Letter from the Vicar 18 October 2015

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Dear Friends,

Welcome to S. Michael’s as we celebrate the Feast of S. Luke the Evangelist. Today we hear readings from both the Gospel of Luke and the book of the Acts of the Apostles, which are generally attributed to the same author. Luke begins his Gospel by saying that he has carefully gone over the whole story of Jesus and has sought to write an ordered account of these things so that a credible witness may be given. The Gospel of Luke has been described as a very warm and human Gospel that concentrates on Jesus’ mercy and forgiveness, especially to the poor, with a strong invitation to salvation to both Jew and Greek.

Luke’s Gospel grounds the message of Jesus strongly in the Old Testament. Luke does this both by referring to prophecy and by his portrayal of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the other representatives of faithful Israel, who prepare the way for Jesus the Messiah and then respond to and support his ministry. Luke pays attention to issues of personal morality, especially as it relates to wealth and possessions. He also highlights the significance of personal spirituality in terms of healing, prayer, praise of God, joy and the vital part played by the Holy Spirit in Christian life. Luke has been called the ‘Dear and Glorious Physician’, arising from the reference to him in Paul’s letter to the Colossians 4: 14, and his name has frequently been invoked in the ministry of healing.

All Souls’ Day is coming up and will be celebrated on Monday 2 November with a Low Mass at 10:00 am and a Solemn Mass at 7:00 pm. These are important pastoral Masses at which we offer the comfort of the resurrection hope to those who mourn, as we pray for the souls that are dear to the heart of this parish. Both Masses will include the reading of names of the departed, many carried forward from year to year. Draft copies are available for you to check today and next Sunday and to make any corrections or additions. There are two lists: please use the one for the Mass you will be attending. Please print the name clearly and put your own name in brackets. There is also a list of names for which we have no contact person—please put your name beside any of these that you wish to see retained. The lists are quite long as we include those whose funerals have been at S. Michael’s in the past few years, as well as former parishioners and immediate family or close friends.

Yours in Christ,
Fr Andrew Starky

Parish Notices

Three concerts in one week: special thanks to Jane Evans and Michael Graveston and their team of volunteers for so much time and hard work.
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.
Vege Co-op: orders and deliveries on Wednesdays. Details Kathryn Starky.
Tonight we are invited to join the people of S. Luke’s for their Patronal Festival, 6:00 pm at the Knox Centre (note no Evensong at S. Michael’s).
• The Meditation Group meets tomorrow at 5:15 pm in the parish lounge. Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215) or Kathryn Starky (385 0197).
• The Bible Study Group meets tomorrow 7:15 pm in the staffroom. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
S. Michael’s Women’s Fellowship Group: meeting in the parish lounge on Tuesday after the 10:00 am Mass. Details Kathryn Starky (385 0197), Judith McKaskell (322 7961), or Pat Evans (358 0127). All welcome.
Anglican Care Trust Board AGM: Tuesday 6:00 pm (refreshments 5:30 pm) at the Community of the Sacred Name, 300 Tuam Street.
Celebrating the Gospel in the Market Place: Mark Powell, CEO The Warehouse, speaks at Evening Prayer at the Cathedral next Sunday 4:30 pm, followed by discussion with Bishop Victoria and Ngaire Button. Details Michael Graveston.
Organ Recital: Eric Apperley. 1 November, 3:00 pm at S. Michael’s. Koha.
Convenor required (male or female) for the flower-arranging group. This involves compiling and emailing the roster twice a year (model provided), notifying the Trumpet three times a year about donations for festivals, and being the contact person for the parish office. Details Jill Woodside (338 9590).
• The Needlework Group meets monthly, details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
Anglican Advocacy Volunteer Mentors: if you can help, email Grace Le Heux at researcher@anglicanlife.org.nz for details.
Book Swap: modern books available for exchange, Sundays in the parish hall and weekdays in the lounge. Koha to parish funds.
Inasmuch Basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts of groceries and other household items.