A Sacred and Ancient Tradition
Often called Holy Communion or Mass in the Catholic tradition, the Eucharist is a very special service and is the most common form of worship service offered on Sunday mornings.
The Eucharist service recalls Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples the evening before his death on the Cross, and is an encouragement to the members of the Christian family today.
"And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in rememberance of me."
The Holy Eucharist is a sacrament of the Church, a way that God shows his love for us, offering us continual grace and support in our lives.
An Ancient Journey
The Eucharist is a very special service which takes us on an ancient journey.
As it begins we prepare, take the time to reflect on the meaning of our faith, listen to readings from the Bible; a brief sermon or talk is given, we restate our Anglican beliefs, pray for those in need, and acknowledge each other as members of a community in the presence of Christ.
The second stage of this journey takes us to the table of the sacred meal, both in a historical sense and very much in the present. We celebrate the glory of God our creator, the sacrifice of his Son Jesus Christ and the life-giving power of the Holy Spirit. Bread and wine are blessed, broken, served, and shared with all present.
In the sharing of this ancient tradition where we remember Christ’s sacrificial body, we ourselves are transformed. In this way we grow deeper in our faith and are called to become servants of God here on earth.
The bread and wine are shared amongst all baptised Christians of all ages who wish to partake. No one need feel left out as a personal blessing is always available as an alternative.
In the final stage of this journey together, the members of the community are blessed and sent out to love Christ and to serve our neighbour in daily life. The cycle of worship and our journey as Christians continues.
Join Us this Sunday
The Liturgy we follow is in modern language, with the Sunday 10:00 am service also being enriched by music and song accompanied by our talented Christ Church Choir.
You will be able to follow the proceedings in the bulletin provided as you enter and the green service book available at your seat. The words, actions and music of this ancient tradition will surround you and move you in their own way. The priest celebrating the Eucharist will also will provide guidance about what to do and where to go throughout the service.
You can be at ease, the Eucharist is a wonderful experience initiated by Christ Jesus himself. It has been enjoyed by Christians for centuries, wherever they may be on their personal journey with Christ.
Our Sunday 10:00 am Eucharist service is followed by local announcements and usually light refreshments and fellowship in Christ Church's Great Hall.