Letter from the Priest in Charge and Parish Notices – 26 May 2017

Dear All,

With our celebration of the Ascension, we are now striding forward to Pentecost and the end of the season of Easter, and then on into Ordinary Time. I really am not sure where this time has disappeared to, new term, new way of being. It is remarkable how we slide into a new way of being, a new way of feeling. This piece of writing just made me chuckle:

“O God, I am hellishly angry; I think-so-and-so is a swine; I am tortured by worry about this and that; I am pretty certain that I have missed my chances in life; this or that has left me feeling terribly depressed. But nonetheless here I am like this, feeling both bloody and bloody-minded, and I am going to stay here for ten minutes. You are most unlikely to give me anything. I know that. But I am going to stay here for ten minutes.”

I came across this as I was planning my teaching last week, and it made me realise how often when we are in a mood it is practically impossible to stick with the task that is before us. This piece was written by Henry Abbott Williams in his book True to Experience, an anthology of the words and teaching of Harry A. Williams. Henry Williams was Dean of Trinity College, Cambridge, where he gained a reputation for political radicalism, and later became a monk at the Community of the

Resurrection at Mirfield in Yorkshire. His writings have always shown a painful honesty before God.

It does ask the question—how honest are we actually before God? How often when we hit rock bottom do we actually stay with God for ten minutes? There’s a challenge for you this week.

Reverend Anne Price

 

Parish Notices

  • Church Parking: parishioners who need to park on site outside service times are asked to display a parking permit (see list at the back of the church).
  • Deadline for Trumpet next week only: material required by noon on
  • Bible Study Group meets tomorrow at 7:15 pm in the school staffroom. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Meditation Group: Wednesdays 12:00–12:30 pm in the Pilgrims’ Chapel. Details Kathryn Starky (385 0197).
  • Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Ecumenical Worship Service. At the Cathedral on Wednesday at 5:30 pm. Details on poster.
  • Luke’s Spirituality CentreDesert Mothers: Stumbling into the wilderness. Series of three talks presented by Megan Herles-Mooar, beginning Thursday 6:00 pm at the Knox Centre, $10.
  • Canterbury Shakespeare Society meets on Thursday, 7:30 pm in the parish lounge.
  • Lunch at the Regatta on Avon next Sunday. Names to Alice please.
  • Needlework Group meets next on 6 June. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
  • Angel Pockets/Blankets: thanks to all who supported this nationwide project. The organisers were thrilled and very grateful. The wraps will be distributed locally.
  • Fundraiser: jars of marmalade are available in the parish lounge.
  • Book Swap: Sundays in the hall and weekdays in the lounge. Koha to parish.
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts of groceries and other household items.