Letter from the Priest in charge and Parish Notices

Dear Friends,
Welcome to S. Michael’s on this Trinity Sunday, as we celebrate together the revelation of God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God now and for ever. In the 14th century work, The Cloud of Unknowing, the author reflects: ‘Now you say, “How shall I proceed to think of God as he is in himself?” To this I can only reply, “I do not know.” ’ The Trinity is a thing most wonderful, and yet almost inexplicable; it is a mystery that lies at the very heart of God, and we can only hope to glimpse its edges. Even so we strive to understand, and we catch at eternal truths that to the world outside the Church may appear as contradictions, but we know they are not. God has revealed God’s own self to us as Trinity, and as God’s people we strive to know God better and to understand more about what has been revealed to us through Scripture, Tradition, and Reason.
Every day at S. Michael’s we sit with the Holy Mysteries of God, whether through Eucharist, contemplation, prayer, or another avenue. Mystery is nothing to worry us, but rather it is God’s invitation into the very depth of our faith, and into closer relationship. It is true, as S. Paul says, that at present we see only dimly, but what we do see is glorious.
So today, as we gather, let us contemplate the holy mystery of the Trinity:
I bind unto myself today
The strong name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same,
The Three in One, and One in Three.
(S. Patrick’s Breastplate)
This Thursday evening we are commemorating the Feast of Corpus Christi, the Church’s thanksgiving for the gift of Holy Communion. We will mark the occasion with a celebration of the Most Holy Mass at 7:00 pm, followed by a shared supper in the parish lounge. We have invited parishioners from S. Luke’s in the City, and S. Mary the Virgin in Addington to join us. I encourage you to come and keep the feast, and invite you to bring a plate to contribute to the supper if you are able. I am already working out the logistics of grilling a tray of cheese rolls, and I very much look forward to seeing you there, if you’re able to make it.

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all this week.

Fr Ben Randall

Parish Notices

  • Corpus Christi on Thursday: please come to the 7:00 pm Mass when the people of S. Luke’s and S. Mary’s will be our guests. Parishioners are asked to bring a plate
    of finger food for a shared supper afterwards.
  • Church Grounds: for many years Colin McKay has done an excellent job maintaining the church grounds and garden—in fact to a prize-winning standard! However, he has decided that the time has come for him to step down from this commitment. Accordingly, we are seeking volunteers willing to do some garden and/or general grounds maintenance work. Note: While the job has previously been done by one person, this need not be the case in future. Please contact the Wardens if you are interested.
  • Church Hosts: volunteers are needed especially for Wednesday and Thursday mornings and Friday afternoons, starting mid June. Please speak to Alastair Scott (343 5153 or 027 436 0552).
  • St Michael’s Church School is collecting spare pairs of glasses for donation to the Lions’ Four Eyes Project which re-gifts them to the Pacific Islands. Put them in the box in the school atrium or leave in the parish office.
  • Electronic Devices: Jenny Daniels continues to collect old mobile phones, tablets etc for Orana Park, which organises the recycling of these items. This helps to preserve the natural habitat of endangered animals by reducing the mining of coltan.
  • Meditation Group meets in the Lady Chapel on Wednesdays at 12 noon. Details Pat Evans (358 0127).
  • Lunch at Regatta on Avon next Sunday at 12 noon. RSVP to Alice.
  • RSCM Sunday: a celebration of music and musicianship in the Church. Next Sunday 2:00 pm at Oxford Terrace Baptist Church. Details on poster.
  • Bible Study Group meets next on 4 June, 7:15 pm in the parish lounge. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Anglican Missions: Michael Hartfield will speak 9 June, 10:00 am at S. Silas Church.
  • Theology Papers for Semester 2: enrolments due by 25 June. Details theology@otago.ac.nz or phone 03 479 8901.
  • Book Swap: in the parish lounge. Koha to parish.
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts.