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Our parish church of St. Paul's is situated on Bakery Hill (Ballarat East) with magnificent views of the city of Ballarat. It was founded in 1854 at the height of the gold rush in Ballarat and surrounding towns and since then it has served as an oasis of peace and tranquillity in Ballarat East for people of all nationalities and ages as they gather in its magnificent interior to celebrate God and what God has done for us in Jesus Christ. Read more

Parish History
Vision Statement

Mission Statement

ST. PAUL'S ANGLICAN CHURCH, BAKERY HILL

Prayer

Diocesan Prayer for 2017:

"Year of Living Stones and Living Hope"

Bountiful God,
You are always more willing to give generously that we ever desire or deserve. We thank you for the many blessings you give us especially the gift of faith and the hope of glory. As we embark on our journey may we each be like living stones, rejoicing in the hope you have shown us in the person of Jesus Christ. May we be filled with a desire for justice.

Service Times

EASTER MESSAGE 2017

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ

Jesus is Lord, He is alive!! Alleluia! Alleluia!!

The Death of Jesus on that first Good Friday showed that he is a Son of Man and his Resurrection on the very first Easter Sunday reveals him as truly the Son of God.

Jesus rose from the dead and conquered sin and death forever. He wasn’t resuscitated; he wasn’t transfigured; he was dead but God raised him up through the power of the Holy Spirit.

It’s become fashionable nowadays to dismiss the truth of the bodily Resurrection of Jesus Christ. It’s also become ‘cool’ to have conspiracy theories spreading all sorts of historical inaccuracies as to why it is not possible for Jesus to be raised from the dead. Let us not be fooled!

Jesus’ bodily Resurrection demands, first and foremost, faith from us because faith precedes proof. When we believe then we shall ‘see’ the Risen Christ. The women in today’s Gospel

(Matthew 28:1-10) ​went to the tomb out of love for and faith in their friend, Jesus, who was brutally killed ​only a couple of days prieviously​. At the tomb they heard the news of Jesus’ Resurrection and are commissioned to proclaim it. Later on they met Jesus who joyfully greeted them and grabbing hold of his feet they worshipped him.

Let us pray today for the grace of faith in the Risen Lord. The Risen Lord is the “one whom they have pierced” for the love of us all and for all creation. The Risen One has come to be with us: to live our lives and to die our death so that by his Passion, Death and Resurrection God has given us a life that is bigger and stronger than death.

At baptism we enter into this Paschal Mystery –Christ’s passion, death and resurrection –and are mystically united with him. In baptism we die to sin and death and are raised with Christ to newness of life.

Christ is risen indeed! Let us live the risen life. Let us rise from our sin, selfishness, violence and immorality. Let us rise from our darkness, pride, ego and arrogance. Let us learn from the Risen One that true life consists in ‘washing the feet’ of wounded humanity; in being broken and shared for others; in bearing our crosses patiently and in total surrender to the will of the Father, no matter the cost. Easter calls us to devote our lives to works of light, goodness, humble service and righteousness.

All this for me! All me for this! He became man for us. He suffered for us. He died for us. He rose from the dead for us. Wake up you Christians! Do not stand far off! Do not celebrate this Easter Day and not be moved by the love of God who has in Jesus Christ “loved us to the end without end”, as St Augustine once said. Let us respond with faith, with joy, with humility, with tears for our sins and with true repentance. Let us allow this Easter mystery to transform us so that we can become veritable witnesses, like the women and the apostles, of the same Risen Christ to our brothers and sisters.

And in this constitutes our proper response to this great Easter story: to get on with the job of being witnesses of the Resurrection in our hungry, fragmented, violent, wounded and war-weary world. As we do this today and every day of our lives Jesus says to us: “Do not be afraid!” Because we are in God’s hands and God’s hands are good hands:

H​e will come back to take us with him and to make all things new again.

Happy Easter from Faith, Obed and myself. May the joy of the Risen Lord buoy you up and bring you peace and hope. Please pray for us, too!

Fr Constantine