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
21 May 2017
Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church
Today's Scripture: Acts 17: 22-31 1 Peter 3: 13-end S. John 14: 15-21
Today: 8.35 am Matins; 9.00 am Church School; 9.30 am Holy Eucharist, foll. by Meet Election Observers; 6.00 pm Evening Prayer
This Week: Tues, Fri 12.30 pm Midday Prayers; Thurs ASCENSION DAY 5 pm Holy Communion; Sat 10 am Prison Ministry.
Next Sunday: 8.35 am Matins; 9.00 am Church School; 9.30 am Holy Eucharist; 6.00 pm EP
FAITH IN FOCUS: ON OUR SIDE
It’s quite common these days to see on the TV news that someone is starting an appeal against the justice system. They believe that all the evidence did not come out, that their confession was made under duress, or that they were wrongly convicted due to a miscarriage of justice.
Usually they don’t understand the law well enough, so they employ an expensive high-profile lawyer to put their case. These lawyers are paid to do two things for their clients: they act as an advocate and they appeal.
An advocate is someone we call to be by our side when we are in need. (Paraclete is the same word in Greek). Having an advocate simply means that by ourselves we can’t cope; the situation is too complex for us to be able to deal with it alone.
When a lawyer appeals, he or she acts on behalf of the client to ensure that the court sees the individual not in a biased light but in a sympathetic way. An appeal commends the person to the court, asks that any negative decision be removed and that the client be treated in a favourable way.
This is how Jesus describes the Holy Spirit. He asks the Father to send us an Advocate or Paraclete and he says that the Advocate will be with us for ever.
There are many situations in life that we feel we are not up to. We are daunted by the prospect of committing ourselves to a partner, of bringing up our children, of educating our family in faith, of feeding and clothing them etc. At the same time we find ourselves at crossroads in life when our decisions are going to have long-term implications for our future. This is when we need an Advocate.
Jesus tells us that the Spirit will be by our side if we call upon him. He will defend us and direct us towards the truth, he will sustain us when things prove difficult and he will put words into our mouths when we don’t know how to express ourselves. But, unlike other advocates, he won’t charge a fee.
WORD OF GOD
I shall ask the Father,
and he will give you another Advocate.
WORD FOR TODAY
It’s not as if we were expected to carry on preaching the message of Christ with no help. We have not been left as orphans; we have been sent the Holy Spirit who acts within us, ever by our side, prompting us to proclaim the truth and sustaining us when we feel we are not up to the task.
THE BEST ANSWER TO FEAR is to have a firm grasp of what it means to be accepted by God.
THERE IS THE FEAR THAT WE SHAN'T PROVE WORTHY in the eyes of someone who knows us at least as well as we know ourselves. That is the fear of God. And there is the fear of Man, fear that men won't understand us and we shall be cut off from them. (Robert Frost)
THIS WEEK'S 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, S. Luke 24: 44-end
Fri : Deut 29: 2-15, 1 John 1:1 - 2:6, S. Luke 7: 11-17
Sat: Deut 30, 1 John 2: 7-17, Luke 7: 18-35
NEXT SUNDAY : Acts 1: 6-14, 1 Peter 4: 12-14, 5: 6-11, S. John 17: 1-11