Letter from the Vicar and Notices

From the Vicar…

My dearest sisters and brothers,
Jesus has fed five thousand people with five loaves of bread and two fish.
This lets many of the people know he is beyond ‘ordinary’, he may indeed be a prophet.
But some question it all. Some are not convinced.This leads Jesus to take the crowd to
a deeper level.
I am the bread of life.
Whoever comes to me will never be hungry,
and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
He is the bread. Whoever believes and responds to that belief by
coming to him will never want for anything. Faith in Jesus will
satisfy them once and for all. It is only faith in Jesus that can satisfy
the most basic and human longing: to see and know God.
Jesus is not talking about food, he is not talking about physical
nourishment, he is speaking about a desire that is greater than our
need to eat or drink, greater than our physical sustenance.
Jesus knows we all put our faith in things that ultimately cannot
satisfy us: money, sport, buildings, cars, drugs, booze, food, musicians, movie stars,
writers, the list goes on and on. None of these can satisfy the deepest longings of our
soul, none can quench our thirst or stop our stomachs from rumbling.
The only bread that can satisfy us is the life that God offers us. Even more, everyone is
welcome to partake of the bread of life.
Jesus has taken the crowd from wanting to be fed, to wanting a miracle, to now
wanting to know God. He has taken them from the physical to the spiritual. Jesus tells
us that what we long for can only be found by believing in him, nothing else can satisfy
that.

Father Chris

 

Parish Notices

> Bible Study Group meets tomorrow, 7:15 pm in the parish lounge.
Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
> Climate Action Group meets Tuesday 1:30 pm in the lounge. Details Peter Oakley.
> Needlework Group meets Tuesday 7:15 pm at Jill Woodside’s home.
Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
> Meditation Group meets in the Lady Chapel, Wednesdays 12 noon.
Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215) or Pat Evans (358 0127).
> Parish Trust meets on Wednesday at 5:15 pm.
> Forum: conversations on Canterbury water, 7:30 pm on Wednesday
at the Quaker Centre. Details on poster.
> Peace Lecture: Kevin Clements, Friday 7:00 pm at Knox, also workshops
Saturday, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Details on flyers.
> Saturday Breakfast: 11 August at 9:45 am in the parish lounge.
RSVP to the parish office by Wednesday please.
> The Community of the Sacred Name celebrates its 125th anniversary on Saturday
with a service at 11:00 am in the Community Chapel. Details on poster.
> Choral Music with Oriana: 19 August 1:10 pm at The Piano. Details on poster.
> Spring Choral Festival 19 August: RSCM combined choir invites participants.
Details from Paul Ellis.
> Double knitting or 4 ply wool, any colour, needed to make hats etc for distribution
through Walsh House. Please place in box at the back of the church.
> Electronic Devices wanted for recycling: old mobile phones, tablets etc.
> Book Swap: in the parish lounge. Koha to parish.
> Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts
of groceries and other household items, particularly during the winter months.
Suggested items: baked beans, spaghetti, tinned soup, tinned fruit, cereal,
toilet paper, toothpaste and soap.