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The CIRMC’s Response to the Ukraine Crisis

Wednesday Jun 29, 2022
 
The Congregations in the Cayman Islands Regional Mission
Council received financial donations from Members and
Adherents from March to May 2022 to provide relief in war-torn Ukraine.
On Wednesday, June 29, 2022, the Regional Deputy General
Secretary, Rev Dr Yvette Noble-Bloomfield, presented CI $
7,782.40 to the Cayman Islands Red Cross. Mrs Samantha
White-Smith, the CIRC Volunteer and Resources Manager,
accepted the cheque on behalf of the CIRC. The CIRC will send
the funds to the Ukraine Red Cross to support the continuing
relief effort.
We remain in prayer for the people of Ukraine.

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Resilient: The Cost of Discipleship (or The Cost of Following Jesus) By Mr. Noel Wallace Music Minister, Savannah United Church

Wednesday Jun 22, 2022
 
Please read Luke 9:57-62
As Jesus travelled during His earthly ministry, He encountered
a number of ‘would-be’ followers. They made a show of
wanting to be His disciples… to impress Jesus, or better yet, to
impress the crowds that followed Jesus. Well, who is a disciple?
A disciple of Christ is one who follows the teachings, life, and
lifestyle of Christ. The aim is to become like Christ in
everything and every way.
Jesus made it quite clear that in deciding to follow Him we must
count the cost. Salvation is a free gift of God. Jesus died on the
cross for our sins. All we need to do is open our hearts and
accept God’s forgiveness. However, God’s goal is not merely
salvation but discipleship. God does not want us to merely show
up at church on Sundays, He wants us to be a visible, verbal
follower of Jesus daily.
Today’s Church in general suffers from the fact that only 10%
of the congregation do 90% of the work. Why? Excuses!
Excuses! We find so many excuses for not following Christ, for
not attending church (or even attending regularly), and for not
participating in the church’s mission. Excuses represent the
choices we make by justifying the reasons behind our actions.
To be fair, not all excuses are bad. Some can be, let’s say,
reasonable. In Luke 9:57-62, we are faced with the dilemma of
how reasonable excuses are challenged by Jesus for their
superficial nature because they mask what’s happening deep
inside our hearts.

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Resilience amid Doubt and Depression by Rev. Euthman Wray

Wednesday Jun 15, 2022
 
Please read: 1 Kings 19: 1 – 15
“What are you doing here, Elijah?” This was the question asked
of the prophet in 1 Kings 19, as he found himself in a particular
“place”, literally on the run, in a desert, being clearly doubtful,
desolate, depressed, and even inviting death. In verse 4, we hear
the extent of his pain, “I have had enough, Lord. Take my life,”
and rolled over to die.
Elijah wasn’t always “here”. This was the person through
whom many miracles were wrought, as seen between chapters
17 and 18 of 1 Kings: no rains for over three years (17:2 & 18:
41); the miraculous increase in the small provisions of a widow
and her son (17: 16); the resurrection of the widow’s son (17: 7
– 24); culminating with the miraculous calling down of fire
from heaven as proof of the true God (18: 16 – 39).
He was “there” in the know, the active, the victories, the
fulfillment of purposeful life and witness. But now, alone,
leaving his servant behind intentionally, preferring to be by
himself, he embarked on a 40-day journey into his wilderness
of deep doubt and depression. So, from “there”, “here” he was.
Yet, the troubling question, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 

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‘God in Three Persons, Blessed Trinity’ By Rev. Otto Menko

