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: Numbers 21: 4-9 Ephesians 2: 1-10 S. John 3: 14–21
Warmest welcome to Christopher
and Stacy Pierce!! 8.35 am
Matins; 9 am Ch Sch; 9.30 am HOLY
EUCHARIST ; 6 pm EP
This Week: Mon 5pm EP foll by Church Council Meeting; Tues – Fri 12.30 pm Midday Prayers;
Next Sunday: 8.35 am Matins; 9 a.m. Ch Sch; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm E. Prayer
4th Sunday in Lent – Mothering (Refreshment) Sunday
Grant, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that we, who for our evil deeds
do worthily deserve to be punished, by the comfort of thy
grace may mercifully be relieved; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
FAITH IN FOCUS: FACE TO FACE WITH THE SERPENT
When they were wandering in the desert, the Israelites began to get fed up. They lost faith in God’s promise of a land of milk and honey, and when Moses went off they began cursing God for being so slow to help them. They were afflicted with a plague of snakes that packed a deadly bite.
When Moses found out about it he had a bronze serpent made and anyone who had been bitten had to look at the serpent lifted up on high. If they did this they were saved.
What Moses was doing was making them look at a symbol of their own sin. When they saw the bronze snake they remembered and acknowledged their sinfulness. Of course, it’s not a pleasant thing to look at one’s own sinfulness. We find it hard to do for more than a moment or so. That’s because we are reminded of the hurt that our sin causes, and of the gap between the way we act and the way we like to think of ourselves as being. It’s hard to face the serpent within us.
Yet the simple truth is that all God demands of us is that we look deep into our own hearts and recognise our need for change. This is the message of our six-week season of Lent. And we have to be prepared to shed light in the darkest corners of our lives if we are to allow God to take what is rotten and breathe fresh life into it.
If it all depended on us, then we would be lost indeed. Yet the paradox of Christianity is that when we confess our guilt we are saved not by our own efforts but by the grace of God. What sets us right in God’s sight is Jesus’s death on Calvary, not our penitential practices.
And it doesn’t take a genius to notice that when Christ is lifted up on the cross, like the bronze serpent was in the desert, we are reminded of our sin. Christ died so that those who are baptised in him might themselves die to sin and rise to a new form of life. By following his example we can end the long reign of sin in our lives and once again be made whole.
WORD OF GOD
The Son of Man must be lifted up
as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert
so that everyone who believes
may have eternal life in him.
(S. John 3:14)
WORD FOR TODAY
If we were left to ourselves to realise just how far short of God’s ideal we all fall, then desperation would be our only option. Today our scripture reminds us that those who look into their own hearts and turn to God’s mercy are guaranteed not only forgiveness in this world, but eternal life in the world to come.
OUR FAITH IS SOUND if we believe that no one, young or old, is delivered from the contagion of death and the bonds of sin, except by our Mediator between God and humanity, Jesus Christ. (St Augustine)
NEXT WEEK’S BIBLE READINGS
Mon: Exodus 2: 11-22, Hebrews 9: 1-14, John 9: 18–end
Tues: Exodus 2:23 – 3:20, Hebrews 9: 15–end, John 10: 1–10
Wed: Exodus 4: 1–23, Hebrews 10: 1–18, John 10: 11–21
Thurs: Exodus 4:27 - 6:1, Hebrews 10: 19-25, John 10: 22-end
Fri: Exodus 6: 2–13, Hebrews 10: 26-end, John 11: 1-16
Sat: Exodus 7: 8–end, Hebrews 11: 1-16, John 11: 17-27
NEXT SUNDAY : Jeremiah 31: 31-34 Hebrews 5: 5-10, S. John 12: 20–33