Letter from the Priest-in-charge 4 September 2016

Dear Friends, During the past week, we kept the Feast Day for the Builders of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia (1 September). My address at Mass that day was on the building-blocks of the Anglican Church, and on the foundations of Scripture, tradition, reason and experience. Strong and reliable foundations are … [Read more…]

Letter from the Priest-in-charge 21 August 2016

Dear Friends, Yesterday we celebrated the Feast of S. Bernard of Clairvaux and, at the end of the month, we keep the Feast of S. Aidan. These figures in Christian history have been influential on my own understanding of living one’s faith, and I was pleased when they were both included among a number of … [Read more…]

Letter from the Priest-in-charge 14 August 2016

Dear Friends, When Alistair was sharing details of his recent walk on one of the routes of the Camino de Santiago, he made a comment about the prayer our Parish Choir offers in the vestry before entering for worship. He said it was so easy to say the familiar words without entering fully into their … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar 31 July 2016

Dear Friends, Welcome to S. Michael’s. Today’s readings invite us to think about things of eternal worth, and particularly what it means to be rich towards God. Seldom in Mass do we hear a reading from the Book of Ecclesiastes. The directness of its scrutiny of the human condition brings us up short. We find … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar 17 July 2016

Dear Friends, Greetings and welcome to S. Michael’s. Today we celebrate the Holy Baptism of Glenn Wilson and welcome him into the family of Christ as a child of God. We also welcome Fr Ben Randall, ordained yesterday, who will preach and officiate as deacon for us in this Mass. Last Sunday many of us … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar 10 July 2016

Dear Friends, Welcome to S. Michael’s. Today we will hear the well-known and much loved parable of the Good Samaritan. The parable tells us about four men who were each on a journey. One man got attacked and Jesus asked the question, which of the other three was a neighbour to him: the answer being … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar 3 July 2016

Dear Friends, Welcome to S. Michael’s today as we gather to celebrate School Founders’ Day. If you are new to S. Michael’s I offer you a particular welcome and invite you to follow the service in this booklet and to make the responses, as you wish, that are marked in bold. This is a special … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar 26 June 2016

Dear Friends, Welcome to S. Michael’s as we gather to worship God and to seek his strength for our lives and callings. Today the readings invite us to reflect on the call to discipleship, both its joys and freedoms, and its costs. As we do this, we will consider the mission to which we are … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar 19 June 2016

Dear Friends, Welcome to S. Michael’s today. We are glad to welcome among us the Young Voices and School Servers once more. The S. Michael’s Church School is entering a process of Strategic Review and all members of the Parish, Pupils, Parents and Staff are invited to be part of this process. We are all … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar 12 June 2016

Dear Friends, Welcome to S. Michael’s. Today our readings lead us to reflect deeply on what it is to be a forgiven sinner. Some people, like the woman in the Gospel today, are clearly branded as sinners in the eyes of society. While we don’t find the word ‘sin’ used in the media much these … [Read more…]