Letter from the Priest in charge and Parish Notices

Dear Friends,
Welcome to S. Michael’s on this Trinity Sunday, as we celebrate together the revelation of God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God now and for ever. In the 14th century work, The Cloud of Unknowing, the author reflects: ‘Now you say, “How shall I proceed to think of God as he is in himself?” To this I can only reply, “I do not know.” ’ The Trinity is a thing most wonderful, and yet almost inexplicable; it is a mystery that lies at the very heart of God, and we can only hope to glimpse its edges. Even so we strive to understand, and we catch at eternal truths that to the world outside the Church may appear as contradictions, but we know they are not. God has revealed God’s own self to us as Trinity, and as God’s people we strive to know God better and to understand more about what has been revealed to us through Scripture, Tradition, and Reason.
Every day at S. Michael’s we sit with the Holy Mysteries of God, whether through Eucharist, contemplation, prayer, or another avenue. Mystery is nothing to worry us, but rather it is God’s invitation into the very depth of our faith, and into closer relationship. It is true, as S. Paul says, that at present we see only dimly, but what we do see is glorious.
So today, as we gather, let us contemplate the holy mystery of the Trinity:
I bind unto myself today
The strong name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same,
The Three in One, and One in Three.
(S. Patrick’s Breastplate)
This Thursday evening we are commemorating the Feast of Corpus Christi, the Church’s thanksgiving for the gift of Holy Communion. We will mark the occasion with a celebration of the Most Holy Mass at 7:00 pm, followed by a shared supper in the parish lounge. We have invited parishioners from S. Luke’s in the City, and S. Mary the Virgin in Addington to join us. I encourage you to come and keep the feast, and invite you to bring a plate to contribute to the supper if you are able. I am already working out the logistics of grilling a tray of cheese rolls, and I very much look forward to seeing you there, if you’re able to make it.

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all this week.

Fr Ben Randall

Parish Notices

  • Corpus Christi on Thursday: please come to the 7:00 pm Mass when the people of S. Luke’s and S. Mary’s will be our guests. Parishioners are asked to bring a plate
    of finger food for a shared supper afterwards.
  • Church Grounds: for many years Colin McKay has done an excellent job maintaining the church grounds and garden—in fact to a prize-winning standard! However, he has decided that the time has come for him to step down from this commitment. Accordingly, we are seeking volunteers willing to do some garden and/or general grounds maintenance work. Note: While the job has previously been done by one person, this need not be the case in future. Please contact the Wardens if you are interested.
  • Church Hosts: volunteers are needed especially for Wednesday and Thursday mornings and Friday afternoons, starting mid June. Please speak to Alastair Scott (343 5153 or 027 436 0552).
  • St Michael’s Church School is collecting spare pairs of glasses for donation to the Lions’ Four Eyes Project which re-gifts them to the Pacific Islands. Put them in the box in the school atrium or leave in the parish office.
  • Electronic Devices: Jenny Daniels continues to collect old mobile phones, tablets etc for Orana Park, which organises the recycling of these items. This helps to preserve the natural habitat of endangered animals by reducing the mining of coltan.
  • Meditation Group meets in the Lady Chapel on Wednesdays at 12 noon. Details Pat Evans (358 0127).
  • Lunch at Regatta on Avon next Sunday at 12 noon. RSVP to Alice.
  • RSCM Sunday: a celebration of music and musicianship in the Church. Next Sunday 2:00 pm at Oxford Terrace Baptist Church. Details on poster.
  • Bible Study Group meets next on 4 June, 7:15 pm in the parish lounge. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Anglican Missions: Michael Hartfield will speak 9 June, 10:00 am at S. Silas Church.
  • Theology Papers for Semester 2: enrolments due by 25 June. Details theology@otago.ac.nz or phone 03 479 8901.
  • Book Swap: in the parish lounge. Koha to parish.
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts.

