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

www.churchofenglandcayman.com

rector@churchofenglandcayman.com

25 June 2017

Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church
Today's Scripture: Jeremiah 20: 7-13     Romans 6: 1b-11     S. Matthew 10: 24-39
Today: 8.35 am Matins; 9.00 am Church School; 9.30 am Holy Eucharist; 6.00 pm Evening Pr.
This Week: Tues-Wed, Fri 12.30 pm Midday Pr., Thurs (S. Peter, Ap) 5pm Holy Communion Next Sunday: 8.35 am Matins; 9.00 am Church School; 9.30 am Holy Eucharist; 6.00 pm EP

Collect for Second 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, under the 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: COMMITMENT
A young man walked into a camera shop with a framed picture of his girlfriend. He wanted the picture duplicated which, of course, involved removing it from the frame. While doing this, the studio owner noticed the inscription on the back which said, “Dear Wayne, I love you with all my heart. I love you more and more each day. I will love you forever and ever. I am yours for all eternity.” It was signed “Emma” and it contained a P.S.: “If we ever break up, I want this picture back.”
They say there can be no P.S. in our relationship with Christ for he demands an all-or-nothing-at-all commitment. But is it reasonable to follow Christ through thick and thin when we sometimes stand to lose so much?
Could you excuse Christians from openly professing their faith in certain countries where it is a State offence for the bible to be imported and where no provision is made for any religion other than the official one to be practised?
What would you feel about the young Christian doctor who felt called to go and work in a Third World place where medical provision was negligible but who instead decided to stay in a rich medical practice where he could get on the professional ladder and start to pay off the mortgage on a huge house he wanted to buy?
Should the 60-year-old priest be expected to uproot and go and work in a missionary parish when he really is looking forward to semi-retirement in a comfortable suburban parish?
Do you find time for politicians who abstain from voting against legislation that conflicts with their faith just so that they can keep their seats in parliament? Or those who give up beliefs simply to marry? And those whose neighbours don’t even know are Christian for fear of ridicule?
Before we jump to criticise, there is something of all these people in each of us. Yet Jesus’ words today hold true: If anyone ... What about TV personalities who keep quiet about their faith for fear it will affect their popularity? ... declares himself for me or disowns me in the presence of men, I will declare myself for him or disown him in the presence of my Father in heaven. WORD OF GOD
So if anyone declares himself for me in the presence of men, I will declare myself for him in the presence of my Father in heaven. (Matthew 10:32)

WORD FOR TODAY
What are you really afraid of? Losing all your money? Being abandoned by your friends? Dying? Losing your reputation? Don’t be afraid about any of these, says Jesus. If you want something to occupy your mind with then take stock of your relationship with the One who holds your very being in the palm of his hands.

MY JOB seems to be to go around picking up insults and corpses. (Oscar Romero)



GOOD RELIGION makes you fearless. Bad religion makes you fearful. (Anthony de Mello)


THIS WEEK'S READINGS
Mon: Job 19 , Romans 9: 1-18, Luke 13: 1-9
Tues: Job 21, Romans 9: 19-end, Luke 13: 10-21
Wed: Job 22, Romans 10: 1-10, Luke 13: 22-end
Thurs (S. Peter, Ap): Ezek 3: 22-end, Acts 12: 1-11, S. Matthew 16: 13-19
Fri : Job 24, Romans 11: 1-12, Luke 14: 12-24
Sat: Job chs 25 & 26, Rom 11: 13-24, Luke 14: 25-end
NEXT SUNDAY : Jeremiah 28: 5-9, Romans 6: 12-end, S. Matthew 10: 40-end