Services this week:
Sunday 19th August
8 a.m. Low Mass
10 a.m. Sung Mass
Preacher and celebrant: Fr Chris Mostert
Ephesians 5: 15-20
John 6: 51-58
5 p.m. Evensong
Preacher: Albert Young
Don’t forget to check out the Parish Blog, now updated weekly!
For more updates from the Parish’s events, head over to the News and Events page. We also have an archive of updates about our events, so give that a look, too.
Christ Church and the fountain garden are open throughout the day to allow any passing by to ‘come and see’, explore the building, to make use of it to sit and reflect and to pray, or just for a bit of peace!
The church garden with its attractive fountain provides a restful space in the midst of busy Brunswick.
The icon of the Annunciation in the Lady chapel is a particular place for prayer and prayer requests can be left there.
The church and garden are generally open by 7 a.m. and closes after Evening prayers at 6 p.m.
Bishop Lindsay Urwin, parish priest at Christ Church, writes:
We are delighted to welcome you to the Christ Church website! Our website will just give you a little taster of what our life is like and about who is at the centre of all that we are and seek to be and do. That ‘who’ is Jesus. In the early days of Christianity someone who was not a believer but who looked on from a bit of a distance described this new group of people as worshipping Jesus ‘as if he were God’. It’s something of a jumping of catagories, even a surprise to come to a conclusion that God, who can seem so remote and unknowable, ‘reveals’ himself in this way. And yet, what better way to give us an understanding of who he is and his purpose for us than to become one with us, to literally get under our skin, experience our life.
The story of what we did with ‘God with us’ is tragic. Crucifixion and death. Yet the Bible teaches that this itself was within the mysterious purposes of God. He loves entirely and consistently and in so doing overcomes the ‘old order of sin and death’. What a mystery it is, and no short letter of introduction to a website can do it justice. It’s a life time, more than a life time’s worth of contemplation, worship and reflection.
Whatever you make of Jesus at this stage in your life, it’s amazing to think one life could have had such an influence on history, on art, on literature, on education and legal systems, on social understanding and the landscape of just about every village, town and city in this land. Buildings made for worship of this man were among the first to go up in Melbourne!
For us at Christ Church this all matters very much. For us, it’s not just the story of an historical figure, but of someone we love, whom we try to worship, follow and serve.
We are disciples of Jesus, and our invitation to you is not so much ‘come to Church’ but rather come and see what it means to be a disciple of Jesus, of which coming to worship is a part, a key part.
Good disciples of Jesus are learning three ways of loving – the love of God, his for us and ours for him; the love of neighbour, and the love of self. Notice I said learning! We are a community unafraid to admit our need for ‘L’ plates! These can never be removed from the back or front of a disciple of Jesus. There is always more to discover about the Lord and about the demands and joys of love.
So the Church is a community of love helping to create a civilization of love. If you make a decision to ‘come and see’ at Christ Church it is our hope and our intention that you will indeed experience some of that love.
Lindsay Urwin OGS