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

28 May 2017

Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church

Today's Scripture: Acts 1: 6-14     1 Peter 4: 12-14; 5: 6-11      S. John 17: 1-11

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

This Week: Tues - Fri 12.30 pm Midday Prayers

Next Sunday (Whitsunday): 8.35 am Matins & Litany; 9.00 am Church School; 9.30 am Holy Eucharist; 6.00 pm EP

Advance Notice: Mon (5th June) and Tuesday (6th) in Whitsun Week 5 p.m. Holy Communion


Collect for The Ascension Day

Grant, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that like as we do believe thy only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to have ascended into the heavens; so we may also in heart and mind thither ascend, and with him continually dwell, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end.


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: PASS IT ON!

Many of us feel uncomfortable about certain types of witnessing to Christ. Yet we each have a duty as Christians to bring the good news to those around us. How do we do it?

The most basic way is by example. People notice. They notice the way we do or don’t talk about others, the way we are prepared to volunteer our time to help others, the way we treat others on our street or at work. And if they know that we do this out of our belief in God and our faith in Christ then this attracts others. They may then get to the point of asking us about our faith, why we bother to go to church, why we believe what we do believe. It’s then that we have another opportunity to tell people the good news. If there are things that we can’t explain we can always offer to put them in touch with people who can. And just in case we think that we can’t cope alone, Jesus tells us today that as we undertake this spreading of this good news he will always be at our side.


WORD OF GOD

They are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one.

(John 17: 11)


WORD FOR TODAY

Christ’s resurrection and ascension are not just things of the past. They are very much present and powerful in our world today if we allow them to affect our vision of life and to guide us in our search for the ultimate meaning of our common existence. Jesus promises to be with us until the end of time.


DEATH IS NOT AN EVENT in life: we do not live to experience death. If we take eternity to mean not infinite temporal duration but timelessness, then eternal life belongs to those who live in the present.

(Ludwig Wittgenstein)


OUR VERY RESTLESSNESS is merely a homesickness for God, for a life both satisfying and substantial. We received its beginning at the font. But have we like the man in the gospel story buried it in a field? Or are we using it to advantage, letting it develop and mature to the fullness every one of us desires?

(Hugh Lavery)


THIS WEEK'S 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 : Deut 33, 1 John 4: 7-end, S. Luke 8: 40-end

Sat: Deut 32: 48-end; ch 34, 1 John 5, John 15:26 - 16:15

NEXT SUNDAY : Acts 2: 1-21, 1 Corinthians 12: 3b-13, S. John 20: 19-23