Service: Really Good News Christmas 2017

From Sunday, December 24th, 2017 at 7:00 pm until Monday, December 25th, 2017 at 12:00 pm

Christmas Eve

7pm Nine Lessons and Carols

A service of beautiful music, readings and carols. A special annual service.

11pm Midnight Communion

Starting in darkness for the coming of the light of the world with candles for all. A reflective service. Dean Humphrey is preaching and Bishop Jones celebrating

Christmas Day

8am Traditional Communion

Traditional communion to start the day.
Bishop Condie is preaching and Rev’d Ruth Hanlon celebrating.

10am Family Communion

A wonderful celebration for all ages.
Bishop Condioe is preaching and Dean Humphery celebrating.

Putting a Cap on Politics

Some concerns have been expressed about the appropriateness of our Make Christmas Great Again (#MCGA) Campaign in using language that echoes words of a certain world leader.
We are not unaware this danger but believe that rather than undermining our message about the really, really good news of Christmas we are continuing the ancient Christian tradition of using worldly words to undermine worldly claims to power in the light of Christ and God’s kingdom.
For instance, the primary declaration of the early Church that “Jesus Christ is Lord” was a direct challenge to the claim “Caesar is Lord.” The Christians knew that using the language of Empire was dangerous, undermining the claims of Rome, but as God had raised Jesus from the dead there was a new king in town, so to speak.
The word gospel which begins Mark’s account of Jesus, is the word used to announce the arrival of new emperor, here it becomes the good news announcing that the Son of God has come. This challenge continues in the usual New Testament word for Jesus’ return, parousia, which was used for the arrival of the Emperor in all his glory and power. The early Christians use worldly words of empire to subvert, undermine and ultimately trivialise all earthly claims of power with the reality of the coming King.
The same challenge to the fake news of worldly political power is at the heart of the Christmas stories. In Matthew, wise men come to the centre of power in Jerusalem, to King Herod, and ask ‘Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews?’ Its hard to imagine a more direct challenge to existing worldly authority than this question.
Luke reminds us that the Emperor at the time of Jesus birth was Augustus, who had monuments inscribed with “Saviour of the world.” Luke subverts this claim by pointing us to a baby born in the back of a inn in the back of beyond of whom the Angel says. “I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is the Messiah, the Lord.”
This is really good news of Christmas. It challenges all world leaders, all worldly words of power, and turns them around. It challenges us to turn from fake news of claims of greatness to see the stunning greatness of God with us come in humility and to serve.
So should we then use the words of worldly power to subvert and undermine its claims and challenge our own thinking? It seems to me … if the cap fits…

Service: Sunday @ 4 (Christmas)

Sunday, December 10th, 2017 from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Great for children and grandchildren.

Come sing some carols, join in the nativity story, dress as a shepherd or angel if you like then join us for a Christmas feast.

Held in 121 Macquarie St (The Bishop Hay Centre) behind the Cathedral.

Concert: A Ceremony of Carols

Sunday, December 17th, 2017 from 7:30 pm to 8:40 pm

This evocative choral music by Benjamin Britten was written as a Christmas spiritual meditation and is still performed at West Minister Abbey as part of the Abbey’s celebration of Christmas.

Join the Tasmanian Festival Singers as they bring the spirit to you this Christmas at St David’s Cathedral, Hobart.

Conducted by Joan Wright and accompanied by Harpist Genevieve Lang.

 

Tickets here 

 

Prices:
All Tickets $20.00
Family (2Ad+2Ch) $40.00

Duration:
70 Minutes (No Interval)

Service: Evensong

Sunday, November 26th, 2017 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.  (This will be our last Evensong for the year).

The Rev’d Canon Stephen Savage will be our preacher.

Choir Practice led by Bob Stewart

Service: Collegiate 9 Lessons & Carols

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017 at 3:00 pm

St Michael’s Collegiate is delighted to present a traditional service of Christmas carols led by the Collegiate Singers.

We look forward to welcoming you for A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.

All are welcome.

Please secure your free seat via https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=328496

Enquiries may be directed to Ms Lisa Harris via 6211 4973 or lisa.harris@collegiate.tas.edu.au