Letter from the Priest in charge and Parish Notices

Dear Friends,

Christ is risen, alleluia! He is risen indeed, alleluia!
Welcome to S. Michael’s this week, I wish you all a joyful Pentecost as we celebrate the outpouring of God’s Spirit upon the first disciples and the Church. This feastmarks the culmination of our long Easter season, and we welcome Dean Lawrence Kimberley as our Presiding Priest and Preacher at Mass today.
It is one of the strengths of S. Michael’s that our community, our church, our school, and our Anglo-Catholic heritage, connects and brings together so many people across the years and across the map. I am fascinated by the interweaving stories of lives touched by their time at S. Michael’s. It is consistently amusing to me that, in my other role as Assistant Curate at The Transitional Cathedral, I am serving under Dean Lawrence, who was Curate of S. Michael’s when I went to school and was baptised
here. Baptised, as we all were, in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Throughout the Gospels, Jesus had a great deal to say about the Spirit, which is the Father’s gift to his people. And our readings today celebrate the coming of the Spirit, the arrival of that extraordinary promise, and gift. The Holy Spirit will empower the disciples to take the Good News of what Jesus has been doing in Israel, out into the whole world, and still inspires and fires the Church today in its continung mission and witness to the world God loves so much.
This coming week I will be attending the Annual Clergy Conference, and I would like to thank our Associate Clergy, the Wardens, our Pastoral Team, and all others who will be so ably supporting the Parish over these days. I look forward to being back to celebrate Trinity Sunday with you all.
The peace of Christ be with you this week.

Fr Ben Randall

  • As announced after Mass last Sunday, Alice Bates will leave her position as Parish Administrator on 6 June so as to be able to devote more time to her university studies.  An advertisement for her replacement will appear in The Harvest is Plentiful… and other on-line sites next week. Shaun Graveston has resigned from his position as a Youth Minister and volunteers are currently assisting Alice until a new appointment is made.
  • Vicarage Building Fund: soup and home baking provided by the Women’s Fellowship are available today in the hall after Mass. Please give generously.
  • Stations of the Resurrection: today in the church from 3:00–4:00 pm for Communion at 3. A space of reflective, individual prayer; people may come in
    as they like during this time.
  • Bible Study Group meets tomorrow, 7:15 pm in the parish lounge. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Vestry meets on Tuesday, beginning with Mass at 7:00 pm.
  • Meditation Group meets in the Lady Chapel on Wednesdays at 12 noon. Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215).
  • Anglican Missions: Michael Hartfield will speak 9 June, 10:00 am at S. Silas Church.
  • Book Swap: in the parish lounge. Koha to parish.
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts.

Letter from the Priest in charge and Parish Notices

Dear Friends,

Christ is risen, alleluia! He is risen indeed, alleluia!

For forty days the Church has celebrated with all joy Christ’s mighty resurrection.We have proclaimed once again the acts of the risen Lord who has overcome death. Jesus’ resurrection is the beginning of the astonishing renewal that God promises for our world, the beginning of God’s promise of new heavens and a new earth, a new relationship between humanity and God.
This week those forty days have reached their glorious conclusion as we witness to the awesome ascension of our Lord to God’s right hand, and join with the psalmist in proclaiming ‘God has gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet… God sits on his holy throne.’
The person who had suffered at the hands of the world is now exalted into the very presence of God, there to receive kingly power. Exalted into a place from which Jesus would continue to help his disciples, just as he continues to help us as we try to live as his followers today. Christ in heaven until the time comes for the heaven and earth to be finally renewed and united; when Christ will come again.
The Ascension marks a new stage in our long Easter season. Those early disciples returned from the sublime experience of seeing Christ lifted up, and threw themselves into prayer alongside Mary the mother of Jesus, and I encourage eachone of you to do likewise. As we approach Pentecost next Sunday, let us renew our Eastertide prayer, seeking God’s word to us, and how we are to live as Christ’s
followers today. It is no mere chance that this time between Ascension and Pentecost is also set aside as the ‘Week of Prayer for Christian Unity’.
Last week it was my pleasure to receive a welcome gift from the Children’s Church, a prayer of praise and thanksgiving offered to God. I would like to share with you afew lines of this prayer, written by some of the youngest members of our Church:
Thank you God for friends and family and our pets.
Thank you for all the love in our world…
We are sad when we are hurt mentally or physically…
We pray for the sick and the lonely,
our grandparents and those who love us…
God you are: Holy, Love, Amazing, The World, A Teacher,
Our God, Kindness, Great, Merciful, Glorious, Helpful.

