Letter from the Vicar 20 September 2015

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Dear Friends,

Welcome to S. Michael’s today. It has been good to feel and see the beginnings of spring around us with blossom, daffodils and warmer days. Spring is a time of year when the cobwebs of winter are brushed off in the traditional ‘spring clean’. Also, gardens and paddocks are being turned over ready for seeds to be sown.

The readings for today ask us to work deeply within the soil of our own lives and motivations. The reading from Jeremiah gives us an insight into the depths of his struggle with God and the people of Israel. Many people struggle with the awareness of the evil deeds of others and this can even cause us to lose hope in the sovereignty of God. The gentle lamb being led to the slaughter seems completely vulnerable to its fate. Jeremiah is aware of the plans of others to demolish his reputation and his purpose as a prophet of God. In his prayer of lament Jeremiah hands all this to God to judge righteously and in his angst he calls on God to enact retribution.

When we are under attack it can be very tempting to take vengeance into our own hands, and when we do mayhem usually ensues. If we cannot seem to resolve matters personally we can always lay our complaint before God and leave it up to him to resolve the matter. This form of prayer is called a lament and is a common form among the Psalms. Laments are profoundly faithful prayers that place before God our deepest longings and desires. God wants to be part of the whole of our life, the joys and thanksgivings as well as the heartbreaks and the things that go badly.

Yours in Christ,

Fr Andrew Starky

Installation of the new fence on Durham St and Oxford Tce will commence on Monday.

Celebration of our Patronal Festival
Tuesday 29 September
Festive Eucharist at 7:00 pm
Celebrant & Preacher: Bishop Victoria
Supper to follow in the hall, koha


Parish Notices

S. Michael’s School is now on holiday until 12 October.
Sales Table: in the hall after Mass. Details Anne Ladd (981 5012).
Organ Recital today at 2:00 pm: Graham Hollobon at S. Paul’s Papanui, proceeds to the Canterbury Charity Hospital. Afternoon tea provided.
• There is a cup of tea or coffee after the evening service each Sunday.
• 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 at 7:15 pm in the staffroom. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
• The Vestry meets on Tuesday, beginning with Mass at 7:00 pm.
Vege Co-op: orders and deliveries on Wednesdays. Details Kathryn Starky.
Forum-Dialogue: What sort of city are we building? Series continuing on Thursday at 5:30 pm. See www.knoxchurch.co.nz/news for details.
Recital: Paul Ellis with singer Anna Hoetjes. 7 October, 1:00 pm at S. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Manchester Street.
• 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.
Inasmuch Basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts of food and other household items.

Michaelmas working bees:
Monday 10:30 am for brass-cleaning
Tuesday 9:30 am for flowers
Come and help—all welcome