Letter from the Associate Priest and Parish Notices

My dear Friends,

The Feast of Dedication provides the opportunity for us to commemorate and celebrate the dedication or consecration of our place of worship. It has turned my mind to the dedication of the churches in the parishes where I grew up in the north of England. S. Columba’s (Warcop) where I was baptised, S. Michael and All Angels (Beetham), S. Peter’s (Sawrey), and S. Michael and All Angels (Hawkshead). After
my ordination, the parish church of my first curacy was also S. Michael’s (Workington). So, at a glance, S. Michael and All Angels wins hands down!
At Beetham, S. Michael and All Angels is a fine example of fifteenth century Perpendicular architecture, but within the building there are still parts of the ancient Saxon church that originally stood on the site. It is thought that this earlier church was dedicated to S. Lioba (Leoba or Leofgyth), whose Feast Day fell on 28 September—just one day before Michaelmas. She lived in the eighth century and played a notable part in S. Boniface’s mission in Germany. A great feature of his ministry was the inclusion of women in his work. Lioba once had a dream in which she felt she was being given direction for her life. It brought a clear realisation that if she set a good example, her life would be of benefit to others. Also, that she should always ensure her actions were in line with the words she spoke. Two great goals that sound simple but prove demanding!
On this Feast of Dedication, these seem useful ways in which we too might wish to dedicate our lives. They will make today’s Festival personal for us, and remind us that beautiful buildings are of no value unless we who worship within them do our utmost to live out our faith.
May we be encouragers of each other along the way.

Canon Craufurd Murray

Parish Notices

  • Serving at Low Mass Sundays 8:00 am: please speak to Stephen Woodside (338 9590) or the Wardens if you can help.
  • S. Michael’s School is on holiday until 16 October.
  • Lunch at the Regatta on Avon: today at noon. Details Alice.
  • Communion at Three: today. All welcome.
  • Parish Trust meets 5:30 pm Monday in the parish lounge.
  • Bible Study Group meets tomorrow, 7:15 pm in the school staffroom. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Climate Action Group meets in the parish lounge Tuesday at 1:30 pm.
  • Needlework Group: Tuesday, 7:00 pm in the parish lounge. All welcome. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
  • Meditation Group: Wednesdays 12:00–12:30 pm in the Pilgrims’ Chapel. Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215).
  • CWS Supporters’ Council: Friday 6:00 pm Christchurch North Methodist Church.
  • City Mission Fundraising Lunch: next Sunday 12:30 pm in Christ’s College Hall. Chef Phillip Kraal, hosts Jeremy Elwood and Michelle A’Court. See poster.
  • Youth Group trip to Sheffield: 13 October, leaving S. Michael’s at 4:00 pm.
  • 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 gift of groceries and other household items.

Letter from the Priest in Charge and Parish Notices – 17 September 2017

Dear All

As you read this I will be in Korea – South Korea. If you are reading this at the 8am or 10am Service, I will hopefully be tucked up in bed and asleep. In a short while I will get up and try and find the Anglican Cathedral in Seoul. Yes – they have a service in English at 9.30 on Sunday mornings in the Crypt. I will let you know when I get back what I encountered. I certainly will enjoy the adventure or there again I may just stay in bed and sleep. I’ll let you know either way.

It is always exciting when we are away to go and explore new places and places of worship. The Caribbean has been very much in our thoughts this week. We spent Christmas last year on the Island of Grenada. On New Year’s Day we went to a church that still bore the scars of Hurricane Ivan which devastated that island in 2005. It was an Anglican church with no power, no form of musical accompaniment, Catholic in tradition, but a community steeped in joy. The music was led for the most part by one voice, it was beautiful. We certainly were the odd ones out, but made to feel so welcome. A 15 minute talk was given about giving at the Offertory (hint hint) and that was after a half hour sermon!

Grant, O God, that our Church may be as a city set upon a hill,

a witness to your love a powerhouse of prayer,

and a joy and help to all who worship within its walls.

 Here may the tempted find strength and the sorrowful comfort.

Here may the aged find consolation and the young be inspired.

Shew your mercy upon us, and grant us your salvation through Christ our Lord.

Amen

The Reverend Anne Price

Parish Notices

  •  Preparations for Michaelmas:
    • Donations for flowers gratefully accepted by Jill Woodside (Sundays) and
      Alice (office hours).
    • Working Bee for brass cleaning etc: 23 September from 10:00 am.
    • Michaelmas Supper: parishioners are asked to bring a plate of finger food to
      share, something that doesn’t require heating. Please leave your contribution
      in the hall before Mass.
  • Help needed: we are in need of banner bearers to take part in processions
    at the start of festive Masses. The next two occasions are Michaelmas, Friday
    29 September at 7:00 pm, and Sunday, 1 October at 10:00 am, for our Dedication
    Festival. If you would like to help please phone Ann Jinman (347 8290).
  • Communion at Three: today. All welcome.
  • Bible Study Group meets tomorrow, 7:15 pm in the school staffroom. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Women’s Fellowship meets on Tuesday in the parish lounge at 11:45 am (after the 10:00 am Mass). Archangel Michael: Where? Why? When? Speaker Margaret Burrell. All welcome, details from Pat Evans (358 0127).
  • Meditation Group: Wednesdays 12:00–12:30 pm in the Pilgrims’ Chapel. Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215).
  • Tickets for the school production Jack the Musical are available from the school office or can be bought on the day. Performances are on Wednesday at 1:00 and 6:30 pm at the Harmony Centre, Antigua Street. Adults $15, children/students $10, preschoolers $5.
  • Daylight Saving begins next weekend: clocks go forward one hour.
  • 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 – 7 September 2017

