Sermon by Fr Andrew Starky Evensong 9 August 2015

Evensong OS 19B Job 39: 1-40- 40: 4, Hebrews 12: 1-17 When we lived on the West Coast we enjoyed some tramping up the rugged rivers around Harihari and climbing some of the lower mountains around the town and further south. It always felt quite an achievement to get into some of these places, and … [Read more…]

Sermon by Fr Andrew Starky 9 August 2015

OS 19B 1 Kings 19: 4-8, Ephesians 4: 25-5:2, John 6: 35, 41-51 Elijah was frightened and alone when he sat down under that solitary broom bush. He wanted his life to end. Rather than giving him a pep talk the angel said to him, “Get up and eat.” Elijah noticed a freshly baked cake, … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar 9 August 2015

Dear Friends, Welcome to S. Michael’s today as we gather to eat of the bread of life together and draw strength for the journey. We might readily identify with Elijah as he fled for his life into the wilderness. Elijah had produced a great victory over the prophets of Baal, but even with this display … [Read more…]

Sermon by Fr Andrew Starky 2 August 2015

OS 18B Exodus 16: 2-4, 9-15, Ephesians 4: 1-16, John 6: 24-35 This week I have been at Arthur’s Pass with the middle school camp. It was great to be with our children as they explored the winter environment. For many it would have been a first, and I was most impressed how the children … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar 2 August 2015

Dear Friends, Welcome to S. Michael’s today. The main theme of this morning’s reading from the letter to the Ephesians is the unity of the Church in one Spirit. The writer begs the Ephesians to live a life worthy of their calling with all humility, gentleness, patience, bearing with each other and making every effort … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar 26 July 2015

Dear Friends, Welcome to S. Michael’s. I am delighted to tell you that we are resuming children’s ministry in the 10:00 am Mass today. Children’s Church will take place during the Ministry of the Word as before. This name indicates an intention that the children will participate in a liturgy that parallels what the adults … [Read more…]

Sermon by Fr Andrew Starky 19 July 2015

OS 16 Jeremiah 23: 1-6, Ephesians 2: 11-22, Mark 6: 30-34, 53-56 Compassion has been called the bridge between sympathy and action. Sympathy involves our feelings and it is about how we identify with the situation of someone else. Sympathy is certainly not a bad thing and we can feel sympathetic about lots of situations … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar 19 July 2015

Dear Friends, Welcome to S. Michael’s today. Our readings at Mass have a theme of journey and relationships restored. The prophet Jeremiah longs for the ingathering of the flock which has been scattered because of the destruction caused by faithless and incompetent shepherds: the kings of Israel. The writer of the Letter to the Ephesians … [Read more…]

Letter from the People’s Warden 12 July 2015

Dear Friends, Welcome to S. Michael’s today. It is good to be together after such a cold week, and with the promise of warmer days to come. I hope our pupils from S. Michael’s School, and others who have been on holiday this week, have been able to enjoy the rather extreme weather. Our Scripture … [Read more…]

Sermon by Fr Andrew Starky 5 July 2015

OS 14B Ezekiel 2: 1-5, 2 Corinthians 12: 2-10, Mark 1: 1-13 When I was first on the West Coast and newly ordained I got the kind of call that every priest dreads. A young couple in a nearby town had lost a baby to cot death and would I come. As I went I … [Read more…]