As a nation we have joined with each other in the remembrance of Anzac Day and the effects that war has had on all families in this country. We join also with our Australian brothers and sisters in their remembrance.
I remember the Anzac services that I attended as a child, compulsory for us, though Mum stayed home to get lunch. We would join with other citizens at our local suburban memorial to those who fell. Standing in a respectful hush, we listened to the approaching measured marching of the retired servicemen and others in the parade. I remember the sharp noise of the rifle salute given by the big schoolboy members of the army cadets in their uniforms, and the rattle of the spent cartridge shells falling on the roadway after the sharp and frightening blast of the shots (and the little boys who would attempt to run out from the crowd and pick up the spent shells). I remember the laying of wreaths by representatives of various groups, both adult and children, the poignant rendition of the Last Post by the school bugler, and the sight of the poppy wreaths on the cenotaph. Then we would walk home for lunch. I don’t think there was much measured marching by those who served in our armed forces and no going home for lunch.
As we offer our thanks and pray for the peace of the world, we commend to the love of God all who are involved in war, also the homeless and refugees. Our readings this morning reflect the example of Jesus and his direction to lay down our lives for each other. We can all do this in simple but costly ways. Words are cheap, as the saying goes, but change of attitude and action are not. As we try to act in his name, let us remember what Jesus told us of the Good Shepherd who would lay down his life for his flock, Jesus the one who gave his life for the sake of the world. We remember also that Anzac Day falls very close to Easter, and think about the themes of sacrifice that are common to both celebrations.
Jesus Christ is risen—Alleluia!
• There is a cup of tea or coffee after the evening service each Sunday.
• S. Michael’s School: Term 2 begins on Tuesday.
• The Vestry meets on Tuesday, beginning with Mass at 7:00 pm.
• Vege Co-op: orders and deliveries on Wednesdays. Details Kathryn Starky.
• The Bible Study Group meets next on 4 May. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
• Lunch at Regatta on Avon: 10 May 12:15 pm.
• Theology House (341 3399) has details of Anglican Studies Papers for 2015.
• The Needlework Group meets monthly. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
• Week of Prayer for Christian Unity—Annual Ecumenical Service: 20 May.
7:00 pm at the Transitional Cathedral. There will be a cup of tea or coffee afterwards.
• 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 winter clothes appeal: there is a waiting list of people needing blankets, and always an urgent need for winter clothing at this time of the year. Many people in Christchurch are still living in substandard accommodation, in garages or even tents. You can help by donating good quality clothing and bedding, which can be placed in the large marked box by the font. Large items should be taken directly to the City Mission, 269 Hereford Street.