Letter from the Priest in Charge and Parish Notices

Dear All

I am sitting in a different space today. And no it is not beside the front door because I have locked myself out, it is one of those ‘just because’ moments. It has taken me quite a while to work out the words today. Whilst pondering, I have worked through two other services and what I need to say and the power-points have been done. I was hoping that the words would just flow, but……

This tumultuous church year is coming to an end. There can be no doubt that this faithful community of St. Michael and All Angels has been on a journey of faith, where love has been lost.

So let us pause for a moment to reflect.

Silence.

Prayer.

Today is Christ the King, in the Gospel reading Jesus says in this parable what he has been saying all along through his teaching and actions and what he will soon say in and through his very body: that God loves us and all the world so much that God has decided to identify with us fully and completely. And so we recognize God most easily in the face of our neighbour, meet God in the acts of mercy and service we offer and are offered to us, and live in the blessing of God as we seek to serve as Christ served.

This prayer was written by William Wilberforce (1759-1833), who strove for the emancipation of slaves, but also was a co-founder of the Church Missionary Society and the British and Foreign Bible Society.

O Lord God, who, though unseen by our bodily eyes, art continually about our bed, and about our path, and seest all our ways, in whom we live and move and have out being, who art the Author of all the various comforts which we here enjoy, and to whom we look for all future benefits, we desire now to bow down before thee. Let thy Holy Spirit, we beseech thee, help our infirmities, that we may worship thee in Spirit and in truth. We approach thee in the name of Jesus Christ, the great Mediator between God and man…………

Parish Notices

  • This week the Trumpet will go to press a day early. Deadline Wednesday morning.
  • Communion at Three: today. All welcome.
  • Concert by the Chamber Choir: today 5:30 pm in the church. Evensong 7:00 pm.
  • Bible Study Group meets tomorrow, Mass at 7:00 pm followed by a shared meal. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Vestry meets on Tuesday, beginning with Mass at 7:00 pm.
  • Youth Groups: Wednesday will be the last meeting in the lounge this year. The final activity for the year will be a trip the following Wednesday.
  • Quiet Day at CSN: Saturday 10:30 am–2:00 pm, shared lunch.
  • Ordination of Women in NZ: 40th anniversary next Sunday Cathedral 3:00 pm.
  • Needlework Group final meeting for the year: DVD’s and Christmas supper at Jill Woodside’s, 5 December from 7:00 pm. Please bring a small plate of finger food.
  • Lunch at Regatta on Avon: 10 December at 12 noon. Details Alice.
  • Parish Breakfast: not in December—the next will be on 10 February 2018.
  • 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).

Letter from the Priest in Charge and Parish Notices

Dear All

I have just locked myself out of the house. One of those moments of total and utter disbelief and a ‘how could I have been so stupid’ moments. We all know them and the frustration of them. It wouldn’t have been so bad, if I didn’t have somewhere to be in half an hour! So instead of majorly panicking I am sitting here writing my letter for the trumpet. I am also re-reading last week’s prayer and trying to calm my breathing as I read and re-read these lines.

‘tranquil haven of all storm-tossed souls. Show us the course in which we should go.’

I am tempted to run and find the nearest person who has a key, but that would only increase the anxiety. I could just go straight there, but the room would not be open. Or, as I am doing, catch up with a job that must be done. So my storm tossed soul has found a tranquil haven and the course that I should go.

I am sitting on my porch in the sunshine on a lovely big comfortable, inviting chair, that is so rarely used, (except for a neighbourhood cat who sleeps on it when Lily, our dog, isn’t looking). I can hear the sounds of the thrush scrabbling around under the camellias, the wind in the trees and the voices of neighbours talking as they get into their cars. Much better for the soul. A God given moment!

Grant to us, Lord, we beseech thee,

the spirit to thing and do always such things as be rightful, that we,

who cannot do anything that is good without thee,

may by thee be enabled to live according to thy will; through Jesus Christ.

Amen

Parish Notices

  •  Time of weekday Masses: these are now at 12:35 pm instead of 10:00 am (Saturday remains unchanged at 9:00 am).
  • Bible Study Group meets tomorrow, 7:15 pm in the school staffroom. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Women’s Fellowship meets Tuesday, 10:30 am (note time) in the parish lounge. Rose and photograph competitions. Last meeting for the year, all welcome. Please see your emails for details or speak to Pat Evans (358 0127).
  • Communion at Three: next Sunday. All welcome.
  • Concert by the Chamber Choir: next Sunday at 5:30 pm in the church. Evensong will follow at 7:00 pm.
  • Quiet Day at CSN: 2 December 10:30 am–2:00 pm, shared lunch. Conducted by Lawrence Kimberley.
  • Needlework Group meets monthly. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
  • Fundraiser: jars of 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).
  • Current Mission Opportunities: details on the notice-board outside the office. There are also various pamphlets about alternative Christmas gifts, such as buying a goat for a family in need.
  • 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

Dear All

With the tumultuous couple of weeks that have just passed Charlie and I took a day off. The only way to take a day off is to leave the house and change the scenery completely. We went over to Banks Peninsula. I needed to feel the wind in my face and put the world back in to perspective. I have found that the beaches at the end of the bays on the peninsula are wonderful for calming my soul. They turn my heart back to God in creation and remind me of the depth and power of such love.

