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 : Fax (345) 949 0619
Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church
Today's Scripture: Genesis 2: 18-24 Hebrews 1: 1-4; 2: 5-12 S. Mark 10: 2-16
Today: 8.35am Matins & Litany; 9am Church School; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm E.P.
This Week: Tues-Fri 12.30 pm Midday Prayers.
Next Sunday: 8.35am Matins ; 9am Ch Sch; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm E.P.
18th Sunday after Trinity
Lord, we beseech thee, grant thy people grace to withstand the
temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil, and with pure
hearts and minds to
follow thee the only God; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
FAITH IN FOCUS: JUST A BIT OF PAPER?
People who live together as partners, without getting married, often say that marriage is just a bit of paper. What difference does it make if you are married or not?
Well, Christian marriage is much more than a consenting adult relationship, more than a convenient arrangement. Christian Churches hold it in high regard as a “holy mystery”. And Catholics usually call it a sacrament.
Christians believe that the love of husband and wife is like a mirror: it reflects God’s love for the world and in particular Christ’s love for the Church. So their married life is a privileged way in which they can make Christ present to today’s world.
Christian marriage has no room for pre-nuptial agreements. That’s because it’s unconditional. For better for worse, in sickness and in health means that the couple agree to stay together come what may and to face whatever life’s challenges may prove to be.
To begin married life with the idea that if things don’t work out then there’s always another option on the horizon, runs contrary to the idea of Christian marriage.
And linked with this is the concept of indissolubility. Sadly, there are cases when everyone agrees it is better for a man and woman to live apart. But if all the circumstances were right at the time of the marriage, then a second marriage is not an option. (Annulments are only supposed to be granted when things were clearly wrong from the start.)
It goes without saying that Christian marriage is between one man and one woman. That’s because the love shared, and particularly its sexual expression, demands a total giving, a complete sharing of lives together. Each partner gives themselves to the other in a gesture of absolute trust and unreserved love. That’s what the older language about worshipping with the body actually meant. They are no longer two but have become one body.
It’s easy just to live together. But to be united in Christian marriage is a vocation to something much deeper.
WORD OF GOD
This is why a man leaves his father and mother
and joins himself to his wife, and they become one body.
WORD FOR TODAY
A Christian marriage is different from others since the love between two Christians is a mirror that reflects Christ’s love for his Church. So to fall in love with your husband or wife is to share in the endless love that God has for the world.
MARRIAGE IS distinctly and repeatedly excluded from heaven. Is this because it is thought likely to mar the general felicity? (Samuel Butler)
SINCE MARRIAGE IS DESIGNED by Providence as a life, the worst possible way of embarking upon that life is by the premature exercise of what is meant to be its final consummation. (Hubert van Zeller)
MARRIAGE IS LIKE twirling a baton, turning handsprings, or eating with chopsticks; it looks easy till you try it. (Helen Rowland)
THIS WEEK’S BIBLE READINGS
Mon: Ecclus 16: 17-end, Mark 15: 1-15, Acts 26: 1-23
Tues: Ecclus 17: 1-24, Mark 15: 16-32, Acts 26: 24-end
Wed: Ecclus 18: 1-14, Mark 15: 33-41, Acts 27: 1–26
Thurs: Ecclus 19: 4-17, Mark 15: 42-end, Acts 27: 27-end
Fri: Ecclus 19: 20-end, Mark 16: 1-8, Acts 28: 1-16
Sat: Ecclus 21: 1-17, Mark 16: 9-end, Acts 28: 17-end
NEXT SUNDAY: Amos 5: 6-7, 10-15, Hebrews 4: 12-end, S. Mark 10: 17-31