Letter from the Priest in Charge and Parish Notices – 18 June 2017

I so wanted to include this quote in last week’s sermon on the Trinity, but there really wasn’t the space or the right place for it, but it really spoke to me and I wanted to share it with you. To me it is such an image full of love and the fact that the shaping is not of our own making, but through the mutual forming of Trinitarian relationships, is beautiful.

“A person is a block of marble within which lies an image of the image of God (the Son), and each strike of the mallet and chisel by the Holy Spirit frees that image from stone-cold vices in order to create out of women and men a liturgical son who shares the Son’s filial relationship with God the Father.” from David W. Faberberg’s book, On Liturgical Asceticism.

Beside my desk I have the Book the Rule of St. Benedict. It is a book that I dip into from time to time.  Each time I meander through its pages there are aspects that give me pause to reflect and others that make me smile. Through this text we see a glimpse into the monastic world that St. Benedict saw. This rule was read aloud in the monasteries. This rule has discarded much that was seen to have no permanent value and set out to build a monastery that would be solid and fruitful in its spiritual formation. Benedict was constructing a society, but firstly he is a teacher of monastic doctrines. Some elements provide Structure for the House of God, others refer to the observances but in the early chapters spiritual teaching dominates.

“Listen my son to the instructions of your Master, turn the ear of your heart to the advice of a loving father.” The opening words of the Rule. Transformational. The revelation and purpose of this Rule is all about love. Much as the opening quote is transformational, but perhaps in a gentler way.

Just for fun, the last sentence of Chapter XXII How Monks should sleep; “When they get up for the Work of God they may quietly encourage one another since the sleepy are given to making excuses.”

The Reverend Anne Price

Parish Notices

  • Parking at S. Michael’s: on Sundays parishioners may again park in the drop-off zone (the parks close to the church) as well as in the gravel area and the Durham St playground. Those with mobility issues should be reassured that the disability parks are still available.
  • Prayer Stations: today, interactive prayer stations around the church. The Youth Group has prepared these around the theme of refugees at the time of the 40-hour famine. Parishioners are welcome to explore and participate.
  • Respectful Conversations on Same-Gender Relationships and Being Church at S. Saviour’s Church, 200 Colombo Street, tomorrow 7:00 pm, after a shared fish and chip meal at 6:30 pm. Details on flyer.
  • Bible Study Group meets tomorrow at 7:15 pm in the school staffroom.
    Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Women’s Fellowship is meeting in the foyer of the Art Gallery on Tuesday at 11:00 am for a guided tour of an exhibition of Canterbury Art. Parking available at the Gallery. For further details, or if transport from the church is required, please contact Pat Evans by 19 June (358 0127).
  • Meditation Group: Wednesdays 12:00–12:30 pm in the Pilgrims’ Chapel. Details Kathryn Starky (385 0197).
  • Cecilian Singers Concert Pipes and Voices: at S. Michael’s next Sunday 2:00 pm. Guest artist Harry Meehan (Cathedral organist). Details on poster.
  • Fortnightly Eucharist: next Sunday at 3:00 pm in the hall. This initiative comes from a group of young adults associated with S. Michael’s and the service is open to all who wish to attend.
  • Needlework Group: meets monthly. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
  • Fundraiser: jars of marmalade are available in the parish lounge.
  • Book Swap: on bookshelves in the lounge. Koha to parish.
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support