This prayer was written by Basil the Great (330-379). He was educated at Athens in the best of Greek and Christian learning, but went to settle as a hermit on the banks of the river Iris. Amongst many other things, Basil created a form of monasticism in which a group of brothers live around a local church and are engaged in care for their neighbours as well as the life of prayer. This is the form that monasticism has followed ever since in the Eastern Church.

O Lord our God, teach us, we pray, to ask you in the right way for the right blessings. Steer the vessel of our life towards yourself, the tranquil haven of all storm-tossed souls. Show us the course in which we should go. Renew a willing spirit within us. Let your Spirit curb our wayward senses, and guide and enable us towards that which is our true good, to keep your laws, and in all we do to rejoice always in your glorious and gladdening presence. For yours is the glory and praise from all your saints, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Reverend Anne Price

Parish Notices

  •  New time for weekday Masses: these are now at 12:35 pm instead of 10:00 am (Saturday remains unchanged at 9:00 am).
  • Special Parish Meeting: today at 11:45 am to discuss the planning and financing of the new vicarage on our site.
  • Communion at Three: today. All welcome.
  • As Friday is Show Day the Trumpet will go to press a day earlier this week. Please get your material in by early Wednesday morning.
  • Stories from the Streets: panel discussion with Matthew Mark, Jill Hawkey, Lucy D’Aeth and Fiona Clapham Howard. Wednesday 6:00–8:00 pm at The Exchange, 376 Wilsons Rd. Details on poster.
  • Bible Study Group meets next on 20 November, 7:15 pm in the school staffroom. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Concert by the Chamber Choir: 26 November at 5:30 pm in the church. Evensong will follow at 7:00 pm.
  • Quiet Day at CSN: 2 December 10:30 am–2:00 pm, shared lunch. Conducted by Lawrence Kimberley.
  • Needlework Group meets monthly. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
  • Fundraiser: jars of 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).
  • Current Mission Opportunities: details on the notice-board outside the office. There are also various pamphlets about alternative Christmas gifts, such as buying a goat for a family in need.
  • 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

Dear All

This is an extraordinary community of love. On one of my rides back home, up one of those long straight roads that leads to home these words from our prayer book were rumbling around my head. (I originally typed in fumbling – I suppose there was a little of that too!)

God is love, God gives us life.
We love because God first loves us.

Love is such a powerful emotion. There is nothing gentle or subtle about it. Below is William Blake’s image of ‘The Three Maries at the Sepulchre’. Such love and such grief etched on the three women’s faces. William Blake (1757- 1827) was born in London, the son of an Irish stocking-maker. He had visions that he counted as the beginning of his spiritual life. He studied at the Royal Academy School. Arguably his greatest work of art is also his greatest contribution to our thinking about God: the wonderful series of illustrations to the Book of Job. Though perhaps now his most familiar work is his hymn “And did those feet in Ancient time”.

 

 The Divine Image

To Mercy Pity Peace and Love

All pray in their distress:

And to these virtues of delight

Return their thankfulness

For Mercy Pity Peace and Love,

Is God our father dear:

And Mercy Pity Peace and love,

Is Man his child and care.

For Mercy has a human heart

Pity, a human face:

And Love, the human form divine,

And Peace, the human dress.

Then every man of every clime,

That prays in his distress,

Prays to the human form divine

Love Mercy Pity Peace

 

Parish Notices

  • New time for weekday Masses: from tomorrow these will be at 12:35 pm instead of 10:00 am (Saturday remains unchanged at 9:00 am). It is hoped that this time will be more convenient for parishioners and for those working in the central city.
  • Special Parish Meeting: next Sunday at 11:45 am to discuss the planning and financing of the new vicarage on our site.
  • Lunch at Regatta on Avon: today 12 noon. Details Alice.
  • Te Waiora Annual Thanksgiving Service: today 2:30 pm at Te Waiora.
  • 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, 7:15 pm in the parish lounge. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
  • Parish Trust meets Wednesday at 5:15 pm.
  • Shakespeare Society AGM: Thursday 7:30 pm in the parish lounge.
  • Art Exhibition—Mark Lander: Friday 4:30 pm at S. Christopher’s.
  • Saturday Breakfast: 11 November 9:45 am in the lounge. Details Ros Calvert.
  • Communion at Three: next Sunday. All welcome.
  • Fundraiser: jars of 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).
  • Current Mission Opportunities: details on the notice-board outside the office. There are also various pamphlets about alternative Christmas gifts, such as buying a goat for a family in need.
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts of groceries and other household items.