Letter from the Priest-in-charge 27 November 2016

Dear Friends, Through the Seasons immediately ahead of us, Advent, Christmas and Epiphany, we focus on many different journeys. There is Mary’s journey to visit her cousin Elizabeth. There are people journeying in great numbers into the desert to hear the preaching of John the Baptist. There is the journey of Mary and Joseph to … [Read more…]

Letter from the Priest-in-charge 20 November 2016

Dear Friends, This week has been a shaky one with the huge earthquake and multiple aftershocks, and I hope you and your families have managed to cope with any outward as well as inward turmoil. Although these are ranked as history-making, we could all do without such disruptive events. Please pray for those most affected, … [Read more…]

Letter from the Priest-in-charge 13 November 2016

Dear Friends, Remembrance Sunday musings. My father and two of his brothers served in the British Army during the First World War. Amazingly, they all returned—although two were rather the worse for wear. Along with many other officers, my father had taken a camera with him. However, as a boy I remember being disappointed that … [Read more…]

Letter from the Priest-in-charge 6 November 2016

Dear Friends, Memories were stirred recently by the sight of an E-type Jaguar. By sheer chance, on my first ever visit to a major road racing circuit (Oulton Park, Cheshire, in April 1961), I witnessed the first public outing of the E-type. Two newly assembled cars were driven on the open road straight from the … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar 30 October 2016

  Dear S. Michael’s, I wrote to you last as we began our two weeks at the Community of the Resurrection at Mirfield. It was a great privilege for a short time to share the life of this community, which involves four Offices and Mass each day. The community has a strong tradition of plainsong … [Read more…]

Letter from the Priest-in-charge 23 October 2016

Dear Friends, A recent article informed me that the world’s clouds are shifting, but not in a good way. This set me thinking about clouds. I remember visiting a fascinating exhibition at Te Papa in Wellington, about ten years ago, of studies of clouds by the English artist John Constable (late eighteenth to early nineteenth … [Read more…]

Letter from the Priest-in-charge 16 October 2016

Dear Friends, Recently some bottles of beer with interesting names and labels turned up in the sacristy. They were provided by a good son of the Church and gifted to the clergy to mark International Buy a Priest a Beer Day. This Feast Day does not yet appear in the Church Calendar! In my days … [Read more…]

Letter from the Priest-in-charge 9 October 2016

Dear Friends, A famous storyteller once wrote of an exceedingly clever cat that terrified all the mice, as she was always a step (or paw) ahead of them. Suddenly and unexpectedly she would surprise them, causing chaos and pain. So the mice appointed a committee to find a solution for the sake of their communal … [Read more…]

Letter from the Priest-in-charge 11 September 2016

Dear Friends, I remember attending morning worship at an Episcopal (Anglican) Parish Church in Scotland a few years ago with my brother-in-law. There was a splendid sermon by a retired (woman) priest of diminutive size, on ‘Blessed are the pure in heart’. It engaged me from beginning to end and left interesting leads for my … [Read more…]