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
Today's Scripture: Isaiah 25: 6-9 Revelation 21: 1-6a S. John 11: 32-44
Today: 8.35am Matins; 9am Church School; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm E.P.
Tues-Fri 12.30 pm Midday Prayers. Next
8.35am Matins ; 9am Ch Sch; 9.30 am HOLY
EUCHARIST; 10.50 a.m. Civic Service of Remembrance; 6 pm E.P.
All Saints' Day
O Almighty God, who hast knit together thine elect in one communion and fellowship, in the mystical body of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord: Grant us grace so to follow thy blessed Saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those unspeakable joys, which thou hast prepared for them that unfeignedly love thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
FAITH IN FOCUS: BLESSED EXISTENCE?
It’s not how we live that makes us saints. It’s how Christ lived for us, how he died and rose again for us. So today’s feast is about focussing on what Christ has done and the fact that we are already called saints by him due to our baptism and faith. We are incorporated into the holy people that are his Church. We’ve already taken our place in the line of God’s saints.
As such, we seem to have all the same problems that non-believers have. We mourn, we suffer and we find it hard to make ends meet just like everyone else. It’s exactly what Jesus told us in the Beatitudes: saints are those who mourn, who hunger and thirst for justice, who are abused and persecuted.
In a world that looks for instant gratification, whether it’s fifty-nine minute dry cleaning or drive-through fast food restaurants, the feast of All Saints teaches us a lesson in perseverance. Through the Spirit, God is fashioning us slowly into the saints we are intended to be, as long as we let him. This means that we bear whatever crosses come our way, secure in the belief that we are promised the life that God has prepared for us from the beginning of time. But letting God mould us into saints takes a lifetime of maturing, a lot of patience and much starting over again.
As we make this journey to our heavenly home we have the inspiration of those who have already completed their journey and now enjoy God’s glory in God’s holy city, what we call the heavenly Jerusalem. We hope that one day we will meet up with them there to share their joy and see God face to face. In the meantime we celebrate today’s feast, thanking God for what Christ has done for us and asking that we may become more and more responsive to the Spirit who prompts us to grow in holiness.
The Pencil Maker took the pencil aside, just before putting him into the box. “There are five things you need to know before I send you out into the world. If you remember them you will become the best pencil you can be.
Firstly, you will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in someone’s hand. Secondly, you will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, but you’ll need it to become a better pencil.
Thirdly, I will be able to correct any mistakes you might make. Fourthly, the most important part of you will always be what’s inside. And finally, on every surface you are used you must leave your mark. No matter what the condition, you must continue to write.”
THE CHALLENGE OF THE SAINTS of the twenty-first century is to begin again to comprehend the sacred in the ten thousand things of our world; to reverence what we have come to view as ordinary and devoid of spirit. (Edward Hays)
THIS WEEK’S BIBLE READINGS
Mon: Isaiah 1: 1-20, Matt 1: 18-end, Revelation 1
Tues: Isaiah 1: 21-end, Matt 2: 1-15, Rev 2: 1-11
Wed: Isaiah 2: 1-11, Matthew 2: 16-end, Rev 2: 12-end
Thur: Isaiah 2: 12-end, Matt 3, Revelation 3: 1-13
Fri: Isaiah 3: 1-15, Matt 4: 1-11, Revelation 3: 14-end
Sat: Isa 4:2 - 5:7, Matt 4: 12-22, Revelation 4
NEXT SUNDAY : Jonah 3: 1-5, 10, Hebrews 9: 24-end, S. Mark 1: 14-20