Letter from the Priest in charge and Parish Notices

Dear All

In the vestry, at the moment, is the figure of Jesus in a glass of water. He is happily growing, his glass is now a little small. I am using this toy as an example for school to show that Lent is a time for us to draw close to God. This week’s Gospel reading from Mark is the Transfiguration of Jesus. In his Transfiguration, we see an anticipation of the glory of Jesus’ Resurrection. The disciples cannot possibly understand Jesus’ Transfiguration until they also witness his passion and death. We hear the story of Jesus’ Transfiguration early in Lent, but we have the benefit of hindsight. In our hearing of it, we anticipate Jesus’ Resurrection, even as we prepare to remember Jesus’ passion and death.

Francesco Zuccarelli invites us into the Transfiguration of Christ in his painting. Present in the scene are the key characters of the Gospel story: Peter, the bearded elder whose symbolic keys rest on the grass in front of him, John the youngest in the middle of the Apostles, and James, arms thrown upward. Christ himself is luminous in the cloud, flanked by Moses to the left and Elijah to the right—symbols of the Law and the prophets.

The figures tell the story through their expressive gestures. Peter is almost prostrate in adoration, James’s arms are raised in praise, and John rests in a pious bow. Zuccarelli offer three versions here of what a person’s natural response might be to such an amazing experience of the divine.  Christ’s own gesture is one of openness, embrace, and ascent. He is giving himself fully to his Father with luminous and serene expression. Moses and Elijah are the steadiest figures of the scene—figures of heavenly transcendence breaking in to our reality with an otherworldly centeredness and poise.

The most important element of this is the cloud—a common element of nature, which here becomes the vehicle that both reveals and conceals a glimpse of heaven. The cloud is heavy, with darker edges on the outside, and it lightens toward the centre. It has a dimensionality to it, as if its centre is a portal, an opening that invites us into an ever-brightening depth. Clouds normally reflect the light, but this one seems to generate its own—or it holds within itself a source of immense brightness, which tells us, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.” Bringing together heaven and earth, the Transfiguration is a comprehensive experience in which the divine voice addresses the human heart through all of its senses.

Commentary is by Daniella Zsupan-Jerome, assistant professor of liturgy, catechesis, and evangelization at Loyola University New Orleans.

The Reverend Anne Price

Parish Notices

  •  Christian World Service appeal to assist Tongan communities affected by Cyclone Gita. Support the Tonga Trust and the churches providing help and shelter. Details 0800 74 73 72.
  • Roadworks: different road closures will be in place next weekend. See map in parish lounge.
  • Communion: today at 3:00 pm.
  • Stations of the Cross: Sundays at 5:00 pm during Lent.
  • Bible Study Group meets weekly during Lent, 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 meets in the Lady Chapel on Wednesday at 12 noon. Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215).
  • Lent Study Groups: Thursdays at 11:00 am and 6:00 pm in the parish lounge.
  • Canterbury Shakespeare Society: Thursday, 7:30 pm in the parish lounge.
  • World Day of Prayer: Friday 10:00 am in the Knox Hall. Details on poster.
  • Double knitting or 4 ply wool, any colour, needed to make hats for distribution through Walsh House. Please place in basket at the back of the church.
  • Book Swap: in the parish 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

Dear All

Lent has begun. Ashes imposed. The Loyola Press website has a wonderful sequence of Visual Prayer through Lent, below is the image and commentary for the first week of Lent. Enjoy the Journey.

The scene of The Temptation of Christ is a 12th–century detail of the magnificent mosaic of St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice. In its full context, it is situated in the barrel vault of the south arm of the transept. The temptation scene is right above the scene of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem.

On a golden background depicting the heavenly realm, the mosaic tells the story of Jesus’ temptation through a series of symbols. Moving from left to right, the figures of Christ and the devil repeat in a pattern. Each set evokes one of the temptations of Christ through key images: bread, the pinnacle of the Temple, and the mountain top with all riches of the world. The angels on the right who come to minister to Christ close the visual narrative, as the devil flees downward under them to escape the scene.

This presentation of the temptation story assumes that the viewer is familiar with it. Each of the symbols serves to jog our memory and help us recall the story we already know. In this sense, the mosaic relies on the viewer to be the real storyteller, while the artwork simply summarizes the highlights as reminders along the way. By casting the viewer as storyteller, the artwork invites us into the story in a special way, challenging us to share the Good News of it with others.

