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

25 September 2016

Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church

Today's Scripture: Amos 6: 1a, 4-7     1 Timothy 6: 6-19     S. Luke 16: 19-end

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

This Week: Tues - Wed, Fri 12.30 pm Midday Prayers, Thurs (S. Michael & AA) 5 pm HC

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


18th Sunday after Trinity

Lord, we beseech thee, grant thy people grace to withstand the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil, and with pure hearts and minds to follow thee the only God; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


FAITH IN FOCUS: NO RUSH?

Frank and Lilly were a happily married couple. He worked in a factory and she spent most of her time at home as the family grew to seven children. They didn’t have much time to themselves but Frank was a member of the parish Society of St Vincent de Paul, helping the poor and disadvantaged, and for the past twenty years had been elected to the local council where he was much respected by members of the public. They liked to go ballroom dancing every few months when they could find a baby-sitter and Frank’s hobby was carpentry, although the odd chair or table was about all he had the chance to make.

They didn’t have much in the way of savings but they always told themselves that they would build a workshop in the garden for Frank if they ever scraped the money together. With seven children they never quite managed it.

When he was 55, Frank had to retire from work on health grounds. He got a small lump sum and an even smaller pension. He and Lilly were quite looking forward to his retirement. Lilly had a part time job and Frank was looking forward to making some furniture for the grandchildren’s bedroom. They’d be able to do a bit more dancing now that the children were old enough to look after themselves, and they ordered a shed for Frank.

Frank’s brother Tom had lived a different life. He had done well for himself and lived in a luxury house a few miles away. He used to make fun of Frank’s work for the Church and for the council, and he had given up the practice of his faith after leaving school, concentrating instead on developing his haulage business. He and his wife had no children and kept themselves to themselves. When Frank talked to him about his faith he said he didn’t object to religion but he had other things on his plate and perhaps one day he would start practising again.

Tom was with Frank in the van on the way to pick up the shed from the DIY store when it crashed and they both died....


WORD OF GOD

Woe to those ensconced so snugly in Zion

and to those who feel so safe on the mountain of Samaria.

Lying on their ivory beds and sprawling on their divans

they dine on lambs from the flock. (Amos 6: 1.4.)


WORD FOR TODAY

Don’t rush to set your life straight. There’s plenty of time. You’ll probably not die for a good number of years and when life is a little less hectic you can start to think about putting your house in order. Unless you listen to today’s gospel.


DON'T JUDGE EACH DAY by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.

(Robert Louis Stephenson)


IF YOUR LIFE'S GOING NOWHERE, it doesn't matter how long it is. (Germaine Benn)


THERE IS NO OTHER DOCTRINE which I would more willingly remove from Christianity than hell, if it lay in my power. I would pay any price to be able to say truthfully, “All will be saved”.

(C S Lewis)


THIS WEEK'S READINGS

Mon: 2 Kings 5, Acts 26: 1-23, Mark 15: 1-15

Tues: 2 Kings 6: 1-23, Acts 26: 24-end, Mark 15: 16-32

Wed: 2 Kings 9: 1-16, Acts 27: 1–26, Mark 15: 33-41

Thurs (S. Michael & All Angels): Genesis 28: 10-17, Revelation 12: 7–12, S. John 1: 47-end

Fri: 2 Kings 12: 1-19, Acts 28: 1-16, Mark 16: 1-8

Sat: 2 Kings 17: 1-23, Acts 28: 17-end, Mark 16: 9-end

NEXT SUNDAY : Habakkuk 1: 1-4; 2: 1-4, 2 Timothy 1: 1-14, S. Luke 17: 5-10