Service: Easter 2015

From Friday, April 3rd, 2015 at 10:00 am until Sunday, April 5th, 2015 at 10:00 am

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Maundy Thursday: April 2

10:30am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)

7:30pm – Choral Eucharist with footwashing

Good Friday: April 3

10am – Meditation on the Passion Words

Easter Sunday: April 5

6:15am – Easter Vigil and lighting of Paschal Candle

8am – Holy Communion

10am – Family Eucharist

Jesus made both a promise and a prediction in His earthly ministry… the church He was building would never fail. ‘The gates of Hades’ Jesus said, ‘would never prevail’ over the church (Matthew 16:18). In other words, Hades (the place of the dead) would never swallow up Christians forever. Rather, as the years continued, they would keep gathering around the world, worshiping God until this age closed in readiness for the next. And, as each generation encountered physical death, their trust would be in a living Jesus who, because He Himself had already risen, was able to also raise their bodies from the dead.

This is the Christian hope and the promise of Jesus.

In recent years it’s been a popular idea that the Christian movement is dying. Attendance at churches is regularly said to be in terminal decline. ‘But all is not lost for Christianity.’ say some. ‘And that’s because Jesus was an inspiring moral teacher’. ‘Famous speeches like the Sermon on the Mount and acts of compassion towards the less fortunate will continue to live on and inspire countless people down through the ages.’

But if Jesus wasn’t truly the Son of God, then it’s hardly inspiring to follow either a liar or a man deluded. If Jesus was wrong then the prospect of the Christian movement dying out is likely – even if it takes thousands of years. Yet even if it doesn’t, even if always, somewhere in the universe, there is some small group of humans meeting and worshiping Jesus… that fact still doesn’t make the Christian story true.

What makes it true and relevant to every person is if Jesus really is God’s Son who rose from the dead – the man God sent into the world to save it from its rebellion towards Him. One of the writers of the Bible, Paul of Tarsus, wrote these words, “… if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.” A few sentences further on he declares, “If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.”

So there’s no use being poetic about Jesus or sentimental. Christianity lives or dies with Jesus.If Jesus didn’t rise from the dead then it was a misguided movement. It’s followers foolish and pitiable. If Jesus did, then there is exciting and tremendous hope for you unlike any other. Either way, it’s important that you make a decision about Jesus.

Prayer: Dear God, thank you for showing yourself through Jesus in such a clear and encouraging way.

Bible: “And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.”1Corinthians 15:14

Service: Choral Evensong

Sunday, April 26th, 2015 from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Come and join in the beauty of Evensong as we gather in worship and around God’s word and sing his praises.St Davids Choir

Service: International Workers Memorial Day

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 at 5:30 pm

ohs_images_canary_badgeInternational Workers’ Memorial Day takes place annually around the world on April 28, an international day of remembrance and action for workers killed, disabled, injured or made unwell by their work.

In 2015, together with Unions Tasmania, St. David’s Cathedral is hosting a service to mark the Day.  It will be held at 5:30pm on April 28.

Workers’ Memorial Day is an opportunity to highlight the preventable nature of most workplace incidents and ill health and to promote campaigns and union organisation in the fight for improvements in workplace safety. The slogan for the day is Remember the dead – Fight for the living.

Workers’ Memorial Day was started by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) in 1984. April 28 is recognised by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) as International Workers’ Memorial Day.

  • According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), across the world:
  • Each year, more than two million men and women die as a result of work-related accidents and diseases
  • Workers suffer approximately 270 million accidents each year, and fall victim to some 160 million incidents of -related illnesses
    Hazardous substances kill 440,000 workers annually – asbestos claims 100,000 lives
  • One worker dies every 15 seconds worldwide. 6,000 workers die every day. More people die whilst at work than those fighting wars.
  • In 2014/15, there have been 11 work related deaths in Tasmania.

The service that was used  can be found here.