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
19 March 2017
Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church
Today's Scripture: Exodus 17: 1-7 Romans 5: 1-11 S. John 4: 5-42
Today: 8.35 am Matins; 9.00 am Church Sch; 9.30 am Holy Eucharist; 6.00 pm Evening Prayer
This Week: Tues - Fri 12.30 pm Midday Prayers; Sat, THE ANNUNCIATION 12.30 pm H C.
Next Sunday (Mothering Sunday): 8.35 am Matins; 9.00 am Church School; 9.30 am Holy Eucharist; 6.00 pm Evening Prayer
FAITH IN FOCUS: TAKE A GOOD DRINK
Water does three things.
The most obvious thing it does is to wet. Whatever water comes into contact with, it changes. The sound of children squealing with delight at the end of a hosepipe is a familiar one. So is the groan of someone caught in the rain without an umbrella. If water gets on you, then you’re no longer the same. For better or worse!
Water also cleans. We use it to wash in since it is one of the best agents we know of for taking away stains and dirt. Perhaps it’s not surprising that when Christians think of water they often associate it with baptism’s role in cleansing us from original sin. The psalms too speak frequently about being washed from sin and made whiter than snow.
Yet it’s not this aspect of water that Jesus emphasises in today’s gospel. It’s the third function of water: water refreshes and brings life.
All over the world today there are men and women standing in our churches who are asking to be admitted to the Church community, to be baptised, to become Christians. And the gospel addressed to them on this day is about the gift which Jesus promises: water to take away your thirst and lead you on to eternal life.
If you are to be a Christian, then it’s because you find the message of Jesus so attractive that no other drink will satisfy you. The promise of Jesus reaches the parts that no other drink can reach. And what a promise this is! Jesus tells us that our deepest yearnings and longings will be satisfied. In him life begins to make sense, priorities start to change, the will of God becomes our only goal.
So as thousands of would-be Christians stand before congregations today and ask to be given this living water, we use the opportunity to count our own blessings and to thank God for the gift of faith which we often take for granted but which we know is a well from which we can draw water in times of drought, and a spring that offers us eternal life.
WORD OF GOD
You must strike the rock,
and water will flow from it
for the people to drink. (Exodus 17:6)
HE WAS A JEW; SHE WAS A SAMARITAN. He was learned; she was ignorant. He was morally upright; she
was of loose morals. He was wealthy and from the upper class; she was ignorant, probably an outcast. He recognised Jesus' merits; she saw him only as a curious traveller. Nicodemus was serious and dignified; she was flippant and possibly boisterous. And so we see Jesus presenting her with the Gospel in a totally different way from Nicodemus. (M.C.Tenney)
EACH DREAM finds at last its form; there is a drink for every thirst, love for every heart and devotion for every searching soul. And there may be no better way to spend your life than in the unceasing preoccupation of an idea—of an ideal. (adapted)
WORD FOR TODAY
For Christians the living water spoken of in today’s scriptures is the gift of faith. To know and love Jesus Christ is to drink a water which satisfies at the deepest levels. In the midst of life’s dryness it quenches our thirst.
THIS WEEK'S READINGS
Mon: 2 Samuel 7: 4-16, Rom 4: 13-18, Matt 1: 18-end
Tues: Jer 11:18 - 12:6, John 7:53 - 8:11, Heb 5:11 - 6:12
Wed: Jeremiah 13: 1-11, John 8: 12-30, Hebrews 6: 13-end
Thurs: Jeremiah 14, John 8: 31-47, Hebrews 7: 1-10
Fri : Jeremiah 15: 10-end, John 8: 48-end, Wisdom 9: 1-12 (or Galatians 4: 1-5)
Sat (THE ANNUNCIATION OF OUR LORD TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY): Isiaah 7: 10-14, Hebrews 10: 4-10, Luke 1: 26-38
NEXT SUNDAY : 1 Samuel 16: 1-13, Ephesians 5: 8-14, S. John 9