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

15 October 2017


Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church

Today's Scripture: Isaiah 25: 1-9, Philippians 4: 1-9, S. Matthew 22: 1-14

Today: 8.35 am Matins; 9.00 am Church School; 9.30 am Holy Eucharist; 6.00 pm Evening Prayer

This Week: Fri 12.30 pm Midday Prayers

Next Sunday: 8.35 am Matins; 9.00 am Ch Sch; 9.30 am Holy Eucharist; 6.00 pm EP


Collect for Eighteenth 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. Amen.


  FAITH IN FOCUS : RETURN TO SENDER

To understand the parable about the wedding invitations we have to look back to Jesus' time and then forward to our own day.

The parable, about guests who turned down the invitation and about people off the street being welcomed in their place, was an explosive and revolutionary piece of preaching. It angered the chief priests and elders because it was clearly intended to point out that if the Jews refused to believe in Jesus, then their invitation to the kingdom of heaven would be sent elsewhere.

When we come to our own day we can rush in and think that we know what it's all about. Surely we are the people called in off the street who are given that chance of salvation which some of the Jews rejected? Maybe. But don't we run the same risk of being invited and failing to turn up for the wedding ourselves? We could be the original guests! It wasn't that the invited guests refused the invitation because they couldn't be bothered. They each had a plausible excuse: the farm needed tending, a pressing business appointment clashed with the date, etc.

Our greatest danger is not that we will send the invitation back marked 'Return to Sender', but that we will never quite get round to answering it. And as the card stands on our spiritual mantelpiece we will glance at it from time to time and keep telling ourselves that we really must do something about it. Perhaps doing something about it might be going to see that person we know is sick and would love a visit, or curbing our sharp tongue, or stopping being slack at work, or taking the family out for once, or saying those prayers we know we need to, or... Whatever it is, we are unlikely to give God a flat refusal. We are more likely to 'mean' to get round to it.

And what about that poor guest who was invited and then thrown out for not having the right wedding clothes? The only garment we are required to put on for the wedding is conversion. To turn up to the feast with no intention of changing our ways will simply get us ejected. Conversion, yes, I 'meant' to get round to that too.


WORD OF GOD

On this mountain

the Lord of hosts will prepare for all peoples

a banquet of rich food, a banquet of fine wines,

of food rich and juicy, of fine strained wines.

(Isaiah 25:6)


WORD FOR TODAY

For people living in a desert climate a banquet of fine wines and rich juicy food must have seemed like heaven. As we eat and drink the Lord's body and blood today at the eucharist, we pray to be found worthy to share that heavenly banquet promised to all who follow Christ's ways.



SALVATION IS not some felicitous state to which we can lift ourselves by our own bootstraps after the contemplation of sufficiently good examples. It is an utterly new creation into which we are brought by our death in Jesus' death and our resurrection in his. It comes out of the shipwreck of all human efforts whatsoever. (Robert Farrer Capon)


THIS WEEK'S READINGS

Mon: 2 Chron 17: 1-12, Mark 15: 1-15, Acts 26: 1-23

Tues: 2 Chron 18: 1-27, Mark 15: 16-32, Ac 26: 24-end

Wed(S. Luke, Ev.): Isaiah 35: 3-6, 2 Timothy 4: 5-17, S. Luke 10: 1-9

Thurs: 2 Chron 20: 1-23, Mark 15: 42-end, Ac 27: 27-end

Fri: 2 Chron 22:10 - 23.end, Mark 16: 1-8, Acts 28: 1-16

Sat: 2 Chron 24: 1-22, Mark 16: 9-end, Acts 28: 17- end

NEXT SUNDAY: Isaiah 45: 1-7, 1 Thessalonians 1: 1-10, S. Matthew 22: 15-22