WE ARE NOT PEOPLE WITH UNGRATEFUL HEARTS; it is true, we do not sacrifice to such beings who, far from bestowing their benefits upon us, are our enemies. But to God who has bestowed upon us an abundance of benefits we fear being ungrateful. The sign of this gratitude towards God is the bread called eucharist.
YOU, HOWEVER, ARE THE BODY OF CHRIST AND HIS MEMBERS. If, therefore, you are the Body of Christ and his members, your mystery is presented at the table of the Lord, you receive your mystery. To that which you are, you answer: "Amen"; and by answering, you subscribe to it. For you hear: "The Body of Christ!" and you answer: "Amen!" Be a member of Christ's Body, so that your "Amen" may be the truth. (Augustine of Hippo)
THIS WEEK’S BIBLE READINGS
Mon: 2 Chron 33: 1-13, Romans 7: 1-6, Luke 12: 1-12
Tues: 2 Chron 34: 1-18, Rom 7: 7–end, Luke 12: 13–21
Wed: 2 Chron 34: 19-end, Rom 8: 1-11, Luke 12: 22–31
Thurs (S. BARNABAS, Ap): Job 29: 11-16, Acts 11: 19-end, S. John 15: 12-17
Fri: 2 Chron 35:20 - 36:10, Rom 8: 18–30, Luke 12: 41-48
Sat: 2 Chron 36: 11-end, Rom 8: 31-end, Luke 12: 49-end
NEXT SUNDAY: Ezekiel 17: 22-end, 2 Corinthians 5: 6-17, S. Mark 4: 26–34