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
29 October 2017
Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church
Today's Scripture: Leviticus 19: 1-2, 15-18 1 Thessalonians 2: 1-8 S. Matthew 22: 34-end
Today: 8.35 am Matins; 9.00 am Church School; 9.30 am Holy Eucharist; 6.00 pm Evening Prayer
This Week: Tues, Thurs-Fri 12.30 pm Midday Prayers; Wed (All Saints) 5 pm Holy Communion.
Next Sunday: 8.35 am Matins; 9.00 am Ch Sch; 9.30 am Holy Eucharist; 6.00 pm EP
Collect for Twentieth Sunday after Trinity
O AlmIGHTY and most merciful God, of thy bountiful goodness keep us, we beseech thee, from all things that may hurt us; that we, being ready both in body and soul, may cheerfully accomplish those things that thou wouldest have done; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
FAITH IN FOCUS : UPSTAIRS-DOWNSTAIRS
There is an English waterside town that underwent great growth in the middle of the nineteenth century. As the rather affluent people made their homes in the area, the Church began to cater for their needs and to build churches where they could worship. In one such parish, where the families were not short of a penny, they decided to build another smaller church. This was not really needed, but it catered for their servants!
The Christian message is that, whatever arrangements society may make, in the communion of Christ there can be no upstairs-downstairs divisions. In fact, although we might be tempted to think that loving our neighbour means just that, the Bible is quick to point out that our neighbour may be someone quite removed from us.
So when Jesus demanded that to love God we must love our neighbour as ourselves, he was not only thinking of inviting over the Sherrington-Holroyds for afternoon tea. He would have been only too aware of how the Jewish scriptures returned time and time again to three categories of "neighbour" as the yardsticks for our love of God: strangers, widows and orphans.
Strangers (or foreigners) couldn't "speak the way we do", were disoriented from being in a different culture, and often were cheated by money exchangers. Widows and orphans were not only objects of genuine pity but were defenceless. They had no one to speak up for them, depended on charity and carried no clout when it came to getting justice.
The only way we can be sure of loving God is by loving our neighbour as ourselves, by treating them in exactly the same way as we would want to be treated. And the measuring stick that is used for this love is how we treat the most vulnerable of our world (strangers, widows and orphans), those whom it is not fashionable to champion, those who can offer us nothing in return. Anyone can love "one of us". The Bible tells us to love "one of them". For sure maybe even the Sherrington-Holroyds!
WORD OF GOD
You shall not take vengeance or bear any grudge against ... your own people, but you shall love your neighbour as yourself: I am the Lord. (Leviticus 19:18)
WORD FOR TODAY
How can we measure God's love? It goes beyond simple kindness or sympathy. It is a total self-giving for the good of his creatures. And if we claim to love others as God asks of us, then we cannot use a different form of measurement.
DO NOT WASTE TIME BOTHERING whether you "love" your neighbour; act as if you did. As soon as we do this we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone you will presently come to love him. (C. S. Lewis)
THE MOST TERRIBLE POVERTY is loneliness and the feeling of being unloved. (Mother Teresa)
THIS WEEK'S READINGS
Mon: 2 Chron 33: 1-13, John 15: 1-11, 1 Timothy 1: 1-17
Tues: 2 Chron 34: 1-18, John 15: 12-17, Revelation 19: 6-10
Wed (ALL SAINTS): Revelation 7: 9-end, 1 John 3: 1-3, S. Matthew 5: 1-12
Thurs: 2 Chron 35: 1-19, John 16: 1-15, 1 Timothy 4
Fri: 2 Chronicles 35:20 - 36:10, John 16: 16-22, 1 Tim 5:1-16
Sat: 2 Chron 36: 11-end, John 16: 23-end, 1 Tim 5: 17-end
NEXT SUNDAY: Micah 3: 5-end, 1 Thessalonians 2: 9-13, S. Matthew 24: 1-14