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

14 May 2017

Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church

Today's Scripture: Acts 7: 55-end     1 Peter 2: 2-10      S. John 14: 1-14

Today: 8.35 am Matins; 9.00 am Church School; 9.30 am Holy Eucharist; 6.00 pm Evening Pr

This Week: Tues - Fri 12.30 pm Midday Prayers; Tues 5 pm Evening Pr foll. by Ch Council Mt

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


4th Sunday after Easter

O Almighty God, who alone canst order the unruly wills and affections of sinful men: Grant unto thy people, that they may love the thing which thou commandest, and desire that which thou dost promise; that so, among the sundry and manifold changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed, where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

FAITH IN FOCUS: ALL RELIGIONS EQUAL?

A public figure, interviewed some years ago, said that if he carried rune stones around people would be interested to talk about them. If he meditated under a pyramidal dome in his dining room, practised an obscure form of Himalayan exercises, took regular colonic irrigation or sang American Indian chants under a dream-catcher whilst bathing himself in aroma-therapy oils, people would be equally tolerant. But if he were to tell them that he believed Jesus Christ was the Son of God and the saviour of the world, then they would run a mile and refuse to interview him about it.

Christianity has become the new taboo. Pop singers who make no secret of their Christian faith are rubbished as “squeaky-clean” and public figures whose faith motivates them are dismissed as “do-gooders”. It’s almost as if there is something dangerous about being a follower of Jesus.

At the other end of the scale it’s become politically correct to be tolerant of all beliefs, no matter how implausible they may appear. Of course, there’s a good side to this. No one should be mocked for what they believe or persecuted for their faith. But acceptance of every set of teachings that claims to be a religion simply means that you don’t have to deal with any of them.

So it’s not uncommon to hear people say that since there’s only one God all religions must be equal because all people are trying to approach the same God. Or alternatively, all religions are to be shunned because there has been an element of religion in many of the major wars throughout history.

The problem is that once you stop believing in God, you don’t start believing in nothing. You start believing in anything.

Today Jesus claims that there is only one way of attaining union with God and that is through him. I am the Way, the Truth and the Life: no one can come to the Father except through me. He’s either telling the truth or he’s a liar. The choice is yours.


WORD OF GOD

I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.

No one can come to the Father except through me.

(John 14:6)


WORD FOR TODAY

The time would come, said Jesus, when we would no longer see him. Yet he promises that he will prepare a place for us in the kingdom if we follow his way and live out his truth. This is the only life worth having.


THE SADNESS OF DEATH gives way to the bright promise of immortality. Lord, for your faithful people life is changed not ended. When the body of our earthly dwelling lies in death we gain an everlasting dwelling place in heaven.



ANCIENT EGYPTIANS BELIEVED that upon death they would be asked two questions and their answers would determine whether they could continue their journey in the afterlife. The first question was, "Did you bring joy?" The second was, "Did you find joy?" (Leo Buscaglia)


THIS WEEK'S READINGS

Mon: Deut 16: 1-20, 1 Peter 1: 1-12, Luke 4: 38-end

Tues: Deut 17: 8-end, 1 Peter 1: 13-end, Luke 5: 1-11

Wed: Deut 18: 9-end, 1 Peter 2: 1-10, Luke 5: 12-26

Thurs: Deut 19, 1 Peter 2: 11-end, Luke 5: 27-end

Fri : Deut 21:22 - 22:8, 1 Peter 3: 1-12, Luke 6: 1-11

Sat: Deut 24: 5-end, 1 Peter 3: 13-end, Luke 6: 12-26

NEXT SUNDAY : Acts 17: 22-31, 1 Peter 3: 13-end, S. John 14: 15-21