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

27 November 2016

Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church

Today's Scripture: Isaiah 2: 1-5     Romans 13: 11-end     S. Matthew 24: 36-44

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

This Week: Tues, Thurs - Fri 12.30 pm Midday Prayer; Wed S. Andrew, Holy Comm 5 pm.

Next Sunday: 8.35am Matins & Lit.; 9am Ch School; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6pm EP


1st Sunday In Advent

Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious Majesty, to judge both the quick and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, now and ever.


FAITH IN FOCUS: ENDURING PEACE?

Peace is something that everyone is in favour of. And it comes as a comfort to hear that the very first reading of the Church’s cycle of scripture at the start of Advent is the good news that God has promised peace to the world. Isaiah tells us that weapons of war (swords) will be melted down and turned into food producers (ploughshares).

Yet we do not live in cloud cuckoo land. We only have to turn on the TV to see that this Advent is no more peaceful than any other. Far from it. The enduring peace of God’s everlasting justice is being sought with weapons of war and innocent people are dying in America, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

Peace cannot be imposed on any people or nation. It has to be felt and yearned for. When a nation is defeated and it signs a declaration of end to hostility, the work only just begins. That’s because peace is more than the absence of conflict. Peace is living with justice for all sides. Without tackling root injustice we only create what at best is a temporary truce.

Isaiah speaks of the “mountain of the Lord” being a place where the Law, God’s plan for humanity, is proclaimed and dispensed. Each year Christians recall that Christ came as the embodiment of that promise of peace and justice. But we don’t simply recall it as a past event, something which took place in the past. We recall it to remind ourselves that it is our responsibility and duty to make it a reality in our own day.

As this year unfolds we will gather at worship to ask the Holy Spirit to transform our lives through the action of the liturgy, so that we may become signs and vehicles of that peace which God alone can offer the world. God’s peace is more than tolerance and multiculturalism. It is that deep down sense of wellbeing that comes from knowing that we are held in the palm of God’s hand and we are doing all we can to ensure that others experience his infinite love through the way we treat them.

So Advent is not about remembrance. It’s about active recommitment to recognising the coming and presence of the Son of Man in our world, through caring and just ways of living.


WORD OF GOD

Nation will not lift sword against nation;

there will be no more training for war.

(Isaiah 2:4)


WORD FOR TODAY

Jesus asks us, at the start of this new Advent, to stay awake so that we may be ready for the coming of our God. This is not simply an attitude of mind but a call to real conversion of heart and renewal of life. Christ will certainly come to us in one form or another this Advent. Will he find us ready?


THE SUPREME TRICK of Old Scratch is to have us so busy decorating, preparing food, practising music and cleaning in preparation for the feast of Christmas that we actually miss the Coming of Christ. Hurt feelings, anger, impatience, injured egos - the list of clouds that busyness creates to blind us to the Birth and Advent can be long, but it is familiar to us all. (Edward Hays)


THIS WEEK'S READINGS

Mon: Isaiah 42: 18-end, Revelation 19, Matthew 12: 1-21

Tues: Isaiah 43: 1-13, Rev 20, Matthew 12: 22-37

Wed (S. Andrew): Isaiah 52: 7-10, Romans 10: 12-18, S. Matthew 4: 18-22

Thurs: Isaiah 44: 1-8, Revelation 21: 9-21, Matt 13: 1-23

Fri: Isa 44: 9-23, Rev 21:22 - 22:5, Matthew 13: 24-43

Sat: Isa 44:24 - 45:13, Rev 22: 6-end, Matt 13: 44-end

NEXT SUNDAY: Isaiah 11: 1-10, Romans 15: 4-13, S. Matthew 3: 1-12