The figure of Christ in this mosaic sequence is unique—it is not the man who endured the desert for 40 days among wild animals, but Christ the Lawgiver, holding a scroll in one hand, strong, steady, and wearing dignified robes. Christ the Lawgiver reminds us that each time he rebuked the devil, he did so by referring to the written Word, the truth of God manifest in the Scriptures. Each time the hunger for food, for assurance from God, and for an easier way tempted him, Jesus found steady ground again recalling the Word of God—the source of where he came from and who he was called to be.

Commentary is by Daniella Zsupan-Jerome, assistant professor of liturgy, catechesis, and evangelization at Loyola University New Orleans.

The Reverend Anne Price

Parish Notices

  • Christian World Service appeal to assist Tongan communities affected by Cyclone Gita. Support the Tonga Trust and the churches providing help and shelter. Details 0800 74 73 72.
  • Roadworks: please be aware of changes affecting access to our site for the next few weekends. See map in parish lounge.
  • Lent Study Groups begin this week, Thursdays at 11:00 am and 6:00 pm.
  • There will be no Stations of the Cross this week.
  • Communion: 3:00 pm on alternate Sundays, a contemplative and creative service aimed primarily at younger people, but all are welcome. Do you know anyone (especially students and young workers) who might enjoy meeting with a small group of like-minded people? Details from alice.bates@saintmichaels.co.nz or speak to Alice.
  • Youth Group 4:00–5:30 pm at S. Michael’s. Do you have any friends or family in Years 7–13 who would like to join? Details shaun.graveston@yahoo.co.nz or speak to Shaun.
  • Bible Study Group begins tomorrow, 7:15 pm in the school staffroom. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Women’s Fellowship: the first meeting for 2018 will be on Tuesday, 10:30 am in the parish lounge. Join us for ‘Fasting, Feasting and Fellowship’. All welcome. Details Pat Evans (358 0127).
  • Meditation Group will be meeting in the Kate Kiver Room (Old Stone Building) at 12 noon on Wednesdays. Access through the main entrance to the School, then sign the visitor register in the school office. Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215)
  • Double knitting or 4 ply wool, any colour, needed to make hats for distribution through Walsh House. Please place in basket at the back of the church.
  • Book Swap: in the parish lounge. Koha to parish.
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts of groceries and other household items.

 

Notice of Upcoming Road Closures

Several weekend-long road junction closures are coming to the central city – not far from Christchurch Hospital.

From 8pm on Friday 16 February until 6am on Monday 19 February, the Montreal/Tuam Streets intersection will be partly closed. There will be no access to Montreal St from Moorhouse Ave and Tuam St will be down to one lane.

This intersection will also be partly closed on the following weekend, 23-26 February.

The weekend after that 2-5 March, the work moves on to the Durham/Tuam Streets intersection.

Please be aware of these works and expect delays around the intersections.

Letter from the Priest in charge and Parish Notices

Dear All,

On Sunday 4 February the parish of S. Michael and all Angels welcomed Miss Penny Tattershaw as the new Principal of S. Michael’s Church School. Bishop Victoria, who preached and presided, spoke of the long tradition of the Church in education, of the special character of Anglican schools and of hope, the essence of our faith, as the most important gift that we can give our children.
S. Michael’s pupils then played a leading role in the Induction ceremony, presenting their Principal with the symbolic keys of the school, a laptop, textbook and exercise book and a candle, a “reminder of our Baptismal vow that we are to shine as the light of Christ in the world”.
Finally, Dr Averil Worner, Principal of St Mark’s School, said the intercessions, reinforcing the Bishop’s message, “We thank you for the gift of Anglican schools, where the message of your life, death and resurrection is proclaimed, Christian fellowship is experienced, service to everyone is modelled and worship of you is encouraged and cultivated.” She concluded by giving voice to the prayer of all those present: “Surround her with Christian love and people who give her wings to fly in service to you.”
The parish looks forward to supporting Penny in her new role, both now and in the future.

Gloria Moyle

This week brings us Shrove Tuesday and in turn leads to Ash Wednesday. It isone of those pivotal moments when we are brought face to face with our own mortality with those words ‘Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return’.
Our Lent study Receiving Christ in five different ways, these ways being ‘As children of God’, ‘In the stranger and the needy’, ‘In Holy Communion; through prayer and fellowship’, and ‘Christ in you, the hope of glory’, will begin the following week. It is an ecumenical course bringing to us the opinions and thoughts of leading Christian thinkers: Bishop Nick Baines (Anglican), Margaret Sentamu (an independent diversity and leadership development consultant), Revd Dr Ken Howcroft (former President of the Methodist Conference) and Theodora Hawksley (an academic theologian now a novice at Bar Convent, in York). The groups run on a listen, read and discuss format.
A group will meet in Rolleston (details Jenny Daniels 347 7629) and two groups at S. Michael’s, one at 11:00 am and the other at 6:00 pm on Thursdays. It is also a course that is designed for both discussion groups and individuals. For more information don’t hesitate to contact me.

