Letter from the Vicar 31 July 2016

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Dear Friends,

Welcome to S. Michael’s. Today’s readings invite us to think about things of eternal worth, and particularly what it means to be rich towards God. Seldom in Mass do we hear a reading from the Book of Ecclesiastes. The directness of its scrutiny of the human condition brings us up short. We find ourselves considering the futility of the things that weigh on our minds and cause us to spill our energies and to lose sleep. The reading from the Letter to the Colossians advances this theme by contrasting the effect of setting our minds on things that are above, rather than on earthly passions, and particularly greed, which is idolatry. In today’s Gospel a parable of Jesus demonstrates the danger, and indeed the folly, of greed. So much of global conflict and environmental spoilage simply comes down to greed. By being rich towards God we discover the way of living abundantly, through gratitude, and when we come to celebrate Mass the Lord helps us to shape our lives in this pattern.

Last Tuesday the Vestry adopted a policy on Climate Actions for S. Michael’s based on the Anglican Environmental Network’s report to General Synod 2016.

The policy: Recognising that the Church must urgently find its collective moral voice on Climate Action, this Parish agrees to:

  • Institute the first day of each month as a day of prayer and fasting for climate justice to discern God’s leading in the development of strategic proposals for global and local action.
  • Develop, discover and distribute liturgical materials on care for creation.
  • Implement 3-bin recycling and energy and water conservation measures around our buildings, including planning for the new vicarage.
  • Advocate for sustainable water, food and agricultural practices.
  • Encourage the Church and individuals to review investment practices so they support environmental sustainability and justice.

These collective actions are designed to encourage and support the personal actions that are incumbent upon us all as stewards of God’s creation.

At Evensong and Benediction this evening we are delighted to welcome the Very Revd Fr Lawrence Kimberley, Dean of ChristChurch Cathedral, to be the preacher and celebrant. Our Chamber Choir will be joined by the Oxfords as they start their annual visit. Evensong in the parish is a real gift. Often the excellence of singing and liturgy is not matched by the attendance, so I encourage you to support this very special Evensong tonight at 7:00pm.

After Mass Kathryn and I bid good-bye to S. Michael’s for four months. I leave you in the very capable hands of Canon Craufurd Murray and Revd Anne Price, who will take up the chaplaincy of the school. Know that in these months you will constantly be in our prayers, and we ask for your prayers too.

May the grace and peace of God be with you until we meet again.

Fr Andrew Starky

Parish Notices

  • Sales Table: Sundays in the hall after Mass. Freshly made marmalade is now available. Details Anne Ladd (981 5012).
  • Book Swap: Sundays in the hall and weekdays in the lounge.
  • You are invited to a cup of tea or coffee after the evening service each Sunday.
  • World Youth Day: today groups of young people will be visiting the church during the day from 11:30 am onwards. Details Gloria Moyle.
  • Organ Recital: Jeremy Woodside today, 2:00 pm at the Cathedral. Door sales.
  • The Oxfords: the Chamber Choir is joined by the Oxfords for a special Evensong and Benediction at S. Michael’s today at 7:00 pm. Please join us.
  • Bible Study Group meets tomorrow, 7:15 pm in the school staff room. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Climate Action Group meets on Tuesday, 1:30 pm at 37 Aynsley Terrace. All welcome. Details Claire Preston (342 4650).
  • Meditation Group meets on Tuesday, 5:15 pm in the parish lounge. Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215).
  • Recital Opera Favourites: Lois Johnston, Jeremy Woodside and Courtney Carter. Tuesday, 6:30 pm at S. John’s Church, Hororata. Tickets $40 including mulled wine and a light meal. Details Olive Webb owebbnz@gmail.com or (03)318 0880.
  • Needlework Group meets on Tuesday, 7:15 pm in the parish lounge. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
  • Vege Co-op: orders and deliveries on Wednesdays. Details Jill Woodside.
  • Canterbury Shakespeare Society meets on Thursday, 7:30 pm in the lounge. Details John De la Bere (981 7582).
  • Celebration of the Festival of the Holy Name: 13 August, 10:30 am at CSN.
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts of groceries and other household items.
  • Pastoral Care Team:

