Letter from the Priest in Charge and Parish Notices – 26 May 2017

Dear All,

With our celebration of the Ascension, we are now striding forward to Pentecost and the end of the season of Easter, and then on into Ordinary Time. I really am not sure where this time has disappeared to, new term, new way of being. It is remarkable how we slide into a new way of being, a new way of feeling. This piece of writing just made me chuckle:

“O God, I am hellishly angry; I think-so-and-so is a swine; I am tortured by worry about this and that; I am pretty certain that I have missed my chances in life; this or that has left me feeling terribly depressed. But nonetheless here I am like this, feeling both bloody and bloody-minded, and I am going to stay here for ten minutes. You are most unlikely to give me anything. I know that. But I am going to stay here for ten minutes.”

I came across this as I was planning my teaching last week, and it made me realise how often when we are in a mood it is practically impossible to stick with the task that is before us. This piece was written by Henry Abbott Williams in his book True to Experience, an anthology of the words and teaching of Harry A. Williams. Henry Williams was Dean of Trinity College, Cambridge, where he gained a reputation for political radicalism, and later became a monk at the Community of the

Resurrection at Mirfield in Yorkshire. His writings have always shown a painful honesty before God.

It does ask the question—how honest are we actually before God? How often when we hit rock bottom do we actually stay with God for ten minutes? There’s a challenge for you this week.

Reverend Anne Price

 

Parish Notices

  • Church Parking: parishioners who need to park on site outside service times are asked to display a parking permit (see list at the back of the church).
  • Deadline for Trumpet next week only: material required by noon on
  • Bible Study Group meets tomorrow at 7:15 pm in the school staffroom. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Meditation Group: Wednesdays 12:00–12:30 pm in the Pilgrims’ Chapel. Details Kathryn Starky (385 0197).
  • Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Ecumenical Worship Service. At the Cathedral on Wednesday at 5:30 pm. Details on poster.
  • Luke’s Spirituality CentreDesert Mothers: Stumbling into the wilderness. Series of three talks presented by Megan Herles-Mooar, beginning Thursday 6:00 pm at the Knox Centre, $10.
  • Canterbury Shakespeare Society meets on Thursday, 7:30 pm in the parish lounge.
  • Lunch at the Regatta on Avon next Sunday. Names to Alice please.
  • Needlework Group meets next on 6 June. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
  • Angel Pockets/Blankets: thanks to all who supported this nationwide project. The organisers were thrilled and very grateful. The wraps will be distributed locally.
  • Fundraiser: jars of marmalade are available in the parish lounge.
  • Book Swap: Sundays in the hall and weekdays in the lounge. Koha to parish.
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts of groceries and other household items.

Letter from the Vicar and Parish Notices – 21 May 2017

Dear All

A new week begins. I am going up to Auckland to the Anglican School’s Conference for the second part of the week. I am looking forward to spending time with colleagues that I so rarely am able to meet. But it does mean that I am going to miss this church’s celebrations of the Feast of Ascension on Thursday at the Mass at 10am or with the people of St. Luke at 7pm at Knox.

‘In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me.’ (John 14:19) This is a forewarning of Jesus’ Ascension in our Gospel reading today.

I recently bought a National Geographic magazine, titled ‘Jesus and the Apostles, Christianity’s Early Rise’. I initially thought that it would contain a series of articles, but I was wrong. Well there are some, but it is full of the most incredible images, including paintings, mosaics, photographs. It documents the life of Jesus, the geography of the land of Jesus and the Apostles and the early Christian world.

It is open at a page entitled ‘Resurrection and Ascension’. It shows an image of a 12th century relief in stone from the Monastery of St. Dominic of Silos in Spain. There are six Apostles, all with haloes behind their heads, which are all looking upwards. Their identity is shown by the symbols that they hold. Above them are multiple tiers of waves rising to a point, focused on the head of Christ, recessed, again a halo behind his head and flanked by two angels whose bodies appear to be floating through these stone clouds, holding the last ripples of cloud as if to begin covering Jesus and to obscure him.

