Letter of the Week and Parish Notices

Dear All,

I’m not a person who likes to take risks, I like to know where I am and what is going to happen. I like to be in control. In contrast, the people in today’s Gospel reading took risks, huge risks. When I hear today’s parables I always wonder what would have happened if someone else had bought the field or the pearl before the men had managed to sell all their possessions so they had the money they needed. But that’s not the point of the story. The people risked everything because they had found something that was worth risking everything for. And so I wonder what I would risk everything for. And I’m immediately caught up with all the things that tie me, and all of us, down. What I do affects my family. I can’t take a huge risk by myself
because what I do affects other people. And so I breathe a sigh of relief. I’m let off the hook. And it’s the same for all of us. If we’re responsible, we can’t go off by ourselves and risk everything—whether it’s financial risk, or travelling to dangerous places or something more mundane.

But our life as Christians always involves risk. Maybe not the sell everything sort of risk, but when we follow Christ we don’t know what we’re going to be led into. Even on good days I shudder to think what sort of an image of Christ I project to others. It’s hard to talk about our faith to others, but sometimes I do and if I’ve chosen the moment appropriately, the conversation is usually worthwhile. But there are no guarantees and the other person may decide that I am decidedly strange! As a church community we’re also called to take risks. Every time we offer a service we take a risk—will people come? Will they see what we offer as relevant?

For us, calling a new vicar is also a risk—it’s not a risk we can avoid, we need a vicar! But again there are no guarantees. As with most things, as we take small risks, we are able to take bigger ones. We learn that we can trust. We can trust God to continue to hold us and guide us, as individuals and as a faith community. We can step out in faith, like the people in the parables, and take bigger risks because we are not taking these risks alone. God is with us and what we do helps to advance the Kingdom. And that’s something that’s very important and something we will need to remember over the rest of this year.

Margaret Maclagan

Parishioner

Parish Notices

  • Bible Study Group meets tomorrow, 7:15 pm in the school staffroom. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Needlework Group meets on Tuesday, 7:00 pm at Jill Woodside’s home.New members welcome. Details Jill (338 9590).
  • Meditation Group: Wednesdays 12:00–12:30 pm in the Pilgrims’ Chapel. Details Margaret Maclagan (359 921).
  • Parish Trust meets Wednesday at 5:15 pm.
  • Need not Greed—Money Matters: Warren Brewer. Thursday 5:30 pm at the Knox Centre. Koha. Details 358 4505.
  • Canterbury Shakespeare Society: Thursday 7:30 pm in the parish lounge.
  • Lunch at Regatta on Avon: next Sunday 12:15 pm. Details from Alice.
  • Communion at Three: next Sunday. All welcome.
  • The following decisions were made at Vestry last Tuesday:
    -Supermarket trolleys and the like are not permitted in the church, lounge, school or hall due to possible damage and health and safety issues. S. Michael’s is a heritage-listed building; The kitchens are not to be used by any unauthorised person without supervision.
  • Liturgy, spirituality, and worship: the ecumenical website run by Bosco Peters contains valuable resources and reflections. Check liturgy.co.nz/john-de-la-bere-rip for an article of special interest to parishioners.
  • Fundraiser: jars of marmalade and lemon curd are available in the parish lounge.
  • Book Swap: on bookshelves in the lounge. Koha to parish.
  • Recycling Electronic Equipment: please put unwanted phones etc in the box at the back of the church or take to the parish office. Details Jenny Daniels (347 7629).
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support

