Letter from the Priest in Charge and Parish Notices

Dear All,

The third chapter of Jane Williams’ book Approaching Christmas is about Decorations. “Perhaps without knowing it, Christmas decorations are helping the world to rejoice in its creation. God’s act in making the world, described in the Bible story of the creation in the book of Genesis, does sound quite like festive decoration. First of all there is nothing, then there is a bare and empty expanse. God begins decorating by sprinkling trees, flowers, grass, fruit trees and all kinds of vegetation liberally about. Then God hangs lights, which are on a very good timer switch, called day and night. But when God does Christmas decorations, they last forever. Cunningly, God decorates the Christmas world using things that are just part of the workaday world: ordinary working people, like Joseph the carpenter, who is to be the father and protector of the new baby; or some shepherds, just getting on with their boring menial job. Nobody takes much notice of shepherds because they have to spend so much of their time out in the fields, and they have no gossip or anything to contribute to the bustling social life they generally miss out on. I wonder if it was partly to make the
shepherds feel at home that God allowed Jesus to be born in a stable: I can imagine that the shepherds wouldn’t have liked to visit the new baby if he was staying in a smart hotel. But out in the stable with the animals looking on, the shepherds look as though they belong in God’s Christmas collage, with the baby wrapped up in the straw at the centre of it. So the baby comes to change the world, not by drawing a bright veil of illusion over it,
but by living in the world as it was designed to be lived in. He lives in the world as one who knows that the world is God’s and that his job is to reflect God’s presence and ownership… Our Christmas decorations may never quite have the power and dynamism of God’s, but we can make them part of our conscious decision to live in God’s world as people who can join in with the activity of its maker. We can hang up our decorations, year by year, to celebrate with joy the creation and re-creation of the world. And when we take the decorations down again and put them away for another year, we can continue to live in the world that God decorates for us, and be part of the ongoing work of creation and restoration.”

Blessings,

The Reverend Anne Price

Parish Notices

  • Service of Nine Lessons and Carols: next Sunday at 7:00 pm. Refreshments afterwards, please bring a plate.
  • Roadworks: Thursday until 3:00 pm there will be no access to our Durham St parking area.
  • Because of the above, this week the Trumpet will be prepared on Wednesday.
  • Christmas Flower Donations: please give to Jill Woodside (Sundays), or to the parish office (weekday mornings).
  • Lunch at Regatta on Avon: today at 12 noon. Details Alice.
  • Concert—Share the Gift: today at the Cathedral, 2:00 pm. See poster.
  • Communion at Three: today. All welcome.
  • Working Bee: 23 December 10:00 am. More helpers needed!
  • Christmas Banners: at least two banner bearers needed for 11:30 pm Christmas Eve and one for Christmas Day 10:00 am. Offers to Ann Jinman (347 8290).
  • 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

Advent is a truly wonderful time of year. I have a beautiful little book on my shelves written by Jane Williams, the wife of Rowan Williams, who is a theologian in her own right, titled ‘Approaching Christmas’. The illustrations are rich with fine art. Its chapters focus on things that we associate with Christmas, such as making lists, decorations, gifts, Christmas trees, music, food and family. Below is an extract from the chapter about making lists.

The next part of God’s Christmas list is to prepare the right setting for the birth. Here too God shows surprising restraint, even – dare we think it? – inefficiency. After all those centuries of making lists and getting things ready, Jesus is finally born in a stable because his parents can’t find a hotel room in the crowded town. All the rest of us would book ahead, especially with everyone coming home to be counted for the census. But not God.

God does send a big group of angels, singing loudly and joyfully, but arranges all of that for a group of shepherds. God could have sent the angels to a large crowded city, and called all the people to come and witness the birth of Jesus and bring him presents and help to spread the good news about what God is doing. But instead all those angels set off for a hillside and sing to a small group of shepherds, and then they send them off to look at the baby. Being angels, it never enters their heads that they are perhaps over-qualified for the job God has given them. They do not think that their brightness and their music are wasted on the shepherds, because nothing that God wants can possibly be wasted……..

All this planning and work on God’s part and what comes of it? Just a little baby born in obscurity, noticed only by a few characters. All those centuries of planning, for this? Surely there must be some mistake? Shouldn’t God’s action be impossible to miss? Has it gone horribly wrong?

But perhaps, if we try to get into God’s imagination, we might begin to see the point of Christmas all over again. God’s strange preparations are a tender mixture of the ordinary and extraordinary. Angels and stars and prophets from centuries ago join with shepherds and travellers and Mary and Joseph to celebrate God’s Christmas present to us – God’s son, Jesus, who is, just as Isaiah says, Immanuel: a demonstration that God is with us.”

