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Moderator’s 2021 Easter Message- Rt Rev. Dr.Gordon Cowans

Wednesday Apr 07, 2021
 
My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
This Easter message comes to you in a period in which we have
experienced at least a year of pandemic conditions. The corona
virus has altered so much of life as we know it with much uncertainty,
discomfort and illness and for some the specter of death has been a
haunting reality. We grieve with those who grieve the passing of
their loved ones and we stand in solidarity with those who
currently face significant health challenges, whether caused or
exacerbated by the direct or indirect impact of the pandemic.
This Easter message is meant to remind us together that at the
heart of our faith is the astounding reality of a God who chooses
to live in and among people, bearing and experiencing the
challenges of human life and who is in every sense acquainted
with grief. Jesus knows all about our trials. Our God does not
recoil in the face of trouble.

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Rootedness in Christ-by Jaedon Hanson

Wednesday Mar 31, 2021
   Sermon preached at CIRMC Children and Youth Synodical Rally held March 28, 2021

This evening we reflect on the theme of being rooted in God.
The metaphor of being rooted is one which is used often, and
we understand why. The roots of a plant are important to its
survival. We know that roots keep a plant embedded in the soil
so that it cannot be easily moved.
As I prepared for this reflection, I came across a quote that says:
“When the roots are deep, there is no reason to fear the wind.”
At some point, we would have seen the damage that strong
winds can cause to plants and vegetation. In fact, only last
November, Savannah experienced a tornado-like event that
caused significant damage. But we have seen trees that have
withstood the battering and remained grounded.
In addition to keeping plants embedded in the soil, roots are the
medium through which the plant receives the nutrients that it
needs to survive. The deeper the roots, the greater the plant’s
access to nutrients and the more the plant will flourish. There
are those times when a plant becomes toppled or broken by the
wind, but the plant survives or recovers because its roots remain
in the soil.

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Are You Available to be Used? by Ms Camile Watt

Wednesday Mar 24, 2021
 
“Rejoice greatly, O my people! Shout with joy! For
look—your King is coming! He is the Righteous One, the
Victor! Yet he is lowly, riding on a donkey’s colt!
Zechariah 9:9
The prophet Zechariah, many years before Jesus walked the
Earth declared that a great King would come riding on a colt
and that He would lead the people into great victory.
Matthew’s account of this fulfillment is seen in chapter 21:1 -3
where it states:
“Jesus and his disciples approached Jerusalem, near
the town of Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus
sent two of them into the village ahead. “Just as you
enter,” he said, “you will see a donkey tied there,
with its colt beside it. Untie them and bring them
here. If anyone asks you what you are doing, just say,
‘The Master needs them,’ and there will be no
trouble.”

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Cayman Islands Girls’ Brigade -by Ms. Debbie McLaughlin (Chairman, Cayman Islands Girls’ Brigade)

Wednesday Mar 17, 2021
 
The Cayman Islands Girls’ Brigade began
Girls’ Brigade week at Elmslie Memorial
United Church on Sunday under the theme
“Fruitful and Overflowing: Be Faithful”.
Approximately 80-90 Girls and leaders from
companies across the island attended the
service which was a blessing to all. 

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The Way of Healing by Rev Otto Menko

Thursday Mar 11, 2021
 
Please read Numbers 21:4-9

One of the deadliest natural poisons known to humankind is the
venom of a snake called Black Mamba. The Black Mamba lives
in Africa. According to records, the bite of the Black Mamba
first feels almost nothing, just a slight sting. The sensation soon
turns into a tingling. So far, so good, we may say. After all, a
slight sting and tingling is not the end of the world.
Unfortunately, it is just the beginning of a very swift end for
many. Within less than a minute, the special chemical
compound of the venom travels through the bloodstream in the
entire body and begins to exert its power. By attacking the
central nervous system, it shuts it down in just a few minutes,
leading to paralysis, convulsions, and death by suffocation.