Wednesday Jun 08, 2022
 
In the Church’s Liturgical Calendar, Pentecost Sunday is
followed by Trinity Sunday, inviting us to celebrate the mystery
of the three Persons of God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy
Spirit, and to consider the relevance of this mystery in our life.
We all are familiar with the tenet of our Christian faith that there
is one God only and that this One God has been revealed to us
as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. One divine being, and yet three
distinct and identifiable divine persons.
To some of us, this may seem to be a contradiction. How is it
possible that God is one and three at the same time? What are
we supposed to make of this?
Well, this mystery – in a way- reminds us that when it comes to
knowing and understanding God, we must acknowledge our
limitations and boundaries. Our human intellect and language
are completely inadequate to fully understand and express who
God is. God is a mystery we cannot ever fathom or comprehend.
Understanding and knowing God to a certain degree is possible
only because of God’s self-revelation. With infinite love and
mercy, God reached out to us and partially lifted the veil, so to
speak, so that we might have a glimpse of the One who is
beyond our human comprehension. Most of what we know and
understand of God is coming from the Holy Scriptures, from
the records of God’s self-revelation through events and persons,
but in its fulness, through Jesus Christ. The Scriptures are the
primary sources for gaining some degree of knowledge of who
God is.

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Resilient: Pentecost Power! by Rev Rohan Forrester -Chair of CIRMC

Wednesday Jun 01, 2022
 
One of the greatest stories of resilience in the Bible relates to
the response of Jesus’ disciples after the resurrection. In the
days between the crucifixion, resurrection, and Pentecost, we
see Jesus’ disciples moved from being completely demoralized
and discouraged to being in a celebratory and expectancy mood.
Earlier, before Jesus ascended to heaven, Jesus had told the
apostles to stay in Jerusalem to wait for the coming of the Holy
Spirit (Acts 1:4-5). Before this time, Jesus had spent three years
with the disciples, preparing them for this moment:
• they witnessed His death; they encountered the resurrected
Christ,
• they’ve gone to the mountain where He told them to go, and
now they’re waiting for what is going to happen next.
• they are baffled, but excited to be in a state of expectancy,
wondering, what will happen next?
So, after Jesus ascended to heaven the disciples along with
Jesus’ mother and brothers, and some women all gathered in the
upper room of a house in Jerusalem. While waiting, the apostles
chose Matthias to replace Judas. It is at this juncture, that the
disciples who had been in Jerusalem for about 10 days before
the Day of Pentecost, finally saw the promise fulfilled.

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The Relevance of the Ascension by Rev. Dr. Yvette Noble-Bloomfield

Wednesday May 25, 2022
 
Please read Acts 1:1-11 and Luke 24:50-53
Ascension Day is celebrated on the fortieth day
after Easter and ten days before Pentecost. It
commemorates Jesus’ Ascension from the
Mount of Olives in the presence of His
Disciples. Thursday, May 26, 2022, was
Ascension Day. On Sunday, May 29, 2022, we
will observe Ascension Sunday.
When we celebrate the Ascension of Jesus, not only do we
recall His departure from this world in bodily form, but we also
hear Christ calling and commanding us to be faithful witnesses
and to be united as one body.
We must confess that in so many ways we have not been faithful
to Christ’s bidding for us as the Church to be one in body, mind,
and spirit.
The Disciples provided the Church with the credible witness of
Jesus’ Ascension and the promise of His return. It is upon their
witness that the Church has remained a gathered community
awaiting the return of Christ.
They asked Jesus if the end time had arrived when the kingdom
of Israel would be restored. But Jesus indicated to them that it
was not for them to know the time or the season when God
would act. They were asked to wait. God would - in time - usher
in God’s kingdom, not just restore Israel.
At the Ascension, the Disciples heard the promise of the coming
of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit would empower and
transform their lives. They were instructed to wait for the
coming of the Holy Spirit which would give them new horizons
and energy to fulfil their calling.

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Resilient: Obedience and Peace By Rev. Louis Sully

Wednesday May 18, 2022
 
Please read John 14:23-29
The world is full of challenges and obstacles. To survive
requires personal persuasion and a clear purpose. We hear about
fighting and wars and how they impact many parts of the world.
Not only do we hear about them, but we are also fighting a war
within us. People are seeking answers to their questions, what
will happen with the war in Ukraine?
What will happen after the COVID-19 war? When will this
virus stop? Are we heading for a famine around the world? Why
are the shelves so empty in the shops? The current situations are
alarming and can present a conflict within.
It is important to note that without hope and clear purpose, we
can feel swallowed up by the challenges in the world, society,
and homes. As a resilient people, I want to invite us to listen to
the words of Jesus in John 14: 23-29.

