SERVICES NEXT SUNDAY:
Sunday 31st March – LENT IV
Join us in celebrating the love of the Lord and enter the mystery of his presence!
8 a.m. Low Mass (1662)
10 a.m. Sung Mass, followed by refreshments
Celebrant: Bishop Lindsay Urwin OGS
Preacher: Father Christiaan Mostert
5 p.m. Meet Up @ 5
The theme of the series is ‘Not One in Seven’, a quote from George Herbert’s lovely hymn, ‘King of Glory, King of Peace’ : ‘Seven whole days not one in seven I will praise thee’.
We will be looking at the joys and challenges of living a relationship with the Lord seven days a week.
Worship * Teaching * Discussion * Food.
Why not invite a friend to come along. It’s a relaxed introduction to our life together.
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 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! Over the next few weeks Christians will be preparing for the most important week of the year, sometimes called ‘Holy’ week, sometimes called the ‘Great’ week. In our church services we live the story of the death and the resurrection of Jesus as it is written in the Bible. It may seem a strange thing to say, but in my experience the story becomes more believable and alive when you hear it with other people in worship. We pray and we sing and we literally act out the stories.
So on Palm Sunday (April 14th) we’ll begin our service with a donkey because Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, a symbol of a peaceful king in the bible. On Thursday feet will be washed because Jesus washed the feet of his disciples on the night before he died. And we will pray until midnight because Jesus asked his disciples to watch with him in the night hours before his arrest. On Friday we try to get close the the hill on which Jesus died. And Sunday, on Sunday it is a great day of celebration with the church looking beautiful and we sing the first ‘Alleluias’ of Easter.
In the early centuries of Christianity it was common to baptize new Christians on Easter Day. We shall do that at Christ Church. The main service will be at 10 a.m. I can promise you it will be full of joy!
Meanwhile we press on with what we call ‘Lent’ the time of preparation. Each Sunday afternoon at 5 we have an informal time reflecting on how to stay close to Jesus. It takes place in the house next to the church where I live. When Christianity began the first disciples met in homes. Our Sunday evening meeting feels a bit like those days!
In those early days of Christianity someone who was not a believer but who looked on from a bit of a distance described what was then 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?
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