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…]

Letter from the Vicar 5 July 2015

Dear Friends, Welcome to S. Michael’s today. Our readings at Mass lead us to reflect on the ministry of Jesus and its cost. He is facing rejection in his own town, and he begins to teach and authorise the twelve as he equips them for their mission. These things help us to reflect on the … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar 28 June 2015

Dear Friends, Welcome to S. Michael’s today. The winter has surely been upon us in recent weeks! Lately there have been major statements about climate change and social justice in the worldwide Church. These are in preparation for an important international meeting on climate, to be held in France in December. Pope Francis has gained … [Read more…]

Sermon by Fr Andrew Starky 21 June 2015

Founders Day 2015 21 June 2015 Job 38: 1-11, Mark 4: 35-41 How good are your foundations? That’s a question that many have asked since the earthquakes. We have seen the huge effort to make secure foundations for the big building over the road. As we have discovered, foundations can seem okay until the challenge … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar 21 June 2015

Dear Friends, Welcome to S. Michael’s for School Founders’ Day. We welcome school families and staff today as we celebrate our life together and the foundations we share in Christ. For the families who are new to S. Michael’s we especially welcome you and hope you will feel comfortable as you make your way through … [Read more…]