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
17 September 2017
Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church
Today's Scripture: Genesis 50: 15-21 Romans 14: 1-12 S. Matthew 18: 21-35
Today: 8.35 am Matins; 9.00 am Church School; 9.30 am Holy Eucharist; 6.00 pm Evening Prayer
Tues - Wed, Fri 12.30 pm Midday Prayers; Thurs (S. Matthew, Ap &
Ev) 5pm Holy Communion foll by Church Council
Next Sunday: 8.35 am Matins; 9.00 am Church School; 9.30 am Holy Eucharist; 6.00 pm EP
Collect for Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity
ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, give unto us the increase of faith, hope and charity; and, that we may obtain that which thou dost promise, make us to love that which thou dost command; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
FAITH IN FOCUS: DOUBLE STANDARDS
Most people know that the way you become a Christian is to be baptised. Perhaps what they don’t realise is that one of the principal effects of baptism is forgiveness. In fact, each time we recite the Creed we point to this by saying, “We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins”.
Forgiveness is more than one person saying “Oh, it’s OK; it doesn’t matter” to the person who has offended them. Forgiveness is about completely accepting the person and holding nothing at all against them.
This is too difficult for some. The best they can come up with is a grudging remission: “Well, I’m not going to take this any further, but count yourself lucky.” This, unfortunately, is not forgiveness.
Forgiveness is not simply a human act. It is part of an act that God performed for us in Christ, and which we share in when we offer forgiveness. In fact, we do not offer our forgiveness to someone; we pass on God’s.
God is able to forgive because he never holds grudges. Faced with someone who is truly sorry, God knows only how to love. But the condition of forgiveness is that we must be prepared to treat others as God has treated us. And the degree to which we forgive others is the degree to which God is able to forgive us. We cannot hold the double standard of wanting God to treat us in a way that we are not prepared to treat others. Forgiving others is a precondition for being forgiven by God.
The servant in today’s gospel wanted his pound of flesh, and it was this that got his debt reinstated. How could he expect to be let off his debt if he was not prepared to extend the same kindness to others? As Ecclesiasticus 28: 2 puts it, “Forgive your neighbour the hurt he does you, and when you pray, your sins will be forgiven.”
WORD OF GOD
Joseph's brothers said to him: "We pray you, forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father." Joseph wept when they spoke to him. (Genesis 50: 17)
WORD FOR TODAY
One of the most difficult aspects of the gospel for many of us is the clear statement that in order to be forgiven ourselves we must be ready to forgive all those who have offended us. As we pray to be forgiven, we need also to ask for the grace to pass on this forgiveness to others.
I HAVE ALWAYS FOUND that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.
COWARDS ARE CRUEL, but the brave love mercy, and delight to save. (John Gay)
THIS WEEK'S READINGS
Mon: 1 Chron 10:1 - 11:9, Mark 9: 38-end, Ac 13: 13-43
Tues: 1 Chronicles 13, Mark 10: 1-16, Acts 13:44 - 14:7
Wed: 1 Chronicles 15:1 - 16:3, Mark 10: 17-31, Acts 14: 8-end
Thurs (S. MATTHEW, Ap&Ev): Proverbs 3: 13-18, 2 Corinthians 4: 1-6, S. Matthew 9: 9-13
Fri : 1 Chronicles 21:1 - 22:1, Mark 10: 35-45, Acts 15: 22-35
Sat: 1 Chronicles 22: 2-end, Mark 10: 46-end, Acts 15:36 - 16:5
NEXT SUNDAY: Jonah 3:10 - 4.end, Philippians 1: 21-end, S. Matthew 20: 1-16