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Resilient: Love One Another By Rev. Dr. Yvette Noble-Bloomfield

Wednesday May 11, 2022
 
Please read John 13:31-35
The text from John 13: 31-35, invites us not only to consider
but to enter the kind of love relationship which Christ
commanded. Christ gave this commandment at the Last Supper
with the Disciples after Judas left the table to do what he had
purposed in his heart.
During the table fellowship and discourse, Jesus indicated that
one of the twelve would betray Him. The Disciple whom Jesus
loved, was tasked by Peter to ascertain from Jesus who would
betray Him. Jesus identified His betrayer by giving him bread
that was dipped in the bowl.
Deep within, Judas had decided to betray Jesus and to receive
financial gain for his act of unrighteousness. Judas was a close
friend and confidant of Jesus and had served as the financial
officer for the Disciples. He knew all the details and enjoyed
the fellowship at the table. Yet, within himself, he harbored
thoughts of fear, malice, and envy. He allowed dark thoughts to
deprive him of clarity, generosity, love, and commitment.
The juxtaposition of the Disciple whom Jesus loved with the
Disciple who betrayed Jesus in John 13, enables a reflection on
the nature and condition of the human heart. Although both
were selected and embraced by Jesus, included among the
Disciples, and exposed to the teachings and miracles, they both
differed in their regard and love for Jesus.

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Resilient: Listening, knowing, and following the Shepherd’s voice. By Mrs. Brenda Dawkins

Wednesday May 04, 2022
 
Sunday, May 8, 2022, is the 4th in the liturgical Season of Easter,
and we continue to celebrate the resurrected Lord, Our Great
Shepherd - the Lamb of God.
It is also Mother’s Day, and I wish all mothers and those
mothering the happiest and most blessed moments with their
families. May your children grow up and call you blessed!
It is befitting that this weekend we focus on the theme,
RESILIENT: LISTENING, KNOWING AND FOLLOWING
THE SHEPHERD’S VOICE. This is appropriate for two main
reasons.
Firstly, listening, knowing, and following commands and
directions are what mothers wish their children to do, not only
once, but repeatedly. We hear parents saying, “you are not
listening”, “I need you to follow my instructions”, “This does
not happen in our house —you know who you belong to”.
Amid all the expectations and beseeching of children, mothers
must remain resilient, pliable, and adaptable (sometimes to the
point of nagging---and I am not encouraging nagging). But
today there are so many other voices reaching our children’s
ears, or should I say ‘noises’ in our society that are competing
with us as parents for our children’s attention. Despite our best
efforts to repeatedly instruct, guide, or lead by example, our
offspring don’t seem to get it. Nevertheless, I wish to encourage
us to be resilient, strong and persevere with a hope that one day
they will KNOW, LISTEN AND FOLLOW our positive lead.

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Resilient: Feed my Lamb by Rev Godfrey Meghoo

Wednesday Apr 27, 2022
 
Please read John 21:1-19
Would you believe that when small children were brought to
the Lord, the twelve disciples objected? When Jesus saw this,
He rebuked the apostles, saying,” Let the children come to me,
do not forbid them, for they too belong to the Kingdom of
God!” Somehow, those men felt that children must be seen and
not heard. They thought that children should wait until they
become adults. They were misguidedly saying that only adults
can become believers. It would be like us saying mistakenly that
children should wait until they become adults to go to school or
get inoculations. But the Lord says today:
For I will receive them,
And fold them to my bosom;
I’ll be a Shepherd to these lambs:
O drive them not away.
For, if their hearts to me they give,
They shall with me in glory live:
Suffer little children to come unto me
(William Hutchings).
I believe that many of us lovingly called our little child ‘my
little lamb’; and when we had our dinner at home, we made sure
that the children ate first. We remember the words, “Train up a
child in the way he should go; even when he is old, he will not
depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6) We teach them by example to
give thanks before having a meal. We carefully plan for their
education. We go with them when and if they are going off to
college. But more than that, we show them by example what a
happy family should be.

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