Letter from the Vicar 5 June 2016

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Dear Friends,

Welcome to S. Michael’s as we gather to celebrate the risen life of our Saviour. In the readings today we hear two powerful stories which demonstrate the power of God in the face of death. We also hear about the inner journey of S. Paul, as he recounts his transformation from one who was zealous in his ancestral traditions of Judaism. Yet God called Paul through his grace to be a powerful thinker and leading figure in the young Church. Although often quoted by conservatives in our age, S. Paul was a revolutionary figure. He could see that the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ could not be contained within the shackles of the traditions of Judaism, any more than the risen Christ could be contained within the tomb.

As I mentioned last week, we have heard the wonderful news that Ben Randall is to be ordained to the Holy Order of Deacons on Saturday 16 July at a service beginning at 10:00 am in the Transitional Cathedral. This is very exciting for Ben, and also for all of us who have been praying and supporting Ben in these recent years. Part of the process towards this is the reading of the ‘Si Quis’, which we will do next Sunday. This formally notifies our community of the Bishop’s intention to ordain Ben and asks if anyone has ‘any just cause or impediment for which he should not be admitted into holy orders.’ Let us make a special intention to pray for Ben and the other candidates in the coming weeks as they prepare.

Things are moving forward as regards the Old Stone Building. We have heard that the resource consent has been granted, which is a great step forward, and now the building consent is the final hurdle before tenders are let. For our part we have been cleaning out the building, and some weeks ago a large skip of accumulated rubbish was disposed of. We have been careful to recycle as much as possible. What remains is a quantity of surplus school furniture such as desks etc, which will be offered to parishioners and the school community. It will be made available in the parish hall on Sunday 19 June. What is not taken will be recycled.

 Yours in Christ,

Fr Andrew Starky

 From the People’s Warden…

Parish Roll update: the current roll is available at the back of the church for you to check your details. For any changes and for new parishioners please either email details to Louise (smaa@xtra.co.nz) or fill in the form. Return it to the parish office or to me (or leave it in my pigeonhole).

Mission Motivator: are you interested in being the S. Michael’s liaison person with organisations involved in missionary and charity work? Please speak to me about this. Gloria Moyle


Parish Notices

  • The Sales Table and the Book Swap are now fundraising for new choir robes. Check out the variety of goods on offer in the hall after Mass on Sundays, and in the book corner in the parish lounge. Donations of sugar and fruit for marmalade welcome. Details Terry Elliott (326 6030) or Anne Ladd (981 5012).
  • Walsh House (City Mission) Clothing Appeal: the Women’s Fellowship is collecting knitting wool, beanies, scarves, hottie covers, gloves, socks etc for the women who come to Walsh House. If you can help, place your contributions in the box in the parish lounge. Knitters please speak to Jill Woodside (338 9590).
  • You are invited to a cup of tea or coffee after the evening service each Sunday.
  • Bible Study Group meets tomorrow at 7:15 pm in the school staff room. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Health and Safety Committee meets Wednesday 10:00 am in the parish office.
  • Needlework Group meets Tuesday 7:15 pm in the lounge, details Ros (322 6078).
  • The Parish Trust meets Wednesday 5:15 pm in the lounge.
  • Vege Co-op: orders and deliveries on Wednesdays. Details Kathryn Starky.
  • The Canterbury Shakespeare Society meets Thursday 7:30 pm in the lounge. Details John De la Bere (981 7582).
  • 1:00 pm Lectures at the Cathedral: Geoff Haworth. 7 June The Story of our Anglican Prayer Book, 14 June The History of the Christchurch City Mission.
  • Free Concert: Courtney Carter, the youngest member of our choir, is sitting her Performance Dip ABRSM for Voice and will perform her exam repertoire on Thursday, 1:10 pm at S. Augustine’s.
  • Saturday Breakfast: 11 June, 9:45 am in the lounge. Details Anne Ladd.
  • Retreat: the Gospel of John. Saturday from 10:00 am at Holy Trinity Avonside, led by Revd Jill Keir. RSVP jillrkeir@gmail.com or 0212123210.
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts.

RSCM Music Sunday

Come and celebrate next Sunday, 2:00 pm at S. Michael’s. Music for

congregation and choirs to mark the 90th birthday of the RSCM Patron,

Queen Elizabeth II. Featuring John Linker (organist), the Girls’ Choir of

Cathedral Grammar School and the Salvation Army Choristers.