I am sitting in a different space today. And no it is not beside the front door because I have locked myself out, it is one of those ‘just because’ moments. It has taken me quite a while to work out the words today. Whilst pondering, I have worked through two other services and what I need to say and the power-points have been done. I was hoping that the words would just flow, but……
This tumultuous church year is coming to an end. There can be no doubt that this faithful community of St. Michael and All Angels has been on a journey of faith, where love has been lost.
So let us pause for a moment to reflect.
Today is Christ the King, in the Gospel reading Jesus says in this parable what he has been saying all along through his teaching and actions and what he will soon say in and through his very body: that God loves us and all the world so much that God has decided to identify with us fully and completely. And so we recognize God most easily in the face of our neighbour, meet God in the acts of mercy and service we offer and are offered to us, and live in the blessing of God as we seek to serve as Christ served.
This prayer was written by William Wilberforce (1759-1833), who strove for the emancipation of slaves, but also was a co-founder of the Church Missionary Society and the British and Foreign Bible Society.
O Lord God, who, though unseen by our bodily eyes, art continually about our bed, and about our path, and seest all our ways, in whom we live and move and have out being, who art the Author of all the various comforts which we here enjoy, and to whom we look for all future benefits, we desire now to bow down before thee. Let thy Holy Spirit, we beseech thee, help our infirmities, that we may worship thee in Spirit and in truth. We approach thee in the name of Jesus Christ, the great Mediator between God and man…………
- This week the Trumpet will go to press a day early. Deadline Wednesday morning.
- Communion at Three: today. All welcome.
- Concert by the Chamber Choir: today 5:30 pm in the church. Evensong 7:00 pm.
- Bible Study Group meets tomorrow, Mass at 7:00 pm followed by a shared meal. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
- Vestry meets on Tuesday, beginning with Mass at 7:00 pm.
- Youth Groups: Wednesday will be the last meeting in the lounge this year. The final activity for the year will be a trip the following Wednesday.
- Quiet Day at CSN: Saturday 10:30 am–2:00 pm, shared lunch.
- Ordination of Women in NZ: 40th anniversary next Sunday Cathedral 3:00 pm.
- Needlework Group final meeting for the year: DVD’s and Christmas supper at Jill Woodside’s, 5 December from 7:00 pm. Please bring a small plate of finger food.
- Lunch at Regatta on Avon: 10 December at 12 noon. Details Alice.
- Parish Breakfast: not in December—the next will be on 10 February 2018.
- 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).