Letter from the Priest in Charge and Parish Notices – 25 June 2017

Dear All,

This parish has just embarked on a very busy time in its life.

On Monday a group of parishioners attended the Respectful Conversations with S. Saviour’s, in Sydenham. There was a given format, all those who attended were divided into groups of four, and each person was given an opportunity to answer a set of three questions, as well as listening to pre-recorded interviews. There was plenty of time for reflection and prayer. No one was there to change minds, but it was a chance to develop an understanding of those who come from a very different theological viewpoint. The evening was very thought-provoking.

I am happy also to announce that Bishop Victoria will, on 2 July, be with us as one gathered community, school and parish, to celebrate Founders’ Day. However, perhaps more exciting than that, she will also bless the Old Stone Building, returning it to its rightful place in the centre of S. Michael’s. The Bosendorf piano will also be dedicated, with members of the family who donated it present at that service.

The following Sunday, 9 July, Lynnette Lightfoot, the Archdeacon for Central Christchurch, will come and begin the consultation process for the appointment of the Vicar of S. Michael and All Angels. This will follow the 10:00 am Mass, with a light lunch provided. Please do put this date in your diary.

These events have been, are and will continue to be important moments in the life of this Church and I ask that you hold the parish and these events in your prayers.

 

Teach us, dear Lord, to number our days;

that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

Oh, satisfy us early with thy mercy,

that we may rejoice and be glad all of our days.

And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us;

and establish thou the work of our hands.

And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us;

and establish thou the work of our hands, dear Lord.

 

The Reverend Anne Price

 

Parish Notices

  • Parking at S. Michael’s: on Sundays parishioners may again park in the drop-off zone (the parks close to the church) as well as in the gravel area and the Durham St playground. Those with mobility issues should be reassured that the disability parks are still available.
  • Founders’ Day: parishioners are asked to bring a plate of finger food for morning
    tea next Sunday.
  • Cecilian Singers Concert Pipes and Voices: at S. Michael’s today 2:00 pm. Guest artist Harry Meehan (Cathedral organist). Details on poster.
  • Communion at Three: today in the hall. This initiative comes from a group of young adults associated with S. Michael’s and the service is open to all.
  • 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).
  • Bible Study Group meets next on 3 July at 7:15 pm in the school staffroom. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Needlework Group: meets monthly. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
  • Fundraiser: jars of marmalade are available in the parish lounge.
  • Book Swap: on bookshelves 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 – 18 June 2017

I so wanted to include this quote in last week’s sermon on the Trinity, but there really wasn’t the space or the right place for it, but it really spoke to me and I wanted to share it with you. To me it is such an image full of love and the fact that the shaping is not of our own making, but through the mutual forming of Trinitarian relationships, is beautiful.

“A person is a block of marble within which lies an image of the image of God (the Son), and each strike of the mallet and chisel by the Holy Spirit frees that image from stone-cold vices in order to create out of women and men a liturgical son who shares the Son’s filial relationship with God the Father.” from David W. Faberberg’s book, On Liturgical Asceticism.

Beside my desk I have the Book the Rule of St. Benedict. It is a book that I dip into from time to time.  Each time I meander through its pages there are aspects that give me pause to reflect and others that make me smile. Through this text we see a glimpse into the monastic world that St. Benedict saw. This rule was read aloud in the monasteries. This rule has discarded much that was seen to have no permanent value and set out to build a monastery that would be solid and fruitful in its spiritual formation. Benedict was constructing a society, but firstly he is a teacher of monastic doctrines. Some elements provide Structure for the House of God, others refer to the observances but in the early chapters spiritual teaching dominates.

“Listen my son to the instructions of your Master, turn the ear of your heart to the advice of a loving father.” The opening words of the Rule. Transformational. The revelation and purpose of this Rule is all about love. Much as the opening quote is transformational, but perhaps in a gentler way.

Just for fun, the last sentence of Chapter XXII How Monks should sleep; “When they get up for the Work of God they may quietly encourage one another since the sleepy are given to making excuses.”

