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

20 November 2016

Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church

Today's Scripture: Jeremiah 23: 1-6 Colossians 1: 11-20 S. Luke 23: 33-43

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

This Week: Tues - Fri 12.30 pm Midday Prayer; Sat 10 a.m. Prison Ministry

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


Sunday Next Before Advent - Christ the King

Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may of thee be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


FAITH IN FOCUS: STRANGE KINGDOM

The scene on Calvary seems at first an odd gospel to fit the feast of Christ the King. Christ is on the cross with two criminals, one on each side. What has this to do with his kingship? Surely it’s more a scene of defeat and humiliation?

Yet if we look more closely at what’s going on we begin to get an idea of the type of king Jesus is. The unrepentant criminal mocks Jesus and calls upon him to perform an escape act for all three of them. The repentant one simply accepts Jesus and asks, even in the midst of all his troubles, for a place in the kingdom.

St Luke emphasises Christ’s kingdom by drawing attention to his mercy. For it is by mercy that Jesus exercises his power. He preached that his kingdom was not of this world. But it is established in this world and its values are at odds with all the secular empires and kingdoms that we live with today.

Jesus is king because he is capable of breaking the power of evil, of snapping the grip of sin and death, and of restoring us to a former glory that God intended for us. As a result the “constitution” of this kingdom differs vastly from those of the world.

Only a person who really loves can show mercy. And the mercy of Jesus’s kingdom is seen in the type of society that he urges us to build: an eternal kingdom that aims to embrace and redeem the whole human race. Calling Christ our king means collaborating in building up this kingdom.

If today we are crowning Christ as king of our lives then we must do it by creating a society that respects truth and fosters life in all its forms. God’s unusual kingdom is one that tries to live by imitating his holiness and living by his grace. It is the community of those who have a thirst for justice prevailing over a hunger for profit, who extend the hand of that love and care that challenges and softens raw competitiveness, and who seek to promote a peace that prevails over conflict and superiority.

And how do we enter this strange kingdom? Like the repentant criminal on the cross, by acknowledging our need for God’s mercy.


WORD OF GOD

I shall raise up for David a righteous branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. (Jeremiah 23: 5)


WORD FOR TODAY

If we accept Christ as our king, then we are qualified to join the procession of saints into his heavenly kingdom. Today’s feast invites us to allow him into our lives, to exercise his justice through us and to be united with all mankind in singing the anthem of his praise.


IN THE EVENING of life we shall be examined on love.

(St John of the Cross)


LIFE MEANS BEING WITH CHRIST; where Christ is, there too is life and there is the kingdom. (St Ambrose)


THIS WEEK'S READINGS

Mon: Isaiah 40: 1-11, Revelation 14: 1-13, Matthew 9: 18-34

Tues: Isaiah 40: 12-26, Rev 14:14 - 15.end, Matthew 9:35 - 10:15

Wed: Isaiah 40:27 - 41:7, Rev 16: 1-11, Matt 10: 16-33

Thurs: Isaiah 41: 8-20, Revelation 16: 12-end, Matt 10:34 - 11:1

Fri: Isa 41:21 - 42:9, Revelation 17, Matthew 11: 2-19

Sat: Isaiah 42: 10-17, Revelation 18, Matthew 11: 20-end

NEXT SUNDAY (ADVENT SUNDAY): Isaiah 2: 1-5, Romans 13: 11-end, S. Matthew 24: 36-44