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
7 May 2017
Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church
Today's Scripture: Acts 2: 42-end 1 Peter 2: 19-end S. John 10: 1-10
Today: 8.35 am Matins; 9.00 am Church School; 9.30 am Holy Eucharist foll. by Annual Church Meeting; 6.00 pm Evening Prayer
This Week: Tues - Fri 12.30 pm Midday Prayers; Sat 10 am Prison Ministry.
Next Sunday: 8.35 am Matins; 9.00 am Church School; 9.30 am Holy Eucharist; 6.00 pm Evening Prayer
FAITH IN FOCUS: KEEP ON THE GRASS
Peter was not known for being a shrinking violet. Time and time again we see him jumping in with both feet, saying the wrong thing or reacting without thinking things through. He doesn’t seem to have changed much after Christ’s death, for today we catch a glimpse of him in action preaching to the crowd. And he comes out with all guns firing. You backed a loser, he says, by killing Jesus of Nazareth. You killed him but God raised him up and made him Lord of all things. So now you’re at odds with God. Naturally, the crowd were cut to the quick and wanted to know how to make amends. Peter tells them to repent and turn their lives over to Jesus.
In many parishes throughout the world there are people who have only been Christians for the last three weeks. They were baptised or received into the Church at Easter. During this fifty-day period until Pentecost we look each Sunday at some of the consequences of being a Christian. We tease out just some of implications of turning our lives over to Jesus and we try to enter the mystery of our faith more deeply.
And so we reflect that Jesus is the gate of the sheepfold and the shepherd of the flock. Those who are new Christians can be very good teachers of those who have been around for a while. This is because they teach us about enthusiasm for faith. They can rekindle in us the old fire that we once had but which may have dimmed a little over the years. New Christians are in no doubt that if you want to find your way into the sheepfold (if you want to be in place where life makes sense), then Jesus is the way in. To seek God with all our hearts, to live according to his teaching, to follow the shepherd to springs of water and fresh pasture...this is why people become Christians. Easter is a time for remembering old truths, and we’re left in no doubt why people take the plunge of baptism for Christ’s sake. It’s because the grass is always greener on God’s side.
WORD OF GOD
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. 1 Peter 2: 2f
THE IDEA OF JESUS AS THE GATE to the sheepfold makes more sense if we understand Middle Eastern farming practices at the time of Christ. In bad weather, particularly in winter, shepherds pooled their sheep at night. They built a large pen with a high wall to keep animals of prey out. There was no roof and no door, just a space for animals to come in and out. The shepherds took turns to do the night shift looking after each other's sheep. This explains the idea of a rogue shepherd coming to steal others' sheep. The shepherd kept guard at the "gate". In fact, he was the gate. And his own sheep recognised his voice when he called them out. (Oliver Todd)
THIS WEEK'S READINGS
Mon: Deut 9: 1-21, Ephesians 4: 1-16, Luke 2: 41-end
Tues: Deut 9 23 - 10:5, Ephes 4: 17-end, Luke 3: 1-14
Wed: Deut 10: 12-end, Ephes 5: 1-14, Luke 3: 15-22
Thurs: Deut 11: 8-end, Ephes 5: 15-end, Luke 4: 1-13
Fri : Deut 12: 1-14, Ephes 6: 1-9, Luke 4: 14-30
Sat: Deuteronomy 15: 1-18, Ephes 6: 10-end, Luke 4: 31-37
NEXT SUNDAY : Acts 7: 55-end, 1 Peter 2: 2-10, S. John 14: 1-14