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

www.churchofenglandcayman.com

rector@churchofenglandcayman.com

26 March 2017

Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church

Today's Scripture: 1 Samuel 16: 1-13     Ephesians 5: 8-14     S. John 9

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, 10.00 am Prison Ministry.

Next Sunday (Passiontide begins): 8.35 am Matins; 9.00 am Church School; 9.30 am Holy Eucharist; 6.00 pm Evening Prayer


Fourth Sunday In Lent (Mothering 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: THROW AWAY YOUR WHITE STICK

The internet’s a fascinating thing. Just connect to it, type in a word or phrase and suddenly you have access to hundreds of thousands of sites all vying for your attention and offering the solution to your questions.

Of course, it’s not quite as simple as that, is it? You want to find out about the queen who ruled in 19th century Britain and so you type in “Victoria”. However, all you get is page after page of tourist guides to Canada, or Australian Chamber of Commerce web sites.

Information is a wonderful thing but it needs a certain ability to see through it and sift the evidence before it becomes really useful. And too much information simply blinds us; we don’t know which avenue to go down to find our answer.

Today’s long gospel passage from St John presents us with the man who has been blind since his birth. He has always had to rely on others to describe the physical world to him, always had to ask directions from strangers, always lived off second hand accounts of what people and places were like. Today he would carry a white stick. When Jesus gives him his sight back it transforms his world. Not only do his eyes work correctly but his vision of reality is transformed. So sure is he of the power of Jesus that he even begins to argue and taunt the religious leaders. These same leaders had previously blamed him and his parents for his blindness.

As we move towards Easter and the renewal of our baptismal promises, the Church gives us this gospel passage to remind us that our faith in Christ has opened our eyes to see clearly what we must do to live the life God wants of us. We no longer are blindly searching for meaning and fulfilment. We need feel no fear when faced with so many shallow and pale imitations of what life is about, so many people who pretend to have the secret of happiness, so much junk information that offers us the world.

When Jesus calls us out of darkness into light he offers us the gift of faith, the ability to discern, to see clearly, to journey without stumbling. Throw away your white stick, he says, and see how wonderful the world can be!


WORD OF GOD

He put a paste on my eyes,

I washed,

and I can see.

(John 9:15)


WORD FOR TODAY

When faced with difficulties and problems, how do we try to solve them? Do we bring the light of our faith to bear on our decisions? Do we seek the enlightenment that our belief in Jesus can bring? Does prayer ever enter into the equation, or do we just muddle through?


SOMETIMES OUR LIGHT GOES OUT but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light. (Albert Schweitzer)

YOU WILL BE VERY POOR until you realise that it is not with your eyes open that you see the clearest.

(Helder Camara)


THIS WEEK'S READINGS

Mon: Jeremiah 17: 5-18, John 9: 18-end, Heb 9: 1-14

Tues: Jer 18: 1-12, John 10: 1-10, Heb 9: 15-end

Wed: Jeremiah 18: 13-end, John 10: 11-21, Hebrews 10: 1-18

Thurs: Jeremiah 19: 1-13, John 10: 22-end, Hebrews 10: 19-25

Fri : Jeremiah 19:14 - 20:6, John 11: 1-16, Hebrews 10: 26-end

Sat: Jeremiah 20: 7-end, John 11: 17-27, Hebrews 11: 1-16

NEXT SUNDAY : Ezekiel 37: 1-14, Romans 8: 6-11, S. John 11:1-45