God meets us in the significant moments of our lives through our pastoral services and especially through the Seven Sacraments.
In Baptism, a person is united with Christ and the Church. And what is asked of the person wanting to be baptised? Sorrow for sins - that is the way we wound God, our neighbours, and ourselves. A willingness to declare publicly that you believe and trust in God. And being washed by water in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Jesus calls every baptised person to be a witness of His love. But He also calls some people to be the leaders of His community of faith. Following in the footsteps of the first Apostles, those who are Bishops, Priests, or Deacons are commissioned to preach His word, celebrate His Sacraments and bear His witness to the world.
In Confirmation, a person receives the particular strength necessary to be a Christian witness. During Confirmation, through the gentle laying on of hands by the Bishop, and anointing with holy oil, a person receives the graces and strength to be a witness for Jesus Christ.
Mass (Holy Eucharist)
During this service, we meet to do what Jesus told his disciples to do. And this is our daily experience and Christ Church.
The Bible tells us that on the night he was betrayed, Jesus took bread and wine and said of them both, "this is my body", "this is my blood". At the Holy Eucharist we experience the presence of Christ in the gifts of bread and wine in which we partake. This is full of mystery, but to share in it and experience is to know its truth.
In the Bible, it is clear that when people were sick they went to the elders of the Church to receive prayer, the gentle laying on of hands for healing, and anointing with holy oil.
In this sacrament we believe that the Lord Jesus who longs for our healing, will give the gift of His Grace to strengthen and sustain the sick person. We always offer this sacrament believing that even our own death can be a gift of healing and the gateway to eternal life.
Weddings are a joyous occasion, as two people commit themselves to each other, and become 'one flesh'. They make their commitment in the presence of God, family and friends, all of whom have taught them something of what love means.
At the heart of the service are the vows, when the couple promise to each other, faithfulness unto death.
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A funeral service in church offers the opportunity to give thanks for the life of the person who has died, to ask God's mercy for them, and to commend their soul to His care.
Each service is planned to reflect the unique life of the departed, as well as the needs and grief of those who are left behind.
We're here to support your spiritual journey at Christ Church Brunswick. Whether you have questions or wish to partake in our services, we invite you to get in touch. Click the button below to reach our Contact Us page. We're looking forward to hearing from you.