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

Dear All

Our Gospel reading this week has Jesus asking this question, not once but twice. ‘But who do you say that I am?”  So I am going to ask that same question of you: Who do you say he is? Not just say when repeating the Creed, but say with your lives; that is, with your relationships, your bank account, your time, your energy, and all the rest. Who do you really say Jesus is?

Whatever it is that Jesus was and is…it’s really hard to put into words that we can understand. And so we come up with titles and formulations and all the rest, trying to get at the mystery of what God has done in and through Jesus, and that’s understandable. But all too often those words only keep the wild and unpredictable God of love and grace at arms distance from us, and Jesus remains inspiring, exemplary and safe.

The following prayer was written by Clement of Alexandria (c. 150-c. 215). Alexandria in Egypt had the greatest university and the greatest library of the ancient world. It was important that Christians should send their best minds to the Catechetical School there, to prove that Christians could out-think the pagan philosophers. Clement went there from Athens as a pupil and eventually became the principal, and was recognised as one of the greatest philosophers in the tradition of Plato.

A hymn to Christ the Saviour

Bridle of colts untamed, over our will presiding;

Wing of unwandering birds, our flight securely guiding,

Rudder of youth unbending,

Firm against adverse shock;

Shepherd, with wisdom tending

Lambs of the royal flock:

Thy simple children bring

In one, that they may sing

In solemn lays

Their hymns of praise

With guileless lips to Christ their King

                                                                From The Tutor, translator unknown

The Reverend Anne Price

Parish Notices

  • Climate Petition to the next NZ Parliament: copies are available for signing at the back of the church and in the parish lounge. Details Mary Hamilton (337 0833).
  • Meditation Group: Wednesdays 12:00–12:30 pm in the Pilgrims’ Chapel. Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215).
  • Anglican Living AGM: Wednesday 4:30 pm in the Community Room at the City Mission. Speaker Matt Mark. Details Jacqui pa@anglicanliving.org.nz or 943 0892.
  • Pre-Synod briefing meeting: next Sunday at 11:45 am
  • Lunch at the Regatta on Avon: next Sunday at 12:30 pm. Details from Alice.
  • Communion at Three: next Sunday. All welcome.
  • Bible Study Group meets next on 4 September, 7:15 pm in the school staffroom. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Climate Action Group meets 5 September, 1:30 pm in the parish lounge.
  • Needlework Group: meets 5 September, 7:00 pm at Jill Woodside’s home. New members welcome. Details Jill (338 9590).
  • 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 the City Mission with your gifts of groceries and other household items.

Letter from the Priest in Charge and Parish Notices – 20 August 2017

Dear All

The weeks are passing far too quickly at the moment. I had only just caught up with the fact that it was July and now we are half way through August already, nearly half way through the third term.  I am revising/exploring a different curriculum with some of the different Year Groups. With the year 5’s we have been beginning to work on Journey. Looking at what journey is to us and hopefully ending up with Pilgrimage, who journeys, why and what are the Pilgrims wanting to achieve. The final piece in the puzzle discovering what the key places of worship are that draw people in to gather to find God.

This week I discovered a little about a Chaplain named Henry Martyn (1781-1812) who met and was inspired by Charles Simeon at Cambridge, where he was a Fellow. He was inspired by Simeon to seek ordination and go to Calcutta as a chaplain with the East India Company. Unlike other Chaplains, he did not limit his ministry to Europeans, but learnt local languages and shared the gospel with the Indian people. He translated the New Testament into Hindustani, Persian and Arabic, the Psalms into Persian and The Book of Common Prayer into Hindustani. He died at Tokat in Turkey on his way home and was buried by the Armenian clergy there.  Just take a second look at his dates, and then reflect on what he accomplished in such a short time!

O send thy light and thy truth, that we may live always near to thee, our God. Let us feel thy love, that we may be as it were already in heaven, that we may do all our work as the angels to theirs. Let us be ready for every work, be ready to go out or come in, to stay or to depart, just as though shalt appoint. Lord, let us have no will of our own, or consider our true happiness as depending in the slightest degree on anything that can befall us outwardly, but as consisting altogether in conformity to thy will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

The Reverend Anne Price

Parish Notices

  •  Climate Petition to the next NZ Parliament: copies are available for signing at the back of the church and in the parish lounge. Details Mary Hamilton (337 0833).
  • Communion at Three: today. All welcome.
  • Bible Study Group meets tomorrow, 7:15 pm in the school staffroom. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Vestry meets on Tuesday, beginning with Mass at 7:00 pm.
  • Meditation Group: Wednesdays 12:00–12:30 pm in the Pilgrims’ Chapel. Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215).
  • Anglican Advocacy: Two pre-election open meetings with representatives of political parties answering questions on their policies.
    -Criminal justice Wednesday 7:00–8:30 pm in Room 108, Law Building, UC.
    – The health funding crisis Thursday 7:30 pm at the Cathedral.
    Check anglicanadvocacy.org.nz for further details.
  • Anglican Living AGM: 30 August 4:30 pm in the Community Room at the City Mission. Speaker Matt Mark. Details Jacqui pa@anglicanliving.org.nz or 943 0892.
  • Needlework Group meets monthly. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
  • 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 the City Mission with your gifts of groceries and other household items.

