Letter from the Vicar – 5 March 2017

Dear Friends, Welcome to S. Michael’s on this first Sunday in Lent. On Ash Wednesday we began our Lenten journey. Today we celebrate Mass and hear readings that go right to the heart of our human predicament. But they don’t leave us there. We hear also about how Christ, through his obedience to God, has … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar – 26 February 2017

Dear Friends, Welcome to S. Michael’s. Today we complete our series of readings from the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus calls us to a consideration of what actually drives our concerns and what we trust in ultimately. Will it be God or money? The reading asks us to consider the things we worry about and … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar – 12 February 2017

Dear Friends,   Welcome to S. Michael’s. Today we continue with the reading of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, as he seeks to help his disciples to understand what following him really means. We hear his challenge that his followers are not to claim righteousness from outward shows of virtue. Rather, he calls them to … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar – 5 February 2017

Dear Friends, Welcome to S. Michael’s. Last week I wrote about how Candlemas marks a move from our celebrations since Christmas of the Incarnation of God in Jesus Christ, towards a focus on preparing for Lent, which begins this year on 1 March. Over the next few weeks we are invited to consider our lives … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar – 29 January

Dear Friends, Welcome to S. Michael’s as we celebrate Candlemas. On this very special feast we bring together a number of significant themes. We remember how our Lord was presented in the temple, and how Simeon prophesied about his future. What we know as the Nunc Dimittis forms part of this prophecy. It includes the … [Read more…]

Parish Notices

Please pray for: Novice Mele, making her simple vows 4 February, 10:30 am CSN Retreat House The Parish Office is open Tuesday-Friday 9am-12pm for the month of January Youth Group begins again in the new school year. Please email Shaun Graveston at shaungraveston@yahoo.co.nz if you would like to join this group. This year we are … [Read more…]

Parish Notices

Vege Co-op: Co-ordinator needed, please speak to the Vicar or Wardens. Bible Study Group: begins 6 February, details Peter Oakley (960 0974). Meditation Group first meeting for the year, 7 February at 4:00 pm. Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215) or Kathryn Starky (385 0197). Vestry meets 24 January at 7:00 pm. St Michael’s Church School … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar – 25 December 2016

Dear Friends, Welcome to S. Michael’s as we gather to welcome the Christ Child into our hearts this Christmas. Over the weeks of Advent our prayers have been that within us the longing for Christ’s coming might grow. In the glorious liturgies of Christmas we join with the angels to give full rein to the … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar – 18 December 2016

Dear Friends, Welcome to S. Michael’s. We have come to the final Sunday of Advent and our expectation grows as we light the last candle on the wreath, leaving only the centre Christ Candle still to be lit. Last Sunday we saw the Wise Men begin their journey at the east end of the church. … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar 11 December 2016

Dear Friends, Welcome to S. Michael’s on Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete is a Latin word meaning ‘Rejoice’. Advent is a time to identify with those who share a great desire for the coming of Christ. Often this desire arises out of the experience of suffering and trial, yet with the coming of John the Baptist, the … [Read more…]