Letter from the Priest in Charge and Church Notices

Tena koutou katoa, nau mai, haere mai,
It is my pleasure to welcome you to S. Michael’s as we
celebrate our School Founders’ Day. Welcome to our school
community: parents, family, pupils, past pupils, principal and staff.
Welcome to our parish community and to anyone visiting us today.
Throughout my long association with S. Michael’s, as a pupil, parishioner, preacher,
and priest, the combined Church and School services have always been some of my
favourites, as we come together to share the gifts and talents of our community with
one another. Amongst other things, I would like to thank the school for the gift of
artwork that they have produced in celebration of Founders’ Day, and also for the
work they have put into preparing a musical offering for us this morning.
S. Michael’s is a special place and has its own unique character. It is a church and
school with a long history, built on firm foundations, and it is only fitting to give
thanks and celebrate the foresight of our Founders, who have left us such a taonga.
The firmest foundation on which we are built, though, is Jesus Christ. It is immensely
humbling to consider the generations who have gone before us in this place. People
who have handed down their values and encouraged so many in their faith.
Today, the Church also remembers S. John the Baptist. John first appears in the
Gospels, yet he is in many ways the last great prophet of the Old Testament, tasked
with God’s mission to prepare the way for someone greater—for Jesus Christ. He is an
apt saint to mark our Founders’ Day, as we remember those who went before us,
preparing the way for us.
It has been a privilege to serve S. Michael’s Church and School as interim
Priest-in-charge over the last two months. I would like to take this opportunity once
again to thank everyone who has offered their support over this time. It would be far
too long a letter to thank everyone personally, but do be assured of my appreciation
to both the parish, school, and parent community. My time taking Religious Education
classes and School Masses has been a highlight of my time here; so thank you to all of
the S. Michael’s pupils.
Next week we welcome Fr Chris Orczy into the S. Michael’s community as our next
Vicar. I encourage you all to attend his Induction Service, Sunday 1 July at 7:00 pm.
May God bless you all this week,

Fr Ben Randall

Parish Notices

  • Canterbury Heritage Awards: Church Property Trustees have received a
    commendation for the renovation work carried out on our Old Stone Building.
  • Vicarage fundraising campaign: introductory flyer available at the back of the
    church. Details John Moyle (352 3117).
  • Vicarage Building Fund: soup and baking available in the hall today.
    Please support the Women’s Fellowship and enjoy some winter-warming treats,
    delicious soup, cheese rolls, home baking etc.
  • Today’s flowers (arranged by Marla Hughes) are in memoriam John De la Bere,
    whose year’s mind was 23/06/18.
  • He Taonga Tongarewa—History of the NZ Prayer Book: Geoff Haworth.
    Available from the General Synod Office for $20 plus postage.
    Email gensec@anglicanchurch.org.nz or phone (09) 521 4439.
  • Vestry meets on Tuesday, beginning with Mass at 7:00 pm.
  • Bible Study Group meets 2 July, 7:15 pm in the parish lounge.
    Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Meditation Group: meets in the Lady Chapel, Wednesdays 12 noon.
    Details Pat Evans (358 0127).
  • Parish Lunch: Regatta-on-Avon 8 July at 12 noon. RSVP to parish office.
  • A History of Addington: John Wilson. Details from addingtonhistory@xtra.co.nz
    or phone Allan Hudson 027 735 9148.
  •  St Michael’s School is collecting pairs of glasses for donation to the Lions’ Four
    Eyes Project which re-gifts them to the Pacific Islands. Leave at the parish office.
  • Electronic Devices wanted for recycling: old mobile phones, tablets etc.
  • 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, particularly during the winter months.

Calling all potential Youth Ministers

Do you or someone you know love working with Children? Have a passion for youth ministry? Are looking for a new Christ-centered role?

St Michael and All Angels is looking for a new Youth Minister, around 10-12 hours per week.

Follow this link for the job description.

Please pass it on to anyone who you think might be interested!

Induction of Father Chris Orczy

The Wardens of St. Michael & All Angels wish to invite you to the Induction of Father Christopher Orczy as Vicar of the Parish of Christchurch-St Michael.
The Induction of Father Chris will take place at
St. Michael & All Angels,
Oxford Tce.
On Sunday 1st July  at 7.00pm
The Mass will be followed by an informal welcome and supper in the hall. We would be delighted to see you there.
A printable copy of the invitation can be found here.

