Loving at a distance during the corona virus
MAY 24th 2020
The Ascension of the Lord (transferred)
6 p.m. Bible Study with Bishop Lindsay
10 a.m. Sung Mass ONLINE
Sixth Sunday of Easter
Sunday May 17th
Reflections on the saints with Deacon Katie Bellhouse:
Bishop Lindsay on ‘Love at a Distance’
To see other videos please visit the Christ Church Brunswick Youtube channel.
Making a Spiritual Communion
A Prayer for those unable to attend the Eucharist but wish to make a ‘Spiritual Communion’:
At your feet O Jesus I prostrate myself before with an unworthy yet contrite heart, humbled, yet longing to be in your eucharistic presence. I love the gift of yourself offered to me in this great and Blessed Sacrament.Though unable to receive this food for my journey, I desire all the graces that this encounter with you can bring, and offer my heart afresh as a place where you might dwell.While I wait for the day when I shall again have the joy of sacramental communion, I trust in your desire to abide in me, and wish to possess you in spirit.
Come to my heart Lord Jesus, there is room in my heart for thee. Amen
Jesus, I believe that you are mysteriously present in the most holy sacrament of the altar. I love you above all things, and I desire to receive you, body and blood, soul and divinity. Since I cannot at this time receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace you as if you were already there and unite myself wholly to you. Never permit me to be separated from you or from the community of your church, and lead me with all your holy people to your banquet in heaven. Amen.
Sacred and Open Hearted
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.
In these days when love must be ‘At A Distance’ while the garden remains open for those on their daily constitution (with no more than one other) the church has had to be closed for services. We look to the day when we can return to our normal opening hours.
Bishop Lindsay Urwin, parish priest at Christ Church, writes:
We so much want 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 tantalised people for two thousand years, and still does! But how is a person to discover who he is? How do we discover who anyone is?
We have probably all learnt that while sometimes secondhand information can be very helpful, and when we are looking at history and historical characters there’s an inevitability about the need for it, that information needs also to be judged reliable, and its reliability and accuracy is generally discovered over time. Secondhand information about historical characters is very often more reliable than the information we receive about our contemporaries, especially all that we ‘know’ of them via social media…It’s an interesting thought that while folk are often quick to make judgments and come to conclusions about others on the basis of what they read or hear on social media, they are dubious to the point of scepticism, even ridicule about the information we have about Jesus from the Bible, information that has been around the traps, discussed, poured over and dissected by scholars and philosophers, and perhaps as importantly prayed over by good ordinary folk for hundreds and hundreds of years. It’s information full of mystery and challenge, but to many it comes to makes sense, and seems ‘true to life’.
In any case, the interesting, maybe even strange to some is thing about Christians, is that while we believe the Bible is absolutely crucial to our knowledge of him and of the purposes of God, there is more. Christians believe that they do not just know about Jesus as they might some other historical figure ‘brought to life’ in their writings by scholars and biographers, they know him as a contemporary; that he lives, and is experienced today through the gift of his Spirit.
When Christians pray and worship they do so acting and trusting as if Jesus is alive and what’s more that he is listening! To many an atheist this just seems a bit weird, to some that it’s downright dangerous, and yet, whatever the terrible failures of the Church and of some Christians, men and women who act and trust in this way have been the source of incredible change for good these past two thousand years, even in our own Melbourne…..the first schools, the first hospitals, refuges for women, hostels for the homeless…the justice system, so much that is great in architecture and art and music…
All relationships take time to develop and require spending time with the other. The more time spent, the more one learns about the other, and love and trust can grow. No relationship has ever gone anywhere without leaps of faith and trust. No relationship grows or is decided to be ‘true’ love on the basis of scientific analysis, important though that analysis in many aspects of life. Actually I’m not sure there’s much growth in knowledge at all that doesn’t require quite a lot of leaping!
I think it’s just true that the more a person seeks to know Jesus, the more he or she realises that there is still more to know. A relationship with Jesus is more like an adventure than a settled thing, and yet, once you begin to take the idea of it seriously, the more you are drawn to him, or at least that has been my experience. And then you start to plan you life and change your views under his influence and guidance. What he wants becomes the measure of what you think is right or wrong, and doing what he wants becomes central to your actions.
If you haven’t begun that adventure yet, or you’ve had a bit of an adventure with the Lord in the past but it’s a bit of a distant memory, then I want to invite you to come and see…
The Church, our Church here in Brunswick is a community of people opening their mind and heart to the possibility of the three loves at the heart of the Christian faith – loving and being loved by God ; loving and being loved by our neighbour ; and the love of self.
We are disciples of Jesus, continuing to learn what it means to be a disciple. We are a community unafraid to admit our need for ‘L’ plates in the love business! 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. There is always the need to say sorry and begin again.
So the Church is a community of love helping to create a civilisation of love. Our invitation to you is to ‘come and see’ though at present due to current restrictions that is not possible. But we hope that the various online services and presentations will indeed whet your appetite for more!
May you know God’s blessing and his love.
Lindsay Urwin OGS