Letter from the Wardens and Parish Notices – 14 July 2017

Dear Friends,
As you know, after the 10:00 am Mass last Sunday Archdeacon Lynnette Lightfoot facilitated the Parish Consultation, our first step towards the appointment of the new Vicar of S. Michael’s. She opened the well-attended meeting by paying tribute to Fr Andrew’s legacy—such a fitting way not just of acknowledging the parish’s debt to his ministry but of centring our attention on the gifts and qualities we are
seeking in his successor.
Since then the five ‘ticks’ we were permitted to put beside the five attributes which we regarded as most desirable have been tallied—and despite the contention over this restriction, the total number of ticks means that most people kept to the rules!
The results are as follows:
Almost everyone included “Acceptance of all people as bearers of God’s image and likeness, regardless of gender, race, religious affiliation, social or cultural background or sexuality”. This was followed quite closely by “Maintain the Anglo-Catholic tradition (while not necessarily returning to the beginnings of this tradition)”. The next three, with an almost equal number of ticks, were: “Can demonstrate a development of their spiritual journey and will develop an environment of spirituality in engaging with the modern world”, “Good pastoral skills and encourages others in their pastoral ministry” and “Experience in participating in and leading church committees, both within and outside the parish, especially the Parish Trust and School Board”

Revd Lightfoot also distributed a ‘Questionnaire for Future Ministry’ and additional copies of this are available at the back of the church. These need to be handed to a Warden or left at the Parish Office by Monday 24 July.

The Parish Nominators—the Wardens, Rachel Watson, the Vestry appointee, and Jon Russell, appointed by the School—will now submit the full list of results, together with a Parish Profile, to Bishop Victoria, who indicated, when the Wardens met with her a few weeks ago, that a desirable timeline would be to advertise in August, with the aim of having a new Vicar by the end of the year.

Before then, of course, the Parish and the Diocesan Nominators, together with the Bishop, will be involved in the appointment process.

We recognise that this is a stressful time but it is also a vitally important one in the journey of our parish, and your prayerful and thoughtful participation in the process on which we have embarked is not only greatly appreciated but is fundamental to its
outcome.

Gloria Moyle – People’s Warden

Michael Graveston – Vicar’s Warden

 

Parish Notices

  • S. Michael’s School is on holiday until 24 July.
  • Refugees Welcome: talk by Murdoch Stephens on refugees and community involvement, and the implications on how we vote in the next general election. tomorrow 6:00 pm at the WEA, see www.doingourbit.co.nz for details.
  • Bible Study Group meets tomorrow, 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 Margaret Maclagan (359 921).
  • Communion at Three: next Sunday. All welcome.
  • For the next three months Taizé Evening Service will be replaced by Compline.
  • Need not Greed—Housing Matters: Shamubeel Eaqub. 20 July 5:30 pm at the Knox Centre. Koha. Details 358 4505.
  • Needlework Group meets monthly. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
  • Theology House: for details of new courses phone 341 3399.
  • Fundraiser: jars of marmalade and lemon curd 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.
  • Recycling Electronic Equipment: Gorillas and chimpanzees are endangered through loss of habitat to excessive coltan mining. Coltan is used in making hand-held electronic devices, from cell phones through to laptop computers. Recycling these devices will help to reduce the mining.
    There will be a box at the back of the church on Sunday mornings for such devices. They will then be taken to Orana Wildlife Park to be sent away for recycling. During the week the box will be in the parish office. Details Jenny Daniels (347 7629).

Letter from the Priest in Charge and Parish Notices – 9 July 2017

“What do you need in order to have church?”

This is the opening sentence of a book that I am reading by Gordon W. Lathrop, titled Holy People: A Liturgical Ecclesiology. How would you answer that question? Keep pondering and praying that question as you journey through mass this morning. It maybe that your answer is in the concrete; the windows, pews, …   It may be in the theology or the traditions/characteristics; the music or the mystery or ………………?? It is important to know and understand your own mind in light of the conversations that are going to be had over the next few weeks as you, the community of St. Michael and All Angels, discern the future leadership.

As the Venerable Bede wrote:

“Lord God, open my heart and illuminate it with the grace of your Holy Spirit.

By this grace may I always seek to do what is pleasing to you;

direct my thought and feelings so that I may at last come to the unending joys of heaven.

