4th Sunday of Lent – 9.30am

27 March

Lent 4 and Mothering Sunday | Multiform (Part 5 of a 7 Part Series)

First Reading:

1 Corinthians 9:19-27

Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.

Gospel Reading:

8 (SMC)

Leader: Rev Gav
Preacher: Rev Gav

9 (COE)


9.30 (SMC)


10.30 (HTC)


11 (SPC)



Helen away.

Mothering Sunday

Series: What kind of church is God calling us to be?

God might be calling us to be a church where mixed ecology is the norm.

A parish system revitalised for mission so there is a pathway for every person into an accessible and contextual expression of church.

We believe God might be calling us to be a church where mixed ecology is the norm.

The Church of Jesus Christ has always been a mixed ecology. Every church was planted once. By using this phrase, we simply acknowledge what is, but also signal the fact that in the diverse smorgasbord of the different cultures and contexts which we serve in Bermuda today we will probably need a greater and more diverse expression of church life. Hence the proliferation of
mission initiatives, church plants, fresh expressions, new religious communities, and this year the remarkable new communities of faith that have been established on-line. All this is a sign of how the Holy Spirit has been leading the Church of Bermda in recent years, noting that the most vibrant and creative new expressions of church life nearly always arise out of healthy flourishing parish ministry. There is therefore no conflict between parish ministry and becoming a more mixed ecology church.

However, we also acknowledge that the parish system we have inherited was itself the consequence of missionary endeavour by a church that was formed and ministered in very different ways, as it happens mostly monastic. Therefore, alongside the flourishing of parish ministry, and recognising in these constrained financial times the challenges of sustaining this, we will see God raise up new forms of church, and particularly new forms of ministry and community life – in fact it is already happening. This includes chaplaincy, an area of ministry that is often neglected in our thinking. It also means developing our online presence and ministry. This has been one of the biggest developments of 2020/21 and will form a vital part of the mixed ecology church of the future.