THE HEALING MASS IS BACK, FRIDAYS AT 12:00
Sunday 15th JULY – TRINITY VII
8 a.m. Low Mass
10 a.m. Sung Mass
Preacher and celebrant: +Lindsay Urwin
5 p.m. Meet Up @ 5
“ANCIENT WORDS: Is the Bible any good?”
Session IV with Albert Young from Ridley College
Keble Celebration Mass: Monday 16 July 16, 7.30 pm
John Keble was one of the great leaders of the Anglo Catholic movement in the Church of England, but was himself simply a parish priest. He was also a poet and writer including of several well known hymns. His example of humble service made a great contribution to the life of the Movement which swept England from the 1830s and made its impact throughout the Commonwealth.
From its beginning, Christ Church has been influenced by this tradition. The annual Keble Celebration Mass, arranged by The Australian Church Union, began here in the 1980s when then vicar, now bishop, David Farrer was chairman of the ACU.
Over the years it has been celebrated in a variety of parish churches in Melbourne, and this year it will back at Christ Church with Fr Chris Mostert as the preacher.
Folk will join us from around the diocese, and we need to be present to give them a good welcome.
MEET UP @ 5
The Sunday evening series is back, this time under the title of “ANCIENT WORDS: Is the Bible any good?“.
Hosted at the Vicarage (on Glenlyon Rd, between the Church and the Bardin Centre), this series is a great way to explore the Bible, hear reflections and testimonies, and ask questions.
- 22nd July: IV: (TBA) – with Albert Young from Ridley College
- 29th July: V: (TBA) – with Rev. Peter Carolane from Merri Creek Anglican
Don’t forget to check out the Parish Blog, now updated weekly!
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.
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 ‘marvellous’? 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
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