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: Exodus 20: 1-17 1 Corinthians 1: 18-25 S. John 2: 13-22
Today: 8.35 a.m. Matins; 9.00 a.m. Church School; 9.30 a.m. HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 p.m. Evening Prayer.
This Week: Tues - Fri 12.30 pm Midday Prayers.
Next Sunday: 8.35 a.m. Matins; 9.00 a.m. Ch School, 9.30 a.m. HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 p.m. E P
3rd Sunday in Lent
We beseech thee, Almighty God, look upon the hearty desires of thy humble servants, and stretch forth the right hand of thy Majesty, to be our defence against all our enemies; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
FAITH IN FOCUS: CLEARING THE DECKS
Christian writers tend to see the episode when Jesus overturned the Temple traders’ tables as a sign of the human side of Jesus. He was genuinely angry and lashed out at those who were abusing the real purpose of the Temple.
One such writer, Origen, points out that each one of us has to allow our own tables to be overturned if we are to worship God in spirit and in truth. And Lent is the time for clearing the decks of those obstacles that prevent us from serving God to the best of our ability.
If we’re honest then we’ll admit that there are many things that get in the way of our spiritual life. We know how we’d like to be, but we never seem to get round to it. It’s not that we’re headline sinners. It’s just that we tend to drift. Perhaps we need to allow Jesus to overturn the tables of our lives and to chase out what is getting in the way.
Origen points out that the cattle in the Temple represent attachment to earthly things, since they require constant husbandry and need looking after at all times. The sheep symbolise the senseless way in which we act, wandering without rhyme or reason. The doves conjure up images of empty and unstable thoughts, or ‘flightiness’, while the coins of the moneychangers portray all that we strive for but which brings us no good.
Jesus says that for true worship to happen in the Temple all these things need to be cleared out. And the same is true of our lives. Lent gives us the chance to reset our sense of values, to ask ourselves whether all the effort we put into getting and having, into consuming and spending, into keeping up appearances is really doing us any good. And St Paul hints that if we go with the flow then we are probably missing the boat. For what God asks of us seems foolish to those who do not believe. Whereas, in fact, God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom.
WORD OF GOD
God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom,
and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.
(I Corinthians 1:25)
WORD FOR TODAY
We know what the Ten Commandments are. We have learned them from our childhood. The question is not simply whether we keep them or not, but how we make sense of them in a culture for which they are made to seem quaint and old-fashioned. How do we make God’s will a reality in the 21st century?
ALL WHO BELIEVE IN CHRIST must also walk in his steps, but this means that they will be in conflict and that a radical detachment will be required of them. The foolishness of God must become our foolishness. It is evidently impossible to maintain such an attitude unless we believe unconditionally in the resurrection of Christ. (Adrian Nocent)
SOREN KIERKEGAARD ONCE SAID that the problem with Christians today is that nobody wants to kill them any more! Whilst we may rejoice that we are now safe on the streets, it could be that our security owes more to our presenting Christianity in the same vein as line-dancing or calligraphy, one hobby among many, rather than a passionate way of life that drives our every God-given moment and challenges the stale status quo that passes for respectability and civilisation. (William O’Donnell)
THIS WEEK’S BIBLE READINGS
Mon: Genesis 47: 1-27, Hebrews 4:14 - 4:10, John 7: 37-52
Tues: Gen 47:28 - 48.end, Hebrews 5:11 - 6:12, John 7: 53 - 8:11
Wed: Gen 49: 1-32, Hebrews 6: 13-end, John 8: 12-30 Thurs: Gen 49:33 - 50.end, Hebrews 7: 1-10, John 8: 31-47
Fri: Exodus 1: 1-14, Hebrews 7: 11-end, John 8: 48-end
Sat: Exod 1:22 - 2:10, Hebrews 8, John 9: 1-17
NEXT SUNDAY: Numbers 21: 4-9, Ephesians 2: 1-10, S. John 3: 14-21