Palm Sunday – 9.30am
Palm Sunday | Christ Centred and Christ Shaped (Final Part of a 7 Part Series)
After he had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.
When he had come near Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of the disciples, saying, ‘Go into the village ahead of you, and as you enter it you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, “Why are you untying it?” just say this: “The Lord needs it.” ’ So those who were sent departed and found it as he had told them. As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, ‘Why are you untying the colt?’ They said, ‘The Lord needs it.’ Then they brought it to Jesus; and after throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. As he rode along, people kept spreading their cloaks on the road. As he was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen, saying,
‘Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!
Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest heaven!’
Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, ‘Teacher, order your disciples to stop.’ He answered, ‘I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out.’
Leader: Nicki (TBC) - Bishop Nick to do Eucharist.
Preacher: Terry Hassell
Gavin and Helen are away at Gemma's graduation.
Series: What kind of church is God calling us to be?
The vision is simply and fundamentally about recalling the Church in Bermuda to its primary
vocation to be Christ centred and Jesus shaped, which means Jesus Christ centred and Jesus Christ shaped.
Carys - to supply palm crosses?
Jesus Christ doesn’t change. It’s not something we make up in each generation. It’s something we proclaim afresh. But there are also times in our life, and the great challenge facing the world because of COVID-19 is one such time, when God recalls us to a central vocation which is to be a people who are centred on Christ.
This is the heart of the vision: to be a Christ centred church. And it flows directly from those words of Paul to the Church in Corinth: that if we are in Christ, there is a new creation. Things change because Christ changes us. It is his Church, not ours. It is his ministry not ours. It is Christ’s ministry in all of us and in a hundred different expression of church and all the parishes that make up the Church of Bermuda.
Therefore, there needs to be a strong call to the renewal of our life in Christ: a renewal of prayer and worship; a biblical and theological renewal where we grow in intimacy with God, and overflow with the love of Christ, and are able to give reasons for the hope that is in us. Our first priority is to be a people of prayer, rooted in the revelation of God’s love for us in Jesus Christ, the one who died for us and rose again and who pours his Spirit into our hearts for our renewal and for the renewal of the earth. This revelation is given to us in the Scriptures that we cherish. It is lived out in the life and traditions of our church, not least as Anglicans through our liturgy and through a commitment to be the presence of Christ in every community in this land.
Then alongside the phrase ‘Christ centred’ you see the phrase ‘Jesus shaped.’ We make no distinction between ‘Christ’ and ‘Jesus’. The two phrases are simply a shorter way of saying we are called to be Jesus Christ centred and Jesus Christ shaped.
Jesus Christ is the second person of the Trinity, fully God and the one through whom we have access to God. It is in Jesus Christ, and therefore in the Trinitarian life of God, that we root ourselves. We also know the Son of God as Jesus Christ, Mary’s son, the preacher and healer from Nazareth, who is still the same Jesus Christ, the one we read about in scripture, the man who shared our life on Earth, lived a life like ours, taught and healed and showed us what our humanity could be, who died upon the cross for our salvation and whom God raised to life.
In many provinces of the Anglican Communion this phrase, ‘Jesus shaped’, is used to describe the Christian life as a life shaped by the five marks of mission. They don’t just see these as marks of the mission of the church but as marks of discipleship, that is to see our lives as disciples of Jesus Christ as being shaped by the five marks of mission – a Jesus shaped life.
Therefore, this vision is simply and fundamentally about recalling the Church of Bermuda to its primary vocation to be Christ centred and Jesus shaped, which means Jesus Christ centred and Jesus Christ shaped.