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: Jeremiah 33: 14-16 1 Thessalonians 3: 9-end S. Luke 21: 25-36
Matins; 9am Church School; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm E.P. This
Mon (S. Andrew, Ap.) 5 pm Holy
Communion; Tues-Fri 12.30 pm Midday Prayers; Saturday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Craft Fair, S. Ignatius Hall.
8.35am Matins ; 9am Ch Sch; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm E.P.
LookAhead: Monday 7th : 12-12.45 Ministers' Assoc. Public Meeting, GT Town Hall.
First 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: SEVERE FLOOD WARNING
It only takes one bout of severe weather, like a few days of torrential rain, to make us realise that despite our air of sophistication we are really still at the mercy of the elements. We amble along quite happily until floods are upon us and then we start talking about the major issues such as lack of investment in flood defences.
Of course, once the wind dies down and the water level recedes, we return to our old ways. We forget the lessons that seemed so obvious when the storms were beating down on us. We put away the buckets that caught the drips and we consign the sandbags to the back of the garden. It’s time to relax again.
Advent is our call to stay awake, day in and day out and be ready for the coming of the Son of Man. Jesus tells us that no one knows the day or the hour when the Son of Man will demand a reckoning from us of how we have remained true to our principles. He warns us to be on the watch. Make sure that you don’t get so bogged down with the trivia of life, he says, that you neglect the really important things.
It’s quite likely that most of us will die before the second coming of the Son of Man. The temptation for us is to live for the day and give no thought to our future judgement. While there appears to be no religious flood warning we carry on regardless. When things go bad for us, when death takes our loved ones, when illness strikes us or troubles mount on all sides, we turn to God and remember that the Lord has promised to set us free from all that might threaten us. But it usually takes the prospect of disaster or discomfort to focus our minds on what is really important.
WORD OF GOD
And then they will see the Son of Man
coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
WORD FOR TODAY
The beginning of the Church’s year is a reminder that as time passes by we are all on the way to salvation. Life does not stand still and one day we will meet Christ face to face. For the Christian this is a cause not for fear but for elation. We hold our heads high as we say, Come Lord Jesus!
NO HOPE IS POSSIBLE unless we turn to the Lord and wait for him to come to us. This is a theme frequently found in the gospel readings for Advent as well as in the Old Testament readings.
In the conversion that makes hope possible, we can distinguish three elements: conversion, watchfulness, and God's initiative. (Adrian Nocent)
THREE THINGS ARE NECESSARY for the salvation of man: to know what he ought to believe; to know what he ought to desire; and to know what he ought to do.
THIS WEEK’S BIBLE READINGS
Mon(S. Andrew): Isaiah 52: 7-10, Romans 10: 12-18, S. Matthew 4: 18-22
Tues: Isaiah 26: 1-13, Matt 12: 22-37, Revelation 20
Wed: Isaiah 28: 1-13, Matt 12: 38-end, Rev 21: 1-8
Thur: Isaiah 28: 14-end, Matt 13: 1-33, Rev 21: 9-21
Fri: Isaiah 29: 1-14, Matt 13: 24-43, Rev 21:22 - 22:5
Sat: Isaiah 29: 15-end, Matt 13: 44-end, Rev 22: 6-end
NEXT SUNDAY : Malachi 3: 1-4, Philippians 1: 3-11, S. Luke 3: 1-6