Letter from the Vicar 8 November 2015

Dear Friends, Welcome to S. Michael’s to the Holy Eucharist. Today our readings about scarcity and plenty demonstrate God’s providence. Yesterday we farewelled our dear brother John Fowler in a Funeral Mass. John was a very faithful servant of God and of this church and we will miss him greatly, possibly more than we already … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar 1 November 2015

  Dear Friends Welcome to S. Michael’s on All Saints’ Day. This is the day when we remember and honour all saints in a common feast, although sometimes little has been recorded about their lives. During the year we celebrate the major saints who are shared by tradition with the whole Church. Many are commemorated … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar 25 October 2015

Dear Friends, Welcome to Mass today. On Friday afternoon at S. Michael’s we hosted a moving commemoration of the centenary of the sinking of the transport ship Marquette in the Aegean Sea by a German submarine on 23 October 1915. We were honoured to have the Governor-General Sir Jerry and Lady Janine Mataparae and many … [Read more…]

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…]

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…]