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

6 November 2016

Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church

Today's Scripture: Job 19: 23-27a     2 Thessalonians 2: 1-5, 13-end     S. Luke 20: 27-38

Today: 8.35 am Matins & Litany; 9am Church School; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6pm EP

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

Next Sunday: 8.35am Matins; 9am Church School; 9.25 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 10.45 a.m. Civic Service of Remembrance; 6pm E. Pr.


24th Sunday after Trinity

O LORD, we beseech thee, absolve thy people from their offences; that through thy bountiful goodness we may all be delivered from the bands of those sins, which by our frailty we have committed: Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ's sake, our blessed Lord and Saviour. Amen.


FAITH IN FOCUS: DEAD OR ALIVE

Because the Sadducees believed that this world was all there is, they tried to make a fool of Jesus by asking a question about the afterlife: if a woman had been married seven times, which man would be her husband in heaven?. They didn’t believe there was a hereafter or a final reckoning. Jesus cleverly answers them by calling the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob a God of the living not the dead. Since these patriarchs had died, they must have been raised from the dead to be still living.

There is no marriage in heaven, says Jesus, because things there are not the same as here on earth. We find this hard to understand. In fact, St Paul tells us that no eye has seen and no ear heard what awaits us after death. What we do know is that on one level it will be a continuation of what we have experienced here on earth, yet on another level it will be completely different.

The resurrection will perfect us. It will take all the goodness of God in us and magnify it in a glorious body. At death the human ties that bind us here on earth do not simply unravel. We will not only see God face to face, but all our loved ones who have gone before us and now form the company and the communion of saints.

Lucy was a healthy bounding woman until she was reduced to a vegetative state by a car accident. When I see her again in heaven it will be with the same body in which she died. And I’ll recognise her at once, but everything will now be perfected. She will have a glorious body, now in its eternal potential. Her personality will be at its fullest, and so will her wit, her charm, her tenacity and her love. She will be noble, beautiful, and even regal, because she will be like the risen Jesus.

God did not make us just to destroy us after our short spell on earth. God made us to have a relationship with him for eternity. That’s why we were baptised: for eternal life. And that’s why the thought of death does not paralyse the Christian, for it brings with it the promise and hope of a resurrection to glory with God. For when we are dead, we will be really alive!


WORD OF GOD

After my skin has been thus destroyed,

yet in my flesh I shall see God,

whom I shall see for myself,

and my eyes shall behold, and not another.

(Job 19:26f)


WORD FOR TODAY

Resurrection sustains our faith. Its promise is that there is a meaning and purpose to all we undergo on earth. If Christ did not rise from the dead then our faith is in vain. Because he did rise, our future is eternal.


I DO NOT BELIEVE IN AN AFTERLIFE, although I am bringing a change of underwear.

(Woody Allen)

IF THAT VITAL SPARK that we find in a grain of wheat can pass unchanged through countless deaths and resurrections, will the spirit of man be unable to pass from this body to another?

(William Jennings Bryan)


THIS WEEK'S READINGS

Mon: Daniel 4: 19-end, Revelation 5, Matthew 4: 23 - 5:12

Tues: Daniel 5: 1-12, Revelation 6, Matthew 5: 13-20

Wed: Daniel 5: 13-end, Rev 7: 1-4, 9-end, Matt 5: 21-37

Thurs: Daniel 6, Revelation 8, Matthew 5: 38-end

Fri: Daniel 7: 1-14, Rev 9: 1-12, Matthew 6: 1-18

Sat: Daniel 7: 15-end, Rev 9: 13-end, Matthew 6: 19-end

NEXT SUNDAY : Malachi 4: 1-2a, 2 Thessalonians 3: 6-13, S. Luke 21: 5-19