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: Job 38: 1-11 2 Corinthians 6: 1-13 S. Mark 4: 35–end
Today: 8.35 am Matins; 9 am Ch School; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm E.P.
This Week: Tues, Thurs - Fri 12.30 pm Midday Prayers; Wed (Nativity of S. John the Baptist) 5pm Holy Communion; Sat 10 am Prison
Next Sunday: 8.35 am Matins; 9 am Church School; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm E.P.
3rd Sunday after Trinity
O Lord, we beseech thee mercifully to hear us; and grant that we, to
whom thou hast given an hearty desire to pray, may by thy mighty aid
defended and comforted in all dangers and adversities; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
FAITH IN FOCUS: WHEN GOD SLEEPS
When we teach children about the calming of the storm we use a well tried and tested route. We talk about not having to get upset when things go wrong because Jesus is there to take care of it. And there’s nothing wrong with this.
But adults are nagged by a further question. Jesus was sleeping. What happens when our world is turned upside down and God seems just to have dozed off, unaware of what we are going through and helpless to come to our aid? And at certain times in our lives God can seem to be a Rip Van Winkle god, one who can’t be roused at all.
No sensible person expects God to be at our beck and call calming every minor storm that brews up in our lives. God is not a jack-in-the-box who jumps out when we release the catch.
So in today’s gospel story it is worth noticing that Jesus does not rebuke the disciples for being afraid in the boat. He remonstrates with them for their lack of faith. Their fear is only natural but he chides them for not overcoming their fear. Although they greatly admired Jesus, for whom they had left everything, they showed that they didn’t really know who he was. "Who can this be? Even the wind and the sea obey him."
The apostles, like us, were men of faith who honoured God but who kept God at a distance because they were afraid to let him into their inner lives where he might see their pettiness. When the storm raged they were afraid, but they were even more fearful when Jesus calmed the storm. Could it be that they were uncomfortable to find that God was right next to them? Could they have preferred God to remain asleep?
How close are we prepared to come to God without being afraid? Our lives are full of sea crossings, of storms, winds and tempests. We are tossed on the waves of so many rough experiences. But the acid test of our faith comes in what we do when we feel that God is taking a nap, when we feel completely alone. The truth is, of course, that God never sleeps. It’s just that our faith has trouble rousing him. And this type of faith, being comfortable with God, is the necessary condition for our arriving safely at the other side of the lake.
WORD OF GOD
Who can this be? Even the wind and the sea obey him. (Mark 4:41)
WORD FOR TODAY
One of the paradoxes of faith is that, although God has mastery over nature, we do not fear God but are reassured by such global control. The all-powerful God is still gentle enough to stand by us in the gales and storms of our lives and to say, "Quiet now! Be calm!"
WORDS FOR WORSHIP
Lord Jesus, you are master of the storm and the wind: Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Christ Jesus, you are lord of the waves and the tempest: Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.
Lord Jesus, you calm our fears and offer us reassurance: Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
WHAT WE LOOK FOR does not come to pass. God finds a way for what none foresaw. (Euripides)
IT IS SOMETIMES THE CASE that God hides things from us by putting them very close to us. And it is certain that he does this with his presence. (Thea Hayward)
IF GOD SENDS US on stony paths, he will provide us with strong shoes. (Alexander Maclaren)
THIS WEEK’S BIBLE READINGS
Mon: Ezra 7, Romans 11: 25-end, Luke 15: 1-10
Tues: Ezra 8: 15-end, Romans 12: 1–8, Luke 15: 11–end
Wed (Nativity of S. John Baptist): Isaiah 40: 1-11, Acts
13: 14b-26, S. Luke 1: 57–66, 80
Thurs: Ezra 10: 1-7, Romans 13: 1-7, Luke 16: 19-end
Fri: Nehemiah 1, Romans 13: 8-end, Luke17: 1-10
Sat: Nehemiah 2, Romans 14: 1–12, Luke 17: 11-19
NEXT SUNDAY: Lamentations 3: 22-33, 2 Corinthians 8: 7-end, S. Mark 5: 21–end