I am one of the many who have been frustrated by the road works that have blocked not just the central city, but also many of the roads that surround our homes. They change so frequently that I am often surprised that I can’t enter the same way that I exited first thing in the morning. Circumstances over the last few weeks have meant that my car has had many more outings than it has had over the previous few months. I love the freedom that I feel when I ride my bicycle; yes I get wet, blown about by the wind and also get hot and then melt when I reach my destination. BUT it has the added benefit, at the moment, of being quicker than the car. I am having a battle with myself about the volume of ‘stuff’ that I seem to need to carry in my panniers. There is probably a solution to that, but that’s not for now.
Why write about it?
Well, apart from the freedom, cost factors, joy that I feel when I am outside, it gives me time to take note of my surroundings and the changes that are happening in the environment, not just the built one but the green, plant life of this city. The weeds in the cracks in the pavements, the leaves of the trees changing colours, the hedges in their amazing variety of shapes, forms and colours. We do live in such an amazing world.
Such is the gift of creation. “In my Father’s house there are many dwelling-places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?” These words come from our Gospel reading today from John. We want sometimes to forget (or perhaps more likely hurry past in the hustle and bustle of daily life) that we currently dwell in a place that is also created by the Father.
The priest John Donne (1571–1631) wrote: Almighty God, in this wondrous world thou dost manifest thy power and beauty: Open the eyes of all to see that whatsoever has any being is a mirror wherein we may behold thee, the root and fountain of all being; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Reverend Anne Price
Parish Annual General Meeting Today
All parishioners are encouraged to be present at this important meeting, which will take place in the hall immediately after morning tea. Nomination forms and annual reports are still available.
- Church Parking: parishioners who need to park on site outside service times are asked to display their parking permit (obtainable from the parish office).
- Bible Study Group meets tomorrow, 7:15 pm in the school staffroom. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
- Women’s Fellowship meets in the parish lounge on Tuesday at 10:45 am(following the 10:00 am Mass) for morning tea and discussion. All welcome. Details Pat Evans (358 0127).
- Meditation Group: Wednesdays 12:00–12:30 pm in the Pilgrims’ Chapel. Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215).
- Ascension Day 25 May: Mass with S. Luke’s at the Knox Centre at 6:00 pm.
- Lunch at the Regatta on Avon: 4 June. Please speak to Alice if you plan to come.
- Needlework Group meets monthly. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
- Christian Vocation Seminars: Alistair Mackenzie and Don Rowlands. Details from email@example.com or S. Barnabas Church Office (351 7064).
- Christian Theology: Otago University distance study programme. Details for Semester 2 from www.otago.ac.nz/theology/study/papers/ or 03 479 8901.
- 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.