THIS SUNDAY @ CHRIST CHURCH
The Fifth Sunday after Easter May 19th
8 a.m. Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)
10 a.m. SUNG MASS Preacher : Bishop Lindsay Urwin OGS
5 p.m. Informal service in the vicarage chapel followed by home made soup.
At present, while the roof of the church is being replaced, all midweek services are taking place in the temporary vicarage chapel. The entrance is from fountain garden.
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Sacred and Open
Christ Church and the fountain garden are generally 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.
Just at present the interior of the church is covered in dust sheets through the week as a new slate roof is put on, though on Sundays we are open as usual. But through the week, there is a place to pray in the temporary ‘house chapel’ in the vicarage next door.
The chapel is open for services and when Bishop Lindsay is at home through the day and the garden is generally open by 7 a.m. and closes when Evening prayers end at 6.30 p.m.
Bishop Lindsay Urwin, parish priest at Christ Church, writes:
We are delighted to welcome you to the Christ Church website! Our website, like our life together is a work in progress, and it 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.
The question ‘Who is Jesus?’ has tantalized the world for two thousand years, and still does!
Although it is probably true that most people have long forgotten the Easter weekend, or even remember what they did, here as at so many churches throughout the world, we are still basking in the Glory. And for us the Glory that we celebrate is the glory of Jesus, crucified and risen. There can be little doubt that if the resurrection is true it changes everything. It reverses the possibilities for your life. The expectation that has disappointed, tormented and sometimes terrified is the expectation of our physical death; that whatever the span of our life, it’s joys and sorrows, it ends in death.
But the story of Jesus changes this. No longer life inevitably leading to death, but death leading into life. St Paul speaks of our life now as a sort of tent (he was a tent maker). Tents are excellent things, but they are a mixture of toughness and frailty. Like us they are temporary and liable to sag! Paul suggests though that we will become like a building, that is, more substantial, more permanent. He says (it’s in 2 Corinthians 5) that those in death those who believe and trust in the risen Lord will be ‘swallowed up by life’.
How does a person come to believe this. It is certainly important to apply our minds to these teachings, but it is more than that. These are truths that are known and discovered to be true in the heart. Think of how you ‘know’ that a person loves you or that you love someone. That knowledge can change your life, but it’s a knowledge that in the old days we used to say, can ‘blow your mind’. That is not to to say that its mindless ,or irrational, but rather that it’s more than the mind can know.
Discovering the truth of the resurrection, and the love of the Lord is something like that. You won’t know it unless to open your heart and your mind to it. The Church, our Church, is a community of people opening their mind and heart to the possibility of these things, and getting on with living as if the resurrection is true.
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.
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