The Reverend Anne Price

Parish Notices

  • Parking at S. Michael’s: on Sundays parishioners may again park in the drop-off zone (the parks close to the church) as well as in the gravel area and the Durham St playground. Those with mobility issues should be reassured that the disability parks are still available.
  • Prayer Stations: today, interactive prayer stations around the church. The Youth Group has prepared these around the theme of refugees at the time of the 40-hour famine. Parishioners are welcome to explore and participate.
  • Respectful Conversations on Same-Gender Relationships and Being Church at S. Saviour’s Church, 200 Colombo Street, tomorrow 7:00 pm, after a shared fish and chip meal at 6:30 pm. Details on flyer.
  • Bible Study Group meets tomorrow at 7:15 pm in the school staffroom.
    Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Women’s Fellowship is meeting in the foyer of the Art Gallery on Tuesday at 11:00 am for a guided tour of an exhibition of Canterbury Art. Parking available at the Gallery. For further details, or if transport from the church is required, please contact Pat Evans by 19 June (358 0127).
  • Meditation Group: Wednesdays 12:00–12:30 pm in the Pilgrims’ Chapel. Details Kathryn Starky (385 0197).
  • Cecilian Singers Concert Pipes and Voices: at S. Michael’s next Sunday 2:00 pm. Guest artist Harry Meehan (Cathedral organist). Details on poster.
  • Fortnightly Eucharist: next Sunday at 3:00 pm in the hall. This initiative comes from a group of young adults associated with S. Michael’s and the service is open to all who wish to attend.
  • Needlework Group: meets monthly. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
  • Fundraiser: jars of marmalade are available in the parish lounge.
  • Book Swap: on bookshelves in the lounge. Koha to parish.
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support

 

 

 

Letter from the Priest in Charge and Parish Notices – 11th June 2017

Two weeks ago, I attended the Anglican Schools Conference, held at Dilworth School in Auckland. The conference was given the theme ‘A Place at the Table’. The image used to illustrate this was the 15th century icon, ‘The Trinity’ by the Russian painter, Anton Rublev. The Trinity, such a well known image, depicts the three angels who visited Abraham at the Oak of Mamre (Genesis 18:1–8), but the painting is full of symbolism and is interpreted as an icon of the Holy Trinity. At the time of Rublev, the Holy Trinity was the embodiment of spiritual unity, peace, harmony, mutual love and humility.

One of the speakers at the conference was Fr. Richard Peers, now the Director of Education in the Diocese of Liverpool in the Northwest of England, where he has responsibility for 119 Church of England schools. Previously, Fr. Richard, as the Head Master, had used the Rublev Icon as one of the tools in transforming a challenging Secondary School in Lewisham in South London. The school in its transformation was renamed Trinity. The vision for Trinity was to be a strong Christian community in which children and adults – made in the image and likeness of God – flourish.  This school was immersed in the Catholic tradition of the Church of England. At Trinity every student had ‘a place at the table’: to be seated, to listen, where all have equal value. A vision not just for one individual educational institution, but for the outworking of each and every one of us.

I finish with a quote from Julian of Norwich from her work Showings. Julian, an anchoress who lived in solitude in Norwich, England in the late 14th century, received the sixteen “showings” or revelations of God’s love in a series of experienced visions. The first version was a short text. The second, longer version was apparently written some years after the first, when she had had time to pray and reflect about the teachings God had given her. Her Revelations of Divine Love, written around 1395, is the first book in the English language known to have been written by a woman.

“I saw no difference between God and our substance, but, as it were, all God; and still my understanding accepted that our substance is in God, that is to say that God is God, and our substance is a creature in God. For the almighty truth of the Trinity is our Father, for he made us and keeps us in him. And the deep wisdom of the Trinity is our Mother, in whom we are enclosed. And the high goodness of the Trinity is our Lord, and in him we are enclosed and he in us. We are enclosed in the Father, and we are enclosed in the Son, and we are enclosed in the Holy Spirit. And the Father is enclosed in us, the Son is enclosed in us, and the Holy Spirit is enclosed in us, almighty, all wisdom and all goodness, one God, one Lord.”

