This SUNDAY 18th March
8 a.m. Low Mass
10 a.m. SUNG MASS
Celebrant : Bishop Lindsay Urwin
Preacher : The Reverend Chris Mostert
There is no MEET UP @ 5 this Sunday
The next Meet Up takes place on the 24th, Palm Sunday. It takes place in the vicarage next door to the church and we start at 5 p.m.
20 minutes of Prayer.. 20 minutes of teaching..20 minutes of discussion..and food to follow…
THE APPRENTICE : being a disciple of Jesus
no one can be a follower of Jesus who won’t put on their ‘L’ plates!
On the 24th : Lucas Smith will speak on the need for the disciple to learn to be holy.
FORTY DAYS with St JOHN If you would like to use this week’s readings from St John’s Gospel will reflections by Bishop Michael Ramsey, click here: Lent readings 4
For the details of all the opportunities on offer at Christ Church this Lent, take a look at our Lent brochure: Lent leaflet 2018…
and for more good news about life at Christ Church click on our NEWS and EVENTS page.
If you would like to read Bishop Lindsay’s lecture at the celebrations for Charles, king and martyr held earlier this month on the theme : ‘Wake up and smell the…incense’ Is secularism enough to keep Melbourne ‘marvelous’? then click here: Lecture at CKM
If you would like to talk to Bishop Lindsay about the Christian faith and life, then send him an email to arrange a time!
Want to read +Lindsay’s Charge at the Annual Parish Meeting on December 3rd? Charge to the parish 2017
We are delighted to welcome you to the Christ Church website.
At present we are in what we Christians call the season of Lent. It’s a time of preparation – for forty days, echoing the forty days Jesus spent in the wilderness preparing for his mission. But we are preparing for what is known as the Great Week or Holy Week.
Year after year we do this. Just as people remember birthdays and anniversaries we remember the events that surrounded the death and resurrection of Jesus. Interestingly, almost half of each of the four gospel stories in the Bible that tell us about Jesus is devoted to that one week – from Jesus entry into Jerusalem on ‘palm Sunday’ to the mysterious experience of the empty tomb, and then the more mysterious meetings with Jesus risen from the dead, of which there had been nothing of the like in history. No wonder they struggle to speak of it!
It’s amazing to think that one week of 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 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.
I said that in Holy Week we try to remember. We don’t just do that as a sort of mental exercise, and we don’t do it alone, though it includes both our best thoughts and our personal attention. We do it together, and in our worship times through rituals and words, in songs and in sermons we draw near to the Lord, and experience his living presence with us, a presence that both consoling and encouraging, and generally challenging!
Why not come and experience the life of a disciple?
Good disciples 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! You may have noticed above a drawing of folk with ‘L’ plates on. These can never be removed from the back 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
CHRIST CHURCH Sacred and Open……
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.