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
11 June 2017
Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church
Today's Scripture: Isaiah 40: 12-17, 27 - end 2 Cor 13: 11-end S. Matthew 28: 16-20
Today: 8.35 am Matins; 9.00 am Church School; 9.30 am Holy Eucharist; 6.00 pm Evening Pr.
This Week: Wed 5pm Evening Pr & Church Council Meeting; Thurs- Fri 12.30 pm Midday Pr.
Next Sunday: 8.35 am Matins; 9.00 am Church School; 9.30 am Holy Eucharist; 6.00 pm EP
Collect for Trinity Sunday
Almighty and everlasting God, who hast given unto us thy servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of the Divine Majesty to worship the Unity: We beseech thee, that thou wouldest keep us stedfast in this faith, and evermore defend us from all adversities, who livest and reignest, one God, world without end.
FAITH IN FOCUS: FAMILY TRAITS
Don’t be scared of the Trinity. It doesn’t have to be complicated even though in our heart of hearts we know we can never fully grasp what it’s all about. The Trinity means that although there is only one God, that same godhead comprises three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Together they form a family.
When St Paul used the name of the Trinity to bless people, he spoke of three broad activities that each one was responsible for. Of course, the Trinity is much more than these three things, and each person has a share in all of them. There are no demarcation disputes where the Trinity is concerned!
The thing that sprang to Paul’s mind for the Father was “love”. This may seem old hat to us, but in a pagan world, where the gods controlled people’s lives and demanded all sorts of sacrifices to ward off their wrath, the idea that God actually loves us seemed quite novel. God the Father not only loves us, he is love itself. And love cannot be kept to itself; it needs some sort of expression. The Father expressed his love by making men and women and giving them a wonderful place to live. When we show love to anyone else, it is really God’s love that we are passing on, since we can only love because we have God’s ever-present love within us.
“Grace” was the catch-all word that Paul used to describe Jesus. Grace is not a thing, even though our minds sometimes think of it in that way. Grace is the freely given state of favour that rests with us. God is on our side and provides us with the means to be fulfilled if only we ask for this favour. The ultimate sign of this was when Jesus set us right with God by atoning for our sinfulness through his death on the cross.
And Paul speaks of the Holy Spirit in terms of “fellowship”. The Holy Spirit is the bond of closeness and communion that completes the family of the Trinity. If we experience God’s grace and love it is through the Holy Spirit and this same Holy Spirit unites us with all those who are also sustained and comforted by God.
To live a life in the Trinity means to experience God’s love, to enjoy God’s favour and to be held together in a family of fellowship with God and with each other.
WORD OF GOD
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,
the love of God
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
be with you all. (II Corinthians 13:13)
TERTULLIAN, one of the theologians of the early church, explained the Trinity in a floral metaphor. God the Father he described as "a deep root", the Son as "the shoot that breaks forth into the world", and the Spirit as "that which spreads beauty and fragrance."
YOU ARE EVER ACTIVE, yet always at rest. You gather all things to yourself, though you suffer no need. You grieve for wrong, but suffer no pain. You can be angry and yet serene. Your works are varied, but your purpose is one and the same. You welcome those who come to you, even though you never lost them. You are never in need yet are glad to gain, never covetous yet you exact a return for your gifts. You release us from our debts, but you lose nothing thereby. You are my God, my Life, my holy Delight, but is this enough to say of you? Can anybody say enough when they speak of you? Yet woe betide those who are silent about you. (St Augustine)
THIS WEEK'S READINGS
Mon: Jer 9: 23-24 , Acts 4: 32-end, Acts 9: 26-31
Tues: Job 8, Romans 4: 13-end, Luke 10: 38-end
Wed: Job 9, Romans 5: 1-11, Luke 11: 1-13
Thurs: Job 10, Romans 5: 12-end, Luke 11: 14-28
Fri : Job 11, Romans 6: 1-14, Luke 11: 29-36
Sat: Job 12, Romans 6: 15-end, Luke 11: 37-end
NEXT SUNDAY : Exodus 19: 2-8a, Romans 5: 1-8, S. Matthew 9:35 - 10:8