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
4 September 2016
Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church
Today's Scripture: Deuteronomy 30: 15-end Philemon 1-21 S. Luke 14: 25-33
Today: 9.00 am Matins; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6pm E. Prayer.
This Week: Tues - Fri 12.30 pm Midday Prayers, Sat 10 am Prison Ministry
Next Sunday: 8.35am Matins; 9am Church School; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 5pm "The Future is NOW" Rally, Lions Centre
FAITH IN FOCUS: IS THERE A CHRISTIAN IN THE HOUSE?
You may be in the church building, but are you in Christ? Your name is on the parish records, but is it in the book of life? You may be in the Church, but is Christ in you? Being in a classroom does not make you a teacher. Being in a surgery doesn’t make you a doctor. And being in a church building doesn’t make you a disciple!
Jesus preaches in such a way that we either get on board or abandon ship. Either we will follow Christ or forsake him. Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem. He is making his way to the cross. He is on his way to betrayal, flogging, mocking, scourging, and beating. His own people have rejected him. He is on his way to Jerusalem to die for the very people who will murder him. They have called him Beelzebub. They have accused him of breaking the law. They have numbered him with the publicans and sinners. Jesus knows his disciples will suffer the same fate and only a true disciple can endure such persecution.
Before you decide to buy that new home cinema system you have to sit down and work out whether you have enough money to pay for it, whether in cash or instalments. And it’s the same thing when it comes to being a disciple of Christ. There is a cost involved.
Jesus never tried to get big crowds. In fact, he said things that would put the faint-hearted off. To follow him, he said, you must love your family but never let them get in the way of your responding fully to God’s call. Those who appreciate the wisdom of God’s plan are prepared to give up wealth, reputation, security and even their own lives if it is demanded. This does not come cheap. It’s easy to say that we would do all this for God, but how well are we faring in the ordinary things of life, the little demands that are put upon us? This is a good guide to how much we are being true to our calling as disciples.
Being a Christian means accepting all our family and social responsibilities but giving Christ top priority. There can be no part-time Christians.
WORD FOR TODAY
Where do we look to find a guide in our decisions of life? Do we buy self-help books, read the columns of the agony aunts and take on board the latest theories of personal relationships? Or do we look to the pattern of living provided by God’s word and faithfully lived out by so many Christians in the Church over the ages?
THE WILLINGNESS OF THE DISCIPLES to suffer is a credit to the teacher's worth and credibility. The true test of discipleship is not during the times of ease, but rather it is during the time of hardship, persecution, and temptation. Your discipleship is tested when your faith causes a rip in your relationships. (Cleavon Matthews)
A HEN AND A PIG APPROACHED A CHURCH and read the advertised sermon topic: “What can we do to help the poor?” Immediately the hen suggested they feed them bacon and eggs. The pig thought for a moment and said, “There is only one thing wrong with feeding bacon and eggs to the poor. For you it requires only a contribution, but for me it requires total commitment.”
THIS WEEK’S BIBLE READINGS
Mon: 1 Kings 8: 31-62, Acts 16: 6-24, Mark 11: 1-11
Tues: 1 Kings 8:63 - 9: 9, Acts 16: 25 -end, Mark 11: 12-26
Wed: 1 Kings 10: 1-25, Acts 17: 1–15, Mark 11: 27-end
Thurs: 1 Kings 11: 1-13, Acts 17: 16–end, Mark 12: 1-12
Fri: 1 Kings 11: 26-end, Acts 18: 1-21, Mark 12: 13-17
Sat: 1 Kings 12: 1-24, Acts 18:22 - 19:7, Mark 12: 18-27
NEXT SUNDAY : Exodus 32: 7-14, 1 Timothy 1: 12-17, S. Luke 15: 1-10