Letter from the Vicar 16 August 2015

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Dear Friends,

Welcome to S. Michael’s on this Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Heaven. When we honour the Virgin Mary we are really paying due attention to the mystery of the incarnation. This is the wonderful gift that the Word became flesh and lived among us, full of grace and truth.

The life of S. Mary, it has been said, is like the knot that ties the Old Testament to the New. She embodies faithful Israel by consenting to the call of the Angel Gabriel in the words, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Through her life she came to understand the special vocation of her son and was present at the cross when he died. There she became the Mother of the Church as Jesus gave her the Beloved Disciple to be her son. Following his resurrection she joined the disciples in prayer as they awaited the coming of the Holy Spirit. We continue to call on her intercession to this day, in all that we do and most especially in times of challenge and difficulty.

This is a wonderful day to sing the Gloria with particular joy. The Gloria is an ancient hymn of praise to the Trinity. We sing it following the declaration of the absolution of sins, and it is one of the highlights of the Mass. Today we sing the Gloria to the Festive Eucharist setting by Noel Rawsthorne, and it has been customary at S. Michael’s for the upper voices and the lower voices to sing specific lines, as marked below:
UPPER VOICES IN BOLD, LOWER VOICES IN ITALICS, all together in ordinary type.
Let’s really sing it with joy today!

Glory to God in the highest, and peace to God’s people on earth.
Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory.
LORD JESUS CHRIST, ONLY SON OF THE FATHER,
LORD GOD, LAMB OF GOD,
YOU TAKE AWAY THE SIN OF THE WORLD: HAVE MERCY ON US;
YOU ARE SEATED AT THE RIGHT HAND OF THE FATHER:
RECEIVE OUR PRAYER.
For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High,
Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, @ in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Yours in Christ,

Fr Andrew Starky

Parish Notices

S. Michael’s Google Group: If you are not currently in this but have an email address and would like to be included (to receive Anglican e-Life and updates from the Bishop etc) please email Louise on smaa@xtra.co.nz with your details.
Keys found near the church: details from Louise (379 5236).
Christchurch City Mission: many are still struggling to cope in winter conditions. Please continue to bring food and other household items for the Inasmuch Basket. Clothing and larger items may be delivered directly to 276 Hereford St.
Sales Table: in the hall after Mass. Details Anne Ladd (981 5012).
• There is a cup of tea or coffee after the evening service each Sunday.
Liedertafel Concert: Sunday 16th August 1:30 pm at the Cathedral. Programmes $15.
People of Differing Faiths: Baha’i and Sikhism today 4:00 pm, Elmwood Bowling.
• The Bible Study Group meets Monday 17th August. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
• The postponed meeting of the Outreach Committee is this Tuesday at 7:30 pm.
Vege Co-op: orders and deliveries on Wednesdays. Details Kathryn Starky.
Cursillo Ultreya: Saturday 2:00–4:00 pm. Enquiries Kathryn Starky (385 0197).
Anglican Living AGM: 26 August, 4:30 pm at S. Peter’s Church Hall.
Christchurch City Mission AGM: 27 August, 4:30 pm at the City Mission.
• The Needlework Group meets monthly. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
Book Swap/Donate/Share with a Friend/Give as a gift: Modern books that you have enjoyed. Fundraising koha to Anne at the sales table. Books available in parish lounge during the week and in the hall on Sundays.
Box lots of books are welcome at any S. Christopher’s Dove Book Shop.

Banners: The attention of the Vestry has been drawn to the deteriorating
condition of our two largest banners. The Vestry has agreed that these
historic and beautiful banners should no longer be used in processions, and
advice is being sought on the best way to preserve them for display. It is
then planned to commission some new banners for use in the liturgy.