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

www.churchofenglandcayman.com

rector@churchofenglandcayman.com


17 May
2015

Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church

Today's Scripture: Acts 1: 15-17, 21-end 1 John 5: 9–13 S. John 17: 6–19

Today: 8.35 am Matins; 9 am Church School; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm E.P.

Next Sunday (Whit Sunday): 8.35 am Matins; 9 am Church School; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm E.P.


Sunday after Ascension Day


O God the King of glory, who hast exalted thine only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph unto thy kingdom in heaven: We beseech thee, leave us not comfortless; but send to us thine Holy Ghost to comfort us, and exalt us unto the same place whither our Saviour Christ is gone before, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end.

FAITH IN FOCUS: WITNESSES VAN

In Spain the police have a special van that attends the scenes of crime or accidents. The job of this "Atestados" van is to collect evidence from witnesses to the incident. So after a car accident anyone at all can get into the van and give their version of what actually took place, not just the drivers.

In today's scriptures we hear how the apostles were looking for someone to take the place of Judas. They wanted someone who had experienced Jesus's life and teaching, and who could "act with us as a witness to his resurrection".

Sometimes it's easy to forget that the message of Jesus will only continue to be proclaimed if ordinary people like you and I are prepared to stick our necks out, to stand up and be counted. For Christianity is not the domain of the professionals. Bishops, priests and deacons have a special role to play in proclaiming the gospel, but the brunt of the job lies with the millions of lay men and women who meet the world daily at the coal-face. Just like the "Atestados" van, everyone is expected to give their account, not just the drivers or the professionals.

Yet this job of witnessing to the power of Jesus in our lives, to the joy that can be shared by anyone who comes to know Jesus personally, is not such a daunting thing. It can begin with some very simple steps like not being ashamed of our beliefs. We need to be proud of what we are and to act in such a way that our neighbours at least know we have faith in something. We need to live out a set of values that sometimes puts us at a disadvantage, perhaps even making us the butt of people's jokes or jibes. Of course, if our religion is nothing more than prohibitions and negativity then people will have a right to question it. If, however, we are able to show the world that the pattern of life offered by Christ can bring fulfilment and can satisfy where other things fail to make a mark, then people might begin to wonder what exactly it is that we Christians have got to shout about.

We can't afford to be timid. We have to speak up, to testify about Jesus, to witness to the power of his resurrection. So when the van turns up on your doorstep and asks you about him, what sort of statement will you make?


WORD OF GOD

We must choose someone

who has been with us the whole time

that the Lord Jesus was travelling round with us

... and he can act with us as a witness to his resurrection.

(Acts 1:21-22)


WORD FOR TODAY

Christianity is not etched in stone; it's etched on people's hearts. It needs to be constantly proclaimed in fresh ways and those who can bear witness to it are those whose hearts have been sealed by the Spirit in baptism and confirmation. Each day God calls you and me to be a new Matthias, someone who has experienced the power of Jesus and can tell others about it.




I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE mean, when they say they are Christian, that they are moral, believe in God and that they have some sort of belief in Christ as a good man, a great spiritual teacher - but without having a dogmatic grounding of their beliefs. (Keith Ward)


THIS WEEK’S BIBLE READINGS

Mon: Deut 31: 1-13, 1 John 2: 18-end, Luke 7: 36-end

Tues: Deut 31: 14-29, 1 John 3: 1–10, Luke 8: 1–15

Wed: Deut 31:30 - 32:14, 1 John 3: 11-end, Luke 8:16–25

Thurs: Deut 32: 15-47, 1 John 4: 1-6, Luke 8: 26-39

Fri: Deuteronomy 33, 1 John 4: 7–end, Luke 8: 40–end

Sat: Deut 32: 48-end; ch. 34, 1 John 5, John 7: 37-39

NEXT SUNDAY (WHIT SUNDAY): Acts 2: 1-21, Romans 8: 22–27, S. John 15: 26–27; 16: 4b-15