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: Numbers 11: 4-6, 10-16, 24-29 James 5: 13-end S. Mark 9: 38-end
Today: 8.35am Matins; 9am Church School; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm E.P.
Tues, S. Michael & All Angels, 5 pm Holy Communion; Wed-Fri
12.30 pm Midday Prayers, Sat 10 am Prison
Next Sunday: 8.35am Matins & Litany; 9am Ch Sch; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm E.P.
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: ONE OF US?
Martha Lewis was distressed when her house was burgled. It wasn’t so much that she had lost her pension money and some jewellery that her late husband had given her. It was more a sense of outrage that someone had invaded her privacy, gone through her things and interfered where they had no right to be. She was only grateful that she had been out at the time. It could have been worse.
So when the local police phoned to say that some of the items had been recovered, she walked to the police station with a spring in her step. She’d only been inside the place on a couple of occasions and laughed to herself what people would think if they saw her coming out!
It was a hive of activity inside. The desk sergeant was processing a group of people who had had too much to drink and started a fight. There was a woman sitting with car documents who had been called to produce them after some minor traffic infringement. And there was a shabbily dressed youth who was clearly on drugs.
As she looked at the young man Martha froze slightly. Those dreadlocks couldn’t possibly be healthy and he probably hadn’t washed them in a month. Why he needed to have so many rings piercing every possible extremity was a mystery to her. She was annoyed by the swishing bass sound that came from the earphones of his personal stereo and wondered why he hadn’t even bothered to tie the laces of his trainers. Anyway, thank God her grandchildren had steered clear of drugs. She’d been very strict with Violet, her daughter, and it had paid dividends with the way she was now bringing up her own children.
The policewoman took her to a room where Martha confirmed that the recovered property was indeed hers. She thanked the officer but the officer told her not to thank her but Mr Williams who had found them. “There he is,” she said, “with the dreadlocks and the stereo.”
Jesus said, “Anyone who is not against us is for us.”
WORD OF GOD
If only the whole people of the Lord were prophets,
and the Lord gave his Spirit to them all!
WORD FOR TODAY
The Spirit of God is not a tidy thing. The Spirit blows wherever he wills. We have to get used to seeing God speaking through the unlikeliest of people and in the strangest of places. Only if we are open to God working through others will the Spirit be able to be active in us.
SHE BELIEVED in nothing; only her scepticism kept her from being an atheist.
SUSPECT a man and he will soon merit your suspicion.
(Tubby Clayton, founder of Toc-H)
ST FRANCIS DE SALES SAID that the test of a prophet or good preacher is that people go away not saying "Oh, what a lovely sermon" but "I will do something". Anyone who can get us to act upon our faith is a prophet of God.
THIS WEEK’S BIBLE READINGS
Mon: Ecclus 6: 14-end, Mark 14: 1-11, Acts 21:37 - 22:21
Tues(S. MICHAEL & AA): Genesis 28: 10-17, Hebrews 1: 5-end, S. John 1: 47-end
Wed: Ecclus 10: 6-8, 12-24, Mark 14: 26-42, Acts 23: 12–end
Thurs: Ecclus 11: 7-28, Mark 14: 43-52, Acts 24: 1-23
Fri: Ecclus 14:20 - 15:10, Mark 14: 53-65, Acts 24:24 - 25:12
Sat: Ecclus 15: 11-end, Mark 14: 66-end, Acts 25: 13-end
NEXT SUNDAY: Genesis 2: 18-24, Hebrews 1: 1-4; 2: 5-12, S. Mark 10: 2-16