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: Daniel 7: 9-10, 13-14 Revelation 1: 4b-8 S. John 18: 33-37
Matins; 9am Church School; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm E.P. This
Tues-Fri 12.30 pm
Midday Prayers; Saturday 10.00 a.m. Prison Ministry.
Next Sunday: 8.35am Matins ; 9am Ch Sch; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm E.P.
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: MAD, BAD OR SAD?
When people act in a manner that challenges us we normally react to them in one of three ways. We say that they are mad, that their claims or behaviour are ludicrous and not worth bothering about. So we can ignore them. Alternatively we say that they are bad, that they have some ulterior motive underpinning their actions. So we can ignore them. Or, in today’s parlance, we say that they are sad, that they are some sort of nerd or anorak. So we can ignore them.
The Romans thought Jesus was mad. Pilate questioned him about claiming to be a king when he knew the Romans were in control. As a joke he had the sign nailed to Jesus’s cross: ‘Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews’.
The Jewish leaders thought he was bad. They had reports which accused him of heresy, he had seemed to make light of the Law and he claimed a union with God which was blasphemous.
Most other people would have found him sad. He was something of a preacher with a fixation on religion who had preached one synagogue too far and got his comeuppance by being executed as a political and religious nuisance.
Christians do not believe Jesus to be mad, bad or sad. We take his words as genuine when he told Pilate, ‘Yes, I am a king.’ So we can’t ignore him.
Jesus is very clear that the kingdom over which he reigns as king is very different from any earthly kingdom. Those who wish to become citizens by baptism have to follow a charter. This charter is about creating a world in which truth holds sway and people are encouraged to have the deepest respect for life. Its citizens are encouraged to grow close to God that they may experience his holiness and respond to his grace. In this kingdom, work for justice is tireless. For only with justice will there be genuine care and concern which shows itself in love and true peace.
As the Church’s liturgical cycle closes another chapter this week, we thank God for the glimpses of Christ’s kingdom during this past year. We praise God for raising Jesus as king of all creation. And as we do so we’re not mad. Nor are we bad. And we’re certainly not sad. Just very glad.
WORD OF GOD
On him was conferred sovereignty,
glory and kingship,
and men of all peoples, nations and languages
became his servant.
WORD FOR TODAY
As citizens of Christ the King we are called to collaborate with God’s Spirit in building up a different type of kingdom: one of truth and life, of holiness and grace, a kingdom where justice, love and peace reign. If we celebrate today’s feast we agree to sign up to this new form of citizenship.
WHEN YOU SEE THE ORB set under the cross,
remember that the whole world is subject
to the power and empire of Christ our Redeemer.
(From the Coronation Ceremony of the Monarch)
THIS WEEK’S BIBLE READINGS
Mon: Isaiah 14: 3-20, Matt 9: 18-34, Revelation 14: 1-13
Tues: Isaiah 17, Matt 9:35 - 10:15, Rev 14:14 - 15:end
Wed: Isaiah 19, Matthew 10: 16-33, Rev 16: 1-11
Thur: Isaiah 21: 1-12, Matt 10:34 - 11:1, Rev 16: 12-end
Fri: Isaiah 22: 1-14, Matt 11: 2-19, Revelation 17
Sat: Isaiah 24, Matt 11: 20-end, Revelation 18
NEXT SUNDAY (ADVENT) : Jeremiah 33: 14-16, 1 Thessalonians 3: 9-end, S. Luke 21: 25-36