An extract from the Vicar’s letter for Low Sunday 2016
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 the season by reading the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ appearances to his
disciples. This week we hear of his appearance on the evening of that first day, and
the subsequent appearance when Thomas was with the disciples. We might
wonder why Thomas was not with the disciples on that first occasion. Perhaps he
had to duck out for some food, or perhaps he was beginning to waver in his
commitment to the band of disciples. The disciples who were there repeated the
words of Mary Magdalene to him, “We have seen the Lord.” This wasn’t enough for
Thomas. He wanted the firsthand experience of the risen Jesus that he had missed
by being away.
This is a reminder to us that continuing to meet together Sunday by Sunday needs
to be our priority whenever possible. Each time we meet, the Lord is present to us in
his body and blood: each time we meet he shows us something of himself that is
unique. We discover this also reflected in the body of people who are present,
which is unique in time and space.
Christ is risen! Alleluia!
Parish Annual General Meeting
All parishioners are encouraged to be present at this meeting,
which will take place in the hall next Sunday immediately after morning tea.
Nomination forms and annual reports are available today.
Bishop Victoria’s Farewell Eucharist
Transitional Cathedral next Sunday at 5:00 pm.
- The Easter Raffle will be drawn today. Last tickets may be purchased at morning tea before the draw. Thank you to everyone for your support.
- Giving envelopes are available today at the back of the church.
- S. Michael’s School is now on holiday until 30 April.
- Meditation Group meets in the Lady Chapel on Wednesdays at 12 noon.Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215).
- The Parish Trust meets on Wednesday at 5:15 pm.
- Quaker Forum—The Purpose of a City: Neville Reilly, Civil Defence.Wednesday 7:30 pm at the Quaker Centre, 217 Ferry Road. Details on poster.
- Bible Study Group resumes 16 April. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
- Youth Groups meet next on 2 May.
- Book Swap: in the parish lounge. Koha to parish.
- Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts
of groceries and other household items.