The Reverend Anne Price

  •  Ash Wednesday this week: please return your palm crosses to be made into ashes.
  • Communion at Three is a contemplative and creative service aimed primarily at younger people, but all are welcome. We meet every fortnight at 3:00 pm on Sunday (beginning today). Do you know anyone (especially students and young workers) who might enjoy meeting with a small group of like-minded people? For more information email alice.bates@saintmichaels.co.nz or speak to Alice.
  • Roadworks: please be aware of changes which will occur this week on Oxford Tce affecting access to our site.
  • Shrove Tuesday: you are invited to join the Parish celebration, Tuesday at 3:00 pm. Pancake races, competitions and the all-important eating! Come and join in, or, sit in the shade and watch the school children having lots of fun.
  • Youth Group begins on Ash Wednesday, 4:00–5:30 pm at S. Michael’s. Do you have any friends or family in Years 7–13 who would like to join our group? For more information email shaun.graveston@yahoo.co.nz or speak to Shaun.
  • Lenten Quiet Day: conducted by Fr Ben Randall on Saturday, 10:00 am–3:00 pm at the Community of the Sacred Name, 300 Tuam Street. All are welcome, please bring something to share for lunch together.
  • Bible Study Group begins on 19 February, 7:15 pm in the school staffroom. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Women’s Fellowship: the first meeting for 2018 will be on 20 February, 10:30 am in the parish lounge. Join us for ‘Fasting, Feasting and Fellowship’. All welcome. Details Pat Evans (358 0127).
  • Meditation Group first meeting on 21 February 12 noon in the Kate Kiver Room (Old Stone Building). Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215).
  • Christmas flowers: thanks to all who so generously made donations.
  • Double knitting or 4 ply wool, any colour, needed to make hats for distribution through Walsh House. Please place in basket at the back of the church.
  • Book Swap: in the parish 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

Dear all,

You will all know of the appointment of Penny Tattershaw as the new Principal of St. Michael’s Church School. Today is Penny’s Induction, as well as a welcome to her as a leader in our community and also as a member of S. Michael’s. I have had the good fortune to have worked with Penny at The Cathedral Grammar School for the past few years and I look forward to the next steps here with her. She has a multitude of gifts and talents in many areas, as well as love and compassion in abundance. As she begins her journey with us, may I ask you to keep Penny, the Staff and the whole School family in your prayers.
New beginnings can make us feel out of kilter. Those feelings of uncertainty and nerves and loss of control are often at the forefront of our minds. It almost has to be a conscious effort to remind ourselves that God is there. I quote from last week’s sermon:
“That God has not given up on this world or on us. That God continues to show up where we least expect God to be. That God will put to use the gestures of faithfulness we offer toward ends we cannot imagine. The promise of the Gospel is not that hardship will be taken away, but that God is with us in the hardship. It is not that evil will be defeated before our eyes, but rather that, in words we heard near Christmas, that “the light shines on in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” The Gospel is not, finally, a word of victory but rather of sustaining and courageous hope. God is there.”
Dr Samuel Johnson (1709–84), the famous dictionary writer and scholar of Lichfield whose life is described by Boswell, showed in his personal religion a deep sense of unworthiness, a strong faith, and a fear of enthusiasm. He wrote this prayer on starting his magazine The Rambler.

Almighty God, the giver of all good things, without whose help all labour is ineffectual, and without whose grace all wisdom is folly; grant, I beseech thee, that in this my undertaking, Thy Holy Spirit may not be withheld from me, but that I may promote thy glory, and the salvation both of myself and others; grant this O Lord, for the sake of Jesus Christ. Lord bless me. So be it.

The Reverend Anne Price

Parish Notices

  • Ash Wednesday 14 February: Masses at 12:35 pm, 2:15 pm and 7:00 pm. Before then please return your palm crosses to be made into ashes.
  • Needlework Group: Tuesday 7:15 pm in the parish lounge. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
  • Saturday Breakfast: 10 February 9:45 am in the parish lounge. Details Ros Calvert.
  • Communion at Three: fortnightly commencing next Sunday.
  • Bible Study Group begins on 19 February, 7:15 pm in the school staffroom. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Meditation Group first meeting on 21 February 12 noon in the Kate Kiver Room (Old Stone Building). Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215).
  • Book Swap: in the parish lounge. Koha to parish.
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts of groceries and other household items.