Welcome to S. Michael’s today.
It is good to be together after such a cold week, and with the promise of warmer days to come. I hope our pupils from S. Michael’s School, and others who have been on holiday this week, have been able to enjoy the rather extreme weather.
Our Scripture readings this morning speak of being chosen and being sent, and being sustained. Amos, a dresser of sycamore trees, is chosen as a prophet and sent out from his usual place. John the Baptist, also a prophet, was chosen before his birth to be the forerunner of Jesus, and he followed where he was sent. The Epistle to the Ephesians tells us again that we have been chosen by God to be his children.
One evening during the week I watched a programme made in New Zealand on horses. To me, horses are very big creatures with mighty feet and teeth. To others, they are special animals and friends.
These particular horses had been chosen from a herd of wild horses, and had been in captivity only a matter of a few months. Two of these horses, after some training, were being tested to see how well they would enter a horse-box for travelling. It was stated that to a previously wild horse, a horse-box would look like a very dark small space with no way out. One of these horses had to be really encouraged, in various ways, and after some refusal finally completed the task. The other followed its owner straight into the horse-box, with no hesitation. It seemed that trust had been established between the horse and its owner, and so it immediately did what was asked, trusting that although the situation was scary, it would not be allowed to come to any harm.
This encouraged me to wonder how well we accept the tasks to which we are sent, and how willing we are to undertake them. Let us pray that our gratitude for the grace shown to us by God, and the trust that we have in our Lord Jesus Christ, may be expressed in a trusting way.
With blessings to all,
• Christchurch City Mission: many families and individuals are struggling to cope in winter conditions. The City Mission helps as many people as possible and is very grateful for our donations of food and household items. Please continue to give generously. Clothing and larger items may be delivered directly to 276 Hereford St.
• S. Michael’s School is on holiday until 20 July.
• Sales Table: in the hall after Mass. Anne would still be very grateful to hear from anyone who could assist as needed. Details Anne Ladd (981 5012).
• There is a cup of tea or coffee after the evening service each Sunday.
• The Meditation Group meets tomorrow at 5:15 pm in the parish lounge. Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215) or Kathryn Starky (385 0197).
• Choir of Christ’s College, Cambridge: concert at the Cathedral on Tuesday at 7:00 pm. Tickets available at the door.
• Vege Co-op: orders and deliveries on Wednesdays. Details Kathryn Starky.
• The Bible Study Group meets next on 20 July, 7:15 pm in the school staffroom. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
• The Needlework Group meets monthly, 7:15 pm in the parish lounge. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
• Cecilian Singers Concert: 26 July, 3:00 pm at the Elmwood Auditorium, $20.
• Residential Retreat A New Heart: Wellington 17–26 July. Cost $817. Details from firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 04 383 7769.
• Book Swap/Donate/Share with a Friend/Give as a gift: Modern books that you have enjoyed. Fundraising koha to Anne at the sales table. Books available in parish lounge during the week and in the hall on Sundays.
• Box lots of books are welcome at any S. Christopher’s Dove Book Shop.