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

13 November 2016

Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church

Today's Scripture: Malachi 4: 1-2a     2 Thessalonians 3: 6-13     S. Luke 21: 5-19

Today: 8.35 am Matins; 9am Church School; 9.25 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 10.45 am Civic Service of Remembrance; 6pm EP

This Week: Tues - Fri 12.30 pm Midday Prayer, Tues 5 pm Evening Prayer foll. by Church Council Meeting, Fri 3-7pm & Sat 9am-2pm

Crafts Fair.

Next Sunday: 8.35am Matins; 9am Church School; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6pm E. Pr.


25th Sunday after Trinity (Epiphany 3) - Remembrance Sunday

Almighty and everlasting God, mercifully look upon our infirmities, and in all our dangers and necessities stretch forth thy right hand to help and defend us; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


FAITH IN FOCUS: DAILY SIGNS

We don’t need to look to the future to find signs of the end of our world. It’s happening every day before our very eyes.

When Jerusalem was destroyed, the Jews’ world was destroyed along with it. We have the same sort of experiences in our lives. We experience the end of many things and the loss of many people in a lifetime. The physical world as we know it can be destroyed by flood, hurricane, fire or earthquake. The whole earth does not need to be destroyed, just our little part of it, for us to know what Jesus is talking about.

Our social world can be destroyed by final arguments ending in divorce, being disowned by family, shunned or treated as an outcast. Our political world can be destroyed by war. Our economic world can collapse due to depression, recession, or unemployment, not to mention famine, hunger, disease and epidemics. We live in many worlds or spheres of meaning, and any of them can collapse at any moment.

What Jesus is giving in today’s gospel is not only a script for what will happen in some future era. It is a symbolic account of how all created things will come to a climax under the judgement of God. We’ve already seen stars falling from the sky, persecutions, famines, revolutions etc. They happen each day. The important thing is how each generation views these normal things and how we learn from them.

It is possible to become so wrapped up in transient things (like the people admiring the beauty of the Temple) that we forget the purpose of our existence and we lose sight of the daily signs. We are here to serve God by serving each other. This is what we will be judged on. Will we stop living, loving, caring and giving when the end of our own little world comes upon us? Will we see the wars, famines, earthquakes etc as a wake-up call for Christian action or just something to watch on our TV screens and then talk about the next day?

Disasters, whether personal or global, are opportunities for growth. They summon us to ask the deeper questions about why we are here and how God intends us to respond. We can join the doom-mongers and the armchair commentators, or we can show that our faith has endurance and can bring good out of evil.


WORD OF GOD

But for you who fear my name,

the sun of righteousness will shine out with healing in its rays.

(Malachi 4:2)


WORD FOR TODAY

As the Church’s year draws close to its end, we are reminded that the fruits of faith cannot be stored in the bank and drawn out in instalments. Faith is something that has to be lived day in and day out. The promises which it makes to Christians are for those who endure.


THE TERRIBLE THING about terrorism is that ultimately it destroys those who practise it. Slowly but surely, as they try to extinguish life in others, the light within them dies. (Terry Waite)


THE COURAGE OF LIFE is often a less dramatic spectacle than the courage of the final moment; but it is no less a magnificent mixture of triumph and tragedy. A man does what he must in spite of personal consequences; in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures - and that is the basis of all morality. (John Fitzgerald Kennedy)


THIS WEEK'S READINGS

Mon: Daniel 8: 11-14, Revelation 10, Matthew 7: 1-12

Tues: Daniel 8: 15-end, Rev 11: 1-14, Matthew 7: 13-end

Wed: Daniel 9: 1-19, Rev 11: 15-end, Matt 8: 1-13

Thurs: Daniel 9: 20-end, Revelation 12, Matt 8: 14-22

Fri: Daniel 10:1 - 11:1, Rev 13: 1-10, Matthew 8: 23-end

Sat: Daniel 12, Rev 13: 11-end, Matthew 9: 1-17

NEXT SUNDAY : Jeremiah 23: 1-6, Colossians 1: 11-20, S. Luke 23: 33-43