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Rooting Our Spiritual Health in God Brings Us Hope by Mr Bryan Bothwell

Wednesday Mar 03, 2021
 
Please read Exodus 20:1-17/Psalm 19

It would seem unimaginable that anyone could have failed to
have been awakened to the longstanding, unambiguously
inequitable realities whose groans reached a deafening din
during this pandemic.
Over 2.5 million individual human beings have died, and
countless others have desperately, and literally, fought for
breath, and otherwise suffered, from the physical, financial and
emotional ravages of Covid-19. Therefore, it is shocking to see
how easily so many, including some who should have been
leading facilitators of the world’s response, have refused to
allow their eyes to be pried open even by human distress too
enormous to be obscured. It is beyond incredulous that persons
have still not acknowledged the desolation, barrenness of life,
and hopelessness of so many, that has taken root in so much of
this world which God created to be glorious, vibrant, lifegiving, flowing with the milk and honey of opportunity, not for
‘some’, but for everyone. Clearly, when we become our own
god, the call we hear is not to justice and mercy, because that
requires humbleness

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Rooting Our Emotional Health in God Brings Us Hope -by Rev. Otto Menko

Wednesday Feb 24, 2021
 
Please read Genesis 17:1-7. 15-17
This year the UCJCI begins a new Synodical period and for the
the next two years will be guided in its ministry and mission by
a new theme, “Rooted and Resilient: Responding in HOPE”.
The word ‘hope’ in this theme serves as an acronym for
‘Health, Opportunities, Peace, and Evangelism’. Each of
these four words highlight an important aspect of our Christian
existence. During this first quarter of the year, from January till
the end of March we have been focusing on the fact that rooting
our physical, emotional and spiritual health in God brings us
hope. Today’s message, based on Genesis 17:1-7.15-17,
addresses the importance of rooting our emotional health in
God.

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CIRMC Ash Wednesday Gathering

Thursday Feb 18, 2021
 
On February 17, 2021, close to 150 persons gathered from the
nine Congregations of our CIRMC at the Savannah United
Church for the annual Ash Wednesday Gathering under the
Synodical theme ‘Rooted, Resilient: Responding in
H.O.P.E.’.
The day began at 7:30 am with quiet meditation and reflection,
which was followed by a worship service, which included the
installation of the newly elected Council Executive and the
Youth Leaders National Executive (YLNE), as well as the
Sacrament of Holy Communion.

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GOD IS LOVE by Rev. Godfrey Meghoo

Wednesday Feb 10, 2021
 
Please read 1 John 4:7-12
The writer of 1 John said, “God is love”. John was one of the
twelve Disciples. He was the same John who in the Gospel
bearing his name referred to himself as “the disciple whom
Jesus loved” (John 13:23). In two other passages he did the
same, avoiding mentioning his name. But why? Maybe he felt
unworthy because of his past. Would we find it surprising that
Jesus loves us, despite everything else in our life?
Peter also felt ashamed of himself that he had denied knowing
Jesus in the hour of threatening danger. On the very
night when the Lord was betrayed by Judas, Peter
strongly said, “I don’t know the man!” (Matthew
26:72) He went on to curse and to swear to prove
his point. No wonder when Jesus conquered death
and rose again, Peter was asked by Him, “Simon
son of John, do you love me?” (John 21:16) Jesus
asked Peter that question three times, not only
because Peter had denied Him three times, but
rather because He was searching Peter’s soul to find
out what kind of feelings he had for Him. Peter kept
on answering Jesus, “Lord, you know all things;
you know that I love you.” (John 21:17)

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God Cares about Our Emotional Health by Ms April Ann Lewis

Wednesday Feb 03, 2021
 
God cares deeply about our emotional, physical, and spiritual
wellbeing.
As you read the following scripture, ask yourself ,‘Who can
care for you more than God?’
Please read Isaiah 40:21-31
In this biblical passage we see God as El-Shaddai, the
everlasting and majestic God toward all mankind. God’s
providence and mercy is revealed. We also see God’s care and
love expressed. It is a scripture of comfort and care for all
mankind.
In this world, it is difficult at times to experience this love and
care from God in our brokenness. But God has provided a way
for us to be healed through placing our faith and trust in Jesus
Christ, for as the scripture says “by his wounds we are healed.”
(Isaiah 53:5)

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