Letter from the Vicar 5 June 2016

Dear Friends, Welcome to S. Michael’s as we gather to celebrate the risen life of our Saviour. In the readings today we hear two powerful stories which demonstrate the power of God in the face of death. We also hear about the inner journey of S. Paul, as he recounts his transformation from one who … [Read more…]

Letter from Claire Preston 29 May 2016

Dear Friends, Thank you to all who came to our celebration of Corpus Christi, when we welcomed our friends from S. Luke’s and heard the words of their Vicar, Revd Jenny Wilkens. Thank you also to those who were able to provide supper for us all. Today is Te Pouhere Sunday when our celebration can … [Read more…]

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 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…]

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…]