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

Dear All,

Over the past few days I have actually managed to catch a glimpse of the news. The contents have really surprised me. It has been full of mixed messages. I know that this is not unusual, but when you put some of the issues side by side, it just strikes me as odd. Much is, not surprisingly, devoted to politics and the up-coming election, but much also to the success of our sportsmen and women.
We have our athletes who train so hard for every win; every throw thrown has had many months of training behind it. Those who battle for every step on the way to success. Then you come to a President who has decided that it is in his best interest and that of a nation that he should set up his own news channel. How far apart could these poles be? People in this era actually have to sift through so much news media and social media etc to work out what is real, what demands attention and what should be discarded.
There are so many lenses which we can use, but as Christians there is only one lense. That of Christ.
The following prayer was written by Vittoria Colonna (1497–1547). She came from a famous Roman family and was distinguished not only for her writings but also for her friendship with the sculptor Michelangelo.

Most tender Father, may your living fire purify us and your most
clear light illuminate us, and by means of your love, without let or
hindrance of mortal things, may we return to you in happiness and
safety; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord. Amen.

The Reverend Anne Price

Parish Notices

  • Advance Care Planning Meeting: Monday 11:00 am in the parish lounge. Speaker from Christchurch Hospital, details on leaflets at back of the church. Morning tea will be provided directly after the 10:00 am Mass. All parishioners welcome. Inquiries Pat Evans (358 0127).
  • Meditation Group: Wednesdays 12:00–12:30 pm in the Pilgrims’ Chapel.
  • Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215).
  • Communion at Three: next Sunday. All welcome.
  • Bible Study Group meets next on 21 August, 7:15 pm in the school staffroom. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Anglican Advocacy: Two pre-election open meetings with representatives of political parties answering questions on their policies.
    -Criminal justice 23 August 7:00–8:30 pm in Room 108, Law Building, UC.
    -The health funding crisis 24 August 7:30 pm at the Cathedral.
    Check anglicanadvocacy.org.nz for further details.
  • Anglican Living AGM: 30 August 4:30 pm in the Community Room at the City Mission. Speaker Matt Mark. Details Jacqui pa@anglicanliving.org.nz or 943 0892.
  • Liturgy, spirituality, and worship: the ecumenical website run by Bosco Peters
    contains valuable resources and reflections.
  • Needlework Group meets monthly. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
  • 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 the City Mission with your gifts of groceries and other household items.

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Dear all,

I am going to admit something—I am one of the world’s greatest procrastinators. While I have been sitting at my desk trying to work out what to write this week I have been dealing with the piles of papers and books that have built up around my desk; they have become an impenetrable wall and in the centre is a space for my laptop. It certainly becomes a challenge to even want to sit down and work. But tonight I have breached the defences and have demolished a large section. It is heartening in one sense, but on the other hand it has not helped me write and it has certainly not clarified my thinking as I hoped that it might. I am also not admitting where the barricade has gone, because the pile of paper on the floor beside me does
not reflect the height of the paper wall taken down!
As human beings we are capable of building barricades of many kinds in our lives, both the physical and the emotional. These barricades can prevent us accessing so much in life. I believe that the breaking-down comes down to knowing ourselves intimately, and perhaps most importantly of all, to knowing that we are totally and utterly loved by God, for who we truly are. Go and remind yourselves of Psalm 139 if
you are wavering…
S. Bonaventura (1217–74) became the General of the Franciscans and taught that there are three parts to the spiritual development of every Christian: the Way of Purgation, ridding oneself of sinful desires, which leads to peace; the Way of Illumination, which leads to truth; and the Way of Union, leading to love. He wrote this prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Spirit:
Lord Jesus, as God’s Spirit came down and rested upon you,
may the same Spirit rest upon us, bestowing his sevenfold gifts.

First, grant us the gift of understanding,
by which your precepts may enlighten our minds.
Second, grant us counsel,
by which we may follow in your footsteps on the path of righteousness.
Third, grant us courage, by which we may ward off the Enemy’s attacks.
Fourth, grant us knowledge, by which we can distinguish good from evil.
Fifth, grant us piety, by which we may acquire compassionate hearts.
Sixth, grant us fear,
by which we may draw back from evil and submit to what is good.
Seventh, grant us wisdom,
that we may taste fully the life-giving sweetness of your love.

I would like to draw your attention to a meeting to be held in the parish lounge at 11:00 am on Monday, 14 August, when Jane Goodwin, Advance
Care Planning Facilitator of Christchurch Hospital, will speak about Advance Care Planning. ACP is a way to help you think about, talk about
and share your thoughts and wishes with family and/or contacts about the type of medical care and treatment you would want to receive in the future,
in particular towards the end of your life.

Morning tea will be provided by the S. Michael and All Angels Women’s Fellowship immediately after the 10:00 am Mass and prior to the
meeting. ALL parishioners are welcome.

The Reverend Anne Prince

Parish Notices

  • Roadworks on Oxford Tce: power to the church will be shut off for most of theday on Thursday. Trumpet deadline will be Wednesday at noon.
  • Lunch at Regatta on Avon: today 12:15 pm. Details from Alice.
  • Communion at Three: today. All welcome.
  • 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 9215).
  • Celebration of the Festival of the Holy Name: Saturday 10:30 am at CSN.
  • Youth Groups trip to Adrenalin Forest Saturday 1:45 pm.
  • 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.
  • Needlework Group meets monthly. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
  • 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 the City Mission with your gifts of groceries and other household items.