Thus on earth may I keep your commandments,

and so be worthy of your everlasting reward. Amen”

The Reverend Anne Price

Parish Notices

  • Deadline for Trumpet next week only: material required by noon on Wednesday
  • S. Michael’s School is now on holiday until 24 July.
  • Communion at Three: today. All welcome.
  • Health & Safety Committee: Tuesday in the lounge at 5:00 pm.
  • Outreach Committee: Tuesday in the lounge at 7:30 pm
  • Meditation Group: Wednesdays 12:00–12:30 pm in the Pilgrims’ Chapel. Details Margaret Maclagan (359 921).
  • Parish Trust: Wednesday 5:15 pm in the lounge.
  • For the next three months Taizé Evening Service will be replaced by Compline.
  • Refugees Welcome: talk by Murdoch Stephens on refugees and community involvement, and the implications on how we vote in the next general election. 17 July 6:00 pm at the WEA, see www.doingourbit.co.nz for details.
  • Bible Study Group meets next on 31 July, 7:15 pm in the school staffroom. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Needlework Group meets monthly. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
  • Theology House: for details of new courses phone 341 3399.
  • 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 – 2 July 2017

I have been so looking forward to today. One community gathered; singing, worshipping and praying together. It is the day when we remember the ideals of the Founders’ of this school 166 years ago. We give thanks for the vision of a parish, the skills and passion of teachers throughout the generations. So many children have been nurtured, prepared for the future in the shadows of this church, under the prayers of the faithful. How many young eyes have gazed and fallen captivated by its stained glass windows, banners or plaques? There is such joy in the continuity of hearing the voices of young children threaded through a congregation especially when they come through the doors for a school mass.

Amongst the excitement of the day is the Dedication and Blessing of the Bosendofer piano.

This extraordinary gift from Derek and Keryn Ward. Derek and Keryn were parishioners at St Michael’s from 2007 until 2012 and really enjoyed the fellowship and friendship of the parish and particularly the choir.  They loved singing with Paul Ellis and the choir during this time.  They have remained in in touch with Paul and Jane Ellis and a number of other loyal singers and dear friends. The piano was lovingly donated by Leonie, Derek’s mother. She knew that the parish of St. Michael’s has a strong musical tradition and was pleased that her beloved instrument would continue to be used to the glory of God.

The ivory keys of this beautiful instrument have also felt the touch of many students, let us pray that it’s presence may be the key to many others developing a love and passion for music.

This place is a place of constant love, enveloping faith and joyful hope.

 

O Lord Jesus Christ,

who didst take into thine arms the children brought to thee for blessing:

Bless always and in all places the children of thy Church,

and thy Church in telling them of thee,

that they may grow into thy likeness,

keeping innocent, obedient to thy will and happy in thy house;

for thy tender mercy’s sake.

Amen

The Reverend Anne Price

Parish Notices

  • Bible Study Group meets tomorrow, 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 meets this Tuesday, 7:00 pm at Jill Woodside’s home. Details Jill (338 9590). New members welcome.
  • Meditation Group: Wednesdays 12:00–12:30 pm in the Pilgrims’ Chapel. Details Kathryn Starky (385 0197).
  • Canterbury Shakespeare Society meets Thursday, 7:30 pm in the parish lounge.
  • S. Michael’s School is on holiday from Friday until 24 July.
  • Saturday Breakfast: 8 July 9:45 am in the lounge. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
  • Communion at Three: next Sunday. All welcome.
  • Refugees Welcome: talk by Murdoch Stephens on refugees and community involvement, and the implications on how we vote in the next general election.
  • 17 July 6:00 pm at the WEA, see www.doingourbit.co.nz for details.
  • Theology House: for details of new courses phone 341 3399.
  • 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
  • Consultation Process for the next Vicar of S. Michael’s with Archdeacon Lynnette Lightfoot next Sunday following the 10:00 am Mass. Light lunch will be provided.