The Anglican Church of Bermuda is as much a part of our Bermudian culture as the beat of the snare drum from the neighborhood Gombey troupe; or the refreshing taste of a sweet loquat in season. In fact, the Anglican Church has been a part of the Bermudian way of life from the very beginning. Aboard the Sea Venture on that fateful journey in June 1609, was a Priest of the Church of England, Rev’d Richard Bucke. Thus the ties between Bermuda and the Anglican Communion have a long, rich history.
As the national religious body for the beautiful island of Bermuda, the Anglican Church hopes to offer the same tranquility, serenity and peace that can be found in the scent of salt water, the view of the sunset and the sweet singing of the bluebird. We welcome you into a safe and Godly environment, where a love for Jesus Christ is supreme and service to others in the power of the Holy Spirit is paramount.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
At this Easter season there are two statements that fill my heart with joy and hope. One from the cross and one from the empty tomb:
It is finished!
He is not here, he is risen!
The first is spoken by the Lord of life himself, just as he was about to give up his Spirit. It is the affirmation that we all need to hear that the work needed to pay the price for sin, to defeat death and evil has been decisively and eternally completed. The cry ‘He is Risen’ is the proof that this is so! Christianity rests on the certainty of Jesus’ resurrection as a space-time historical occurrence, ‘indisputable proof that the message about Jesus as judge and saviour is true ‘ (Jim Packer). It is a ‘demonstration of his victory over death, an indication of his divinity and a vindication of all that he said and did. It guarantees the believer’s present forgiveness and is the basis of our own resurrection life for the believer here and now and for eternity’. Were it not for the resurrection we would have no hope or assurance, but because the work is finished and he lives – we too can live and none of our work in the LORD is in vain.
May these words give to each of you hope, faith, joy and courage to live in a new and better way. Having laid down your sins and failings at the foot of the cross may you rise up with Easter joy and in expectation of what our risen lord has yet to do. On behalf of my family, may I wish each and every one of you a Happy Easter.
The Rt. Revd. Nicholas Dill
The Bishop of Bermuda
*Ordinand - someone who is training for Ordained ministry as a deacon or priest.
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