 

Parish Notices

  • Advent Carol Service: readings and music to mark the beginning of Advent. Tonight at 7:00 pm in the church.
  • Christmas Flower Donations: please give to Jill Woodside (Sundays), or to the parish office (weekday mornings).
  • Ordination of Women in NZ: 40th anniversary today Cathedral 3:00 pm.
  • Needlework Group final meeting for the year: DVD’s and Christmas supper at Jill Woodside’s, Tuesday from 7:00 pm. Please bring a small plate of finger food.
  • Lunch at Regatta on Avon: next Sunday at 12 noon. Details Alice.
  • Communion at Three: next Sunday. All welcome.
  • 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 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.

Letter from the Priest in Charge and Parish Notices

Dear All

I have been aware over the last few weeks of the wave of camellias that line our driveway. They flower at different times, so we have perpetual colour for weeks on end, and then of course the wind comes along and deposits those beautiful blooms with a ‘flump’ on to the concrete. Such an ignominious end to something that gives such delight. We have been so blessed with the blossom on our patch; the magnolia, the cherry blossom and the wisteria, as well as the camellias. Such incredible colours that seem to just appear. I do love my garden. I love to mow the lawns. Though it is not a place that I am able to spend too much time and I have so little knowledge of plants. Why all this chatter about my garden? Well, neighbours! Charlie and I have five neighbours and our garden is right in the centre of them all.

This is the greatest and first commandment.

And a second is like it: “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” Matt 22: 38-39.

The neighbourhood around St. Michael and All Angels, as you are all aware, is growing and changing. Some enormous enterprises are moving forward at quite a rate. We need to respond to these changes and be open and available to the growing number of people that will be working a stone’s throw away.  Our first step has been to revise the timing of the week-day Masses to 12.35pm to enable others to join us. This will begin on Monday the 6th June.

The following prayer is attributed to William Thomas Manning (1866-1946), Bishop of New York, though whether he wrote the prayer is uncertain.

Blessed Lord,

by word and example you have shown us

the meaning of neighbourliness and the way of love:

grant that we may learn to recognise as our neighbours

every fellow human being who needs our help,

and to serve them with a love that is costly and unselfish,

like your own love for us.

We ask this for your name’s sake, O Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

The Reverend Anne Price

Parish Notices

  • New time for weekday Masses: from 6 November these will be at 12:35 pm instead of 10:00 am (Mass on Saturday remains unchanged at 9:00 am). It is hoped that this time will be more convenient for those returning to live and work in the central city.
  • Special Parish Meeting: 12 November at 11:45 am to discuss the planning and financing of the new vicarage on our site.
  • Communion at Three: today. All welcome.
  • Bible Study Group meets tomorrow, 7:15 pm in the school staffroom. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Organ Recital—Daniel Cooper: Tuesday 5:00 pm at Knox. This is Daniel’s final exam for his Bachelor of Music. Teacher Paul Ellis.
  • Commemorating the Reformation—From conflict to communion: Interdenominational service Tuesday, 7:00 pm at Knox Church.
  • Meditation Group: Wednesday 12:00–12:30 pm in the Pilgrims’ Chapel. Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215).
  • Lunch at Regatta on Avon: next Sunday 12 noon. Details Alice.
  • 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 by the hallway. 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

I am going to begin with a prayer today written by Thomas Arnold (1795-1842). He was appointed the headmaster of Rugby School in 1828, and aimed to make it an example to other public schools in providing a truly Christian education for the sons of the new middle classes. He saw no difference between the sacred and the secular, and published Principles of Church Reform and several volumes of sermons.

 

Let thy blessing, O Lord,

rest upon all who work in education.

Teach them to seek after truth, and enable them to attain it;

but grant that as they increase in the knowledge of earthly things,

they may grow in the knowledge of thee, whom to know is life eternal;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

 

Being the Chaplain to two church schools, this prayer is one that fulfils my job description. I am extraordinarily fortunate to be involved with the Spiritual growth and faith development of so many youngsters and their families. I love being asked the tough questions that they are keen to challenge me with; like where was God before the world was created? The Adam and Eve questions are fun when they think they are really pushing some boundaries, there always seems to be a glimmer or a glint in the eye when they know the answer for themselves but just like the challenge. Of course, there are always the BUT questions and they are often followed by a pause, that shall I or shan’t I moment. Working with inquisitive children is such a joy.

 

The Reverend Anne Price

 

Parish Notices

  • 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).
  • Communion at Three: next Sunday. All welcome.
  • Bible Study Group meets next on 30 October, 7:15 pm in the school staffroom. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Commemorating the Reformation—From conflict to communion: Interdenominational service 31 October, 7:00 pm at Knox Church.
  • 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 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.