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
23 October 2016
Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church
Today's Scripture: Jeremiah 14: 7-10, 19-end 2 Timothy 4: 6-8, 16-18 S. Luke 18: 9-14
Today: 8.35 am Matins; 9am Church School; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6pm EP
This Week: Tues - Thurs 12.30 pm Midday Prayers; Fri (SS. Simon & Jude, Apostles) 5pm Holy Communion.
Next Sunday: 8.35am Matins; 9am Church School; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6pm E. Pr.
FAITH IN FOCUS: TAKING THE MASK OFF
Because she was in a hurry, a woman wanted to find a parking space close to the supermarket door. As she asked God to help her, she saw a car backing out of the car park right next to the store front, and she said, “Never mind, God. I’ve found one myself!”
Some of us have an inflated view of our own abilities. Even when we look in the bathroom mirror when we get up in the morning, we see someone else’s face! We see the person we would like to be rather than the person who is actually staring back at us. That’s because the mask that we put on for everyone else to see becomes confused with the real person behind the eyes.
No one of us escapes from this. We wear all sorts of different masks depending on whom we are talking to and what we want them to think of us. We present an image, a projection of someone we would like to be.
When we pray, we can keep this mask on, but it is quite useless. That’s because the one person who knows us better than we know ourselves is God. All our being, all our faults and failings, weaknesses and strengths, hopes and fears, lie like an open book before God. There is no point in pretending to be someone else. God knows who we are.
Humility in prayer means being yourself before God, but your real self. You don’t have to use religious words to get a hearing. You don’t have to make out that you are doing more than you are or that you are better than you are. The humble man in today’s gospel simply said, “Lord, be merciful to me a sinner.”
God accepts us in prayer for what we are, warts and all. If we can simply place ourselves before God and ask the Lord to let us feel his presence then our prayer is authentic. Being honest and humble in prayer ultimately makes us humble and honest about ourselves. It strips us of the layers of self-deception and self-importance.
Then we’ll not only be more able to hear what God is really saying to us, but we’ll be better able to change.
WORD OF GOD
Though our iniquities testify against us, act, O LORD, for your name's sake; for our backslidings are many. (Jeremiah 14:7)
WORD FOR TODAY
Only humble prayer works. We have to admit our true condition before we can stand before God and request a hearing. Humility in prayer means stripping ourselves of all pretension and waiting to receive what God knows we need.
A LOT OF KNEELING will keep you in good standing.
WE TURN TO GOD for help when our foundations are shaking, only to learn that it is God who is shaking them.
(Charles C West)
THIS WEEK'S READINGS
Mon: Judith 10, 2 Tim 4: 1-8, John 19: 1-16
Tues: Judith 11, 2 Tim 4: 9-end, John 19: 17-30
Wed: Judith 12, Titus 1, John 19: 31-end
Thurs: Judith 13, Titus 2, John 20: 1-10
Fri (SS. Simon & Jude, Apostles): Isaiah 28: 14-16, Ephesians 2: 19-end, S. John 15: 17-end
Sat: Judith 15:14 - 16.end, Philemon, John 20: 19-end
NEXT SUNDAY : Isaiah 1: 10-18, 2 Thessalonians 1, S. Luke 19: 1-10