I have been aware over the last few weeks of the wave of camellias that line our driveway. They flower at different times, so we have perpetual colour for weeks on end, and then of course the wind comes along and deposits those beautiful blooms with a ‘flump’ on to the concrete. Such an ignominious end to something that gives such delight. We have been so blessed with the blossom on our patch; the magnolia, the cherry blossom and the wisteria, as well as the camellias. Such incredible colours that seem to just appear. I do love my garden. I love to mow the lawns. Though it is not a place that I am able to spend too much time and I have so little knowledge of plants. Why all this chatter about my garden? Well, neighbours! Charlie and I have five neighbours and our garden is right in the centre of them all.
This is the greatest and first commandment.
And a second is like it: “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” Matt 22: 38-39.
The neighbourhood around St. Michael and All Angels, as you are all aware, is growing and changing. Some enormous enterprises are moving forward at quite a rate. We need to respond to these changes and be open and available to the growing number of people that will be working a stone’s throw away. Our first step has been to revise the timing of the week-day Masses to 12.35pm to enable others to join us. This will begin on Monday the 6th June.
The following prayer is attributed to William Thomas Manning (1866-1946), Bishop of New York, though whether he wrote the prayer is uncertain.
by word and example you have shown us
the meaning of neighbourliness and the way of love:
grant that we may learn to recognise as our neighbours
every fellow human being who needs our help,
and to serve them with a love that is costly and unselfish,
like your own love for us.
We ask this for your name’s sake, O Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Reverend Anne Price
- New time for weekday Masses: from 6 November these will be at 12:35 pm instead of 10:00 am (Mass on Saturday remains unchanged at 9:00 am). It is hoped that this time will be more convenient for those returning to live and work in the central city.
- Special Parish Meeting: 12 November at 11:45 am to discuss the planning and financing of the new vicarage on our site.
- Communion at Three: today. All welcome.
- Bible Study Group meets tomorrow, 7:15 pm in the school staffroom. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
- Organ Recital—Daniel Cooper: Tuesday 5:00 pm at Knox. This is Daniel’s final exam for his Bachelor of Music. Teacher Paul Ellis.
- Commemorating the Reformation—From conflict to communion: Interdenominational service Tuesday, 7:00 pm at Knox Church.
- Meditation Group: Wednesday 12:00–12:30 pm in the Pilgrims’ Chapel. Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215).
- Lunch at Regatta on Avon: next Sunday 12 noon. Details Alice.
- Needlework Group meets monthly. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
- Fundraiser: jars of lemon curd are available in the parish lounge.
- Book Swap: on bookshelves in the lounge. Koha to parish.
- Recycling Electronic Equipment: please put unwanted phones etc in the box at the back of the church or take to the parish office. Details Jenny Daniels (347 7629).
- Current Mission Opportunities: details on the notice-board by the hallway. There are also various pamphlets about alternative Christmas gifts, such as buying a goat for a family in need.
- Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts
of groceries and other household items.