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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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The Evangelist as Intercessor by Rev. Louis Sully

Wednesday Nov 18, 2020
 
Please read Ephesians 1:15-18

The world's present situation has a psychological impact on
people in many ways. That includes people who want to travel
for leisure, for business, to visit friends and relatives. Those
who are grieving find themselves isolated without any physical
contact-the world seems to stop. There is a physical detachment
that is not only troubles the mind of people but also creates
confusion, fear, emotional distress, uncontrolled tears, and
sickness. As much as we speak of technology, 5G network,
etc.., we are underequipped to deal with this pandemic. If there
is a time that we need each other the most, it is now. Now it is
time to put aside all our differences to tend to each other.

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Encourage One Another- by Rev. Otto Menko

Wednesday Nov 11, 2020
  Please read Acts 27
The weather was promising. The merchant ship was gently
rocking on the waves in the harbor located on the west shore of
Crete. It was one of the larger vessels that regularly traversed
the sea between Rome and the eastern Mediterranean, making
a handsome profit for her owner. Presently it was loaded with
grain destined for Rome and merchandise to be traded in ports
on its way. But it also carried another ‘kind’ of cargo, prisoners,
to be delivered to their fate: prison, execution or slavery. The
apostle Paul was among this ragtag group of convicts. They
were overseen by Julius, a Roman centurion of the Imperial
Regiment and a small cohort of soldiers under his command.
Julius paid special attention to Paul, for he was not considered
a ‘common criminal’; he was supposed to be tried in the
presence of the Emperor himself.

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The Evangelist’s Spiritual Leadership

Wednesday Nov 04, 2020
 
I want to start with a very human question for each of us - How
can I stand before God? Paul, in the Epistle written to Titus
styles himself as a slave (Greek: doulos) of God, joining a great
line of prophets in the Bible who served God and God alone
unreservedly. So how do you stand before God?
Martin Luther found only one answer to the question- how can
I stand before God – and it is by believing in the grace and
mercy of Jesus Christ. We must determine the state of our soul
in the midst of the battles of life and relationships, in the midst
of the raging and roaring, in the midst of life and death. If we
are to stand before God, what will give us credibility? It will
only be the love of God in Christ Jesus which has wrought our
salvation. Knowing that we are loved by God therefore enables
us to give our life completely -as a slave to God.

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The Evangelist Bearing Witness by Mr. Mike Bowerman

Wednesday Oct 28, 2020
 
Rick Warren tells how he once saw a Peanuts cartoon that
described the evangelistic strategy of many churches. Charlie
Brown was practicing archery in his backyard. Instead of
aiming at a target, he would shoot an arrow at his fence and then
walk over and draw a target round wherever the arrow stuck.
Lucy walked up and said, “Why are you doing this, Charlie
Brown?” He replied, “This way I never miss!”

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