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
3 September 2017
Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church
Today's Scripture: Jeremiah 15: 15-21 Romans 12: 9-end S. Matthew 16: 21-end
Today: 9.00 am Matins & Litany; 9.30 am Holy Eucharist; 6.00 pm Evening Prayer
This Week: Tues - Fri 12.30 pm Midday Prayers
Next Sunday REGULAR SCHEDULE : 8.35 am Matins; 9.00 am Church School; 9.30 am Holy Eucharist; 6.00 pm Evening Prayer
Advance Notice: Church Council Meeting Wednesday 13th Sept.
Collect for Twelfth Sunday after Trinity
ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who art always more ready to hear than we to pray, and art wont to give more than either we desire or deserve: Pour down upon us the abundance of thy mercy; forgiving us those things whereof our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things which we are not worthy to ask, but through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Lord. Amen.
FAITH IN FOCUS: HEAVEN PRESERVE
Does your faith cause you any inconvenience? I’m not talking about having to walk to church in a light rain, or the fact that the Summer Fair clashes with your golf club’s annual outing. But do you actually suffer for your faith?
In some countries people are passed over for promotion at work if it is known that they believe in Christ. In other places they are watched closely by the local authorities, and sometimes if they are thought to be a bit vociferous about their religious beliefs then they are even killed. That’s because authority is only prepared to be challenged up to a point by characters like Jeremiah and Jesus.
Jesus knew that he was going to suffer and probably die for teaching what the Father had told him to say. “Heaven preserve you...this mustn’t happen to you,” said Peter. It shows how little he had taken in what Jesus was saying. For Jesus said that anyone who follows him must take up their cross daily.
We can turn this “take up your cross” business into a nice cosy idea. We can reduce it to being nice to nasty people, helping old ladies across the road and keeping quiet when people disagree with our choice of hymns for the service. What a cross to bear!
But the fact is that if we keep quiet about our faith, if we consider it a private matter, a choice we have made that is no one else’s business, something we don’t bring up with the neighbours because we don’t want to embarrass them, then we probably won’t be troubled with much of a cross.
However, if we believe passionately that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the only person who can save the world, and if that belief shines from all our actions and our words, then we’re probably heading for a bumpy ride in a society where it is fashionable to pooh-pooh religious belief in favour of an enlightened humanism. So the degree to which we take knock for our faith is probably the degree to which we are seen to be proclaiming it.
Heaven preserve us from making a fuss? ….. Nah!
WORD OF GOD
I sat alone, because thy hand was upon me,
For thou hadst filled me with indignation.
Why is my pain unceasing, my wound incurable,
refusing to be healed? (Jeremiah 15:17f)
WORD FOR TODAY
Jesus never promised us a rose garden. If the word of God challenges those who hear it, then it is hardly surprising that we will be mocked or inconvenienced when as Christians we do our best to live by its values. Being thought of as strange goes with the job.
TO LIVE IS TO SUFFER; to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering. (Roberta Flack)
WITHOUT SACRIFICE we cannot grow up or discover who we are. (James Baldwin)
THIS WEEK'S READINGS
Mon: Prov 14:31 - 15:17, Mark 6: 45-end, Acts 8: 26-end
Tues: Proverbs 15: 18-end, Mark 7: 1-13, Acts 9: 1-19a
Wed: Proverbs 18: 10-end, Mark 7: 14-23, Acts 9: 19b-31
Thurs: Proverbs 20: 1-22, Mark 7: 24-30, Acts 9: 32-end
Fri : Proverbs 22: 1-16, Mark 7: 31-end, Acts 10: 1-16
Sat: Proverbs 24: 33-end, Mark 8: 1-10, Acts 10: 17-33
NEXT SUNDAY: Ezekiel 33: 7-11, Romans 13: 8-end, S. Matthew 18: 15-20