Dear All

My first degree was a BA in history and perhaps more specifically, in Rural Society of 18th Century England, with a focus on a group of six parishes in Mid-Kent between 1720 and 1750. I studied probate inventories to build a picture of agricultural activity in each parish. Those parishes are still in existence, their boundaries have not changed in three hundred years and neither have the buildings that they worshipped in, except now they have power and running water and other such modern technologies. The pews are the same ones upon which the people I studied sat, and in the graveyard surrounding those churches are their final resting places.

Somehow my thinking this week has gone to those inventories. They are a complete list of the entire belongings of the deceased, the contents of their home, their barns and the livestock and also the quantity of money. For some there were just a couple of lines and for others it ran to pages, right down to the number of forks to the type of plough they had in the barn. These people and their lives have become part of my own, their lives have touched mine. Why did I think about them now? They are fascinating documents, but a reminder to us that we walk always in the footsteps of those who have gone before; right down to the prayers we pray, the hymns we sing. We never journey alone.

The following prayer was written by John Wesley (1703 – 1791), the evangelist who became an open-air preacher, travelling on average 8,000 miles a year on horseback, reaching large sections of the population with whom the church had lost touch.

Jesus, poor, unknown and despised, have mercy on us, and let us not be ashamed to follow you. Jesus, accused, and wrongfully condemned, teach us to bear insults patiently, and let us not seek our own glory. Jesus, crowned with thorns and hailed in derision; buffeted, overwhelmed with injuries, griefs and humiliations; Jesus, hanging on the accursed tree, bowing the head, giving up the ghost, have mercy on us, and conform our whole lives to your spirit. Amen

The Reverend Anne Price

Letter from the Priest in Charge and Parish Notices – 3 September 2017

Dear All

I can’t quite believe that we are already in the month of September. It is incomprehensible as to where time as gone, in fact it seems to be speeding up. As you are all well aware, I do battle with my desk on a regular basis, space on it is always at a premium. I generally have all that I need to work close at hand, but not always discoverable without mounting a crusade against paper and books.

In today’s crusade I have found some interesting tomes. One of which is John Pritchard’s ‘Going to church’. It is a much used and heavily marked book. I opened it and read. Chapter 5 is titled ‘Vicars – all shapes and sizes’. As you ponder, as a parish, your next Vicar keep this in mind.

They have the highest ideals. They are called by a vision which is sometimes so breathtaking it is almost embarrassing to articulate. They experience human life in the raw, often stepping into places of pain and darkness that few would dare to enter. They’re sacrificial and altruistic in a way that’s rare these days. They work all hours and turnout on the darkest nights without a thought of renegotiating their contract (which they don’t have anyway). They’re physicians of the heart and poets of the soul, although they often have to be technicians of the church as well. They think about the biggest issues (God, the universe and everything) while also having to keep an eye on the parish magazine accounts and the squeak on the vestry door. They pray and ponder and love and teach and train and organise and lead worship and trouble-shoot and encourage the fallen and visit the sick and fall asleep in front of the television.

The following prayer was written by R. L. Stevenson (1850 – 94), born in Edinburgh, but spent the last five years of his life in Upolu, an island in Samoa. Here, he established himself, after much work, upon his estate in the village of Vailima. He took the native name Tusitala (Samoan for “Teller of Tales”, i.e. a storyteller).  Here he found peace and it was during this time that most of his prayers were written.

Grant to us, O Lord, the royalty of inward happiness, and the serenity which comes from living close to thee. Daily renew in us the sense of joy, and let the eternal Spirit of the Father dwell in our souls and bodies, filling every corner of our hearts with light and grace; so that, bearing about with us the infection of good courage, we may be diffusers of like, and may meet all ills and cross accidents with gallant and high-hearted happiness, giving thee thanks always for all things. 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).
  • Pre-Synod briefing meeting: today at 11:45 am.
  • Lunch at the Regatta on Avon: today at 12:30 pm. Details from Alice
  • Communion at Three: today. All welcome.
  • Anglican Care AGM: tomorrow 5:30 pm. Details Christine (332 7143).
  • 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 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 9215).
  • Canterbury Shakespeare Society meets Thursday, 7:30 pm in the parish lounge.
  • Saturday Breakfast: 9 September, 9:45 am in the parish lounge. Details Ros (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.