Letter from the Vicar 18 October 2015

Dear Friends, Welcome to S. Michael’s as we celebrate the Feast of S. Luke the Evangelist. Today we hear readings from both the Gospel of Luke and the book of the Acts of the Apostles, which are generally attributed to the same author. Luke begins his Gospel by saying that he has carefully gone over … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar 11 October 2015

Dear Friends, Welcome to S. Michael’s today. We gather to ‘seek the Lord and live’, as the prophet Amos puts it. This is the essence of our call to praise and worship God in all things and at all times. The purpose of our presence in the Liturgy is to recall us to this way … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar 4 October 2015

Dear Friends, Welcome to S. Michael’s today as we celebrate the Dedication Festival of this wonderful church. Last Tuesday we celebrated Michaelmas in fine style, when we praised God for S. Michael and for the angels who are our patrons. Today our focus comes on to our own church, which has been dedicated to the … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar 27 September 2015

Dear Friends, Welcome to S. Michael’s. Today I am delighted that Kay and Ian Burgess are with us to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of their marriage here in S. Michael’s on this very day, with Fr Baker officiating. We will add our joyful blessing and pray that they may have many more years together. The … [Read more…]

Sermon by Bishop Victoria Matthews 29 September 2015

Sermon for Michaelmas at St Michael and All Angels 2015 “There was war in heaven”. C.S. Lewis wrote The Screwtape Letters in 1942 while a scholar of Oxford University. Lewis was already a household name because of his series of BBC radio talks entitled Mere Christianity. So when C.S. Lewis’ sardonic book of letters from … [Read more…]

Sermon by Fr Andrew Starky 20 September 2015

OS 25 Jeremiah 11: 18-20, James 3: 13-4:3, Mark 9: 30-37. When the photo of Alyan Kurdi on the beach, face down and dead, went viral something changed. The Syrian civil war has been going on for quite a while and gruesome reports of its carnage have filtered into our media from time to time. … [Read more…]

Welcome home Godwits!

Michael Goodson and St Michael’s pupils ringing the bells at St Michael’s on Thursday 17th September, 2015, to welcome home the Godwits (a revived tradition from before the earthquakes when the Cathedral bells used to be rung to welcome them back to Christchurch after their long flight from Alaska each year).

Letter from the Vicar 20 September 2015

Dear Friends, Welcome to S. Michael’s today. It has been good to feel and see the beginnings of spring around us with blossom, daffodils and warmer days. Spring is a time of year when the cobwebs of winter are brushed off in the traditional ‘spring clean’. Also, gardens and paddocks are being turned over ready … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar 13 September 2015

Dear Friends, Welcome to S. Michael’s. Today we celebrate the baptism of Madi Tucker and Braxton Ellis, and we welcome you both and your families. The reading that we will hear this morning comes from Paul’s Letter to the Romans and reminds us that we are one body in Christ. Paul carries that image further … [Read more…]

Letter from the Church Wardens 6 September 2015

Dear Friends, Welcome to you all as we join together today in worship and thanksgiving. Over recent weeks the Vestry and the Parish Trust have been considering the future of this parish with reference to an on-site vicarage. Those who have been around for a while will remember that when the previous vicarage was demolished … [Read more…]