T he 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 : Fax (345) 949 0619
Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church
Today's Scripture: Zephaniah 1: 7, 12-end, 1 Thessalonians 5: 1-11, S. Matthew 25: 14–30
Today: 8.35 a.m. Matins; 9.00 a.m. Ch School; 9.30 a.m. HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm EP
This Week: Tues–Fri 12.30 pm Midday Prayer.
Next Sunday: 8.35 a.m. Matins; 9.00 a.m. Ch School; 9.30 a.m. HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm EP
Advance Notice: Fri 24th Nov 3 pm - to Sat 2nd Dec Crafts Fair at St Alban's schoolroom.
Twenty-Third 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: LOST TALENT?It would be easy to think that the parable of the talents is about making the best of what you have got so that you can get on in the world. For example, practise the piano so as to become a concert pianist, or brush up your cooking skills and end up a top-class chef. But this is so self-centred that it has nothing to do with Christ's message. Someone who didn't believe in God would do just the same.What Christ is pointing out is that each of us is expected to make our contribution to furthering the day when the kingdom of God will be fully established on earth.
And so Abdullah had three sons. The oldest was in charge of the family oil refinery; the middle son ran the farm and the youngest made beautiful oriental rugs. On the day Abdullah flew abroad on business, war was declared against the country and he was prevented for several months from returning home.
When he eventually got back he found that the eldest son had given away many barrels of oil to help the ordinary people with their cooking and heating. The middle son had slaughtered most of the animals to feed the locals when food supplies were cut off. And the youngest son had followed the war on TV and radio; he could see no point in making rugs during a war since people had other things on their minds. Can you guess what the father, Abdullah, had to say?
The youngest son was actually the only one to preserve something of the family fortune, but he had not made use of his talents. Using our talents doesn't simply mean getting better at something or storing up wealth and fame for ourselves. God gives us talents to use for the benefit of others. That's what the two older sons had done.
What's the point of having a talent if we do not use it to seek the kingdom of God, to benefit needy people? When we meet God face to face at the gates of heaven he will not mind if we have nothing in our hands to show for our lives. As long as we have given it away generously.
WORD OF GOD
Well done, good and faithful servant;
you have shown you can be faithful in small things,
I will trust you with greater. (Matthew 25:21)
WORD FOR TODAY
A Christian fact hard to swallow is that God allows us to behave in a way that rejects him. We are free to be faithful to his gospel and his commandments, or to ignore them. But today he does remind us of the consequences of burying both our heads and our talents in the sand.
THE WORD "TALENT" was used to indicate a very large sum of money. Its value varied depending on whether it was copper, silver, or gold. While commentators differ on the exact amount, most agree that it would take an ordinary worker almost twenty years to earn just one talent. To put this into our economy, using a minimum wage, a talent would be the equivalent of almost £150,000. (Eric Goughelle)
WHEN I STAND BEFORE GOD at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, "I used everything you gave me".
THIS WEEK’S BIBLE READINGS
Mon: Isaiah 9:8 - 10:4, Matthew 7: 1–12, Revelation 10
Tues: Isaiah 10: 5-19, Matthew 7: 13-end, Rev 11: 1-14
Wed: Isaiah 10: 20-32, Matt 8: 1–13, Rev 11: 15-end
Thurs: Isaiah 10:33 - 11:9, Matt 8: 14-22, Revelation 12
Fri: Isaiah 11:10 – 12.end, Matthew 8: 23–end, Rev 13: 1-10
Sat: Isaiah 13: 1-13, Matt 9: 1–17, Rev 13: 11-end
NEXT SUNDAY: Ezekiel 34: 11-16, 20-24, Ephesians 1: 15-end, S. Matthew 25: 31–end