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: Ezekiel 17: 22-end 2 Corinthians 5: 6-17 S. Mark 4: 26–34
Today: 8.35 am Matins; 9 am Ch School; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm E.P.
Mon: Queen's Birthday; Tues - Fri
12.30 pm Midday Prayers; Tues 5.30 pm Church Council Meets; Sat
7 am Garage/Jumble
Next Sunday: 8.35 am Matins; 9 am Church School; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm E.P.
2nd Sunday after Trinity
O Lord, who never failest to help and govern them whom thou dost
bring up in thy stedfast fear and love: Keep us, we beseech thee,
protection of thy good providence, and make us to have a perpetual fear and love of thy holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
FAITH IN FOCUS: THE INVISIBLE FORCE
Christians sometimes focus so much on the Church that they lose sight of the kingdom. They tend to think that the Church is the be-all and end-all of religious activity and they can become blind to the kingdom of God.
Yet the kingdom and the Church are not the same things. The Church is the bearer of the kingdom but not the exclusive owner. The kingdom, which Jesus today speaks about in his parables, is wider than the Church and is not so visible and tangible.
Jesus taught his disciples that the kingdom is already with us, though it can seem to be hidden. It has already been inaugurated, though it is yet to reach its fulfilment. Day after day it is unfurled, little by little in an almost unnoticeable way.
The ideals of the kingdom clash with the values of the world. That's because the kingdom is eternal and universal whereas the world is about fads and fashion, about exclusivity and partiality. The kingdom is about truth and life, whereas the world happily lies and trades in destruction of all types. The kingdom espouses holiness and grace, concepts which the secular world considers laudable but outmoded. And the kingdom's principles of justice, love and peace are more likely to be echoed in the world's pop songs than in its strategies.
Does this mean that we've nothing to hope for? That injustice, violence, corruption and oppression will always be with us? Is it just par for the course?
Jesus says not. With his arrival on earth the kingdom of God has begun to embed itself in all aspects of our world. There are invincible forces already at work as the world matures and the kingdom silently grows. Like a seed planted in a field it grows unobtrusively, by day and by night. Like a mustard seed it starts off tiny but becomes a force to be reckoned with. And even now we sometimes catch a glimpse of the power of the kingdom when world events are confounded and when men and women, even just for a moment, unite in a shared vision that reflects the will of God.
The kingdom is here now. The way we behave will help or hinder it. But it's bigger than all of us put together. That's why we pray: Thy kingdom come.
WORD OF GOD
Every tree of the field will learn that I, the Lord, am the one who stunts tall trees and makes the withered green.
(Ezekiel 17: 24)
WORD FOR TODAY
God's plan for the world, the setting-up of the kingdom, is taking place as history unfurls. We might not always be able to see its signs but Jesus assures us that it is occurring already. The crucial thing for us is not to wonder how this is happening but to make sure we are part of it.
A MIRACLE is not the breaking of the laws of a fallen world; it is the re-establishment of the laws of the kingdom. (Anthony Bloom)
THE KINGDOM IS SOMETHING WITHIN YOU which has the power of growth like a seed; something that you are searching for, and of whose values you become more confident and excited as the search proceeds and you discover truer, lovelier things which are constantly being surpassed; something for which you have to give everything you have, no less yet no more, including the earlier finds with which you were once so completely delighted.
THIS WEEK’S BIBLE READINGS
Mon: Ezra 1, Romans 9: 1-18, Luke 13: 1-9
Tues: Ezra 3, Romans 9: 19–end, Luke 13: 10–21
Wed: Ezra 4: 1-5, Romans 10: 1-10, Luke 13: 22–end
Thurs: Ezra 4: 7-end, Romans 10: 11-end, Luke 14: 1-11
Fri: Ezra 5, Romans 11: 1–12, Luke 14: 12-24
Sat: Ezra 6, Romans 11: 13-24, Luke 14: 25-end
NEXT SUNDAY: Job 38: 1-11, 2 Corinthians 6: 1-13, S. Mark 4: 35–end