Letter from the Vicar 17 July 2016

Fr Andrew Starky small

Dear Friends,

Greetings and welcome to S. Michael’s. Today we celebrate the Holy Baptism of Glenn Wilson and welcome him into the family of Christ as a child of God. We also welcome Fr Ben Randall, ordained yesterday, who will preach and officiate as deacon for us in this Mass.

Last Sunday many of us were very moved by the story of pilgrimage that Stella and Alistair Kinniburgh shared with us following their experiences on the Camino walk. They reminded us of the special moments of insight and encouragement that come as we journey, sometimes quite out of the blue.

The account of Abraham and Sarah meeting the holy messengers at the entrance to their tent mirrors the well-known story of Mary and Martha which we will hear in the Gospel today. Both readings invite us to ponder the balance in our lives between contemplation and action.

Contemplation is how we pay attention to the world around and within us. We realise, as Gerard Hughes noted, that God is in all things. How often do we stop from our busyness to give this attention? Acts of service and devotion are also, of course, part of a balanced spirituality, and the discernment is how and when for each. We are called to pray at all times, so even our moments of activity will be clothed in prayer. This leads us more deeply to the awareness of God in our everyday life and the peace that this awareness brings.

We are given the gift of the Church to support us in this life. In baptism we renounce, or turn away from, evil and become established in the Church as servants of the Gospel. This is so we can grow up into the likeness of Christ through celebration of the sacraments, prayer, fellowship and service. Those who are ordained, whether deacons, priests or bishops, provide a special focus to this ministry to enable the whole mission of the Church.

Please do join us after the Mass for a special morning tea in the parish hall.

Yours in Christ,

Fr Andrew Starky

Parish Notices

  • S. Michael’s School is on holiday until 25 July.
  • Sales Table: Sundays in the hall after Mass. Freshly made marmalade is now available. Details Anne Ladd (981 5012).
  • Book Swap: Sundays in the hall and weekdays in the lounge.
  • You are invited to a cup of tea or coffee after the evening service each Sunday.
  • Bible Study Group meets tomorrow 7:15 pm in the school staff room. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Women’s Fellowship meets on Tuesday after the 10:00 am Mass, 10:45 am in the parish lounge, to complete and organise delivery of winter gifts to Walsh House. All welcome. Details Pat Evans (358 0127).
  • Meditation Group meets Tuesday, 5:15 pm in the parish lounge. Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215) or Kathryn Starky (385 0197).
  • Vege Co-op: orders and deliveries on Wednesdays. Details Kathryn Starky or Jill Woodside.
  • Luke’s Spirituality Centre—Voices of Aotearoa: Victoria Sharman presents Kitchen Saints (mosaic icons) Wednesday 6:00–7:30 pm at Mary Potter Community Centre, 442 Durham Street North. $10. All welcome.
  • World Youth Day: 31 July. Groups of young people will be visiting the church during the day from 11:30 am onwards. Details Gloria Moyle.
  • Organ Recital: Jeremy Woodside 31 July 2:00 pm at the Cathedral.
  • Needlework Group meets monthly. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
  • Oxfords: St Michael’s Chamber Choir is joined by the Oxfords (six Choral Scholars from Christchurch, Oxford, UK) for a special Evensong and Benediction on Sunday 31st July at 7pm.  Please join us.
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts of groceries and other household items.