West: Claire Preston 342 4650 Central: Michael Goodson 355 5374

North: Brenda Withell 383 2422 South: Jill Woodside 338 9590

East: Stella & Alistair Kinniburgh 021 0240 3247

 

 

 

Letter from the Vicar

Dear Friends,
Welcome to S. Michael’s. We certainly are in the depths of winter at present with
cold winds and bleakness. I am aware of much sickness in our parish at present. I am
so thankful for the Pastoral Team which is getting under way, and for the continual
acts of kindness and mercy which are so much the hallmark of S. Michael’s. We are
also very aware of the unrest going on internationally in many settings at present. Let
us not lose heart, but rather renew our life in prayer. The readings today encourage us
to be constant in prayer, and we hear the story of how Jesus gave us the prayer which
is so central to our life as Church, the Lord’s Prayer.
Next Sunday afternoon Kathryn and I will begin our sojourn away from S. Michael’s
for some months. We start with a month of holiday in Canada visiting Kathryn’s
family, which will be a delight. My Study Leave begins as we travel to England. First
we will visit churches in Oxford, Watford and London, including All Saints,
Margaret Street. Then we will travel north to spend two weeks at the Community of
the Resurrection at Mirfield. In these weeks I hope to gain a broader understanding of
Anglo-Catholicism in the UK. My particular interest is to understand more about the
inner dynamic of how we celebrate the seasons and festivals of the Church’s Year,
and how these celebrations can become an even stronger proclamation of the Gospel
to people of all ages, and of varying Christian knowledge and experience.
After this we travel to York to stay with Revd John and Stephanie Day. John has just
been appointed to a mission position working closely with the Archbishop of York.
As well as giving us the chance to explore York, this time will enable me to begin to
put some of my experiences into a New Zealand perspective. In October we will
return to New Zealand for a period of reading and reflection before going on retreat in
November in Wellington. We intend to undertake the Spiritual Exercises of
S. Ignatius in a 30-day silent retreat.
As S. Paul writes to the Colossians, we seek to deepen our rootedness in Christ as we
are built up in the faith with thanksgiving. Kathryn and I are most thankful for this
opportunity to rest, study and pray, and we wish to thank everyone who is making this
possible by carrying extra responsibility here at S. Michael’s.
Yours in Christ,

Fr. Andrew Starky

Letter from the Vicar 17 July 2016

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Dear Friends,

Greetings and welcome to S. Michael’s. Today we celebrate the Holy Baptism of Glenn Wilson and welcome him into the family of Christ as a child of God. We also welcome Fr Ben Randall, ordained yesterday, who will preach and officiate as deacon for us in this Mass.

Last Sunday many of us were very moved by the story of pilgrimage that Stella and Alistair Kinniburgh shared with us following their experiences on the Camino walk. They reminded us of the special moments of insight and encouragement that come as we journey, sometimes quite out of the blue.

The account of Abraham and Sarah meeting the holy messengers at the entrance to their tent mirrors the well-known story of Mary and Martha which we will hear in the Gospel today. Both readings invite us to ponder the balance in our lives between contemplation and action.

Contemplation is how we pay attention to the world around and within us. We realise, as Gerard Hughes noted, that God is in all things. How often do we stop from our busyness to give this attention? Acts of service and devotion are also, of course, part of a balanced spirituality, and the discernment is how and when for each. We are called to pray at all times, so even our moments of activity will be clothed in prayer. This leads us more deeply to the awareness of God in our everyday life and the peace that this awareness brings.

We are given the gift of the Church to support us in this life. In baptism we renounce, or turn away from, evil and become established in the Church as servants of the Gospel. This is so we can grow up into the likeness of Christ through celebration of the sacraments, prayer, fellowship and service. Those who are ordained, whether deacons, priests or bishops, provide a special focus to this ministry to enable the whole mission of the Church.

Please do join us after the Mass for a special morning tea in the parish hall.