Letter from the Priest in charge and Parish Notices

Dear Friends,
Welcome to S. Michael’s; it is a joy to join with you to offer our worship to God in this place. This coming week marks Alice Bates’ final days as our Parish Administrator. I would like to acknowledge the hard work and dedication that Alice has brought to the role and offer her our prayers as she returns to full-time study (we are pleased that she will be continuing as our Children and Young Adults Minister until September).
Our celebration of Corpus Christi was a highlight for me last Thursday and I would like to extend my thanks to everyone who was involved in the celebration of the Mass and Procession of the Blessed Sacrament. It is an important aspect of the Anglo-Catholic tradition that we foster here at S. Michael’s. A tradition that we offer as a gift to the wider Church and the people of our communities.
In today’s Gospel reading we find Jesus condemned by the religious elites of his time; first for allowing his disciples to ‘harvest’ a few heads of corn, and then for daring to heal a man with a paralysed hand on the sabbath. The sabbath was one of the most important Jewish observances, recalling God’s rest at the end of creation, and his liberation of the people of Israel from their captivity in Egypt. To stop, to
put aside work and give an entire day over to God was a symbol of Israel’s freedom as a people. Yet, what we can see in the Gospel passage is that this law of freedom had been twisted into a burden. Jesus is not about to allow this, for there is no day on which God will cease to care for us, and to work for our good and wholeness. Just as there is no day on which we are forbidden to show care, charity, and love for our neighbour. Suzanne Guthrie, considering Christ’s provision of food and healing on the Sabbath, offers us this reflection to consider:
Keeping a Sabbath means opening yourself to restoration of mind, heart, soul, body. You replenish your intuition, creativity, instinct. Miraculous! You do this by practising to live outside of time, one day
a week, near the thinnest layer of the veil this side of paradise. To keep sabbath, to intentionally set aside time for God, is important, but only so long as we allow that time to be what it is truly meant to be, a time to experience the true freedom.

Fr Ben Randall

 

Parish Notices

  •  Church Grounds: volunteers sought for garden and/or general grounds maintenance work around the church. Please speak to the Wardens.
  • Church Hosts: volunteers are needed especially for Wednesday and Thursday mornings and Friday afternoons, starting mid June. Details Alastair Scott (343 5153).
  • Lunch at Regatta on Avon today at 12 noon.
  • Bible Study Group meets tomorrow, 7:15 pm in the parish lounge. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Organ Recital: John Linker at the Cathedral, Tuesday 1:10 pm.
  • Needlework Group: at Jill Woodside’s Tuesday 7:15 pm. Details Ros (322 6078).
  • Meditation Group: Lady Chapel Wednesdays 12 noon. Details Pat Evans (358 0127).
  • Faith in Film—Thomas Cranmer: Geoff Haworth Wednesday 6:30 pm in the Tui Room at S. Barnabas. Shared meal. Details 388 6882.
  • Canterbury Shakespeare Society: Thursday 7:30 pm in the parish lounge.
  • Gospel of John: Paul Trebilco Thursday & Friday 7:00 pm, mritchie@swbc.org.nz
  • Centre for Ethics & Spirituality: Daniel McKay, Thursday 7:30 pm, Chapman Room at Christ’s College. See poster for details and bookings.
  • Saturday Breakfast: 9 June 9:45 am in the parish lounge. RSVP Alice.
  • RSCM Music Sunday: a celebration of music and musicianship in the Church. Next Sunday 2:00 pm at Oxford Terrace Baptist Church. Details on poster.
  • Anglican Missions: Michael Hartfield. Saturday, 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.
  • St Michael’s School is collecting pairs of glasses for donation to the Lions’ Four Eyes Project which re-gifts them to the Pacific Islands. Leave at the parish office. Electronic Devices wanted for recycling: old mobile phones, tablets etc.
  • 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,
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

Parish Notices

  • Sunday 29 April: we bid farewell to Revd Anne and Charlie in the hall after Mass.They have kindly invited all parishioners to join them in a farewell lunch at noon.
  • Concert: NZ String Quartet in the church today at 3:00 pm. See poster.
  • S. Michael’s School: Term Two begins tomorrow.
  • Bible Study Group meets tomorrow, 7:15 pm in the parish lounge. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Church Hosts: meeting in the lounge on Tuesday at 1:15 pm after Mass. It is hoped all people on the existing roster will come, plus others who want tolearn more about our church and to be able to impart that knowledge to visitors.
  • Needlework Group meets at Jill Woodside’s house Tuesday at 7:15 pm. All welcome. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
  • Meditation Group meets in the Lady Chapel on Wednesdays at 12 noon. Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215).
  • Canterbury Shakespeare Society meets Thursday 7:30 pm in the parish lounge.
  • S. Michael’s School Open Day 9 May.
  • 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.