You will all know of the appointment of Penny Tattershaw as the new Principal of St. Michael’s Church School. Today is Penny’s Induction, as well as a welcome to her as a leader in our community and also as a member of S. Michael’s. I have had the good fortune to have worked with Penny at The Cathedral Grammar School for the past few years and I look forward to the next steps here with her. She has a multitude of gifts and talents in many areas, as well as love and compassion in abundance. As she begins her journey with us, may I ask you to keep Penny, the Staff and the whole School family in your prayers.
New beginnings can make us feel out of kilter. Those feelings of uncertainty and nerves and loss of control are often at the forefront of our minds. It almost has to be a conscious effort to remind ourselves that God is there. I quote from last week’s sermon:
“That God has not given up on this world or on us. That God continues to show up where we least expect God to be. That God will put to use the gestures of faithfulness we offer toward ends we cannot imagine. The promise of the Gospel is not that hardship will be taken away, but that God is with us in the hardship. It is not that evil will be defeated before our eyes, but rather that, in words we heard near Christmas, that “the light shines on in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” The Gospel is not, finally, a word of victory but rather of sustaining and courageous hope. God is there.”
Dr Samuel Johnson (1709–84), the famous dictionary writer and scholar of Lichfield whose life is described by Boswell, showed in his personal religion a deep sense of unworthiness, a strong faith, and a fear of enthusiasm. He wrote this prayer on starting his magazine The Rambler.
Almighty God, the giver of all good things, without whose help all labour is ineffectual, and without whose grace all wisdom is folly; grant, I beseech thee, that in this my undertaking, Thy Holy Spirit may not be withheld from me, but that I may promote thy glory, and the salvation both of myself and others; grant this O Lord, for the sake of Jesus Christ. Lord bless me. So be it.
The Reverend Anne Price
- Ash Wednesday 14 February: Masses at 12:35 pm, 2:15 pm and 7:00 pm. Before then please return your palm crosses to be made into ashes.
- Needlework Group: Tuesday 7:15 pm in the parish lounge. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
- Saturday Breakfast: 10 February 9:45 am in the parish lounge. Details Ros Calvert.
- Communion at Three: fortnightly commencing next Sunday.
- Bible Study Group begins on 19 February, 7:15 pm in the school staffroom. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
- Meditation Group first meeting on 21 February 12 noon in the Kate Kiver Room (Old Stone Building). Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215).
- 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.