Yours in Christ,

Fr Andrew Starky

Parish Notices

  • S. Michael’s School is on holiday until 25 July.
  • Sales Table: Sundays in the hall after Mass. Freshly made marmalade is now available. Details Anne Ladd (981 5012).
  • Book Swap: Sundays in the hall and weekdays in the lounge.
  • You are invited to a cup of tea or coffee after the evening service each Sunday.
  • Bible Study Group meets tomorrow 7:15 pm in the school staff room. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Women’s Fellowship meets on Tuesday after the 10:00 am Mass, 10:45 am in the parish lounge, to complete and organise delivery of winter gifts to Walsh House. All welcome. Details Pat Evans (358 0127).
  • Meditation Group meets Tuesday, 5:15 pm in the parish lounge. Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215) or Kathryn Starky (385 0197).
  • Vege Co-op: orders and deliveries on Wednesdays. Details Kathryn Starky or Jill Woodside.
  • Luke’s Spirituality Centre—Voices of Aotearoa: Victoria Sharman presents Kitchen Saints (mosaic icons) Wednesday 6:00–7:30 pm at Mary Potter Community Centre, 442 Durham Street North. $10. All welcome.
  • World Youth Day: 31 July. Groups of young people will be visiting the church during the day from 11:30 am onwards. Details Gloria Moyle.
  • Organ Recital: Jeremy Woodside 31 July 2:00 pm at the Cathedral.
  • Needlework Group meets monthly. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
  • Oxfords: St Michael’s Chamber Choir is joined by the Oxfords (six Choral Scholars from Christchurch, Oxford, UK) for a special Evensong and Benediction on Sunday 31st July at 7pm.  Please join us.
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts of groceries and other household items.

 

Letter from the Vicar 10 July 2016

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Dear Friends,

Welcome to S. Michael’s. Today we will hear the well-known and much loved parable of the Good Samaritan. The parable tells us about four men who were each on a journey. One man got attacked and Jesus asked the question, which of the other three was a neighbour to him: the answer being the one who showed mercy. The parable of the Good Samaritan is a story about journeys within a wider story of Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem to the cross.

Each of us is on a journey through life and we also often speak of a journey of faith, indeed the Christian faith has been termed ‘the Way’ (eg Acts 9: 2). One method of understanding our own journey of faith can be to make an intentional pilgrimage. Throughout the ages, Christians have done this as a way of deepening their awareness of God. Today we hear from two pilgrims, Stella and Alistair Kinniburgh, who have walked part of the Camino de Compostela de Santiago in Spain.

In the pilgrimage of our daily life we frequently meet people in need and try to offer them help. In the life of the Church we call this pastoral care. At S. Michael’s our congregations come from all over the city, and much pastoral care is offered by the clergy and people of this parish already. However I have been thinking for a while that we need to make this help a bit more obvious and accessible, particularly for newcomers, by establishing a network of people to contact. We have found people from different parts of the city to be pastoral contacts:

West: Claire Preston, who holds a Bishop’s license for Pastoral Care, 342 4650

South: Jill Woodside 338 9590

East: Stella and Alistair Kinniburgh 021 0240 3247

North: Brenda Withell 383 2422 and Kathryn Starky 385 0197

Central: Michael Goodson 355 5374

The idea is that you can ring any of them if you have a need or if you know someone else who does. They will organise help and ask the clergy to visit if necessary. Also, we propose to have members of this group available in the parish lounge on Wednesdays 11:00 am–2:00 pm if you would like to come by for a chat and a cuppa.

As I mentioned last Sunday, I will be away from 1 August–3 December on study leave. I am very grateful to Canon Craufurd Murray who has agreed to be the Priest-in-charge of the parish, and to Revd Anne who will be the School Chaplain.

There will be more details nearer the time.

