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

10 September 2017

Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church

Today's Scripture: Ezekiel 33: 7-11     Romans 13: 8-end     S. Matthew 18: 15-20

Today: 8.35 am Matins; 9.00 am Church School; 9.30 am Holy Eucharist; 6.00 pm Evening Prayer

This Week: Tues - Fri 12.30 pm Midday Prayers; Wed 5pm Evening Prayer foll by Church Council Meeting; Sat 10 am Prison Ministry.

Next Sunday: 8.35 am Matins; 9.00 am Church School; 9.30 am Holy Eucharist; 6.00 pm EP


Collect for Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity

ALMIGHTY and merciful God, of whose only gift it cometh that thy faithful people do unto thee true and laudable service: Grant, we beseech thee, that we may so faithfully serve thee in this life, that we fail not finally to attain thy heavenly promises; through the merits of Jesus Christ our Lord.


FAITH IN FOCUS: LIVE AND LET LIVE?

We’re treading on ice with today’s scripture readings. God tells Ezekiel that he’s appointing him as sentry to Israel. Ezekiel’s job is to warn people when he sees that they are behaving badly. And Jesus hands on that task to us. “If your brother does something wrong then go and have it out with him”, he says.

For many of us this goes against the grain. We’ve been brought up to mind our own business, to leave others to get in and out of their own mess and to keep our noses out. One of the refrains in our modern society is “Live and let live”, and this seems at odds with what the bible asks us to do.

Of course, it all depends on our motives. When we see something that is clearly wrong we can get on our high horse, as if we are perfect, and we can enjoy launching into the person who is responsible for it. Usually we get a good deal of pleasure out of this, partly because we see something of ourselves in the person we are condemning, and having a go at them is a way of exorcising the ghost from our own hearts.

On the other hand, condoning wrongful behaviour, from wherever it comes, is not an option. We have to be sensitive to the person involved; we have to understand the circumstances they find themselves in and seek for the reasons behind their actions. But we cannot remain silent and pretend what they are doing is right.

The gospel values which we hold are public and communal, and we have to ensure that we never cease to find fresh ways of letting the world know what they are and why they are important to us. If we were on the verge of destroying ourselves by some unhelpful course of action, then we would probably be grateful in the long term for someone who didn’t just go along with what we were doing but pointed out the dangers to us. In the same way we owe it to others to warn them when we can see they are harming themselves.

The problem with live and let live is that is usually ends up as live and let die.


WORD OF GOD

I have appointed you as sentry

to the House of Israel.

When you hear a word from my mouth,

warn them in my name.

(Ezekiel 33:7)


WORD FOR TODAY

Pointing things out when someone does something wrong is not intended as a Snoop’s Charter. It ought to come from the heart, from a person who cares so much for the other that they don’t want them to damage themselves. And by the same token, we ought to be pleased when others try to stop us from ruining our own lives because they love us.



IT IS EASY TO IGNORE responsibility when one is only an intermediate link in a chain of action.

(Stanley Milgram)


WE ALL PARTICIPATE in weaving the social fabric; we should therefore all participate in patching the fabric when it develops holes.

(Anne C. Weisberg)


THIS WEEK'S READINGS

Mon: Proverbs 25: 1-14, Mark 8: 11-21, Acts 10: 34-end

Tues: Proverbs 25: 15-end, Mark 8: 22-26, Acts 11: 1-18

Wed: Provs 26: 12-end, Mark 8:27 - 9:1, Acts 11: 19-end

Thurs: Genesis 3: 1-15, John 12: 27-36a, 1 Cor 1: 18-25

Fri : Proverbs 30: 1-9, 24-31, Mark 9: 14-29, Acts 12: 18-end

Sat: Proverbs 31: 10-end, Mark 9: 30-37, Acts 13: 1-12

NEXT SUNDAY: Genesis 50: 15-21, Romans 14: 1-12, S. Matthew 18: 21-35