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 : Fax (345) 949 0619
Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church
Today's Scripture: Jeremiah 11: 18-20, James 3:13 - 4:3, 7-8a S. Mark 9: 30-37
Today: 8.35am Matins; 9am Church School; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm E.P.
This Week: Mon, S. Matthew, Ap. 5 pm Holy Communion; Tues-Fri 12.30 pm Midday Prayers.
Next Sunday: 8.35am Matins; 9am Church School; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm E.P.
16th Sunday after Trinity
O Lord, we beseech thee, let thy continual pity cleanse and defend
thy Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without thy
succour, preserve it evermore by thy help and goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
FAITH IN FOCUS: PROOF OF THE PUDDING
A TV personality was interviewed some time ago and the first question he was asked to clarify was whether or not he had “gone all religious”.
The implication was that religious people are a bit strange and it would be a pity if he too had gone off the rails and become like those Christians. Incidentally, this was on the same programme that dangled crystals over people to try and find them a partner, and invited people to phone in and say whether Madrid, Manchester or Motherwell was the capital of Spain, in order to get a chance to win thousands.
People have always had it in for those who are “religious”. The godless in today’s reading from Jeremiah decide to make the prophet’s life a misery in order to see either if he will crack or if God will intervene to save him. And in our culture that puts all its eggs in the basket of earning, getting and having, even the most dedicated religious person comes under severe pressure to live for the moment with no thought of what lies beyond.
So do the wicked prosper while the good go wanting? In a certain sense they do. They appear to have a good time at others’ expense. But those who do evil begin to experience death. There is a physical and psychological wearing down brought on by wrongdoing. And there is an even greater deterioration of enthusiasm, happiness and trust. To cast decency to the wind means that we have to look for increasingly more exotic ways of “getting our kicks”.
Christians don’t believe in Karma, in what goes around comes around. Instead we trust that God has our best interests at heart and that the way of life that Jesus invites us to follow will not leave us ultimately lacking. Our faith is not about having, but about being. It places us in a relationship with God that is all satisfying. Christianity is not a thing, it’s a communal way of living in which we believe in a God of love who made us for life, living and loving, and who has promised to be with us to the end of time. Since God upholds our life, this is enough for us. We leave the fate of others in God’s hands.
WORD OF GOD
But I was like a gentle lamb led to the slaughter. I did not know it was against me they devised schemes, saying, “Let us destroy the tree with its fruit.” (Jeremiah 11: 19)
WORD FOR TODAY
We can easily fall into the trap of thinking that the good suffer while the crooks thrive. It so often seems that crime pays and that turning the other cheek is only a mug’s game. Or is it?
ONLY OUR CONCEPT OF TIME allows us to speak of the Day of Judgement by that name. In reality, it is a summary court in perpetual session.
IT IS EASY ENOUGH TO BE FRIENDLY to one’s friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business. (Gandhi)
IF YOU HAVE A FAITH that looks beyond the grave, then you are a prime target for today’s pundits. But in reality the supposed self-sufficiency of the so-called media gurus, who promise you everything here and now, simply exhausts and demoralises. People seek to be “where it’s at” and to grab what they are told is “life on a plate” without ever knowing or satisfying their deepest yearnings. (Helen Cornforth)
THIS WEEK’S BIBLE READINGS
Mon (S. MATTHEW, Ap): Proverbs 3: 13-18, 2 Corinthians 4: 1-6, S. Matthew 9: 9-13
Tues: Ecclus 1:1-11, Mark 12: 35-end, Acts 19: 21-end
Wed: Ecclesiasticus 2, Mark 13: 1-13, Acts 20: 1–16
Thurs: Ecclus 3: 17-29, Mark 13: 14-23, Acts 20: 17-end
Fri: Ecclus 4: 11-28, Mark 13: 24-31, Acts 21: 1-16
Sat: Ecclus 4:29 - 6:1, Mark 13: 32-end, Acts 21: 17-36
NEXT SUNDAY: Numbers 11: 4-6, 10-16, 24-29, James 5: 13-end, S. Mark 9: 38-end