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
Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church
Today's Scripture: Acts 16: 9-15 Revelation 21: 10, 22 - 22: 5 S. John 14: 23-29
Today: 8.35 am Matins; 9 am Church Sch; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST foll by Annual Church Meeting; 6 pm Evening Prayer.
This Week: Tues-Wed 12.30 pm Midday Prayer; Thurs (ASCENSION DAY) 5 pm Holy Communion
Next Sunday (Sunday after Ascension Day): 9.30 am MATINS; 6pm Evening Prayer.
Fifth Sunday after Easter with St. Philip and St. James, Apostles
FAITH IN FOCUS: PARTING GIFT
In today’s gospel Jesus gives his disciples a parting gift, a gift that he says the world cannot give: peace. To have faith in Jesus and be possessed by the Holy Spirit means that we enjoy the peace of Christ.
Of course, in everyday talk, peace usually means the end of war (which often is not peace but simply truce) or the idea of peace and quiet, when we are not troubled and are allowed just to “chill out” or have a few moments to ourselves.
But the peace that Jesus offers us is that deep-down sense of wellbeing that comes from knowing that we are loved by God, have been called to be God’s children in baptism and are permanently held in the hand of a God who will never let us be lost, unless we absolutely insist on it. Christian peace brings calmness.
However, the peace we enjoy is not a static thing; it’s something active and dynamic. Consequently we have to work at keeping this peace alive, which is what Jesus meant when he said “Blessed are the peacemakers”. We have to work with the Holy Spirit to keep our relationship with God alive and active and then we have to work for unity among ourselves so that the gift of peace may be a reality in our communities.
Some people can have a false sense of security. Others can have a false sense of peace. If our peace is just built on not being troubled by others, not having worries about our job, our family or our finances, then we are simply enjoying freedom from anxiety. If, however, our peace is built on our relationship with God, on our trust in his promises to us and the confidence that he always keeps his word, then we enjoy that peace of Christ which the world cannot give. And this is what we wish each other at every Mass when we turn to each other and say, “Peace be with you”.
WORD OF GOD
Peace I bequeath to you, my own peace I give you, a peace the world cannot give, this is my gift to you. (John 14:27)
WORD FOR TODAY
A life of faith is a life of challenge. But it also brings peace, not a peace that is simply being free from bother, but a peace that allows us to know deep down that we are known and loved by God and that ultimately we will see God face to face.
FIVE OF THE BEST
1. Put into chronological order: David, Cain, Paul, Moses and Noah.
2. Is Santa Claus in the Old Testament or the New Testament?
3. Which tribe did Moses belong to?
4. Who was the oldest person in the bible?
5. What is the shortest verse in the bible?
SLACKEN THE STRINGS of a violin and the music is spoiled; as Christians slack in their duty, they spoil the sweet music of peace in their souls; as the fire goes out, the peace cools. (Thomas Watson)
MAN IS NOT AT PEACE with his fellow man because he is not at peace with himself. He is not at peace with himself, because he is not at peace with God. (Thomas Merton)
THIS WEEK’S BIBLE READINGS
Mon: Proverbs 4: 10-18, James 1: 1-12, John 1: 43-end
Tues: Numbers 16 : 36-end, Luke 6: 39-end, 1 Peter 4: 12-end
Wed: Numbers 17: 1-11, Luke 7: 1-10, Coloss 2:20 - 3:4
ASCENSION DAY: Acts 1: 1-11, Ephes 1: 15-end, S. Luke 24: 44-end
Fri: Numbers 20: 1-13, Luke 7: 11-17, 1 John 1:1 - 2:6
Sat: Numbers 21: 4-9, Luke 7: 18-35, 1 John 2: 7-17
NEXT SUNDAY: Readings for Morning Prayer: Ezekiel 36: 24-28; John 17: 20-end