Letter from the Vicar 3 April 2016

Fr Andrew Starky small

Dear Friends

 

Christ is risen! Alleluia!

 

Welcome to S. Michael’s as we continue the joyful celebration of the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Easter, at fifty days, is the longest season in the Church’s calendar, which emphasises the importance of the resurrection as the central tenet of the Christian faith.

We begin the season by reading the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ appearances to his disciples. This week we hear of his appearance on the evening of that first day, and the subsequent appearance when Thomas was with the disciples. We might wonder why Thomas was not with the disciples on that first occasion. Perhaps he had to duck out for some food, or perhaps he was beginning to waver in his commitment to the band of disciples. The disciples who were there repeated the words of Mary Magdalene to him, “We have seen the Lord.” This wasn’t enough for Thomas. He wanted the first-hand experience of the risen Jesus that he had missed by being away.

This is a reminder to us that continuing to meet together Sunday by Sunday needs to be our priority whenever possible. Each time we meet, the Lord is present to us in his body and blood: each time we meet he shows us something of himself that is unique. We discover this also reflected in the body of people who are present, which is unique in time and space.

I was very pleased with the series of Lent Studies which we held on Sundays following Mass. The notes of all the talks are now available at the back of the church, and if they run out please ask for more copies from the office. We hope to make the recordings available as well. Also the sermons from Maundy Thursday to Easter Day are available from Louise at the office and will be on the website.

As has been advised, the Annual General Meeting has been postponed until Sunday 1 May. This was because we realised there was a prior booking in the hall on the originally proposed date. This gives a little more time for reports, but please get them to Louise as soon as possible, by the end of this week at the latest.

This evening we celebrate the first Evensong of The Annunciation of our Saviour to the Blessed Virgin Mary before the principal feast, which will be celebrated with a Mass at 10:00 am tomorrow.

He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

 

Fr Andrew Starky

 

Parish Notices

 

  • Easter Flowers: sincere thanks for this year’s very generous donations.
  • Sales Table: in the hall on Sundays after Mass. Details Anne Ladd (981 5012).
  • You are invited to a cup of tea or coffee after the evening service each Sunday.
  • Meditation Group meets on Tuesday at 5:15 pm in the parish lounge. Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215) or Kathryn Starky (385 0197).
  • Needlework Group meets Tuesday, 7:15 pm in the parish lounge. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
  • Vege Co-op: orders and deliveries on Wednesdays. Details Kathryn Starky.
  • Canterbury Shakespeare Society meets on Thursday, 7:30 pm in the parish lounge. Details John De la Bere (981 7582).
  • Reports for the Parish AGM on 1 May: to Louise by 8 April
  • Michael’s School is on holiday from Friday until 2 May.
  • Saturday Breakfast: 9 April, 9:45 am in the parish lounge. Details Anne Ladd.
  • Bible Study Group resumes on 18 April. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Book Swap: Sundays in the hall and weekdays in the lounge. Koha to parish.
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts of groceries and other household items.