To quote, ‘The Resurrection of Jesus and his Ascension to heaven are central elements of Christian faith, demonstrating his conquest of death and his eternal presence “at the right hand of God.” The Gospels describe the resurrected Jesus as quasi-physical: able to eat food and be touched but also able to appear and disappear instantaneously. “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth,” Jesus tells his Apostles before his Ascension.

“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”

The Reverend Anne Price

 

Parish Notices

 

  • Church Parking: parishioners who need to park on site outside service times are asked to display a parking permit (see list at the back of the church).
  • John De la Bere is now in Ward D1 at Burwood Hospital.
  • Vestry meets on Tuesday, beginning with Mass at 7:00 pm.
  • Meditation Group: Wednesdays 12:00–12:30 pm in the Pilgrims’ Chapel. Details Kathryn Starky (385 0197).
  • Ascension Day: Mass on Thursday with S. Luke’s at the Knox Centre at 7:00 pm.
  • Quiet Day: Saturday from 11:00 am at CSN Retreat House, conductor Jay Behan. Please bring your own lunch, tea and coffee provided. All welcome.
  • Bible Study Group meets next on 29 May, 7:15 pm in the school staffroom. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Ecumenical Service, Cathedral 30 May 5:30 pm.
  • Lunch at the Regatta on Avon: 4 June. Please speak to Alice if you plan to come.
  • Needlework Group meets monthly. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
  • Angel Pockets/Blankets: thanks to all who supported this nationwide project. The organisers were thrilled and very grateful. The wraps will be distributed locally.
  • Fundraiser: jars of marmalade are available in the parish lounge.
  • Book Swap: Sundays in the hall and weekdays in the lounge. Koha to parish.
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts.

 

 

Letter from the Priest in Charge and Parish Notices

Dear Friends,

I am one of the many who have been frustrated by the road works that have blocked not just the central city, but also many of the roads that surround our homes. They change so frequently that I am often surprised that I can’t enter the same way that I exited first thing in the morning. Circumstances over the last few weeks have meant that my car has had many more outings than it has had over the previous few months. I love the freedom that I feel when I ride my bicycle; yes I get wet, blown about by the wind and also get hot and then melt when I reach my destination. BUT it has the added benefit, at the moment, of being quicker than the car. I am having a battle with myself about the volume of ‘stuff’ that I seem to need to carry in my panniers. There is probably a solution to that, but that’s not for now.

Why write about it?

Well, apart from the freedom, cost factors, joy that I feel when I am outside, it gives me time to take note of my surroundings and the changes that are happening in the environment, not just the built one but the green, plant life of this city. The weeds in the cracks in the pavements, the leaves of the trees changing colours, the hedges in their amazing variety of shapes, forms and colours. We do live in such an amazing world.

Such is the gift of creation. “In my Father’s house there are many dwelling-places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?” These words come from our Gospel reading today from John. We want sometimes to forget (or perhaps more likely hurry past in the hustle and bustle of daily life) that we currently dwell in a place that is also created by the Father.

The priest John Donne (1571–1631) wrote: Almighty God, in this wondrous world thou dost manifest thy power and beauty: Open the eyes of all to see that whatsoever has any being is a mirror wherein we may behold thee, the root and fountain of all being; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 

The Reverend Anne Price

 

Parish Annual General Meeting Today

All parishioners are encouraged to be present at this important meeting, which will take place in the hall immediately after morning tea. Nomination forms and annual reports are still available.

 

Parish Notices

 

