Letter from the Vicar 31 July 2016

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Dear Friends,

Welcome to S. Michael’s. Today’s readings invite us to think about things of eternal worth, and particularly what it means to be rich towards God. Seldom in Mass do we hear a reading from the Book of Ecclesiastes. The directness of its scrutiny of the human condition brings us up short. We find ourselves considering the futility of the things that weigh on our minds and cause us to spill our energies and to lose sleep. The reading from the Letter to the Colossians advances this theme by contrasting the effect of setting our minds on things that are above, rather than on earthly passions, and particularly greed, which is idolatry. In today’s Gospel a parable of Jesus demonstrates the danger, and indeed the folly, of greed. So much of global conflict and environmental spoilage simply comes down to greed. By being rich towards God we discover the way of living abundantly, through gratitude, and when we come to celebrate Mass the Lord helps us to shape our lives in this pattern.

Last Tuesday the Vestry adopted a policy on Climate Actions for S. Michael’s based on the Anglican Environmental Network’s report to General Synod 2016.

The policy: Recognising that the Church must urgently find its collective moral voice on Climate Action, this Parish agrees to:

  • Institute the first day of each month as a day of prayer and fasting for climate justice to discern God’s leading in the development of strategic proposals for global and local action.
  • Develop, discover and distribute liturgical materials on care for creation.
  • Implement 3-bin recycling and energy and water conservation measures around our buildings, including planning for the new vicarage.
  • Advocate for sustainable water, food and agricultural practices.
  • Encourage the Church and individuals to review investment practices so they support environmental sustainability and justice.

These collective actions are designed to encourage and support the personal actions that are incumbent upon us all as stewards of God’s creation.

At Evensong and Benediction this evening we are delighted to welcome the Very Revd Fr Lawrence Kimberley, Dean of ChristChurch Cathedral, to be the preacher and celebrant. Our Chamber Choir will be joined by the Oxfords as they start their annual visit. Evensong in the parish is a real gift. Often the excellence of singing and liturgy is not matched by the attendance, so I encourage you to support this very special Evensong tonight at 7:00pm.

After Mass Kathryn and I bid good-bye to S. Michael’s for four months. I leave you in the very capable hands of Canon Craufurd Murray and Revd Anne Price, who will take up the chaplaincy of the school. Know that in these months you will constantly be in our prayers, and we ask for your prayers too.

May the grace and peace of God be with you until we meet again.

Fr Andrew Starky

Parish Notices

  • Sales Table: Sundays in the hall after Mass. Freshly made marmalade is now available. Details Anne Ladd (981 5012).
  • Book Swap: Sundays in the hall and weekdays in the lounge.
  • You are invited to a cup of tea or coffee after the evening service each Sunday.
  • World Youth Day: today groups of young people will be visiting the church during the day from 11:30 am onwards. Details Gloria Moyle.
  • Organ Recital: Jeremy Woodside today, 2:00 pm at the Cathedral. Door sales.
  • The Oxfords: the Chamber Choir is joined by the Oxfords for a special Evensong and Benediction at S. Michael’s today at 7:00 pm. Please join us.
  • Bible Study Group meets tomorrow, 7:15 pm in the school staff room. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Climate Action Group meets on Tuesday, 1:30 pm at 37 Aynsley Terrace. All welcome. Details Claire Preston (342 4650).
  • Meditation Group meets on Tuesday, 5:15 pm in the parish lounge. Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215).
  • Recital Opera Favourites: Lois Johnston, Jeremy Woodside and Courtney Carter. Tuesday, 6:30 pm at S. John’s Church, Hororata. Tickets $40 including mulled wine and a light meal. Details Olive Webb owebbnz@gmail.com or (03)318 0880.
  • 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 Jill Woodside.
  • Canterbury Shakespeare Society meets on Thursday, 7:30 pm in the lounge. Details John De la Bere (981 7582).
  • Celebration of the Festival of the Holy Name: 13 August, 10:30 am at CSN.
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts of groceries and other household items.
  • Pastoral Care Team:

West: Claire Preston 342 4650 Central: Michael Goodson 355 5374

North: Brenda Withell 383 2422 South: Jill Woodside 338 9590

East: Stella & Alistair Kinniburgh 021 0240 3247