The Reverend Anne Price.

 

Parish Notices

  • From today, a simple Eucharist will be held fortnightly at 3:00 pm at S. Michael’s. This initiative comes from a group of young adults associated with S. Michael’s and the service is open to all who wish to attend.
  • Meditation Group: Wednesdays 12:00–12:30 pm in the Pilgrims’ Chapel. Details Kathryn Starky (385 0197).
  • S. Luke’s Spirituality Centre—Desert Mothers: A legacy of faith in the wilderness. Presenter Megan Herles-Mooar, Thursday 6:00 pm at the Knox Centre, $10.
  • Saturday Breakfast: 17 June 9:45 am in the parish lounge. Details Ros Calvert.
  • Prayer Stations: Saturday, interactive prayer stations around the church. The Youth Group is preparing these around the theme of refugees at the time of the 40-hour famine. Parishioners are welcome to explore and participate.
  • Change of Venue: the Respectful Conversations on Same-Gender Relationships and Being Church will now take place at S. Saviour’s Church, 200 Colombo Street, 19 June 7:00 pm, after a shared fish and chip meal at 6:30 pm. Details on flyer.
  • Bible Study Group meets next on 19 June at 7:15 pm in the school staffroom. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Needlework Group: meets monthly. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
  • Fundraiser: jars of marmalade are available in the parish lounge.
  • Book Swap: on bookshelves in the lounge. Koha to parish.
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support

 

 

Letter from the Priest in Charge and Parish Notices

Dear All,
I have just spent the last few hours catching up on the emails which accumulated while I was away last week. It’s amazing how quickly they mount up and how much longer they take to respond to than an actual conversation!

This leads neatly on to a resolution that was made at Synod in 2016 that parishes have Respectful Conversations on Same-Gender Relationships and Being Church in the Diocese of Christchurch with our neighbours, in particular on the blessing of same-sex relationships. To get a diversity of views we have been asked by the Diocese to meet with the Parish of South Christchurch on 19 June, at S. Nicholas Spreydon, at a time yet to be decided. The desired outcome of such evenings is that we listen and seek to understand one another, respect that we may differ and recognise that where we
stand can be difficult for other members of the Church. The evening is structured, and facilitators will assist. The Bishop’s intention is that people will listen and speak honestly and in depth in the Spirit of God. Participants will consider their own experience/understanding of people in same-gender relationships, their Christian faith/beliefs and their understanding of being Church. There is no intention to change your or another person’s mind. Next week there will be more information on a separate sheet, with RSVP details. Please consider being part of these conversations.
A prayer by Columbanus (c.550-615) to end:
Grant me, O Lord, the lamp of love which never grows dim, that it may shine
in me and warm my heart, and give light to others through my love for them,
and by its brightness we may have a vision of the Holy City where the true and
inextinguishable light shines, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

The Reverend Anne Price

 

Parish Notices

  • Lunch at the Regatta on Avon today at 12:15 pm.
  • Bible Study Group meets tomorrow at 7:15 pm in the school staffroom. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Climate Action Group meets Tuesday 1:30 pm in the parish lounge.
  • Needlework Group: Tuesday 7:15 pm in the lounge. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
  • Meditation Group: Wednesdays 12:00–12:30 pm in the Pilgrims’ Chapel. Details Kathryn Starky (385 0197).
  • S. Luke’s Spirituality Centre—Desert Mothers: Stripping down to truth and bone. Presenter Megan Herles-Mooar, Thursday 6:00 pm at the Knox Centre, $10.
  • Saturday Breakfast: 10 June 9:45 pm in the parish lounge. Details Ros Calvert.
  • Prayer Stations: 17 June, interactive prayer stations around the church. The S. Michael’s Youth Group are preparing these around the theme of refugees at the time of the 40-hour famine. Parishioners are welcome to explore and participate.
  • Fundraiser: jars of marmalade are available in the parish lounge.
  • Book Swap: on bookshelves in the lounge. Koha to parish.
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts of groceries and other household items.