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
Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church
Today's Scripture: 2 Samuel 11:26 - 12:10, 13-15 Galatians 2: 15-end S. John 3: 1-8
Today: 8.35 am Matins; 9 am Church School; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST and HOLY BAPTISM; 6pm E. Prayer.
This Week: Tues-Fri 12.30 pm Midday Prayer; Tues 5 pm Evening Prayer foll. by Church Council Meeting.
Next Sunday: 8.35am Matins; 9am Ch Sch; 9.30am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6pm EP
Welcome to Charles Jasper Hamilton Streeter and his parents and Godparents!
3rd Sunday after Trinity
FAITH IN FOCUS: 0.00% APR)
They say that personal debt is spiralling out of control and that credit card spending is the only thing keeping many people’s heads above water. For the moment, that is. The time will come when the Annual Percentage Rate will come and claim its spendthrift victims, whether they pay by one convenient monthly lump sum or not!
We’re not stupid. We all know that if we spend on account, we’ll have to repay it sooner or later, and there’ll be that extra bit on top. The only thing you get for nothing in this life is trouble.
Maybe that’s why the gospel of forgiveness sounds so strangely even in a Christian’s ears. For forgiveness is a grace that is given free. The only down payment is true sorrow and then there are no monthly repayments, ever. The APR is zero.
And so it is today that King David is caught out. He has committed adultery and premeditated murder. What’s his sentence? “The Lord forgives your sin; you are not to die.”
What it took for David to be forgiven was for him to admit his guilt and show a willingness to change. He made no excuses. He didn’t try to deny anything. He was just honest before God. And God was his normal self towards him. Faced with repentance God always forgives, unconditionally.
Because we’re brought up in a hard world where you can’t get anything for nothing, the concept of forgiveness disturbs us. We talk about “cheating justice”, about “going scot-free”, about being “let off” or “leaving the debt unpaid”.
Of course, the debt of our sin has been paid. Jesus wiped it out for us on Calvary. But that debt wasn’t wiped out so that we can go straight out and build up another one. Forgiveness gets us back on a firm footing so that we can move forward with a greater sense of security. That’s why, to every sinner in the full flush of forgiveness, Jesus says, “Your sins have been forgiven; go and sin no more.” Or perhaps, “Your debt has been wiped out. Isn’t it time you cut up your credit card?”
WORD OF GOD
David said to Nathan,
“I have sinned against the Lord.”
Then Nathan said to David,
“The Lord, for his part, forgives your sin;
you are not to die.”
(II Samuel 12:13)
WORD FOR TODAY
Forgiveness is a grace which cannot be kept; it must be passed on. As we come before our Father, let us pray that the grace of forgiveness granted to us may be seen in the way we pardon others.
(CHRISTIANS) KNOW WHENCE COMES THE LOVE AND MERCY OF GOD. So their confession of their sin is one with the confession of the mercy of God and thanksgiving for his forgiveness: “I will give thanks to the Lord by confessing my sins.” (Ps 32)
THIS WEEK’S BIBLE READINGS
Mon: Judges 8:22-end, Luke 15: 1-10, Romans 11: 25-end
Tues: Judges 9: 1-21, Luke 15: 11-end, Romans 12: 1-8
Wed: Judges 9: 22-end, Luke 16: 1-18, Romans 12: 9-end
Thurs: Judges 11: 1-11, Luke 16: 19-end, Romans 13: 1-7
Fri: Judges 11: 29-end, Luke 17: 1-10, Romans 13: 8-end
Sat: Judges 12: 1-7, Luke 17: 11-19, Romans 14: 1-12
NEXT SUNDAY: Isaiah 65: 1-9, Galatians 3: 23-end, S. Luke 8: 26-39