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

18 September 2016

Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church

Today's Scripture: Amos 8: 4-7 1 Timothy 2: 1-7 S. Luke 16: 1-13

Today: 8.35 am Matins; 9am Church School; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6pm EP

This Week: Tues, Thurs - Fri 12.30 pm Midday Prayers, Wed (S. Matthew, Ap, Ev) 5 pm HC

Next Sunday: 8.35am Matins; 9am Church School; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6pm E. Pr.


17th Sunday after Trinity


Lord, we pray thee that thy grace may always prevent and follow us, and make us continually to be given to all good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


FAITH IN FOCUS: MAKE YOUR MONEY WORK

A genie appeared to a man in a pub and offered him wisdom, beauty or money. He chose wisdom. When the genie had gone the man’s friends asked him to say something wise. So he said, “I should have taken the money!”

Our society prizes money. People with a fat bank account are considered better than those who scrape to make ends meet. The cult of celebrity is intimately linked with the cult of wealth. Seldom do we stop to ask about the qualities that the rich and poor display, about the type of people they are when divorced from their financial status.

Although some religious leaders thought that wealth was a sign of favour in God’s eyes, Jesus taught that it is no such thing. Today’s parable shows that any thug can become rich. And while money is not evil of itself, it can easily lead to greed, to materialism and superficiality. What Jesus says is that money can get in the way of our being the sort of people God intended us to be.

What marks us out in God’s eyes is not our financial clout but the quality of our lives. It is our relationships with each other that show whether or not we have learned to use what God has given us. Everyone uses money to serve their physical needs, to provide food, warmth and shelter. But what about using it to improve the quality of our dealings with other people? And how do we use our money to consolidate our spiritual relationship with God?

It’s probably the case that if we are mean with the little money we have then we would be equally mean even if we had a fortune. For example, if we don’t give to charity now why do we think we would change if we had more money? The way we use our surplus, our pocket money, and our disposable income points to just how much we are either consumed by amassing wealth or given over to using our money wisely.

For the Christian it is the values of God’s kingdom that must be paramount. However much or little we may possess financially, we cannot serve God if our main concern is to accumulate more for more’s sake.

WORD OF GOD

Then by lowering the bushel, raising the shekel,

by swindling and tampering with the scales,

we can buy up the poor for money,

and the needy for a pair of sandals.

(Amos 8: 5-6)


WORD FOR TODAY

Why does money hold such an attraction for us, even more money than we need in order to live? As a symbol, money challenges us to decide where our loyalties lie. Are we content with God and life or do we want more?


YOU AREN'T WEALTHY until you have something money can't buy.

(Garth Brooks)


WHEN WEALTH IS LOST, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost.

(Billy Graham)


THIS WEEK'S READINGS

Mon: 1 Kings 21, Acts 21:37 - 22:21, Mark 14: 1-11

Tues: 1 Kings 22: 1-28, Acts 22:22 - 23:11, Mark 14: 12-25

Wed (S. Matthew, Ap ): Proverbs 3: 13-18, 2 Corinthians 4: 1–6, S. Matthew 9: 9-13

Thurs: 2 Kings 1: 2-17, Acts 24: 1–23, Mark 14: 43-52

Fri: 2 Kings 2: 1-18, Acts 24:24 - 25:12, Mark 14: 53-65

Sat: 2 Kings 4: 1-37, Acts 25: 13-end, Mark 14: 66-end

NEXT SUNDAY : Amos 6: 1a, 4-7, 1 Timothy 6: 6-19, S. Luke 16: 19-end