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 B (345) 949 2757 : Fax B (345) 949 0619
26 June 2016
Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church
Today's Scripture: 1 Kings 19: 15–16, 19-end Gal 5: 1, 13-25 S. Luke 9: 51-end
Today: 8.35 am Matins; 9 am Church School; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6pm E. Prayer.
This Week: Tues, Thurs-Fri 12.30 pm Midday Pr; Wed, Birth of S. John Baptist 5 pm Holy Communion
Next Sunday: 8.35am Matins; 9am Ch Sch; 9.30am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6pm EP
FAITH IN FOCUS: RAPID RESPONSE
The people who met Jesus on the road in today’s gospel, and who all had reasons to delay following him, are mirror images of Elisha when he was called to come and follow the prophet Elijah. After an initial request to go and say goodbye to his parents Elisha realised the weight of his calling. There and then he killed a pair of oxen he was using to plough the field with, killed them and cooked them by burning the plough. The meat would have been absolutely fresh but not very tender!
It’s noticeable that, when Jesus was calling his apostles, we are told that they left their nets etc. “at once” and followed him. For those who choose to be followers of Jesus there is something which is no mere half-way house appeal. When the famous prophet Elijah throws his cloak over the simple farmer Elisha, then Elisha knows he has a claim on him.
If there’s one thing God can’t stand then it must be half-heartedness. Am I serving God with every ounce of strength and commitment or am I just doing enough to keep my conscience quiet? Am I just covering all bases and paying the premiums on my heavenly insurance policy? In my life is God a passion or a hobby?
When Jesus calls us to be disciples, he calls us to make a lifelong, irrevocable, absolute commitment. Most of us follow Jesus to the best of our abilities but we are also aware that there are areas of our lives where we hold back, aspects of the way we live that are not helping our commitment as disciples of Jesus. Following Jesus is an ongoing, lifelong commitment. What are the nets that Jesus is still asking us to leave, the oxen that we need to slaughter, the ploughs that we have to burn? Are there relationships in our lives that dull our response? Are there habits that we have taken for granted but which make us slow to respond to the challenge of being followers? Or have we felt the cloak thrown over us, God’s mantel in Christ, which calls us to follow wherever he may lead and to proclaim the best news possible to those we meet on the road?
WORD OF GOD
Elisha took the pair of oxen and slaughtered them. He used the plough for cooking the oxen, then gave to his men, who ate. He then rose and followed Elijah and became his servant. (I Kings 19:21)
LORD CHRIST, we ask you to spread our tables with your mercy. And may you bless with your gentle hands the good things you have given us. We know that whatever we have comes from you. Thus whatever we eat, we should give thanks to you. And having received from your hands, let us give with equally generous hands to those who are poor, breaking bread and sharing our bread with them. For you have told us that whatever we give to the poor we give to you. (Alcuin of York, 8th century)
WORD FOR TODAY
The speed with which Elisha settled his affairs so as to follow Elijah is remarkable but shows how much he valued the calling being made to him. We have already heeded the call of Jesus. How quick are we to put it into practice when called upon in our daily affairs?
THIS WEEK’S BIBLE READINGS
Mon: 1 Sam 1: 1-20, Lk 19: 28-40, 2 Cor 1: 1-14
Tues: 1 Sam 1:21 - 2:11, Luke 19: 41-end, 2 Cor 1:15 - 2:4
Wed(S. Peter, Ap): Ezek 3: 22-end, Acts 12: 1–11, S. Matt 16: 13–19
Thurs: 1 Sam 2: 27-end, Luke 20: 9–19, 2 Cor 3
Fri: 1 Sam 3:1 - 4:1a, Luke 20: 20-26, 2 Cor 4
Sat: 1 Sam 4: 1b-end, Luke 20: 27-40, 2 Cor 5
NEXT SUNDAY : Isaiah 66: 10–14, Gal 6: 1-16, S. Luke 10: 1-11, 16-20