  • Church Parking: parishioners who need to park on site outside service times are asked to display their parking permit (obtainable from the parish office).
  • Bible Study Group meets tomorrow, 7:15 pm in the school staffroom. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Women’s Fellowship meets in the parish lounge on Tuesday at 10:45 am(following the 10:00 am Mass) for morning tea and discussion. All welcome. Details Pat Evans (358 0127).
  • Meditation Group: Wednesdays 12:00–12:30 pm in the Pilgrims’ Chapel. Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215).
  • Ascension Day 25 May: Mass with S. Luke’s at the Knox Centre at 6:00 pm.
  • Lunch at the Regatta on Avon: 4 June. Please speak to Alice if you plan to come.
  • Needlework Group meets monthly. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
  • Christian Vocation Seminars: Alistair Mackenzie and Don Rowlands. Details from rowlands.don@paradise.net.nz or S. Barnabas Church Office (351 7064).
  • Christian Theology: Otago University distance study programme. Details for Semester 2 from www.otago.ac.nz/theology/study/papers/ or 03 479 8901.
  • Fundraiser: jars of marmalade are available in the parish lounge.
  • Book Swap: Sundays in the hall and weekdays in the lounge. Koha to parish.
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts of groceries and other household items.

Letter from the Priest in Charge and Parish Notices – 7th May 2017

Dear All,

 

I am in a position that I never expected to find myself in, and I am honoured to journey with you as a community of faith at this moment in time. It is a challenge trying to sift through the thoughts of my mind and focus on how to greet you.

I was born on a farm in mid-Kent, the county between London and Dover in the UK. I am the middle child of three. My older brother continues in the farming tradition of the family and my sister is a Consultant in Care of the Elderly. I began my working life as a teacher and taught for many years in the UK. My husband, Charlie, and I moved to New Zealand thirteen years ago. I was accepted for ordination training soon after our move here. After completing my theology degree through Otago University and ordination training I was ordained a deacon at the end of 2007 and priested a year later by Bishop Victoria. My curacy was undertaken in the Parish of Opawa-St. Martins and followed by a few years out in the Parish of Ellesmere before I returned to the city and took the position of Chaplain at the Cathedral Grammar School.

What of us together in the here and now? This prayer by Rex Chapman, Canon of Carlisle Cathedral, fell out of a book that I was reading: Into your hands, Lord, we commit our spirit, into your hands, the open and defenceless hands of love, into your hands, the accepting and welcoming hands of love, into your hands, the firm and reliable hands of love, we commit our spirit.

Our hands are as much barometers of our feelings as our faces, how we hold them, if we hold our faces in them, how we shake another person’s hand or how we literally hold one another. John Pritchard, the recently retired Bishop of Oxford, wrote of this prayer: “We’re easily seduced into thinking that every problem needs to be resolved as quickly as possible, whereas often problems need to be held in the ‘open and defenceless hands of love’, while the Spirit resolves our pain at a deeper level and over a much longer period. Here is my life offered up to God, and I need to make that offering without strings. Closed hands might conceal much, open hands reveal all to the One I choose to trust. As he takes my life, I’m both relieved and, if I’m honest, a bit anxious about offering so much with so little control. But that’s faith, that’s the deal.”

When all seems hard and incomprehensible, hold out your hands and return yourself to the gentle place of rest, the ever-present, ever-loving God’s hands. Allow yourself to be embraced and held.

The Reverend Anne Price.

 

Parish Notices

  • Parish AGM next Sunday 11:45 am in the hall.
  • Art Exhibition: Diana Smith would like to express thanks to those who bought paintings at her recent exhibition in the parish hall. She also thanks the Music Group, and all others who gave their time and effort to make the exhibition a success. Twenty-two paintings were sold, raising a total sum of $3,690 for the S. Michael’s Vicarage Fund.
  • Easter flowers: sincere thanks for the very generous donations this year.
  • Receipts will be issued under the new arrangements, ie end of March 2018.
  • Fundraiser: fresh stocks of marmalade are now available in the parish lounge.
  • Meditation Group: Wednesdays 12:00–12:30 pm in the Pilgrims’ Chapel. Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215).
  • Bible Study Group meets next on 15 May, 7:15 pm in the school staffroom. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Needlework Group meets monthly. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
  • Christian Vocation Seminars: Alistair Mackenzie and Don Rowlands. Details from rowlands.don@paradise.net.nz or S. Barnabas Church Office (351 7064).
  • Angel pockets/ blankets: Jill Woodside is collecting completed wraps from now until the middle of May.
  • Book Swap: Sundays in the hall and weekdays in the lounge. Koha to parish.
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts of groceries and other household items.