On Thursday evening a number of us joined our S. Luke’s friends in the celebration of the Feast of the Ascension. For many years we have been their willing guests, and it was great to celebrate with them at the Knox Centre, their current worship venue.
As we remember the ascent of Jesus to be with his Father, and look toward the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, we remember too his teaching to look after each other. We can remember that we are indeed part of his family, and what being part of a family involves. I am reminded of all this by the leaves that are everywhere at present. The trees, which we appreciate and which give us visual delight and shade in the heat, are now making work for us—dealing with the leaves seems to be part of the care of our trees and our community—and such a number of leaves! In our compost heaps they complete their cycle into eventual nourishment for our gardens, but they do need to be gathered up by us.
Jesus says, “As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.” At this time it is appropriate for us all to consider what we are doing on his behalf, as individuals and as members of this part of God’s family. Do you remember the Pentecost Sunday some years ago, when a huge gust of wind hit the side of the church building, and made it shake during our 10:00 am service? Next week, as we celebrate the coming of the gift of the Holy Spirit, we will be given the chance to consider if there is any way in which we can participate further in the life and efforts of this parish. It is intended that a list of ways in which we can join together will be offered to assist us in our thinking on this.
Yesterday members of our Vestry and our Parish Trust took time out to consider together in what way we may be called to contribute to the care and life of this city in the years ahead, as the city begins to settle into its rebuilt and restored state. We remembered the position of our church in the city area, where many are expected to live and work in the future. We spent the day discussing this and looking for a direction to follow, and then wondering prayerfully what we might need to do over the next couple of years to prepare for our contribution.
Feedback on this day will be given. In the meantime, let us celebrate the privilege we have of worshipping together in this beautiful building, and working together to become indeed a beacon of Christian caring.
With many blessings for the week ahead,
• Keeping the church open: volunteers are needed to cover absences in June. Please speak to Robert Maclagan (359 9215).
• Sales table: in the hall after Mass today. 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).
• The Bible Study Group meets tomorrow at 7:15 pm in the school staffroom. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
• The Vestry meets on Tuesday, beginning with Mass at 7:00 pm.
• Vege Co-op: orders and deliveries on Wednesdays. Details Kathryn Starky.
• The Needlework Group: details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
• Week of Prayer for Christian Unity—Annual Ecumenical Service: Wednesday. 7:00 pm at the Transitional Cathedral, followed by a cup of tea or coffee.
• Holy Trinity: induction of the Revd Jill Keir as vicar next Sunday at 5:00 pm.
• 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 do not need to be returned after reading. Available in parish lounge during the week, in the hall on Sundays.
• Box lots of books are welcome at any S. Christopher’s Dove Book Shop.
• Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts of groceries and other household items.
• City Mission Men and Women’s Support Services: thank you to all who generously donated clothing and blankets. Geoff Paterson.