Sermon from the Vicar 25 March 2016 Good Friday

Good Friday 2016 Isaiah 52: 13-53: 12, Hebrews 4: 14-16, 5: 7-9, John 18-19 Jesus said, “I give you a new commandment that you love one another as I have loved you.”  On Good Friday we witness to that love in all its fullness in Jesus death on the cross. Is it nothing to you, … [Read more…]

Sermon from the Vicar 24 March 2016 Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday 2016 Exodus 12: 1-8, 11-14, 1 Corinthians 11: 23-26, John 13: 1-17, 31b-35 We come to the beginning of the Triduum, the three days where embark on a continuous liturgy which concludes with the Easter Vigil.  We are not in church the whole time, but three days make up a whole which moves … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar 27 March 2016

  Dear Friends Welcome to S. Michael’s this Easter Day as we celebrate the resurrection. Today the church is resplendent with colour and beauty as we rejoice that Jesus has been raised from the dead. The weeks of Lenten preparation are behind us and we have accompanied our Lord, as well as we could, on … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar 20 March 2016

Dear Friends, Welcome to S. Michael’s on Palm Sunday as we enter Holy Week together. Today, as we begin the liturgy in the school atrium by blessing the palms and then walking in procession to the church, we remember Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. We can catch the sense of occasion in all this and … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar 13 March 2016

Dear Friends, Welcome to S. Michael’s as we reach Passion Sunday. Today marks the beginning of Passiontide, the time when we enter even more deeply into the passion of our Lord, which has its climax on Good Friday. Entering into and, in some way, experiencing the anguish of another is never an easy thing to … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar 7 February 2016

Dear Friends, Welcome to S. Michael’s. Today is the last Sunday before we begin Lent, and the readings have a strong theme of call and response for us to consider. Like Isaiah, when we come to the Eucharist we are called into the presence of the One who overwhelms us with his holiness. Our response … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar – 31 January 2016

Dear Friends, Welcome to S. Michael’s on this Celebration of Candlemas. Candlemas is a beautiful feast when we celebrate Christ coming into the world as its true light. The biblical setting is the Presentation of our Lord in the Temple in Jerusalem forty days after his birth, in obedience to the Law of Moses. The … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar – 13 December 2015

Dear Friends, Welcome to S. Michael’s today on this third Sunday of Advent, which is called Gaudete Sunday. This name comes from the first word of the traditional entrance antiphon and means ‘Rejoice’. It is a Sunday when, traditionally, the penitential focus of Advent is relaxed and we allow the joyful expectation of the redemption … [Read more…]