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
5th Sunday after Easter
FAITH IN FOCUS: OMNIBUS
You could say that the Church is rather like a bus. It started out from the terminus and it keeps on moving until it reaches its final destination. People get on and then get off, and it never carries the same passengers throughout the whole of the journey. As it winds its way through town and country it enjoys different views, encounters varied traffic hazards and meets fog and ice, snow and rain, sunshine and cloud.
Of course, not everyone is happy with such an image because it seems to them to be too fluid, too subject to change. They prefer the picture of a caravan in a field. Caravans are fixed and stable so that you always get the same timeless view.
During Eastertide we are presented with the extraordinary growth of the Church. Thousands of new disciples are converted by the preaching of the apostles. And already we begin to see rifts building up, as the early Christians are unsure about letting the pagans into the community of the Church. Yet God’s call is continuous. Every day is like the first Easter for God, a day to reveal the glory of the resurrection to new people.
In parishes up and down our country there are people who have only been Christians for five weeks when they were baptised at the Easter Vigil. How will the Church react to them? Will it expect them to take a back seat as newcomers, or will it wait with bated breath for the influx of new life and fresh air that their arrival will bring?
And what about us? Do we see the Church as something settled and fixed, or do we look forward to the challenge of the gospel to change? Whatever might be happening in our neck of the woods, the Church is growing in other parts of the world and God continues to have no favourites or preferred nationalities. Are we big enough to incorporate different cultures, age groups, customs and traditions? Do we take Jesus’s words about constant renewal seriously?
So our bus continues on its journey. While we are on it we may occasionally complain about the bumpy ride. We can moan about it being a bit late. We can say that it’s getting crowded and uncomfortable. But only if we keep our eyes closed can we pretend that the view is not changing.
WORD OF GOD
Could anyone refuse the water of baptism
to these people,
now that they have received the Holy Spirit
just as much as we have? (Acts 10: 47)
WORD FOR TODAY
God does not have favourites and uses anyone to reveal his purposes, even the most surprising people. How open are we to being enriched and to learning from unexpected sources? From non-believers? From the poor and uneducated? From asylum seekers? What could they possibly offer us?
put back thy universe
and give me yesterday.
(Henry Arthur Jones)
MEN FEAR CHANGE, it reminds them of their mortality and we do not want to die. At least not yet. So we like old things, familiar chimes, Chippendale chairs, villages mellow with time. They ease the emotions and make for stability. But we cannot live on the past. It is a Life we seek as a fish seeks water or a bird the air. Real time is the present. (Hugh Lavery)
THIS WEEK’S BIBLE READINGS
Mon: Deuteronomy 26, 1 Peter 4: 1-11, Luke 6: 27-38
Tues: Deut 28: 1–14, 1 Peter 4: 12–end, Luke 6: 39–end
Wed: Deut 28: 58-end, 1 Peter 5, Coloss 2:20 – 3:4
Thurs(ASCENSION DAY): Acts 1: 1-11, Ephesians 1: 15-end, Luke 24: 44-end
Fri: Deut 29: 2–15, 1 John 1:1 – 2:6, Luke 7: 11–17
Sat: Deut 30, 1 John 2: 7-17, Luke 7: 18-35
NEXT SUNDAY: Acts 1: 15-17, 21-end, 1 John 5: 9–13, S. John 17: 6–19