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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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CIRMC Popular Report

Wednesday Jan 27, 2021
 
The Cayman Islands Regional Mission Council held its first
regular meeting of the new year on January 23, 2021, at the
Elmslie Memorial United Church Hall.
Synod 2021
The 42nd Synod will be a virtual event held between April 11
and 18, 2021 under the theme: “Rooted, Resilient: Responding
in HOPE (Health, Opportunity, Peace, Evangelism).” This
offers the opportunity, in cost-effective ways, to use a blended
approach of physical and virtual spaces to extend the reach of
the synod beyond its delegates, to involve persons both locally
and overseas, as well as achieve the purpose of reviewing the
work of the church over the last Synodical period and
determining the direction of the church in the midst of and
beyond the pandemic.


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Surely God is with Us! -By Mrs Kathy Jackson

Thursday Jan 21, 2021
 
Our meditation for this week is based on the theme, “Surely
God is with Us!” and I invite you to journey with me as we
process this thought.
And the Angel said to Mary, “Do not be afraid, for you have
found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a Son
and you are to call him, Jesus” (St. Luke 1: 31-32). In the
Gospel of St. Matthew, it is recorded that the angel also spoke
to Joseph in a dream, explaining to him how everything would
work out. Then the writer added: “All this took place to fulfil
what the Lord had said through the prophet (who was Isaiah):
“The virgin will conceive a Child! She will give birth to a Son,
and they will call Him Immanuel” (which means “God is with
us”). These are all too familiar words, as we hear them every
year when we celebrate Christmas.

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What About the Body? By Mr Mike Bowerman

Wednesday Jan 13, 2021
 
Have you ever wondered why the taking of another’s life is
considered the most serious crime a person can commit? Why
is it that we do all in our power to prevent people from dying,
or seek to prolong the life of an elderly person as long as
possible? Why are millions – probably billions – of dollars
spent on developing drugs to prevent illnesses which might lead
to premature deaths? And, very relevant, why have there been
such frantic efforts to develop a vaccine to counter the current
Coronavirus pandemic?

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Walking by Brooks of Water

Wednesday Jan 06, 2021
 
There is little need to rehearse the traumatic events of 2020 as
we have all lived through the pandemic, and we have been able
to read everything through the lens of COVID-19. This
statement is not meant to in any way underestimate the
debilitating effect of the pandemic on the world or to downplay
the tremendous human suffering that the whole world has
experienced. We have indeed suffered a great loss- loss of lives,
loss of income and economy, loss of relationships, loss of
routine and paths of comfort, loss of self-importance as the
disease has been no respecter of person. Yes, the world has
waned under the effects of COVID-19

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The Road Map

Wednesday Dec 30, 2020
 
Beginning this new Journey as a Church we started a process fifteen years
ago (2005) of rereading our context and discerning the signs of the time,
towards meeting the spiritual (holistic) needs of the people we
serve. This led to the Renewal and Transformation (R&T)
Agenda of the United Church.
At our Synod in 2009 the R& T agenda was enacted and the
process has been one of mixed engagement/s and mixed
review/s for the most part, for varying reasons. However, what
cannot be denied, is, given where we found ourselves 12 years
ago, it would have been very unproductive and disheartening to
remain there.

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