Letter from the Vicar 22 May 2016

Dear Friends,   Welcome to S. Michael’s on Trinity Sunday, and a special welcome to the Young Voices and School Servers and your families. Today we celebrate the Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.   In the liturgical calendar of the Church our major festivals and seasons focus on the key movements of … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar 15 May 2016

Dear Friends   Welcome to S. Michael’s on this Feast of Pentecost. Today we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit to the disciples. As we gather, we pray that the Holy Spirit may kindle God’s love in us also. I write this letter from Napier where the General Synod/Te Hinota Whanui is in session. … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar

Dear Friends, Welcome to S. Michael’s on this Sunday after the Ascension. Last Sunday we held the AGM of the parish and it was pleasing to have a good turnout of parishioners attending such a positive meeting. The meeting heard about various recent developments in the parish, including the appointment of Alice and Shaun among … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar

Dear Friends, Christ is risen! Alleluia! Welcome to S. Michael’s today as we come towards the end of the fifty days of Easter. The readings begin to anticipate both the feasts of the Ascension, which we are celebrating on Thursday, and that of Pentecost, two weeks from today. Ascension Day also marks the beginning of … [Read more…]

Letter from the People’s Warden

Dear Friends, Christ is risen! Alleluia! In this Easter season, we had the privilege of being present at the marriage this week of Cassandra and Peter—a joyful celebration which involved a number of cultures— and we support and wish them well as they set forth on their new life together. We are most fortunate to … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar

Dear Friends, Christ is risen! Alleluia! Welcome to S. Michael’s as we continue to celebrate the risen life of our Lord in these great fifty days. Today marks a change in focus in the Easter season. We move from Gospel readings which describe the appearance of the risen Christ to his disciples, towards readings that … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar

Dear Friends, Christ is risen! Alleluia! Welcome to S. Michael’s as we continue to celebrate this joyous season of the resurrection. One of the themes running through the readings today is that of silent listening. Saul, whilst still opposing the church, encountered Jesus on the road to Damascus in a bright flash of light from … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar 3 April 2016

Dear Friends   Christ is risen! Alleluia!   Welcome to S. Michael’s as we continue the joyful celebration of the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Easter, at fifty days, is the longest season in the Church’s calendar, which emphasises the importance of the resurrection as the central tenet of the Christian faith. We begin … [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…]