Letter from the Vicar 26 July 2015

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Dear Friends,

Welcome to S. Michael’s. I am delighted to tell you that we are resuming children’s ministry in the 10:00 am Mass today. Children’s Church will take place during the Ministry of the Word as before. This name indicates an intention that the children will participate in a liturgy that parallels what the adults are doing and reflects the traditions of S. Michael’s. Please pray for this ministry to grow.

Today we reflect on the well-known stories of Jesus feeding the five thousand, and his walking on the sea and calming it. This begins a series of readings over the next few weeks from the sixth chapter of John’s Gospel, which contains a rich reflection on the bread of life. This passage has contributed much to the Church’s Eucharistic understanding. These weeks provide us with a sustained opportunity to meditate on the Eucharist and our participation in it.

The Epistle reading contains prayers that are undoubtedly being prayed for our benefit by the saints in heaven, and that we can pray for Christians in other places. As we begin to meditate on the Eucharist in these weeks, these prayers could also form part of our personal devotions. In this, you might consider altering the pronouns into the first person.

I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that we may be strengthened in our inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in our hearts through faith, as we are being rooted and grounded in love.

I pray that we may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that we may be filled with all the fullness of God.

The final sentence of the Epistle reading has been frequently repeated by Bishop Victoria as she has sought to encourage the diocese. It has taken on particular significance as we have struggled through the earthquakes and the recovery phase. In a couple of weeks’ time we reach a critical funding application deadline in relation to the Old Stone Building. There is still some work to be done to complete the application by engineers and others, under the guidance of the Church Property Trustees. Please pray that this deadline will be met and for the success of the application so that the project can be accomplished next year.

Yours in Christ,
Fr Andrew Starky

Parish Notices

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.
• The Vestry meets on Tuesday, beginning with Mass at 7:00 pm.
Vege Co-op: orders and deliveries on Wednesdays. Details Kathryn Starky.
• The Bible Study Group meets next on 3 August, 7:15 pm in the school staffroom. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
• The Needlework Group meets next on 4 August, 7:15 pm in the parish lounge. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
Celebration of the Festival of the Holy Name: Mass at CSN Retreat House 7 August at 10:30 am, followed by morning tea.
Cecilian Singers Concert: today 3:00 pm at the Elmwood Auditorium, $20.
Book Launch: Slipping the Moorings by Richard Randerson. Today 6:00 pm at the Cathedral for refreshments and panel discussion.
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.

Organ Recital by Jeremy Woodside
S. Michael’s, 2 August at 2:00 pm
Featuring works by Bach, Elgar, Widor
and the New Zealand première of
Fractures: In Memoriam by Matthew Everingham
first performed by Jeremy at Westminster Abbey 22 February 2015
Door sales: Tickets $20, concessions $10