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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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Christmas Message from the RDGS

Thursday Dec 24, 2020
 
Warm Christmas Greetings in the Name of Christ
whose Incarnation we celebrate and whose Spirit
attends to us.
This has been a year of changes and challenges for most of us.
For some, the challenges were minor but for others, significant
movements have occurred. The world has experienced the
ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic and the health and
economic realities have been stark for many persons. In the
Cayman Islands, we have bravely fought to keep the virus at
bay, and we continue to pray for the political directorate and the
health care practitioners who have led us during these months.
The strong temptation has been for us to read and interpret
everything through the lens of COVID-19. Yet, as we celebrate
the Holy Season of Christmas and as we anticipate the dawn of
a New Year, we can know with certainty that our vision will
clear, and we will behold a new reality because of Christ.

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Advent 4 - Love

Wednesday Dec 16, 2020
 
During the first three Sundays, -and weeks- of Advent,
Christians around the world focused on the themes of Hope,
Peace, and Joy as essential aspects of our faith. Now, that we
have arrived at the final week of this season, we complete our
spiritual journey and preparation for Christmas by focusing on
Love.
The miracle of Christmas is the wonderful love of God which
was poured out into this world and into every heart that is ready
to receive Jesus. He is the love of God in human form, the Love
Incarnate, the embodiment of God’s love

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Advent 3 - Reasons to Rejoice by Mrs Sonia Wallace

Wednesday Dec 09, 2020
 
This is the season of Advent, a time when we primarily
celebrate the coming of Jesus as a babe. It is also a time when
we remember that there will be a second coming of Jesus to rule
and reign. In our culture, we celebrate Advent as a time to share
love and joy and decorate with amazing displays of lights to
remind us that Jesus is the light of the world. Even while
experiencing a pandemic, the excitement of the season brings
with it the singing of carols, special decorations, family or
office get-togethers and the pleasant expressions of Merry
Christmas to those we meet.
We began the season of Advent with a reflection on Hope. Last
week we focused on Peace. During this third week in Advent,
we turn our attention to Joy, and a few passages from the book
of Isaiah, Psalms, and the New Testament will guide our
thoughts.

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Advent 2 - The Sunday of Peace

Wednesday Dec 02, 2020
 
The Season of Advent reminds us of the importance of spiritual
preparedness, of the readying of our hearts and minds for the
life transforming presence of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
On the 1st Sunday in Advent we lit the candle of Hope in our
churches as a reminder that as followers of Jesus Christ we are
the people of hope.
On the 2nd Sunday in Advent we light the candle of Peace.
Jesus’ birth was announced by a great company of angels
saying “Glory to God in the highest heaven and on earth peace
to those on whom his favor rests.” (Luke 2:14)
But knowing all too well our sinful nature we may wonder if
peace is possible at all. Wars, fights, conflicts, anxieties and
stresses of all kinds mar our human existence on every possible
level and there seems to be no respite from their destructive
force.

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The Season of Advent

Wednesday Nov 25, 2020
 
December signals the coming of Christmas and so our
preparations begin. There are gifts to buy, cards to send, menus
to plan for, people to see. The four Sundays – and weeks - of
Advent remind us of the importance of the spiritual aspect of
this preparation, the readying of our hearts and minds, not only
for the celebration of Jesus’ birth (1st coming) but also for His
future return in glory (2nd coming) when He will set up His
kingdom, judge His enemies, and reward the faithful, both
living and dead.
Advent is full of symbolism and meaning, which is also
reflected by the themes of the four Sundays/weeks

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