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: Lamentations 3: 22-33 2 Corinthians 8: 7-end S. Mark 5: 21–end
Today: 8.35 am Matins; 9 am Ch School; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm E.P.
This Week: Mon (S. Peter, Ap) 5pm Holy Communion; Tues - Fri 12.30 pm Midday Prayers.
Next Sunday: (Summer Schedule) 9.00 am Matins and Litany; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm E.P.
4th Sunday after Trinity
O God, the protector of all that trust in thee, without whom nothing
is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us thy mercy;
being our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things
temporal, that we finally lose not the things eternal: Grant this, O
heavenly Father, for
Jesus Christ's sake our Lord.
FAITH IN FOCUS: QUALITY OF LIFE
Did you know that they’ve invented some food additives that could keep you living until well past a hundred? All your friends will be dead but at least you’ll still be around with your memories. And scientists have invented a new drug that means you don’t have to eat and drink any more, just three injections a week and two litres of water a day. There are also some pills available that guarantee you’ll die really healthy. Worth trying?
We all want to live; it’s only natural. But what is it that we want to live for? What sort of quality of life do we want? What do we want our days to be filled with?
When Jesus raised people from the dead he added years to their life. But more importantly he added life to their years. For once a person is raised to life in Christ their experience of what life is about and what is on offer can never be the same. To be alive in Christ cannot mean simply living the same life as before, for the life Christ offers is one that is transformed. St Paul was so aware of this that he said, "I live; no, Christ lives in me". Christian living is about being inhabited, taken over, consumed and hurled into an adventure that sometimes disconcerts but always takes us to the edge of our being. It suspends us in eternity.
Christian faith takes us off the ventilator and lets us begin breathing with the Spirit’s breath. There is a qualitative difference to Christian life, one that’s not available to those without it. Ours is a blessed existence, one which summons and challenges us to live life to the full in Christ, not to prolong an existence that has been long dead through its dulled deception and disappointment, through its sin and shallowness.
When Jesus raises people from the dead life takes on a new meaning. If not, then its probably time for the injections and some more water.
WORD OF GOD
My daughter is desperately sick. Do come and lay your hands on her to make her better and save her life. (Mark 5:23)
WORD FOR TODAY
The gospel promises life, life in all the areas of our existence here on earth, and a quality of life after death that makes this life seem like only a glimmer. Our liturgy today invites us to ask Jesus to raise us to life now, to transform whatever parts of our existence have become deadened and lifeless.
WORDS FOR WORSHIP
Lord Jesus, you raised the daughter of Jairus from the dead: Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Christ Jesus, you call us to enjoy the blessings of life: Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.
Lord Jesus, you destroy the power of death and bring us to life through the gospel: Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.
THIS WEEK’S BIBLE READINGS
Mon (S. Peter, Ap.): Ezekiel 3:22-end, Acts 12: 1-11, S. Matthew 16: 13-19
Tues: Nehemiah 5, Romans 15: 1–13, Luke 18: 1–14
Wed: Nehem 6:1 - 7:4, Rom 15: 14-21, Luke 18: 15–30
Thurs: Nehem 7:73b - 8.end, Romans 15: 22-end, Luke 18: 31-end
Fri: Nehemiah 9: 1-23, Romans 16: 1-16, Luke 19: 1-10
Sat: Nehemiah 9: 24-end, Romans 16: 17–end, Luke 19: 11-27
NEXT SUNDAY: Ezekiel 2: 1-5, 2 Corinthians 12: 2-10, S. Mark 6: 1–13