Yours in Christ,

Fr Andrew Starky

 Parish Notices

  • St Michael’s School is now on holiday until 25 July.
  • Sales Table: Sundays in the hall after Mass. Freshly made marmalade is now available. Details Anne Ladd (981 5012).
  • Book Swap: Sundays in the hall and weekdays in the lounge.
  • You are invited to a cup of tea or coffee after the evening service each Sunday.
  • Outreach Committee: Tuesday 7:30 pm in the parish lounge.
  • Vege Co-op: orders and deliveries on Wednesdays. Details Kathryn Starky.
  • Health and Safety meeting for all church hosts: Wednesday 11:00 am in the lounge. RSVP Alastair Scott (343 5153).
  • Parish Trust: Wednesday 5:15 pm in the parish lounge.
  • Saturday Mass: this Saturday there will not be a 9:00 am Mass at S. Michael’s.
  • Ordination Service: Ben Randall is to be ordained deacon at a service in the Cathedral on Saturday at 10:00 am.
  • Bible Study Group meets next on 18 July, 7:15 pm in the school staff room. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • World Youth Day: 31 July. Groups of young people will be visiting the church during the day from 11:30 am onwards. Details Gloria Moyle.
  • Organ Recital: Jeremy Woodside 31 July 2:00 pm at the Cathedral.
  • Needlework Group meets monthly. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts of groceries and other household items.

Letter from the Vicar 3 July 2016

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Dear Friends,

Welcome to S. Michael’s today as we gather to celebrate School Founders’ Day. If you are new to S. Michael’s I offer you a particular welcome and invite you to follow the service in this booklet and to make the responses, as you wish, that are marked in bold.

This is a special Mass where we come together as School and Parish to be one people. We are here to join in giving thanks to God for all his blessings to us, and particularly for the 165-year story of the S. Michael’s Church School. We are thankful for all the young lives which have been shaped in character by the love shared here. This has been central to this school’s ethos from the very beginning. So we have much to be thankful for as well as to celebrate today.

For most of us, though, these past few years of earthquakes have been challenging personally, as they have been for our parish and school. As well as being thankful, we also look for strength and encouragement from our faith in such times. The reading that we will hear today from S. Paul’s Letter to the Romans outlines the part that suffering can play in producing endurance, and endurance in producing character, which in turn leads to a hope that does not disappoint because it has been given to us by the Holy Spirit. None of us wants to suffer, yet we do know that Jesus suffered and died for us. It was after this, through the power of God’s love, that he rose again. This is the core of Christian hope and it is our greatest reason for gratitude.

Today after Mass we are all invited to refreshments in the hall where we will cut the 165th birthday cake of the School. Following this, parents are invited to participate in the School Strategic Planning Consultation which will take place, also in the hall, from about 11:45 am. I have been heartened by the energy and positivity that have come out of this consultation. It has already given rise to many creative ideas, so I encourage you to take part if you haven’t already done so.

Yours in Christ,

Fr Andrew Starky

 Parish Notices

  • Sales Table: Sundays in the hall after Mass. Donations would be appreciated for prizes for the next raffle. Details Anne Ladd (981 5012).
  • Book Swap: Sundays in the hall and weekdays in the lounge.
  • Lunch at Regatta on Avon: today at 12:15 pm. Details Kathryn Starky.
  • You are invited to a cup of tea or coffee after the evening service each Sunday.
  • Bible Study Group meets tomorrow, 7:15 pm in the school staff room. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Climate Action Group meets Tuesday, 1:30 pm at 37 Aynsley Terrace. Details Mary Hamilton (337 0833).
  • Meditation Group meets Tuesday, 5:15 pm in the parish lounge. Details Kathryn Starky (385 0197).
  • Needlework Group meets on Tuesday, 7:15 pm in the parish lounge. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
  • Vege Co-op: orders and deliveries on Wednesdays. Details Kathryn Starky.
  • Canterbury Shakespeare Society meets on Thursday, 7:30 pm in the lounge. Details John De la Bere (981 7582).
  • Saturday Breakfast: 9 July, 9:45 am in the parish lounge. Details Anne Ladd.
  • Living Springs Kids Camp: 10–15 July, details reception@livingsprings.co.nz or phone 329 9788.
  • Health and Safety meeting for all church hosts: 13 July 11:00 am in the lounge. RSVP Alastair Scott (343 5153).
  • Ordination Service: Ben Randall is to be ordained deacon at a service in the Cathedral, 16 July at 10:00 am.
  • Organ Recital: Jeremy Woodside 31 July 2:00 pm at the Cathedral.
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts of groceries and other household items.