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
16 October 2016
Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church
Today's Scripture: Genesis 32: 22-31 2 Timothy 3:14 - 4:5 S. Luke 18: 1-8
Today: 8.35 am Matins; 9am Church School; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6pm EP
This Week: Tues (S. Luke, Evangelist) 5pm Holy Communion foll by Church Council Meeting; Wed - Fri 12.30 pm Midday Prayers.
Next Sunday: 8.35am Matins; 9am Church School; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6pm E. Pr.
FAITH IN FOCUS: DON’T GIVE UP
The widow in today’s gospel was worried. She had a legal grievance and she needed a “man” to unlock the doors of Jewish society. Because she had no clout the judge kept putting her off until eventually he heard her case just for a quiet life.
Jesus uses this story to teach us that we should never stop praying. Prayer increases our faith and feeds our life with God. The great Christians of the past constantly tell us that we should keep going in our prayer, no matter how worried we are and no matter how long it seems to take.
Worry is a destructive thing. It only allies us to thoughts of disaster and unpleasantness. It causes us to fall into the rut of negative thinking and this starts to erode our mindset and curtail our happiness. Yet it is possible to channel worry into prayer. If, instead of sitting and thinking the worst, we make our worries into petitions to God and begin to praise and thank God for what we do have, we can get a sense of the wholeness of God’s presence and come to an understanding of that peace of God that cannot be taken away from us.
Even the greatest men and women get knocked down in life, but what separates them from the rest is that they get right back up. Perseverance in prayer is a virtue. That’s because it’s the actual praying that gives us the strength to go on. Giving up praying when in trouble is like giving up eating when you are ill. You are only going to get worse.
But we have to pray positively. If we feel that God won’t answer, then was it an actual prayer? We need to pray with confidence, firmly believing that God wants us to have what we need and what is good for us. Jesus would not have told us that our prayers will be answered if it were not true.
And how do we know that our prayer has “worked”? Only God can grasp the full picture of what is good for us. Sometimes our prayer can be answered speedily. At other times God has reasons for delaying. Sometimes God may improve on our prayer by granting us something even better than what we asked for. And do remember that even when the answer is “No”, it’s still an answer to prayer. So don’t give up.
WORD OF GOD
Jacob said to the angel of God: “I will not let you go,
unless you bless me.” (Genesis 32: 26)
WORD FOR TODAY
Jesus points to the relationship between faith and prayer. We can’t claim to have faith if we don’t pray. And when we seem to pray and nothing happens, it is then that the need to persevere in prayer is even greater. For prayer feeds faith.
PRAY as if everything depended upon God and work as if everything depended upon you. (St Augustine)
IF YOU GET “DISTRACTIONS”, take a good look at them and see what wants and needs they spring from and pray about these - whatever they are. When you are really praying for what you really want you won’t be distracted - the prayers of people in sinking ships are rarely troubled by distractions, they know what they want. (Herbert McCabe)
THIS WEEK'S READINGS
Mon: Exod 22: 21-27, 1 Tim 6: 1-10, John 17: 1-5
Tues (S. LUKE, Evang.): Isaiah 35: 3-6, 2 Tim 4: 5-17, S. Luke 10: 1-9
Wed: Leviticus 8, 2 Tim 1: 1-14, John 17: 20-end
Thurs: Leviticus 9, 2 Tim 1:15 - 2:13, John 18: 1-11
Fri: Leviticus 16: 2-24, 2 Tim 2: 14-end, John 18: 12-27
Sat: Leviticus 17, 2 Tim 3, John 18: 28-end
NEXT SUNDAY : Jeremiah 14: 7-10, 19-end, 2 Timothy 4: 6-8, 16-18, S. Luke 18: 9-14