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

30 October 2016

Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church

Today's Scripture: Isaiah 1: 10-18     2 Thessalonians 1     S. Luke 19: 1-10

Today: 8.35 am Matins; 9am Church School; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6pm EP

This Week: Tues (ALL SAINTS' DAY) 5 pm Holy Communion, Wed - Fri 12.30 pm Midday Pr.

Next Sunday: 8.35am Matins; 9am Church School; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6pm E. Pr.


23rd Sunday after Trinity

O God, our refuge and strength, who art the author of all godliness: Be ready, we beseech thee, to hear the devout prayers of thy Church; and grant that those things which we ask faithfully we may obtain effectually; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


FAITH IN FOCUS: LOVER OF LIFE

There’s a story told about the late King Hussein of Jordan. Besides being a very rich man, he was also a keen pilot. He heard of a young girl in Wales who was suffering with an illness which could only be operated on in America. The family had no way of affording this treatment, and so the king arranged to pay for her to be operated on in America and he personally flew her back to Wales.

We find this story remarkable because we don’t expect someone as important as a world leader to know about ordinary people’s problems, let alone go to all the trouble of sorting them out. A parent, brother or sister, aunt, uncle or friend... maybe... but not a complete stranger.

In today’s scripture we find that no one is so small or unimportant that God has no time for them. Quite the opposite, in fact. Although God is all-powerful, he still cares for the “least” of us. Hardly surprising, you might think, considering that God made everything that exists.

What we often fail to realise is that if God stopped loving us we would perish and be left to our worst devices. We are held in being by God’s love. And since God created everything, there is nothing on earth that he is indifferent to, and no person on earth that is abhorrent to him. Although God may be displeased by the way we sometimes act, he never confuses our sinfulness with our very being. The thing that a person does may be bad, but God does not consider the person to be anything other than lovable. That’s why the bible says that the plain fact that we are still alive is a sign of God’s will, and God is the supreme lover of life. God overlooks much in the hope that we may improve.

This was what Zacchaeus experienced with Christ. Jesus did not condone his cheating and siphoning-off of taxes, but he loved Zacchaeus the person and he happily dined with him. God does the same with us every time we share eucharist.


WORD OF GOD

Seek justice, correct oppression;

bring justice to the fatherless,

plead the widow's cause. (Isaiah 1:17)


WORD FOR TODAY

God never retracts his offer to save us and make us whole. The very fact that we continue to exist is a sign that God loves us, for without God’s love we would perish. Zacchaeus knew his need of God and Jesus promised him salvation, just as he does to us today. All we have to do is ask.


EACH ONE OF US should find hope in this story (about Zacchaeus) because, literally or figuratively, we have compromised in our lives. Perhaps in our work, by failing to live fully the implications of our faith. Perhaps in our family, by failing to love in the way that we know we ought, sacrificially. Perhaps in our “free time”- by giving into pursuits that we know actually lead to bondage. The “Good News” is that, no matter what has happened in our past, Jesus walks into the dusty streets of our own lives this day. He comes for us. Let us learn some lessons from Zaccheus about life in a Sycamore tree.

Keith Fournier


DID ZACCHAEUS EVER TAKE his grandchildren back to climb the sycamore tree where he caught his first glimpse of Jesus? Helen Harris


THIS WEEK'S READINGS

Mon: Daniel 1, Revelation 1, Revelation 19: 6-10

Tues (ALL SAINTS): Daniel 7: 1-3, 15-18, Ephesians 1: 11-end, S. Luke 6: 20-31

Wed: Daniel 2: 25-end, Rev 2: 12-end, Matt 2: 16-end

Thurs: Daniel 3: 1-18, Rev 3: 1-13, Matthew 3

Fri: Daniel 3: 19-end, Rev 3: 14-end, Matthew 4: 1-11

Sat: Daniel 4: 1-18, Revelation 4, Matthew 4: 12-22

NEXT SUNDAY : Job 19: 23-27a, 2 Thessal-onians 2: 1-5, 13-end, S. Luke 20: 27-38