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
Acts 2: 1-21 Romans
S. John 15: 26–27; 16: 4b-15
God, who as at this time didst teach the hearts of thy faithful
people, by the sending to them the light of thy Holy Spirit: Grant us
by the same Spirit to have a right judgement in all things, and
evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through the merits of Christ
Jesus our Saviour, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of
the same Spirit, one God, world without end.
FAITH IN FOCUS: HIDDEN HELPER
"Footprints in the Sand" is a poem about God's invisible presence. Sometimes seen on greeting cards, it's about someone complaining that God was nowhere to be found at crucial moments. Then God replies pointing out that he was there all the time. Although he couldn't be seen, there were two sets of footprints in the sand.
At Pentecost, Whit Sunday, we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit, the advocate promised by Jesus. The Holy Spirit is with us at every moment of our lives, and many of the things we do are only possible with the help of the Spirit. We may not always sense his presence, but there are always two sets of footprints wherever we go. For the Holy Spirit is the power behind all our attempts at doing good.
God's Spirit makes people bold. The disciples were timidly huddled in a room before the Spirit released them to be fearless in their preaching. And when we need the courage to speak up for what is right or to take a difficult course of action it is the Spirit who emboldens us.
Life does not always go the way we hope it will. We suffer loss, we become downhearted, and we sometimes feel defeated. It is the Spirit within us that is able to console and comfort and who allows us to offer solace to others in their need. And when our world is riven with strife and discord it is the Spirit who urges us on to bring peace, reconciliation and unity.
But of course life is not all doom and gloom. We are capable of achieving great happiness, of being enormously creative, of sharing loving relationships with God and each other. This too is the work of the Spirit. For the Spirit animates us, encourages us and inspires us to go beyond our own human limitations to act in a God-like way.
Christians possess the Spirit through their baptism and confirmation. And today when we step forward to eat and drink at our Whitsun Eucharist we ask that his gifts may continue to blossom within the Church so that we may continue to proclaim to the world that God is alive and active, working through the hearts of men and women. Even if we can't always see his footprints.
WORD OF GOD
They were all filled with the Holy Spirit,
and began to speak foreign languages
as the Spirit gave them the gift of speech.
(Acts 2: 4)
WORD FOR TODAY
Pentecost recalls the birthday of the Church. People only too aware of their human weakness were strengthened by God's Spirit to be united in proclaiming the most important message of all time. And we still are today.
ON WHIT SUNDAY men of common clay like ourselves heard the wind of God blowing with the force of an ultimatum and compelling surrender. This is the climax in the long serial of creation. But it is not the end. For it is the Spirit's vocation to inspire, to possess and transform and it will not rest until the last atom of creation burns with a life as full and as fine as its own. (Hugh Lavery)
THE VERY WORDS "WHIT SUNDAY" give us a clue. Whit is "white" and Pentecost is the flowering of the "white" season of Easter. (Oliver Todd)
THIS WEEK’S BIBLE READINGS
Mon: 2 Chron 17: 1-12, Acts 10: 34-end, S. John 3: 16-21
Tues: 2 Chron 18: 1–27, Acts 8: 14–17, S. John 10: 1–10
Wed: 2 Chron 18:28 - 19.end, Rom 2: 1-16, Luke 9: 37–50
Thurs: 2 Chron 20: 1-23, Rom 2: 17-end, Luke 9: 51-end
Fri: 2 Chron 22:10 – 23.end, Rom 3:1–20, Luke 10: 1-16
Sat: 2 Chronicles 24: 1-22, Rom 3: 21-end, Mark 1: 1-13
NEXT SUNDAY (TRINITY SUNDAY): Isaiah 6: 1-8, Romans 8: 12–17, S. John 3: 1–17