Letter from the Vicar 7 June 2015

Fr Andrew Starky small

Dear Friends,

Welcome to S. Michael’s today as we gather as the family of our Lord. We come together as those who seek to do his will both by celebrating the Eucharist and by becoming a Eucharistic community dispersed within the world.

Last week I saw the movie Boy Choir, which I recommend to you. It is a story of a young lad who was going down all the wrong paths because of the adults around him. By a wonderful teacher he was directed on a path which enabled the beauty of his treble voice to be nurtured to its full extent. As those of us who have had a treble voice know, it is a temporary gift and its loss can be a momentary but deeply felt affliction. Yet the gift, as briefly as it was held, was greatly redemptive in this young boy’s life. The question was asked, “Was all that training worth it for such a short period of musical excellence?” The answer was “Yes” and as the Epistle says today, there was ‘an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure’ which entered his life.

Last Sunday many of us had difficulties getting to Mass because of the Christchurch Marathon. Some arrived late, others gave up after fruitless searching for a way in and some decided not to leave home. I was particularly concerned that access to the hospital was compromised and I believe that there should be a route in to S. Michael’s that we can recommend people to use. In these post-earthquake times we all put up with various delays and diversions in our trips each day and it is simply too much to expect the central city to cope with such an event the way the city is. I have written to our local councillor who has promised that S. Michael’s will be involved in a full debrief by the Council. I encourage parishioners to write to the Council with your views also, so that our voice may be heard and I’m sure the Vestry will want to write as well. Well done also to our Press letter writers!

Today we bid farewell to Fr Ron and Diana Smith who will be travelling overseas for much of the coming two months. We greatly appreciate the priestly ministry of Fr Ron and the wonderful contribution they both make to S. Michael’s, and we wish them well for a lovely time.

Yours in Christ,
Fr Andrew Starky

Parish Notices

Sales Table: Anne Ladd regrets that she has not been able to organise this recently. She would be very grateful to hear from anyone who could assist as needed.
Regatta on Avon: lunch today at 12:15 pm. Details Kathryn Starky.
• There is a cup of tea or coffee after the evening service each Sunday.
Diocesan Council for World Mission: Go tell the Gospel, Graeme Mitchell.
Tomorrow 10:15 am—12:30 pm, S. Augustine’s, Cashmere.
The Meditation Group meets tomorrow at 5:15 pm. Details Kathryn Starky.
Vege Co-op: orders and deliveries on Wednesdays. Details Kathryn Starky.
• The Parish Trust meets on Wednesday at 5:15 pm in the school staffroom.
Saturday Breakfast: 13 June at 9:45 am. Details Anne Ladd (981 5012).
Canterbury Missions Expo: Saturday from 9:30 am at Riccarton Baptist Church.
• The Bible Study Group meets next on 15 June, 7:15 pm in the school staffroom. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
The Needlework Group: details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
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 available in parish lounge during the week and 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