Letter from the Vicar 3 July 2016

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Dear Friends,

Welcome to S. Michael’s today as we gather to celebrate School Founders’ Day. If you are new to S. Michael’s I offer you a particular welcome and invite you to follow the service in this booklet and to make the responses, as you wish, that are marked in bold.

This is a special Mass where we come together as School and Parish to be one people. We are here to join in giving thanks to God for all his blessings to us, and particularly for the 165-year story of the S. Michael’s Church School. We are thankful for all the young lives which have been shaped in character by the love shared here. This has been central to this school’s ethos from the very beginning. So we have much to be thankful for as well as to celebrate today.

For most of us, though, these past few years of earthquakes have been challenging personally, as they have been for our parish and school. As well as being thankful, we also look for strength and encouragement from our faith in such times. The reading that we will hear today from S. Paul’s Letter to the Romans outlines the part that suffering can play in producing endurance, and endurance in producing character, which in turn leads to a hope that does not disappoint because it has been given to us by the Holy Spirit. None of us wants to suffer, yet we do know that Jesus suffered and died for us. It was after this, through the power of God’s love, that he rose again. This is the core of Christian hope and it is our greatest reason for gratitude.

Today after Mass we are all invited to refreshments in the hall where we will cut the 165th birthday cake of the School. Following this, parents are invited to participate in the School Strategic Planning Consultation which will take place, also in the hall, from about 11:45 am. I have been heartened by the energy and positivity that have come out of this consultation. It has already given rise to many creative ideas, so I encourage you to take part if you haven’t already done so.

Yours in Christ,

Fr Andrew Starky

 Parish Notices

  • Sales Table: Sundays in the hall after Mass. Donations would be appreciated for prizes for the next raffle. Details Anne Ladd (981 5012).
  • Book Swap: Sundays in the hall and weekdays in the lounge.
  • Lunch at Regatta on Avon: today at 12:15 pm. Details Kathryn Starky.
  • 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).
  • Climate Action Group meets Tuesday, 1:30 pm at 37 Aynsley Terrace. Details Mary Hamilton (337 0833).
  • Meditation Group meets Tuesday, 5:15 pm in the parish lounge. Details Kathryn Starky (385 0197).
  • Needlework Group meets on 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 lounge. Details John De la Bere (981 7582).
  • Saturday Breakfast: 9 July, 9:45 am in the parish lounge. Details Anne Ladd.
  • Living Springs Kids Camp: 10–15 July, details reception@livingsprings.co.nz or phone 329 9788.
  • Health and Safety meeting for all church hosts: 13 July 11:00 am in the lounge. RSVP Alastair Scott (343 5153).
  • Ordination Service: Ben Randall is to be ordained deacon at a service in the Cathedral, 16 July at 10:00 am.
  • Organ Recital: Jeremy Woodside 31 July 2:00 pm at the Cathedral.
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts of groceries and other household items.