Yours in the risen and ascended Christ,

Fr Ben Randall

 

Parish Notices

  • Durham St road changes reminder: there is now no right turn from Durham St into our car park, which may be accessed only by turning left from Tuam St into Durham St. When exiting the car park all vehicles must turn left. At the lights either turn right into Lichfield St or left into Oxford Terrace. See map on poster.
  • Women’s Fellowship meets Tuesday 10:30 am in the parish lounge. Paul Ellis will speak about Church Music. All welcome. Details Pat Evans (358 0127).
  • Meditation Group meets in the Lady Chapel on Wednesdays at 12 noon. Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215).
  • Vicarage Building Fund: soup and home baking next Sunday. More delicious treats for you to enjoy (remember to bring cash).
  • Bible Study Group meets next on 21 May, 7:15 pm in the parish lounge. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Professional young woman requires live-in paid board, short term. References provided. Details Paul Ellis.
  • CCS Disability Action seeks foster family for a 12-year old boy. Details on poster or from Sheryl Catchpole (365 5661).
  • Anglo-Catholic Hui with Bishop Steven Benford: Dunedin 9–11 August. Programme to include presentations on sacraments, mission, the Holy Spirit,
    Church growth, work with children and youth, and spirituality. Enquiries: Fr Michael vicar@allsaintsdn.org.nz
  • 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 Friends,

Alleluia! Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

It is my joy to welcome you to S. Michael’s this week. On Tuesday I took up the role of interim Priest-in-charge for the next two months, as we await the arrival of Fr Chris. It is a great pleasure to return to the parish that I grew up in, and from which I was sent to be ordained; it is truly a privilege to have an opportunity to minister amongst you once again.Already I have been reminded of the great love, energy, and vitality of the people of S. Michael’s in all the varied ministries and activities that take place each and every day around our beautiful church and amongst our community.

Today’s Gospel passage confronts us with Jesus’ commandment ‘that you love one another as I have loved you’ (John 15:12). These words are all at once simple, profound, dangerous and difficult, as we confront what it truly means to love one another. This is especially visible to us as we journey together through this Easter season, in the wake of the Crucifixion and Resurrection. As Tom Wright reflects, “The ‘command’ to love is given by one who has himself done everything that love can do.”

Christ’s love has transformed the world, and life itself. Each one of us is now invited to see what a different place the world around us can become through our own love, and through the fruit that we bear in Christ’s name.

In Louisville, at the corner of Fourth and Walnut, in the center of the shopping district, I was suddenly overwhelmed with the realization that I loved all these people… It was like waking from a dream of separateness, of spurious self-isolation in a special world… Then it was as if I suddenly saw the secret beauty of their hearts, the depths of their hearts where neither sin nor desire nor self-knowledge can reach, the core of their reality, the person that each one is in God’s eyes.

Thomas Merton, Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander

Easter blessings,

Ben Randall

Parish Notices

  • Durham St road changes: the new two way section will open on  Wednesday morning. T h ere will be no right turn from Durham St into our car park, which maybe accessed only by turning left from Tuam St into Durham St.When exiting the car park all vehicles must turn left. At the lights you may either turn right into Lichfield St or left into Oxford Terrace. See map on poster.
  • Lunch at Regatta on Avon: today 12 noon. Details Alice.
  • Meditation Group meets in the Lady Chapel on Wednesdays at 12 noon. Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215).
  • S. Michael’s School: Open Day Wednesday.
  • Parish Trust: Wednesday 5:15 pm.
  • Saturday Breakfast: 12 May, 9:45 am in the parish lounge. RSVP to Alice.
  • High Tea: at the Cathedral on Saturday. See poster.
  • Bible Study Group meets next on 21 May, 7:15 pm in the parish lounge. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Professional young woman requires live-in paid board, short term.References provided. Details Paul Ellis.
  • CCS Disability Action seeks foster family for a 12-year old boy.Details on poster or from Sheryl Catchpole (365 5661).
  • Anglo-Catholic Hui with Bishop Steven Benford: Dunedin 9–11 August. Programme to include presentations on sacraments, mission, the Holy Spirit, Church growth, work with children and youth, and spirituality. Enquiries: Fr Michael vicar@allsaintsdn.org.nz
  • Book Swap: in the parish lounge. Koha to parish.
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support