Letter from the Vicar 31 May 2015

Fr Andrew Starky small

Dear Friends,

We welcome you today as we gather to celebrate the festival of the most Holy Trinity. In the past six months or so we have followed the story of the incarnation, from the Annunciation to Mary, through the birth of Jesus, his life and ministry, his death on the cross and his resurrection and ascension. Last week at Pentecost we celebrated the coming of the Holy Spirit. In the Feast of the Trinity we reflect on what all this means for our understanding of God. This encompasses both God’s relations with creation, called the economic Trinity, and God’s internal relations, the immanent Trinity. As a Church, of course, we also have a set of external relationships and a set of internal ones. Our external ones could constitute our mission and the internal ones our community life. Both are essential for a healthy Church that reflects the God we worship.

Last Sunday after Mass a number of us went over the river to hear about the plans for the Earthquake Memorial, which is going to be practically on our doorstep. The young European designer spoke in halting English about his desire to produce a memorial that would blend with the riverbank environment, but provide a sacred space for reflection and healing. He has chosen to put the wall on the south bank of the river so that the sun will shine on it, and to make it follow the gentle bend of the river. The walking platform will be just above the water level of the river and will be about 4 metres wide. The wall will protrude above the footpath to about the height of the bollards which are presently there. Trees will be planted along it and there will be a walking bridge in the vicinity of Rhododendron Island. The memorial will be complemented by a reflection area on the other side of the river. I was able to convey to the organisers the interest of S. Michael’s in being part of the journey as the memorial is put in place, recognising that we also offer a place of peace and a beautiful example of the heritage of the city.

Last Sunday we distributed forms which offered the opportunity for people to signify a desire to be involved in particular aspects of the parish’s life and mission. We have been heartened by the response so far, and we would welcome those who have yet to respond to consider completing the sheet and placing it in the collection plate today.

Yours in Christ,
Fr Andrew Starky

Corpus Christi
This Thursday we are celebrating the Feast of Corpus Christi, an important day in the Church’s year. There will be a Solemn Mass at 7:00 pm, followed by refreshments. The people of S. Luke’s will be our guests and we ask you all to bring finger food to share.

Parish Notices

• There is a cup of tea or coffee after the evening service each Sunday.
Vege Co-op: orders and deliveries on Wednesdays. Details Kathryn Starky.
• The Chamber Choir will sing at Evensong tonight.
• The Bible Study Group meets tomorrow, 7:15 pm in the school staffroom. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
• The Needlework Group meets on Tuesday, 7:15 pm in the parish lounge. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
• The Rolleston Home Group meets on Wednesday 11:00 am at 10 Elizabeth St, Rolleston. Details Jenny Daniels (347 7629).
Regatta on Avon: lunch next Sunday at 12:15 pm. Details Kathryn Starky.
Diocesan Council for World Mission: Go tell the Gospel, Graeme Mitchell. Monday 8 June, 10:15 am—12:30 pm, S. Augustine’s, Cashmere.
Residential Retreat A New Heart: Wellington 17–26 July. Phone 04 383 7769).
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 do not need to be returned after reading. Available in parish lounge during the week, 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 groceries and other household items.

S. Michael’s School 16 June
• Open Day 8:00 am–4:00 pm
• Quiz Night 7:30 pm at Robbies Riccarton
Details on poster or from Amanda Condon
379 9790, amandacondon@saintmichaels.co.nz