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


22 May
2016

Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church

Today's Scripture: Proverbs 8: 1-4, 22-31     Romans 5: 1-5     S. John 16: 12-15

Today: 8.35 am Matins; 9 am Church School; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6pm Evening Prayer.

This Week: Tues-Fri 12.30 pm Midday Prayer; Sat 10 am Prison Ministry

Next Sunday: 8.35 am Matins; 9 am Church School; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6pm Evening Prayer.


Trinity Sunday


Almighty and everlasting God, who hast given unto us thy servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of the Divine Majesty to worship the Unity: We beseech thee, that thou wouldest keep us stedfast in this faith, and evermore defend us from all adversities, who livest and reignest, one God, world without end.


FAITH IN FOCUS: FATHOMING GOD - Dear Sons and Daughters,

I thought I’d drop you a brief line today since, after all, Trinity is my special feast. Though perhaps I should remember that your finite minds would find it easier on Trinity Sunday if I say “our” feast. The other two agree with me on this!

You know, of course, I alone have a total grasp on reality. That’s because I exist infinitely; I had no beginning and will have no end, unlike you who are limited to time and space. One day, of course, you will join me in this never-ending happiness. I’m really looking forward to that day. Well, actually, it’s already arrived for me but that would take too long to explain.

It pleases me that you are trying to be holy. What you are really doing is trying to become more like me. That’s because I possess the only real holiness: it comes naturally to me. And when you love, too, you are like a kitchen towel that blots up my love and passes it on to others.

One of the pleasures of being God is watching how much progress you are making on earth. DNA, space probes, computers, health cures: it’s all very impressive but sometimes I wonder what took you so long. And I have a good laugh when you try to take the credit for it all. It’s the same when you talk about the origins of life and of the universe. …

Still, don’t think just because I am the one you’re all trying to catch up with, without really knowing it, that I am too busy or important to be bothered about your own individual cares and concerns. I have always loved you, even before you were born, and that’s why I came down to earth. And even when people talk about me as if I were a thing from the past, and behave in ways that contradict all I’ve ever said, I won’t stop loving. But that’s probably hard for you to understand, even though I’ve made you little less than gods. In the meantime I send you my blessing.

Best wishes from your loving Father.


WORD OF GOD

From everlasting I was firmly set, from the beginning,

before earth came into being. (Proverbs 8:23)


WORD FOR TODAY

Our limited minds can never grasp the reality of God. God is the author of everything that came into being. Yet God is not so aloof that the ups and downs of our daily lives are beyond his concern. We have a God who cares passionately about us and has made us “little less than gods”.


PEOPLE LIKE THE JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES and Christadelphians claim that the Trinity is a Christian construct. If, as the anti-Trinitarians maintain, the Trinity is not a biblical doctrine and was never taught until the council of Nicaea in 325, then why do these quotes (Irenaeus, Tertullian, etc) exist? The answer is simple: the Trinity is a biblical doctrine and it was taught before the Council of Nicaea in 325 AD.

Part of the reason that the Trinity doctrine was not “officially” taught until the time of the Council of Nicaea is because Christianity was illegal until shortly before the council. It wasn’t really possible for official Christian groups to meet and discuss doctrine. For the most part, they were fearful of making public pronouncements concerning their faith. (Elizabeth Sweeney)


THIS WEEK’S BIBLE READINGS

Mon: Josh 7: 1-15, Luke 10: 25-37, Romans 4:1-12

Tues: Josh 7: 16-end, Luke 10: 38-end, Romans 4: 13-end

Wed: Joshua 8: 1-29, Luke 11: 1-13, Romans 5: 1-11

Thurs: Josh 8: 30-end, Luke 11: 12-28, Romans 5: 12-end

Fri: Josh 9: 3-26, Luke 11: 29-36, Romans 6: 1-14

Sat: Josh 10: 1-15, Luke 11: 37-end, Romans 6: 15-end

NEXT SUNDAY: 1 Kings 8: 22-23, 41-43, Galatians 1: 1-12, S. Luke 7: 1-10