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
Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church
Today's Scripture: 1 Kings 8: 22-23, 41-43 Galatians 1: 1-12 S. Luke 7: 1-10
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
Next Sunday: 8.35 am Matins; 9 am Church School; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6pm Evening Prayer.
1st Sunday after Trinity
FAITH IN FOCUS:
If we thought we could adequately describe God, then we would surely be fooling ourselves since God is too great for our limited minds to be able to grasp and process. In fact, St Anselm’s famous statement about God was that God is that being greater than which nothing can be imagined. If it takes you a while to work out what that means, then don’t worry; you’re not alone!
But we’re still left with the problem of having to use some words to talk about God. What we tend to do is to use our daily human experience to try to come close to what God is really like.
The bible compares God to a parent. Parents are the authors of life for their children. So to call God a father is to say that he is responsible for all that lives and breathes in our universe. He is our creator.
When we talk about Jesus as the Son, it does not mean that he is less important than the Father; it simply implies closeness of relationship. We speak of the Son as communicating what God is, as the loving expression of God who does not want to see us floundering in the ups and downs of life, but wants us to employ every moment of our God-given existence to the full. He is our redeemer.
The Holy Spirit is on a par with the Father and the Son, and is the inflowing of their love to the world. The Spirit is the daily presence of God among his sons and daughters, inspiring us to good, uplifting us to better things, leading us into the truth. He is our sustainer.
This is how we tend to talk about God, inductively; using our own life experiences as a measuring-stick for what God is and what God does. But it comes as no surprise to learn that each of the three persons in this Trinity is co-equal and that their activity overlaps.
Maybe what we can do is simply to thank God just for being God and for bothering to regenerate us as his sons and daughters. We may never “understand” God until we see him face to face. But that shouldn’t stop us loving him.
WORD OF GOD
“O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like you, in heaven above or on earth beneath, keeping covenant and showing steadfast love …” 1 Kings 8:23
GOD, WHOSE SON, JESUS CHRIST,
understood people's fear and pain
before they spoke of them,
we pray for those in hospital;
surround the frightened with your tenderness;
give strength to those in pain;
hold the weak in your arms of love,
and give hope and patience
to those who are recovering;
we ask this through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. Christine McMullen, Mother's Union
WORD FOR TODAY
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 each of us.
THIS WEEK’S BIBLE READINGS
Mon: Joshua 14, Luke 12: 1-12, Romans 7:1-6
Tues: Josh 21:43 - 22:8, Luke 12: 13-21, Romans 7: 7-end
Wed: Joshua 22: 9-end, Luke 12: 22-31, Romans 8: 1-11
Thurs: Joshua 23, Luke 12: 32-40, Romans 8: 12-17
Fri: Josh 24: 1-28, Luke 12: 41-48, Romans 8: 18-30
Sat: Josh 24: 29-end, Luke 12: 49-end, Romans 8: 31-end
NEXT SUNDAY: 1 Kings 17: 17-end, Galatians 1: 11-end, S. Luke 7: 11-17